Decadent, delightful and full of surprises, Dublin packs a punch that, delivered correctly, will leave you reeling but still wanting more. That’s big talk for a small capital.
Dubliners don’t mind a bit of hyperbole, especially if it’s to ‘big up’ their own beloved burg. Yet Dubs can also be brutally unsentimental about the place, which mightn’t come across as sexy or as sultry as other European capitals, but aren’t pretty things as easy to like as they are to forget? Dublin, they’ll tell you, has personality, which is way more important than good looks, and will last far longer.
Which isn’t to say that Dublin can’t do pretty. An amble through the landscaped parks corralled by the city’s rich Georgian heritage is enough to make anyone’s head turn, while even half a peek at the city’s myriad cultural offerings will show that it has pedigree too, these days expressed as much through its recently acquired multicultural cosmopolitanism as through its own traditional forms.
Yet Dublin’s most enduring quality can be found in Dubliners themselves, both native-born and blown-in. Garrulous, amiable and witty, Dubliners at their ease are the greatest hosts of all, a charismatic bunch whose soul and sociability are so compelling and infectious that at some point during your visit you could find yourself wondering if you could possibly figure out a way of staying here permanently. And if you can’t, don’t worry: it’ll still be here when you come back.
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Dublin isn’t the cheapest destination in Europe, but there’s plenty of great stuff to see and do that you don’t need to pull out your wallet or purse for. Trinity College, Dublin. Image by Brian Lawrence / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images.
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Bloomsday: join in Dublin's re-enactment of Joyce's Ulysses
'Bloomsday 'by Stéphane Moussie. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Dublin, Ireland Date: 16 June Level of participation: 2 - have some Ulysses quotations handy In order to create the critical distance required to write about Dublin, the great Irish scribe James Joyce went into self-imposed exile.
Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin
The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins at Glendalough, enjoy the 'craic' in a traditional Irish pub, and see where film-makers brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland when filming scenes for 'Braveheart' at Sally's Gap.
Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Dublin's historic buildings and vibrant nightlife with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Valid for 2 consecutive days you have plenty of time to see the sights of Dublin as you hop-on and hop-off 28 stops around the city on 2 different routes.
How to trick your parents into paying for your spring break trip
Parents can be such softies, but if you're plotting how to squeeze out a spring break trip on their dime this year, you might have to get creative.