Dublin city breaks

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday, or just want to shake up your weekend, you can't go wrong with a city break in Dublin. With so much culture, history and nightlife right on your doorstep, why go anywhere else?

The compact city centre is the ideal size for daytime wanders, perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. As you stroll around you'll find world-class museums to visit, quirky shops to browse, and lots of interesting statues that were just made for selfies – say hiya to Molly Malone for us. A hipster revolution has taken Dublin by storm in recent years, with shabby-chic bars, restaurants, and pop-up shops appearing in the backstreets south of the Liffey. For a taste of traditional Dublin, visit the northside's buzzing Moore Street Market where boisterous barrow-vendors still cry their wares.

When it comes to wild weekend breaks, nowhere does it better than Dublin. You'll find plenty of revellers proving that theory in Temple Bar (where live folk music pours from every doorway) and in the trendy pubs and clubs on Camden Mile. As Dublin is such a short hop from most places in Ireland, there's no need to book flights: just pack your bags, book yourself a hotel in Dublin city centre and enjoy the ultimate staycation.

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There's no better place to kick off a weekend break in Dublin than Temple Bar. Choose the pub with the liveliest crowd, order yourself some locally brewed craft beer, and get ready to party.

On Saturday morning, grab brunch in one of Dublin's excellent cafes before wandering down Grafton Street for some serious window shopping. Or, visit Georges St Arcade for quirky stalls selling upcycled furniture and arty treasures. Afterwards, snap a selfie with Oscar Wilde at Merrion Square before heading to Camden Mile for another lively night out.

On Sunday morning, discover a different side of Temple Bar by visiting the weekend book market before catching a Gaelic football match at Croke Park. No visit to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. End your weekend with a pint of the black stuff while watching the sunset over the city in the panoramic GRAVITY bar.

Where to eat and drink in Dublin

There's much more to Dublin's drinking and dining scenes than stout and stodge. High quality casual restaurants serve up a range of global favourites, from juicy fried chicken to wood-fired pizzas. Craft beer has taken the city by storm recently, too (great news if you're not into Guinness). One of the best restaurants in Dublin to try the city's new cuisine is The Porterhouse. Wash down fusion dishes like potato farl tacos and duck confit potato skins with a bottle of their own craft beer. Some of the best pubs in Dublin are in Temple Bar. Swerve past the tourist traps and book a table at the speakeasy-style Vintage Cocktail Club for award-winning mixed-drinks. The best brunch places in Dublin include Meet Me in the Morning and BEAR, which are known for their hangover-busting brekkies. Need more help planning your night out? Read about 11 of the best bars in Dublin.

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When to go to Dublin

Dublin is a year-round city. Visit in summer for the weather, or in September and October for the arts festivals. March is another great month to visit, but if you want a room in the capital over St Patrick's Day weekend you'll need to book well in advance. Dublin sits on a sheltered part of the east coast, getting about half the rain the west of Ireland does, so you don't need to worry about packing your brolly.

Insider tips

Take a bus to Howth and walk to the summit of the hill for the best view of Dublin. There's a coastal walk if you're feeling energetic, or you can head straight to Octopussy's Seafood Tapas Bar for a plate of fresh-out-the-water Dublin Bay prawns.

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This information is correct as of February 2017

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