Dublin is a vibrant city with plenty of exciting things happening, whatever the time of year. When looking at where to stay in Dublin, it’s important to balance cost, convenience and amenities for the perfect stay.
But first, why should you visit Dublin?
There are so many reasons; the shopping, the nightlife, the locals, the culture and the Guinness – to name just a few! Dublin is a unique place where you can make the experience your own. I’ve visited Dublin twice, and both times were completely different.
Here are 5 great locations to provide some inspiration on where to stay in Dublin – whatever your interests:
Close to the airport
If you’re just enjoying a flying visit to Dublin, you may want to consider staying close to the airport and travelling into the city centre. It only takes 25-minutes by taxi or around 40 minutes by bus, so it’s pretty convenient. An express bus service is available, called Airlink. This costs only 6 euros one way, or 10 euros return and will take you right to the centre.
Staying close to the airport means you can simply check in to a hotel and leave your luggage there, saving you the hassle of carrying it around.
There are a couple of hotels to choose from that are close to the airport, including the Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport and the Radisson Blu Hotel. Both offer contemporary accommodation and a 24-hour airport shuttle for convenience.
Whether you are looking for some high street bargains or to treat yourself from a luxury boutique shop, Dublin has it all. The main shopping areas are on two streets; Henry Street and Grafton Street. Henry Street is north of the River Liffey, and Grafton Street to the south.
Temple Bar also has some outdoor markets, selling a wide range of items such as fresh food, Irish crafts and antiques, as well as books. If you are visiting Dublin over the weekend, make sure you check them out; they are open on both Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat after a full morning of shopping, try The Exchequer for lunch. This gastropub provides a modern, comfortable atmosphere with a true Irish welcome where you can relax and refuel with warming pub grub. The Exchequer is on 3-5 Exchequer Street, which is about a 4-minute walk from Grafton Street. Simply turn right on Wicklow Street, and continue onto Exchequer Street.
The Brooks Hotel is a perfect choice to stay if retail therapy is high on your agenda. The hotel is on Drury Street, which is a 5-minute walk to Grafton Street and a 13-minute walk to Henry Street. So while it’s right in the heart of the action, it also provides a peaceful setting in which to relax.
The Dublin nightlife is infamous. Whether you are looking for live Irish music, a chilled bar to relax with a cocktail or a buzzing nightclub, Dublin has it all.
Temple Bar is the main area where both tourists and locals alike will flock to for the evening. A good tip is not to go out too early if you are planning on going to a club. This is because some of the clubs don’t get busy until the early hours of the morning. I made this mistake and ended up peaking too soon!
The Porterhouse Temple Bar is great for early evening drinks, and they serve their own self-brewed beer. So, this place is a must-visit if you like Craft Beer! They often have live music creating a folksy atmosphere to get into the Irish spirit.
To avoid expensive taxis, when thinking about where to stay in Dublin, it may be worth considering a hotel close to Temple Bar. The Temple Bar Inn is a short stroll away from the main nightlife area, so is the perfect location. However, being so close it can be a little noisy at night, depending on which room you’re in. Of course, if you’re out on the town, this won’t matter!
Dublin is full of culture and historic attractions to experience. While these can be found across the city, to the south-west there are a few popular tourists sites to explore:
- Dublin Castle off Dame Street is a key historic site to visit. You can either self-guide or choose a guided tour that takes around 70 minutes. Dublin castle also contains exhibitions, giving insight into Dublin’s past.
- City Hall, on Dame Street, is a Georgian civic building. You can take a tour of City Hall and see ‘The Story of the Capital’ exhibition.
- Chester Beatty Library is a highly regarded museum at Dublin Castle. The museum contains a collection of manuscripts, paintings, rare books and decorative arts, and is well worth a visit.
The Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch provides the ideal base for exploring Dublin’s cultural attractions. The hotel is on Christchurch Place, and is in a quieter location, but still only a 10-minute walk to the centre. Plus, you get an amazing view of the Christ Church Cathedral!
A guide to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Guinness! Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in Dublin at St. James’s Gate Brewery. The Guinness Storehouse at the brewery is now a popular attraction. You can book a tour and sample the distinctive flavours of Guinness. I’d recommend you book tickets online in advance to skip the queues and make the most of your time there.
The Guinness Storehouse is a 17-minute walk from the Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch.
Where to stay in Dublin
When choosing where to stay in Dublin, location is important. Staying close to the nightlife may be noisier, so if you’re looking for a more relaxed stay, you will want to look at hotels away from these areas.
As you can see, there is plenty going on in Dublin, both in the daytime and nighttime, and you can very easily spend a few days here.