As the capital of Ireland, Dublin is crammed with fabulous museums, hundreds of restaurants, pubs and clubs, and endless historical sites to explore.
Luckily Dublin is a walking city. You can get almost anywhere by foot, which makes the city more of a delight to discover, even when the weather is freezing. You might visit the National Museum of Ireland to gain a better understanding of Ireland and Dublin’s culture and history; or duck into the Old Library at Trinity College to view the architecture and gorgeous original manuscripts like the Book of Kells. Weather permitting, don’t miss the National Botanic Gardens, or join a walking tour of the charming and decrepit Glasnevin Cemetery.
The Dublin Writers Museum is fascinating, chronicling the lives and achievements of Irish writers like Joyce and Yeats. Dublin Castle is an interesting collage of architecture and history, and the guided tours here are captivating and extremely affordable.
Try to stop in for a pint and a wander at the Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery; there are even literary pub crawls where you follow the lives of great writers and learn about Dublin’s architecture, historical bohemian sub cultures and enjoy great old pubs like The Brazen Head and The Cobblestone.
For top quality accommodation the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin wins hands down, but you can also find many good inns and other lodging options now in this vibrant European capital.