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A Festive Guide to Dublin

Dublin is always a great place to visit but at this time of the year the city comes to life and its energy and joy is infectious, resulting in a fabulous atmosphere that is unique to this celtic city. The traditional Dublin pubs are full of cheer and fun and the shops are full of busy people seeking that extra special gift.  Why not take part in these festivities and also enjoy the culture, hotels and great places to visit in the capital city of Ireland.  Here are some suggestions to help you organise your visit!

 

Where to Stay

Dublin offers an impressive choice of hotels. Between the very classic and sophisticated hotels to modern and unique places to stay, there are several options to enjoy this magic city and here is one of our favourites;

O'Callaghan Stephen's Green Hotel

For location and service, this Dublin hotel is hard to beat. Combining Georgian architecture and contemporary design, it's next to the Iveagh Gardens and close to Grafton Street’s alluring shops. It has beautifully decorated, spacious bedrooms and relaxed, characterful public rooms including a low-key bar serving all-day food - try the Pie Dish main - its perfect after a crazy afternoon of shopping!

Where to Eat

Foodies definitively need to visit the new addition to the Michelin guide – The Greenhouse. With super taster menus and reasonable prices, you can discover the gastronomy created by the talented and creative chef Mickael Viljanen. All the staff are really attentive in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – and of course, each dish is a delight for the taste buds and eyes.

www.thegreenhouserestaurant.ie

Dawson St, Dublin 2,

Phone: +353 1 676 7015

What to See

Dublin has a rich literary heritage - Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde…

The Long Room at Trinity College is renowned for its beautiful, barrel-vaulted roof, under which sits a treasure trove of Irish literature. The room’s dusty shelves are home to an enormous collection of works, including a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the majestic Book of Kells, a religious manuscript that dates back to 800 AD. The room is also home to a 15th-century wooden harp, which was the model for the emblem of Ireland.

Another “must” visit is to the Guinness factory, home of the famous black beer.

Closed to the outside world for more than a century, this clandestine brew house is now open to the general public, who, for a €6 fee, can come and sample tomorrow’s tipples, as well as beers that will never leave the premises.

Dublin is the perfect city to discover by foot. There are so many beautiful parks, with our favourite being St Stephens Green. There is also a walk that follows the famous Dublin canal, and for those who appreciate fresh sea air – head to Sandymount, its wonderful to walk along the sandy beach when the tide is out.

Where to enjoy a drink

There are dozens of places to taste the famous cool, dark Guinness and all Dublin pubs have something special to offer – here are some suggestions just to get you started. Firstly for music lovers, Dublin pubs offer lively entertainment that rivals any of its European counterparts. Get ready for some great traditional Irish music in authentic pubs like “The Cobblestone” in Smithfields, or “McNeils” on Capel Street. For Food lovers, we recommend the fantastic “Chop House” in the Ballsbridge area. There are also very old pubs like “The Palace” on Fleet Street. Try also “Bowe’s”, a pub for genuine old world charm, also on Fleet Street. Finally, many locals say that some of the best Guinness is served at “Mulligans Pub”, which was originally a “shebeen” or an unlicensed drinking venue. It has been "legal" since 1782, making it one of the oldest premises in Ireland. 
 

Where to shop

Dublin has a large selection of shopping streets but the most famous location is “Brown Thomas” which is synonymous with luxury shopping. This department store can be found on Grafton Street, a pedestrian area close to Trinity College. You will find all major continental and British brands, as well as Irish designers -an upmarket mix of prêt-à-porter and haute couture clothing, accessories and cosmetics.

The sister shop, BT2 is located on the opposite side of Grafton Street and caters to a younger, more fast-fashion clientele. Celebrity chefs Domini and Peaches Kemp are at the helm of Brown Thomas' exclusive 'The Restaurant' which is the perfect pitstop after a busy day of shopping for a drink or a bite to eat.

Finally, seek out the “Sweater Shop for the best selection of Irish sweaters and woollen scarfs and visit the very unique Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Its located just off Grafton Street, boasting over 40 shops and restaurants, the centre has everything to offer from food, bars, arts and tours to beauty, fashion jewellery and antiques.