Review: 5 top tips to make your Dublin visit a great one...
Dublin remains one of the most popular places for Brits to visit, and from our experience, it's easy to see why.
It's a city full of fun, things to see and do and it really does offer something for everybody. Here are some of our highlights..
Where to eat
If you're looking for a decent bite to eat, we recommend Hugo's - the French restaurant from which Rihanna fed her entire tour crew a few year's back. It's easy to see why she did that, the food is cooked perfectly and the service is just as good.
You can enjoy 3 courses for under 30 euro with the pre-theatre menu, where main's include Slow braised daube of beef, creamed onion, roast carrot, mash potato, red wine jus and Pan fried cod, baby spinach, caramelized cauliflower, brown butter hollandaise.
This place is authentic, friendly, and you're guaranteed to leave feeling full. Visit https://www.hugos.ie
Where to chill
House Dublin occupies two Georgian Townhouses on Leeson Street, between The Grand Canal and St Stephen’s Green.
It's smart without being pretentious, spacious, beautifully decorated and we particularly loved the outdoor area. This place is an absolute pleasure to visit, especially during the week when it's not overly busy. You'll find a huge drinks menu with some gorgeous classic cocktails.
Equally, it's a great for a bite to eat and the extensive menu includes afternoon tea, brunch, lunch, dinner, canapés and there's even a BBQ menu.
Where to drink
If you're after something more traditional, there are of course many traditional irish pubs and all the ones we tried with brimming with tourists and locals alike, all enjoying the guinness and in most cases the live music.
If it's music you're after, try The Cobblestone. Although its not exactly in the city centre, its worth the trip if you get a bus or taxi. Traditional music is played in the front bar and creates a fantastic atmosphere. Be prepared for lots of foot tapping and singing.
Find it on King St North and visit cobblestonepub.ie for more.
Where to stay
There are endless choices of where to stay in Dublin - if you want something in a quieter area head for the banking district, otherwise there are plenty of hotels and inns bang in the city centre.
Cassidy's hotel is worth checking out - it comes highly rated on trip advisor and will set you back a round £110 per night. That's brilliant value considering the quality of the place and it's excellent location.
"For a classic Dublin experience Cassidys hotel in Dublin city centre is the perfect choice. Cassidys hotel is a comfortable, family owned and operated, boutique styled hotel located in 3 converted Georgian buildings in downtown Dublin city.."
Cassidy's offer a great choice of rooms, a fantastic bar and best of all its location is fantastic.
Visit cassidyshotel.com for more information.
Where to be entertained
Well it goes without saying that you're going to have a great time simply by enjoying the atmosphere on the streets and in the pubs, but if you're looking for things to do then you absolutely must do the bus tour.
It'll take you to sites including the historic jail, the Guinness factory, the University and the infamous Croke park. Dublin is one of those places that you just need to get out and about in and explore - there's no chance of you getting bored.
With flights available as cheap as chips from many destinations in the UK, Dublin is surely still top of the list for a great value city break at any time of the year.