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Why fly to Dublin?
"Dublin is a city of romantic castles and woodlands, even fairies and elves depending on who you ask. The city is nestled in the Dublin Mountains which means there is a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy from mountain hiking and biking to camping.
The city's coastal areas are home to lovely exploration beaches. You may not want to go suntanning in Dublin but you can surely go for a nice walk along the water and discover little mementos like odd-shaped rocks and shells. Head off the coast to the neighboring islands and you are in a whole new world of pretty little villages and quaint tiny shops. Ireland's capital is also home to close to 50 golf courses and these aren't just your average links and parklands, these courses are master crafted and some of the best in Europe.
Moving inland, one of the most important architectural and historical buildings in the city is Dublin Castle, with the original dating back 1000 years, of the original castle stands the Record Tower, which is a supreme work of architectural art dating back to the 13th century.
The city has really developed a strong metropolitan city with galleries and museums like the National Museum of Ireland. This museum reveals the country's Celtic roots and has an amazing collection of medieval artifacts like the Derrynaflan Hoard. Additionally, the Chester Beatty Library, houses a truly original and old collection of items associated with many world religions among many other artifacts.
From history and culture to malls now. Yes, Dublin does malls and if you're in the mood for good old Western-style consumerism then head to Dundrum Town Centre for a super-sized experience.
Dublin has been known for its beer culture but as of late the city is taking its successful craft beer concept and moving it to craft international spirits and ales and this means a whole new genre of bar has opened its door in the city. However if you're in the mood for traditional brew you will be welcome at any number of fine establishments and for true beer connoisseurs head to the almost 300-year old St.James Gate Brewery for a tour. Also, don't forget to try some traditional Irish dining with some corned beef and cabbage or decadent sausage and onions for some hearty-stick-to-your-bones kind of good Irish. Dublin is a fairytale playground and it is your very own to discover.
The city's maritime climate means mild weather throughout the year. Average summer temperatures are in the low 20s while winter in the city is in the low 10s and evenings can hit below 0. Dublin experiences sporadic rain showers for most of the year and the winter months do see some snow.
When to fly to Dublin
The summer is a busy time of year for tourism in the city and prices for flights are high. July and August are the busiest and despite cold temperatures in December, flight prices are high at this time as well.
The beginning of the year through to March are less -travelled months to the city and this is when you can get some great deals on flights. October weather is fairly nice and also a good time to travel to the city due to the comparative low cost of flight bookings.
Getting into Dublin
You will arrive at one of the busiest airports in Europe. Dublin Airport is located just 10 minutes outside of the city and travelling into the center will require using the airport's shuttle and bus services or you can also take one of the taxis located outside of the terminal.
Getting around Dublin
Within the city you can use the public bus service which runs like clockwork or the tram. If you want to head out to the coast use the DART train which can get you everywhere fast. Renting a bike is a great option for exploring the city and the outdoors.
- Take a short trip out to North Bull island and experience a whole new landscape. The island is home to soft sand dunes that are worth an explore. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
- Seafood restaurants in Dublin are blessed with lovely fresh fare which makes for a magnificent dining experience. Head to Dublin Bay for the true flavor of fresh mussels and prawns.
- Head to the seaside village of Portmarnock on the city's north coast to golf at a resort that has been open since the 19th century. Besides golfing the village also has boutique shopping and restaurants. Book a night at the golf resort for a wonderfully relaxing experience.
- Visit the Guinness Storehouse. This world famous beer has an interesting history and the details about the brewing method are quite interesting to learn. The site itself is circa 18th century, which should tell you how well the crafted has been perfected. Most importantly, once it is all said and done, taste the goods yourself in the Guinness bar and be the judge.
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