If you’re looking for a nearby city break that both adults and children can enjoy choose no other than the bustling Capital of Ireland: Dublin.
With easy access from the UK, plenty of ways to get there and attractions galore waiting to be discovered, Dublin is a great choice for those of you looking for a quick weekend break that’s affordable and hassle free. Travel to Dublin with Irish Ferries from just £38 and take your car along with you for just £79 for the ultimate adventure and flexibility.
Once there choose accommodation with Imagine Ireland and relax and unwind in self catering holiday cottages and apartments that house up to 10 people. You can choose from family friendly, luxury, fishing friendly and golf friendly holiday homes and can even filter your search to include accommodation near a shop, a pub or the beach!
Pair an affordable ferry crossing with an Irish Ferries discount code with great value accommodation using an Imagine Ireland voucher code and enjoy a low cost city break of a lifetime in Dublin. To save even more money you can find plenty of deals, discounts and voucher codes for each of these retailers here at NetVoucherCodes, or you can check out other holiday brands like Skyscanner, lastminute.com and Thomas Cook for more great ways to discover Dublin.
Things to do in Dublin
Food & Drink
Dublin is one of the most diverse and exciting capital cities in Europe, providing excellent tourist attractions, interesting history and culture and, most importantly, great nightlife. A popular location for both girl’s trips and lad’s holidays, Dublin never fails to impress with it’s fantastic bar scene that boasts copious amounts of Guinness in the Temple Bar area, as well as Guinness Brewery tours that allow members of the public to discover how the famous Irish stout is made. The city of Dublin is also home to a cutting edge food scene where you can find traditional pub food with a modern twist, trendy food markets and street food, a Michelin Star restaurant- The Greenhouse- a chocolate cafe and many more contemporary restaurants that feature everything from Irish classics to seafood and Italian.
Not only is Dublin a great destination for boozy weekends, it’s also an exceptional choice for families and keen city explorers. Bursting with culture, history and great sightseeing opportunities, Dublin provides plenty of things to do for both children and adults of all ages, and it’s less than an hour away from the UK! Discover plenty of tourist attractions during your visit to Dublin including the 13th Century Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Stephen’s Green and the ginormous Phoenix Park- home to the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city, and Dublin Zoo. If you’re looking to explore Ireland’s heritage and culture you can also enjoy international archaeology, Irish history, Irish art, culture, and natural history at The National Museum of Ireland. There’s also other great attractions on offer such as Trinity College- that’s home to The Book of Kells – one of the oldest books in the world, as well as the Ha’penny Bridge that looks over the famous River Liffey.
Festivals & Events
Dublin is best known for its all year round vibrant party atmosphere with great festivals and events like St Patrick’s Day. Celebrate identity, arts and culture at the world-famous St Patrick’s Festival, Ireland’s national celebration that’s best enjoyed in the countries capital. Join the legendary St Patrick’s Day Parade that travels across the city with its myriad of talented performers, vivid colours and mesmerizing hand-crafted structures that are sure to amaze and astound every year, then afterwards carry on the party in the many bars and pubs around the city.
For those of you looking for more low-key, family friendly events you can enjoy things like the Dublin Horse Show, the Theatre Festival and the Bram Stoker Festival- inspired by the heritage of Dublin-born Gothic author Bram Stoker and his notorious novel Dracula. Another great festival held each year in Dublin is the Fringe Festival. This event reflects on Dublin’s long history of political, social and cultural rebelliousness and features everything from disco dinners and public-generated productions to tidal-powered fashion experiments and 3D electro gigs.
Hill Walking & Coastal Towns
Although Dublin exuberates the typical hustle and bustle and lively atmosphere that you’d expect from a capital, it also offers scenic views and outdoor pursuits with hill walking opportunities and tranquil coastal towns. If you’re into hiking and walking then you can take part in The Dublin Mountains Way: a waymarked long-distance trail through the Dublin Mountains in South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. The well known route is approximately 42 kilometres long and runs from Shankill in the east to Tallaght in the west, ideal for those of you looking to enjoy picturesque views and the fresh outdoors.
If it’s the quiet of the coast you’re seeking you can find plenty throughout Dublin in pretty beach towns like Howth, Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire. One of the most popular coastal towns in Dublin is Malahide. Not only is this location home to lovely seaside views it’s also the birthplace of the Malahide Castle and gardens. Set on 250 acres of park land, the Malahide Castle was once a fortress and the private home of the Talbot Family, for nearly 800 years, and has since been transformed into a beautiful tourist attraction. Another medieval attraction on Dublin’s coast is the Bray the Greystones Cliff Walk. Once an easy way to transport materials and workers during railway construction, the Cliff Walk now houses fashionable resorts and desirable residential towns with stunning views of the surrounding water between Bray and Greystones.