ENJOY IRISH HOSPITALITY AT OUR DUBLIN HOTELS!
Soak up the atmosphere in vibrant Dublin! Stay in the heart of the action at the uber-cool Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, with Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral right on your doorstep. Or, treat yourself to a luxury hotel stay at the historic 5 star Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel just outside the city. For easy access to the airport, there’s no better base that the relaxing Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport.
There are a few words which you will hear often when staying in Ireland’s capital; ‘Cead mile Fáilte’. If you understand these words you will be smiling. It means ‘one hundred thousand welcomes’ which is quite a greeting for such a busy capital city.
Dublin’s past is rich with seafaring tales and roaring trade and it’s well-known for its role in education and as a forward thinking city. Today it is home to technology giants Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. Perhaps these social business enterprises chose Dublin because of its reputation for entertainment, creativity and friendly people.
Dublin lies on the River Liffey in the arms of the Wicklow Mountains and is sheltered from the rolling waves of the Irish Sea by Dublin Bay. The city has found a way of combining the historical with the contemporary with great success. One moment you can be enjoying Dublin’s grand Norman castle, and then staring at the Spire of Dublin (the modern ‘Monument of Light’ which rises 400 ft. into the sky). Dublin has all the big names for shopping but it also has trendy independent stores hidden down tiny winding streets. You may stop to look around Trinity College and then stumble across the Science Gallery with its changing exhibitions on the latest discoveries, or become absorbed in the 800AD Book of Kells. You can join a cocktail master class or soak up the atmosphere in the bars in Grafton Street and Temple Bar. You can sit back and enjoy the café culture or comedy scene, or head to the city’s largest open space, Phoenix Park, where the President of Ireland has his residence.
Dublin has many more surprises outside its centre. Its position on the water means it’s a hot spot for sailing and windsurfing and the surrounding countryside and mountains are an exciting playground for golfers, hikers and horse riders looking for tranquillity from the lively streets. Dublin is an exciting, diverse, spontaneous city, which welcomes families, couples, friends, business and locals to join in the fun every single day.
If you’re in Dublin for a few days you’re lucky as there is so much to do and see here. Even if you only have one day we can make sure you see some of the city – here are a few ideas.
- You can’t really come to Dublin and miss out taking a peek at The Book of Kells from 800AD. Even if you’re not too keen on history you’ll be impressed. The condition of this manuscript is incredible and the library at Trinity College displays two volumes of the book every day.
- Dublin is well known for its bars and pubs of course but it also has a fantastic café culture and even has a Coffee and Tea Festival. Dip into one of the quirky cafes off the shopping streets and watch the busy colourful streets as they ebb and flow with the rhythm of the city.
- Take a bike tour of the city – it’s a great way to get a feel for all the different areas from the University to the Docklands, to Temple Bar and the cathedral, to Merrion Square and the birth place of George Bernard Shaw and many more places you may have missed by foot. The best thing about taking a bike around Dublin is that you can do it all at your own pace, hop on and off, have a snack, take some photos.
- Dublin is a great place for anyone who loves water sports and Kitesurfing is one sport which is wonderful here because of the powerful winds blowing across the ocean. Either watch the incredible sportsmanship – people flying through the air doing somersaults while controlling a board and a kite is certainly impressive, or join in and take a lesson.
- Whatever you do when you’re in Dublin make sure you eat out. The city has some wonderful restaurants including Michelin-starred Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.
Explore the wild part of Dublin and take a cruise down the River Liffey or a hike in the Wicklow Mountains or a stroll along the seafront at Dublin Bay. Relax in the city’s largest open space, the 1752-acre Phoenix Park, where the President of Ireland has his residence and where you’ll see 40 per cent of Ireland’s bird species and 50 per cent of the country’s mammals – it’s also the home of Dublin Zoo. The Zoo has more than 400 animals and is one of the world’s oldest Zoos, open since 1831.
Dublin’s grand Norman castle is an inspirational place and one of the city’s top attractions. Here you’ll explore Dublin’s history and see amazing historic treasures in the Chapel, the Library and State Apartments. After that visit Trinity College, which is home to the 800AD Book of Kells. Walk the cobbled streets and enjoy the history of the college as you see this incredible piece of history.
You’ll be inspired by the Spire of Dublin, designed by Ian Ritchie Architects. It is a tall 120m pointed stainless steel structure on the regenerated O’Connell Street. The sky reflects in the shiny surface creating different moods on different days. It’s known as the modern ‘Monument of Light’. After you’ve been enlightened head to Merrion Square – this Georgian Square tells stories from long ago and has seen many famous faces. W.B Yeats and Oscar Wilde lived on this upmarket square and it was the home to the British Embassy until the Bloody Sunday protests. Today Merrion Square is a hive of activity and you’ll find wonderful townhouses, the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum, a courtyard park and a lunchtime market every Thursday.
The National Museum of Ireland has four museums across Dublin and County Mayo and they are considered some of the city’s top attractions: The Natural History Museum, the Museum of Archaeology, the Museum of Decorative Arts and History are all based in Dublin and the Country Life Museum is based outside the city. Ask the concierge for more details so you can plan your visits.