“This is a city that feels like a village, with some of the friendliest people you’ll come across on your travels.” Travel Expert, Michael Dalton, of Flight Centre Essendon, Victoria, shares his favourite five things about the Irish capital.
Food: Fish and Chips Cafe
Get locally sourced fish and chips a stone’s throw from Temple Bar. No bookings, but a great atmosphere, and they have their own Irish pale ale and ice cream, too.
Play: Guinness Storehouse
There are three bars in which to sample the goods. Try your hand at pouring the perfect pint at the Guinness Academy.
After dark: The Cobblestone Pub
A traditional Irish pub in one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods. It describes itself as “a drinking pub with a music problem” and that’s exactly what you’ll get.
Day trip: Wicklow Mountains
A short day trip from Dublin, and you’ll be in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains and the ancient monastic city of Glendalough (‘glen of the two lakes’). This is quintessential Ireland.
Secret tip: Insider info
Just a 15-minute stroll from the city centre you’ll find the 18th-century Marsh’s Library. With original oak bookcases and more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books it’s a real hidden gem.