Dublin Pub

Surrounded by the Celtic and Irish Seas sits the city of Dublin, the Mecca of the modern Celtic world as well as the capital of Ireland.

Frequented by millions of visitors a year, Dublin is a treasure chest for you and your family; full of Georgian architecture, medieval landmarks, world-class museums, and of course, a legendary nightlife full of fantastic restaurants, pubs and entertainment. But with all that Dublin has to offer, it is still the Irish people that stand out. A friendlier, relaxed, and open approach to life cannot exist in any other capital in the world, and it is highly contagious.

Similar to much of northwest Europe, Dublin experiences a climate of mild winters, cool summers, and a lack of temperature extremes. The average maximum temperature in January is 48°F, while the average maximum July temperature 68°F. Generally, the sunniest months are in May and June. It rains throughout the year; so don’t forget to bring a raincoat.

Dublin airport is located 6 miles north of the city, and is well served by public bus links, taxis, and rental car companies. Dublin’s public transportation is well thought out and modern, but there is little need for public transport, as most sights are within easy walking distance of each other.

Dublin’s accommodations are plentiful and are generally very close to the central attractions. Stay among the historical sites in pure luxury hotels like the Merrion with its Georgian townhomes, or the Westin Dublin with its glamorous 19th century façade.

There are restaurants of every size, color, and flavor, some experimenting with totally new Irish cuisine. Others have more traditional fare, like the Winding Stair, with its famous Irish creamy fish pie. Of course, if you are feeling homesick, Sixty-six, is a swanky NY style brasserie. For those passionate about food and drink, Dublin is an exciting place.

St. Stephen's Green Center in Dublin

Dublin is one of the smallest of the European capitals and yet has more parks than any other European capital city. Check out St. Stephen’s Green. Lively Shakespearean dramas happen often here by the amazing theatrical Irish.

If golf is your passion, we highly recommend two golf courses that will definitely challenge your game with their traditional links style golf. Portmarnock Golf Club, situated just 6 miles north of the city, near the airport, and The Royal Dublin Golf’s Club, which is just three miles from the center of the city on Bull Island in Dublin Bay (accessed via an old wooden bridge).

As for the sights within Dublin, by far its most popular destination is the Guinness Storehouse. It houses an excellent visitor center and is every beer lover’s Disneyland, with a complimentary sample of stout for all!

Dublin Castle

For those who want to explore Ireland’s past, don’t miss Dublin Castle, the center of British power in Ireland for 800 years. Christ Church Cathedral, with its hilltop location and eye-catching flying buttresses, makes it one of the capital’s most recognizable symbols. This splendid cathedral is the main place of worship for the Protestant Church of Ireland, although visitors from all denominations will be attracted to Christ Church by its other claim to fame as the oldest building in Ireland.

Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin

We recommend the Old Library at Trinity College. In the Long Room of the library resides the world’s most beautiful illuminated manuscript, The Book of Kells. It was written on vellum in about 800 AD and contains the four gospels, commentary, and images from the New Testament. The library houses more than 450,000 books.

And to truly understand Irish history, especially its resistance to English rule, a must see is the former prison, Kilmainham Gaol. The ‘gaol’ played a central role in much of Ireland’s modern history, and was the scene of the incarceration – and execution – of many of the leaders of the 1916 uprising.

Dublin in the Evening

Last but not least, is Dublin’s notorious nightlife. Some of the more celebrated pubs, with great food, entertainment, and passionate conversation are McDaids, The Temple Bar, Messr Maguires, The Brazen Head and Stag Head. For a more traditional night, we recommend the Irish House Party, where you will enjoy old-fashioned Irish music and dancing in an intimate and homey Dublin setting.

Of late Dublin has gained a reputation for being a party town where the Guinness never stops flowing. Yes, you can party until late in the night, but Dublin is one of the most interesting small cities in the world. It has much to offer with its endless examples of art, culture and outdoor events and one of the most changeable histories of any country in Europe.

Most impressive of all, are the Dubliners whom you will meet. We promise you will never forget them. When you’re ready for your Irish vacation, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or concierge@luxetravel.com.