Dublin makes an ideal destination for a short break, it’s full of culture, easily accessible and has plenty of activities to fill your days with. If you’re heading to the capital of the Republic of Ireland there will be lots to experience, whether you make a detailed itinerary or opt for a more relaxed approach giving you an opportunity to explore.
If you’re planning a short break to Dublin try out these top tips to make the most out of your time in the city.
• Keep an eye out for events – Dublin has events happening all of the time so when making your travel plans do some research and see if there is anything happening you might be interested in. Even when you’re in Dublin keep an eye for things like live traditional bands playing in pubs or small fairs taking place.
• Get a Leap Card – Dublin’s a great destination for a weekend break because of its compact size but don’t let travelling eat into your holiday time. Instead buy a pay-as-you-go Leap Card to get around on the city’s public transport or even hire a bicycle if you plan to explore different areas.
• Try out a guided tour – If you really want to learn about Dublin’s history and the local culture a guided tour is a great option. While it is a ‘touristy’ choice, there’s lots of tours to choose from around the city so you can find one that meets your interests and stops by the sights that you want to visit and experience.
• Buy attraction tickets in advance – Whether you’re planning to visit the famous Guinness Factory or hoping to spend a day with the animals at Dublin Zoo, it’s worth buying your attraction tickets in advance. As well as saving time on the day, you could access discounts and offers for purchasing early.
• Check out free things to do – A trip to Dublin isn’t typically cheap but the city has lots of great things to do without breaking the bank. Trinity College’s beautiful grounds, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and St Stephen’s Green can all be enjoyed for free.
• Leave some time unplanned – Dublin is full of hidden gems and has a great atmosphere. Leave yourself some unplanned time to simply wonder around the city’s streets taking in the charm and character of Dublin and discovering little known stores and restaurants to sample.