Holidays in Dublin

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Dublin holidays make great long weekend trips, close to home but with many new experiences to have and places to see. The capital of the Emerald Isle is good for more than Guinness, though it's certainly a good place to start.

Essential tips for Dublin holidays

The best time to visit Dublin is in the summer, in June, July or August. These months are the warmest of the year and allow visitors to make the most of their Dublin holidays. Transport to and from the airport is via a bus, coach or taxi, and once in the city centre most tourist attractions are easily reachable by foot, or by taking a 'hop on, hop off' tour bus. The time zone is GMT +1.

Dublin's highlights

Dublin is an ideal choice for those that love to eat, shop and try new things. Retail therapy is served by Dublin's markets and shopping areas, such as the lanes at Temple Bar. Foodies will be more than impressed with the array of cafés and restaurants the city offers. Why not head to the coast and take a serene walk along the sand, go for a dip at the Forty Foot swimming spot or try your hand at kitesurfing?

Day trips in and around Dublin

Your Dublin holidays wouldn't be complete without taking a tour of Guiness Storehouse, Ireland's number one tourist attraction, and learning about the history of the famous black stuff. Nearby Dublin, just a quick bus or train ride away, has the architecturally stunning Malehide Castle, a fortress located in 250 acres of park land. If you're visiting with children, Dublin Zoo and the National Aquatic Centre make for fun days out for all of the family.