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Best time to visit
The best weather is usually between June and August, but this is the priciest time for tourists to visit. Try March to May if you’re on a budget.
To return your hire car, head for the Eastlands Car Hire Facility, which is adjacent to the airport. From there you get a shuttle bus to the terminal.
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St Stephen’s Green. A mini Central Park, this landscaped square is a lovely surprise in the middle of the city.
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Hire a car in Dublin
Dublin – the capital of the Republic of Ireland – is one of the most popular cities amongst European tourists.
The city itself isn’t drop dead gorgeous, but that’s not why people visit. It’s friendly, loud, fun and charming – there’s not much more you need in a weekend break. From a thriving pub culture (even churches are converted into bars) to Georgian architecture, combined with the beautiful landscape beyond the city, you won’t be short of things to do here.
Ireland itself is perfectly compact, making it ideal road trip territory. And where better to start your Irish adventure than in the most famous city of all, Dublin?
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Getting from the airport can be a pain without a car, as it is outside of the city and there isn’t much public transport on offer. Taxis are really overpriced, so picking up your car straight from the airport is probably the best option.
If you don’t want to drive in the city centre, hire a Dublin Bike for an alternative way to get around. They are stationed all over the city – it’s good value and great exercise!
There are so many free cultural activities in Dublin. Head to a visitor centre (there’s one on O’Connell St and one on Grafton St) to find out which museums and galleries are free entry.
Take time to roam the streets without a real plan. There are some fascinating places to stumble across, but if you prefer more of an itinerary why not try out a free walking tour?
Many restaurants offer deals if you are prepared to dine before the rush. There may be a choice of pre-theatre offers to make the most of on weeknights.
Live music is a staple part of Dublin culture. If you can find somewhere which has a line up, you’ll have an evening of entertainment sorted which won’t be too hard on the wallet.
Hotels can be very pricey during peak season. Have a look at Trinity College dorms during the summer, as you can rent them and save money compared to hotel prices.
Things to see
An abandoned prison, the largest library in Ireland, historic castle, impressive cathedrals, distilleries and breweries, zoos and markets – there’s so much to see, take your pick.
North of Dublin is Brú na Bóinne, one of the most important Neolithic sites in the world. Older than the pyramids, these stone age tombs are not only fascinating, but ahead of their time. Unusual acre-sized mounds were created so that during winter solstice, the sun dramatically illuminates a chamber inside.
Combining astronomical and religious influences, the warren of passageways inside the structures demonstrate a high-level of organisation for such an ancient civilization.
Below the city sits the vast landscape of the Wicklow Mountains. From green pastures and lakes, to soft peaks and icy summits, this national park is diverse. The area is home to carnivorous plants and dragonflies as well as being a sanctuary for wild red deer.
This brilliantly bleak landscape holds secret graveyards, and at the eastern edge of the mountains is the dramatic waterfall of Powerscourt. Those brave enough to visit after heavy rain will find the experience worth it.
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Dublin Airport DUB
The 14th-busiest airport in Europe.
Car rental desks
The desks are located within Terminal 1, or Terminal 2 multi-storey car park.
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