If you ask what is great about Dublin, we must start with its people. Dubliners are arguably the friendliest inhabitants of any European city, and for this reason, Dublin has become well known for its social scene. It’s very easy to think of Dublin as just a great night out, but to do so, is to misunderstand this city. It offers the visitor so much more, and it oozes history and culture.
Dublin is cosmopolitan, colorful and over a thousand years old, it presents a fine starting point for visitors to Ireland. Given form by the River Liffey with its nine bridges linking the two halves of the city, Dublin is easily explored on foot. Central Dublin presents a wealth of historic landmarks, from ancient cathedrals to gracious Georgian buildings that pay testimony to days gone by. There are several attractions on both sides of the Liffey, ranging from gaols and castles to the birthplaces of famous poets and writers and guided literary trails. Then, of course, there is the black stuff… No visit to Dublin is complete without a visit to the home of Guinness.
Not far from the city in County Wicklow are the Wicklow Mountains, where hills and glens, forests and waterfalls attract weekend walkers and nature-lovers. Dublin Bay, which lies between the mouth of the River Liffey and the Dalkey headland, is the site of several small coastal towns and the ferry port of Dun Laoghaire. County Kildare is a region of rich farmland and fine reputation for the breeding of thoroughbred horses, while the similar counties of Louth and Meath have evidence of early civilizations and a wealth of castles and monasteries.
Dublin is also very easily reached from almost anywhere in the UK, and Millington Travel has been booking customers to Dublin ever since we started the business 40 years ago. It remains one of our favorites, and we welcome you to use our experience of this wonderful destination when planning a trip to Dublin or beyond.
Millington Travel’s Top Ten in Dublin
- Guinness storehouse. Located in the heart of St James gate brewery and has been home to the ‘black stuff’ since 1759
- Dublin Zoo. Located in Phoenix Park and is the largest Zoo in Ireland.
- St Stephens Green. City center Public Park opened in 1880.
- St Patricks Cathedral. The largest church in Ireland with a 43-meter spire.
- Kilmainham Gaol. The museum is a must for history buffs, tells part of the story of Irish history.
- Science Gallery at Trinity College. A place where Science and Art collide.
- National Gallery of Ireland. Boasts some 2500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media including watercolors, drawings, prints, and sculptures.
- National Botanical Gardens. An oasis of calm and beauty and entry is free!
- Temple Bar. The famous area of bustling nightlife on the south bank of the River Liffey.
- Dublin Castle. Until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and now a major Irish Government complex.
When to go?
This is Ireland.. so expect rain! Dress for it and you’ll have a great time in Dublin at any time of year. Of course, there are the usual seasonal variations in temperature but luckily it never gets too hot or too cold. The summer months are of course very busy with higher prices so we recommend spring or autumn.