Is this your first holiday in Dublin? What are you looking to get out of your Dublin holiday? No matter what your purpose for visiting Dublin; be it a stag weekend, a short trip or break, or an extended holiday, there will be a district that perfectly matches your tastes.
If you are travelling to Dublin for a Stag Weekend then Temple Bar, with its eclectic mix of pubs and clubs is the perfect destination for you and your fellow revellers.
If you like to absorb a city’s culture and, in Dublin’s case, you want to sample the ‘craic’ and legendary traditional nightlife then North of the River Liffey is a good choice for you to base your holiday in. The Northside also boasts a huge array of cultural and historical attractions that will keep your holiday interesting.
If you like to learn about the history of a city you are on holiday in, then you could choose to stay near Dublin Castle and the two beautiful Medieval Churches -St. Patrick’s and Christ Church – which are in the Medieval District.
South Georgian Dublin combines luscious green city centre parks in the form of the famous St. Stephen’s Green and it’s less popular but equally beautiful neighbour Merrion Square. During your holiday a trip to at least one of these squares is a must. Trinity College also forms part of the South Georgian district. This, Ireland’s oldest university, also houses Ireland’s oldest book: the fascinating and mysterious Book of Kells. Written around 800 AD by Celtic monks, this perfectly preserved book with its wonderful illustrations is a stunning relic of Ireland’s past is an absolute must see.
The highlight of the Dart’s Northern journey is the beautiful town of Howth. Howth, with its Yachts, sailboats and stunning views of the Irish sea is a perfect spot to spend a day relaxing and enjoying a gentle stroll.
If you prefer swimming in seas than rivers take the Dart (a tram that extends North and South along the Dublin coast) south to Sandycove and try out the Forty Foot, which is a swimming place that has been used by Dubliners and holidaymakers fro 250 years – Dart South. A wonderful little coastal town called Bray is a bit further on along the Dublin coast and the walk from this town to Greystones, makes up a beautiful coastal walk.
The River Liffey is the artery that divides the city of Dublin into the distinct areas of Northside and Southside, it is also a hive of activity which unites the city with a unique continental vibe. In the Summer months particularly the Quays are a great place to walk, eat, stay, and possibly – if you are brave – try out some water sports, for example, the annual River Liffey swim.