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A contender for the greatest city in Europe, Dublin knows how to have fun as do Dubliners. At first glance, Dublin can seem like a jumble of architecture and cultures but the people’s attachment to their city is born out of a genuine love of a place that oozes personality; a city with a sociable soul that makes it one of the most charismatic capitals in Europe. Whether it’s for a weekend or a week, book flights to Dublin and enjoy unrivalled hospitality and warmth even on the coldest of days and take a look at the best things to do in Ireland’s capital. Live Like a Local Temple Bar is one of the most charming of the city’s neighbourhoods and locals like to keep it that way. There are lovely art galleries, cafes, bars and old historic properties on rustic cobbled streets. There is a fantastic art-house cinema at the Irish Film Institute and the Gallery of Photography. This is the place for those of a bohemian disposition. Have a Perfect Pint Kehoe’s is the place to go if your raison d’etre for coming to Dublin was for the black stuff. This neighbourhood tavern is home to friendly staff and friendlier locals enjoying the elegant character of the bar with its wood floors, cosy snugs and old-school character. The bathrooms are tiny though so be wary of how many pints you drink! A Royal Day Out Not exactly a castle in the traditional sense with moats and drawbridges, turrets and towers but more an impressive set of 18th Century administrative buildings. Don’t be out off however, they are often the site of many a diplomatic function or state occasion and even the occasional recital. The interior is stunning and well worth a look around. Irish Stew Warm up on a chilly day in the Porterhouse, Dublin’s oldest microbrewery and sample a plate of their famous and delicious Irish stew. The pub sells its own beers which are heavenly and go very well with their oysters and other excellent pub grub. With great beer and great food that won’t break the bank, what more could you ask for. Paddy’s Parade If you happen to be in Dublin on March 17th, be prepared for a raucous time and the perfect excuse to have a few pints. The St Patrick’s Day festival takes place over four days with fantastic street performances, music, film and general merriment. July and August bring the film festivals and the winter festival is a delight with readings, discussions and cosy times by the fire. Academic Stroll For a lovely way to spend a Sunday, take a turn in the grounds and alleys of Trinity College, Dublin’s most prestigious university. It is an oasis of peace and beauty with elegant gardens and classical and contemporary architecture. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, Trinity boasts a spectacular cast of former students including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Students give guided tours in the summer. Dining in Dublin Peploe’s is the perfect place either for lunch or for some Friday night fun in the city. Popular with Dubliners, the location is fantastic and the wood, murals and crisp table cloths add a touch of class. The wine list is extensive and the food, from French onion soup to Caesar salad and salmon with dill sauce is delicious. Enjoy a lovely glass of wine or two in these refined and lively surroundings. Rugby in Dublin The Six Nations Rugby tournament is the highlight of the Irish porting calendar and home games can be seen at Croke Park. If there aren’t any at the time you’re there, don’t worry as the whole of Dublin turns into a party city anyway and there is plenty of fun to be had watching the games with a pint of Guinness! Irish Melodies The Cobblestone’s is a little piece of musical heaven, where the downstairs Musician’s Corner attracts players from all over the country and the upstairs rarely has a bad set. Showcasing traditional folk music this cosy and old school atmosphere, this is Ireland at its best! Sweet Treat Concealed in a little courtyard lies Dublin best kept secret; a divine little café with a loyal following. As you enter, the waft of cinnamon and home-baking hits you. Selling cakes, biscuits, pies, sandwiches and salads, this is a brilliant little venue for lunch or afternoon tea with friendly staff and an adorably cute and cosy atmosphere. Perfect for a rainy day…or any day!
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