Last call for Easter

Dublin, a breath of fresh Irish air

First impressions count. In Dublin, it’s the wit, warmth and kindness of the locals that makes you feel so instantly welcome. The first place you’ll strike up new friendships is probably over pints of Guinness in the Temple Bar district, whose cobbled streets are lined with cosy pubs and live music venues.

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If you acquire a taste for “the black stuff”, your next port of call should be the Guinness Storehouse. A rite of passage for any self-respecting visitor to Dublin, a brewery tour includes pulling your own pint of stout, which you can enjoy in the glass-walled Gravity Bar, with fabulous views across the city skyline. Drinking is practically a national sport for the Irish, with artisan whiskey distilleries also springing up around the city.

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Dublin is steeped in historical sights, too. Catch a show at The Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre. Pay literary homage at Trinity College, whose stunning 18th century library of some five million books includes the Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript.

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Explore the city’s many churches and cathedrals, browse the antique shops on Francis Street, or simply wander through the glorious Georgian squares.One of the finest examples of Georgian architecture is The Little Museum of Dublin, overlooking St Stephen’s Green, the Museum is a trove of everyday items donated by Dubliners, including a whole room devoted to U2. 

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For even more bracing open spaces, head along the coast to Dublin Bay. There are clifftop promenades, secret coves, and lovely coastal villages to explore. As you gaze out at the blustery horizon under a pearly sky, you may well feel as James Joyce did: “When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.”

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