Over the next few months we will be sharing with you a collection of things that we think make Dublin special. Do you think we missed anything? If so then hashtag us Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #LoveDublin.
#1: It's Great Value For Money - If you're thinking about taking a trip to Dublin, here's some good news: it's never been better value. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to quality, affordable accommodation, food and drink, and getting around won't break the bank either.
#4: The Friendly Locals - Ireland in general is renowned for the friendliness of its people, and we’re proud to say that Dublin is no different. We love a chat, we’ll always do what we can to help, and we’ve even been known to be “up for the craic” every now and then!
#15: You’ll find so many great free things to see and do! Not only has a trip to Dublin become more affordable than ever, you can also enjoy so many things during your visit without spending a single euro. From museums and galleries to parks and festivals, they’re all fantastic – and free!
#3: Its coastline - Dublin’s a great city – but it’s so much more than that. Travel north or south of the city centre by DART rail service or by bike, and you’ll find a sparkling string of coastal towns, beaches, harbours and bracing sea views. And where there’s sea, there’s great seafood!
#5: Our Spacious Parks & Gardens - On glorious summer days like these, you just want to be outside, so why not join the countless Dubliners who love to get out and enjoy “the lungs of the city”. From the historic Phoenix Park to the central Saint Stephen’s Green, to name but two, Dublin’s full of beautiful, relaxing green spaces.
#7: It’s So Kid-Friendly - Dublin’s a city with something for everyone – and that includes the little ones. Our Family Insider Guide is packed full of fun and exciting things to see and do that your kids will just love, from the Viking Splash Tour to Dublin Zoo… and did we mention the chocolate factory?
#11: The River Liffey - Running through the heart of Dublin, and culturally celebrated by everyone from Joyce to Radiohead, it’s both a water and power supply for the city, and used by commercial and recreational craft. And once a year, hundreds of hardy souls attempt the historic Liffey Swim!
#13: Our fantastic festivals - It’s no secret that Dubliners love to party, so it makes perfect sense that you’ll find so many festivals on here throughout the year. St Patrick’s Day is always the big one, but the rest of our calendar is usually packed with all sorts of festival fun.
#14: Our Live Music Scene - Whatever type of music you’re into, you’re never far from a gig in Dublin. Live traditional Irish music sessions take place nightly in dozens of pubs and hotels, and there are plenty of concert venues and clubs hosting local and international bands, artists and DJs.
#16: Our Georgian heritage - From gardens to galleries, townhouses and squares, you’ll find magnificently preserved examples of the Georgian style of architecture all over Dublin. Most noticeable of all, of course, is our countless number of gorgeous Georgian doors!
#6: Our Castles - Summer’s a great season to explore as much of Dublin as you can – and no exploration should be complete without at least one castle visit. From Dublin Castle in the heart of the city, to suburban sites in Malahide, Swords, Balbriggan, Dalkey and Drimnagh, they’re all impressive examples of ancient architecture.
#8: The Beautiful Beaches - You may not think of Dublin as a beach destination, but a short trip outside the city centre will bring you to any number of gorgeous sandy stretches. They’re perfect for walks and views, activities like kite surfing, and – of course – icecream!
#9: Our Dancing Culture - Dublin’s a great place to see the nimble footwork of traditional Irish Dancing in action – and even to try it yourself! In fact, today’s a National Day of Irish Dance, with workshops and a céilí (musical gathering) taking place at the Discover Ireland Centre on Suffolk Street.
#10: Our Cultural Quarter - Dublin’s Temple Bar district richly deserves its status as the city’s Cultural Quarter. As well as its many fine bars and restaurants, you’ll find plenty of cool independent fashion and design shops, colourful outdoor markets and award-winning architectural spaces.
#12: Our glorious food - Whether you fancy Michelin-star dining, cosy cafés, tasty Irish classics, the best in world cuisine, bustling food markets, or fresh seafood straight from the coast, Dublin’s a place with something to suit all tastes. We’re hungry just writing this!