Tired of playing second-fiddle to its southern neighbor, Northern Ireland has finally stepped out of the shadows in recent years, rising to fame as the principal filming location for HBO hit Game of Thrones. Don’t be put off by its small size – diminutive Northern Ireland still packs in an impressive number of unique attractions and with the sights so close to together, it’s easy to take in the highlights on a day or multi-day trip. For those short on time, visiting Northern Ireland from Dublin makes a popular choice, with the border just over an hour from the Irish capital and the 2-hour train journey from Dublin to Belfast among the country’s most scenic.
Category: Things To Do
October 9, 2014
Endless sightseeing and nights out might have to be put on hold if you’re traveling with kids in tow, but thankfully there are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin as a family. Whether you’re entertaining hard-to-impress teenagers or looking for something to keep under-10s amused, here are 40 amazing things to do in Dublin with kids.
September 25, 2014
Irish folklore is full of tall tales, myths and legends, but few local customs are as famous as ‘kissing the Blarney Stone’ – a bold feat said to bestow the benefactor with the fabled ‘gift of the gab’ (a natural flair for public speech and storytelling). There might be little proof to the rumors, but that hasn’t stopped the castle from drawing up to 300,000 annual visitors, each hoping that the Irish way with words will rub off on them. Just 2.5 hours from the capital, visiting Blarney Castle from Dublin makes a popular day or multi-day trip and is often combined with a visit to nearby Cork or a tour of the scenic Ring of Kerry.
September 11, 2014
Ireland’s reputation for gloomy weather and endless rain prevents many travelers from venturing there outside of the summer months, but with numerous festivals and favorable prices, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Dublin in fall. Here are a few ideas.
August 28, 2014
With its hard-drinking, hard-partying reputation, you’d be forgiven for thinking the only place to go after dark in Dublin was the pub, but while crawling the city’s pubs is an unforgettable pastime, there are plenty of other ways to explore Dublin at night. Here are some ideas.
August 14, 2014
Whether you’re trying to discover your Irish heritage or just interested to learn more about the country’s history, exploring Dublin’s Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship offers a fascinating insight into the plight of Irish emigrants. A lasting vestige of Dublin’s mass mid-19th-century emigrations – when more than 1 million victims of the Irish famine braved the voyage to America in the hope of a better life in the New World – the Jeanie Johnston is a working replica of the country’s most famous famine ship.
July 3, 2014
With cheap flights connecting Dublin to other European cities and train links to all of Ireland’s major cities, Dublin makes an easy choice for a weekend away and there’s plenty to see and do while you’re in town. Whether you’re first-time visitors trying to cram in as many of the sights as possible, planning a romantic getaway or bringing your friends for a weekend of drinking and dancing, here are some ideas for how to spend the perfect weekend in Dublin.
June 19, 2014
With over 100 years of history and the home of Ireland’s traditional Gaelic Games, Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium is one of the city’s most iconic sporting landmarks, and while sports fans will get a kick out of touring the legendary grounds, the stadium also offers some of the best views in the city from its rooftop walkway.
June 5, 2014
Crawling Dublin’s historic pubs is a time-honoured tradition, but as the mercury rises, who wants to be huddled inside a dimly lit pub with a room-temperature pint of Guinness? Instead, make the most of the sun with a cool beer or iced cocktail at one of the capital’s best alfresco venues – here’s our top pick of Dublin’s summer beer gardens.
May 22, 2014
Whether you’re looking to have a quintessentially Irish experience or just add some unique sights to your travel blog, the Irish capital is full of surprises and there are plenty of things that you can only do in Dublin. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.