City break in Dublin | layers of culture in Ireland's capital

Dublin is constantly evolving; as Dublin’s old neighbourhoods grow and flourish, new attractions are popping up beside beloved classics. So whilst ticking off the city’s classic must-sees, it's time to also discover the newest local gems...

Dublin is a small capital with a lot to say. This is something I’m often reminded of, whether I’m exploring the vibrant streets of Temple Bar, hanging out in historic arts venues, or sipping cocktails in brand new bars. Dublin is a city of endless surprises, where rich heritage meets current creativity and the old is celebrated along with the new.

SEE | explore Dublin's past and present

To experience Dublin to it’s fullest, spend some time learning about its cultural heritage, before exploring some of its most diverse neighbourhoods heaving with pubs, arts venues, upmarket boutiques, and thriving coffee shops.

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STAY | enjoy a warm welcome in Dublin’s classic and contemporary hotels

Dublin’s reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in the world means you can expect a warm welcome. Hospitable locals, excellent service, and easy-going neighbourhoods are all part of the city’s charm. To top it off, you can choose from an impressive range of elegant guest houses and hip hotels for a truly comfortable stay.

Classic | boutique hotel in the heart of the city with renowned restaurant


If you’re looking for a stylish base in the heart of Dublin, Brooks Hotel is great choice. A four-star boutique hotel, Brooks is family-owned and perfect for a classy weekend in the capital. So you can explore Dublin’s central landmarks, before coming back to relax in total comfort. Get settled in a Classic Room, surrounded by handcrafted furniture. Or treat yourself to a luxurious Executive Room – perfect for a romantic weekend. And don’t worry if you don’t feel like going out for dinner, because the restaurant is what really sets Brooks apart. At Francesca’s Restaurant, the team is passionate about wild food and foraging, so each dish is packed with fresh, local produce.

Brooks Hotel

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (2527 reviews)

Classic | cosy guest house with full Irish breakfast for travellers on a budget


Although Dublin hotels are notoriously expensive, it is possible to enjoy the city on a budget. Ariel House, a Victorian guest house in the leafy neighbourhood of Ballsbridge, offers elegant rooms at affordable rates. For an extra-peaceful stay, book a room with a view of the garden. Or splash out on the spacious Junior Suite and relax in your four-poster bed. And after a comfy night’s sleep, you can prepare for a day of sightseeing with some homemade granola, freshly-baked scones, or a full Irish breakfast.

Ariel House

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (1994 reviews)

Contemporary | modern central boutique with cocktail bar for the ultimate nightlife experience


The Dean’s has contemporary chic covered. A hip design hotel right in the heart of Dublin, The Dean is the ultimate spot for a wild weekend. With it’s own rooftop cocktail lounge, ‘The Vintage Cocktail Club’, you can hang out and sip unusual inventions before heading out for a night on the town. And if you try to party two nights out in a row, be warned, the plush rooms are so comfy that you might find yourself tempted to stay in and watch Netflix on your Samsung TV! The rooms range from the small and comfy Modpod to the supersized Penthouse, so there really is something for everyone here, whatever your budget.

The Dean Dublin

8.2 Very good (1379 reviews)

Contemporary | retro-inspired hostel with rooftop bar


At Jacobs Inn Hostel, you won’t have to spend an evening trying to find a cool rooftop bar in the city – just head up to the fourth floor and enjoy views of the skyline with a bottle of local stout. As well as socialising up on the roof, the hostel has a retro-inspired dining and games room with cartoon-style artwork and industrial-inspired lighting. Get competitive over a game of pool or foosball before unwinding in front of the TV. Eager for adventure? This hostel is only a 2 minute walk from Busaras Station so it’s really easy to get out and about, plus Buzzing Temple Bar is only 15 minutes’ stroll.

Jacobs Inn Dublin

8.4 Very good (10130 reviews)

EAT | feast on pub grub and fresh cuisine

Dublin’s food scene has transformed in recent years. An increase in creativity, innovation, and commitment to using local, high-quality ingredients have all seen to that. But don’t worry, it’s still just as easy to find a hearty bowl of Irish stew as it is to find a hip lobster roll.

DRINK | classic pints and creative cocktails

When it comes to finding places to drink, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Dublin. From classic pubs to opulent cocktail bars, Dublin seems to have its unfair share of impressive venues.

DO | experience nature and culture in the city

You’ll be thankful for Dublin’s compact size when you’re trying to explore as much of the city as possible. Balance your sightseeing with some urban adventures for a truly memorable trip.