The Irish Craic

Whilst I love to visit far-flung places, it’s always good to visit some of those gems a little closer to home. One place that has become hugely popular, with good reason, is Dublin.

Almost like a home away from home, Dublin feels familiar, possibly down to the friendly locals, yet for me, Ireland’s capital is truly a destination all of its own.

There are lots of cheap flights over the Irish sea, with low-cost airlines charging very little to visit the home of Guinness. At just over an hour’s flight, it’s quicker than driving to the coast! I would definitely recommend looking into airport parking as an extra to your flight. I rarely travel without this godsend of an extra, as it means I can travel to the airport with much less stress, and the handy shuttle to the terminal is really convenient. The price of it surprised me too! I recently tried parking at Gatwick airport and found great rates.
Dublin is brimming with things to see and do. The bus system makes it really easy to get around, or I’d suggest just walking and seeing what you find. I’ve stumbled upon many a wonderful sight this way. There are lots of historical buildings to visit, as well as museums and galleries too. The National Gallery is a great place to visit, and the National Museum of Ireland with its many artefacts and historical tales. One museum I would say you must visit is the Guinness Museum. It would be rude not to!

Are you like me, and into shopping? Well Grafton Street and Henry Street are where we need to be heading, with shopping centres and smaller stores lining the streets. Shopping heaven indeed.

The River Liffey runs through the heart of the city, with many bridges crossing it. This is a picture I love, so remember your camera for those moments to capture.

Heading out of the city for a break, there are some wonderful, rugged beaches. I love nature, and I love the picture of a wild beach – so for me, this is fantastic, and a great chance to breathe in some fresh, country air.

Of course, Dublin’s night-life is legendary, with Temple Bar a household name. This is the area you’ll find many clubs and bars, and lots of the famous craic! I think you should try a traditional Irish pub with local music and a glass of Guinness, and there are plenty of bars to choose from around the city.

It’s quite hard for me to put down everything a city of this size has to offer, so go and explore and see what you find. For a real cheap holiday, add airport parking onto your booking – you’ll be stress-free and your bank balance will thank you. I’ve used Heathrow airport parking before and found great rates and service, or alternatively, try Luton airport parking when flying less locally. I found that flights from Luton were a little cheaper, although this may not always be the case.

One thing that strikes me about Dublin is the atmosphere – a friendly, happy vibe, and it’s so infectious that one visit will never be enough.

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