Dublin is teeming with culture, charm and architecture. Home to poets, artists and novelists, including Oscar Wilde, the city is among the most welcoming in Europe, and offers exquisite cuisine and superb shopping.
Beyond the effortless style of its monuments and buildings, Dublin offers breathtaking natural beauty in its coastline, countryside and mountains. If the weather is in your favour, you are around an hour’s drive from County Wicklow’s spectacular beaches of Brittas Bay and Silver Strand. The stunning Wicklow Mountains are also a must.
Sports enthusiasts should take the chance to visit Croke Park and perhaps catch a game of Gaelic football, although you may need an obliging local to explain the rules.
If you want to soak up some local history on your trip to Dublin, there is plenty to entertain visitors of all ages. The Geological Museum will tell you all you need to know about the natural history of the region, from prehistoric fossils to modern mineral collections, while the Zoological Museum offers an intriguing and interactive perspective on the landscape.
Ireland has many famous sons: George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce. Wilde and Shaw were born in Dublin, and Shaw Birthplace, at 33 Synge Street, Saint Kevin's, is a tourist attraction and museum, dedicated to his wit and works.
If you would prefer some history with a musical twist, then pay a visit to the Piper’s Parlour, where you can hear the story behind Ireland’s national instrument – the Uilleann pipes. And if the kids get restless, try taking a trip to Dublin Zoo or the National Sea Life Bray, which is in Bray, around 45 minutes’ drive from Dublin.
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, founded in 1904, still puts on some of the best shows in the country. It stages its share of classics, but also supports budding writers.
The National Gallery houses European and Irish fine art in a distinguished setting, while Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane focuses on contemporary art. More commonly known as The Hugh Lane Gallery it includes a reconstruction of the studio of 20th-century figurative painter Francis Bacon.
Ireland is world-renowned for its natural beauty and Dublin is within easy reach of some stunning scenery. About 75 minutes’ drive from the city is Wicklow Mountains National Park. Here, you can ramble over moss-strewn hills, laced with burbling streams, hidden lakes and forests.
The Irish culture embraces hearty meals, with plenty of meat and potatoes. You will find plenty of excellent places to eat, including the usual fast-food outlets. But take the time to discover some of the more exclusive restaurants, where you will be treated to outstanding cuisine, created from local produce, fresh vegetables and the world-famous Dublin Bay prawns.
For a true taste of the Emerald Isle, sample Irish Stew, an autumnal mix of meat (lamb or beef), potatoes and vegetables.
“Champ” is mashed potatoes embedded with spring onions, butter and black pepper, and is often served with meat dishes. Closer to the coast, you will find plenty of restaurants serving fresh seafood, including another Dublin speciality – oysters.
If you are travelling to Dublin, you ought to set some time aside to explore the myriad shops and markets within its city limits.
The city’s most famous shopping area is in Grafton Street, where you will find high-end businesses housed in magnificent white-stone buildings. You will also find plenty of impromptu entertainment, as Grafton Street is something of a playground for street entertainers and a platform for musicians.
When you book a flight to Dublin with Qatar Airways, you will travel on a Qatar Airways-operated flight to London Heathrow and connect to Dublin with our partner airlines.
Your final destination will be Dublin Airport, about 8km north of the city. It is well served by public transport and taxis, and has excellent car rental facilities.
Visa restrictions for entry into Ireland will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Dublin please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
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Language: Irish / English
International dialing code: +353
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