The desire to cram in as much as possible on short break is only natural, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to have a good time – no siree! Like many other city destinations, Dublin could easily lead you down the expensive side, but with a few helpful hints and tips saving those all-important pennies is possible. So, here’s some of my own tips on how to keep your trip to Dublin cheap.
When visiting a new city, I stand by the fact that walking is the best way to get around, and the cheapest too! Exploring on foot opens your eyes a world of sights you might never have seen otherwise – and there’s no better place to prove this fact than in Ireland’s capital city.
With no shortage of charm and energy, the centre of Dublin is the perfect base for discovering what the city has to offer. On my visit last year, we stayed a short distance outside of the centre at The Ashling Hotel – which I highly recommend by the way – and used the very reasonably priced Luas Tram Service to get to where we needed to be. Using the red line and getting off at Abbey Street, the Luas placed us in the very centre of Dublin for just €1.70 per single ticket – bargain!
To really get a feel for the heart of the city, we decided to follow the quays along the banks of the River Liffey – a fantastic idea! This 20 minute walk starting at the 18th century neoclassical Custom House takes you past many of the city’s iconic bridges including the Ha’penny and Millennium Bridge, both of which lead to the lively Temple Bar District. You’ll also walk by Dublin’s famous O’Connell Street home to the O’Connell Monument and the fascinating General Post Office Museum. Finishing the walk on O’Donovan Rossa Bridge (which is beautifully lit up in Irish green come night-time) we stopped to take in the views of this magical and vibrant city before heading off to the 1000 year old Christ Church Cathedral.
If walking really isn’t for you, fear not! You can still catch all the top city sights using the Dublin Hop on, Hop Off Bus Tour. With 28 stops across the city, this 90 min tour runs throughout the day stopping at many points of interest including the Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol and the Old Jameson Distillery – packing all that into one day would alone be a very exciting challenge.
One thing I will say about Dublin is be prepared to pay above the norm – being from the North, this is a lot more for me! Making the most of your cash this summer is essential for holiday budgeting so, it’s a great time to start getting savvy with your Euros, especially in Ireland.
Eating out is an unavoidable expense on short breaks, and as much as it’s tempting to head for the comforts of McDonalds, you can easily find a range of authentic Irish options to suit even the tightest of purse strings.
Camden Kitchen on Grantham Street is a delightful modern bistro serving the kind of food you want to take a picture of. Offering a wide range of dishes throughout the day, you can opt for a quick light lunch or a sophisticated evening dining experience, and the best bit… you can grab 3 courses for around £20 off the early bird menu!
You of course cannot leave Dublin without visiting the iconic Temple Bar. Standing out with its red exterior and twinkling lights, this place serves the best (and biggest) menu of sandwiches and the freshest oysters I’ve ever experienced. Coupled with a vibrant atmosphere and live acts on an evening, you can really get into the Irish swing of things.
If you’re looking for something less touristy and more authentically Irish, get yourself to Mulligan’s of Poolbeg Street. Boasting rustic vibes and the friendliest of Irish folk, this 300 year old pub captures the spirit of Dublin’s celebrated Guinness culture with a bit craic thrown in too.
Now, we all love a free pint and I’m here to tell you SuperBreak are giving them away for free! How I hear you cry? This is how… book any 2 night break to Dublin before 31st August and get free entry to the Guinness Storehouse where – and this is the important bit – you will receive your free pint of Guinness to enjoy in the Zero Gravity Bar offering 360 degree views of the city. That’s a whole lot of free to get your hands on this summer.
And if you’re looking for even more savings, our flights packages available from a range of UK airports including Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool offer the perfect solution. For an amazing 150pp you can book a 3 night hotel stay, your Dublin flights PLUS get your free Guinness Storehouse entry and free pint! Now, you who could refuse that?
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