Compare cheap hotels in Dublin for the best deals with CompareTravel, we are an Irish hotel price comparison website. A céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) awaits the lucky visitor to the Emerald Isle. The country will entertain you with its Irish traditions and rich cultural background. Having once been ruled by Celtic chieftain tribes and then invaded by the Vikings/Normans/English.
The land and its people have built up so many ancient treasures to show off and awe-inspiring stories to recite. Plus Ireland is the birthplace of such exquisite delights like Riverdance, The Book of Kells, U2, Irish Coffee, Guinness and Father Ted. You can tell that the “craic will be ninety” from the moment you step foot on the very soil that St Patrick drove the snakes from!
As well as being able to soak up the country’s special atmosphere, the visitor is bound to pick up ‘the gift of the gab’, after romancing the Blarney Stone in Cork by kissing it! Once kissed the visitor will have a way with words that may put him/her on a verbal/literary platform along with other great ‘wordy’ Irish geniuses like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Brendan Behan, Oliver Goldsmith, George Bernard Shaw, Patrick Kavanagh, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and Seamus Heaney!
With over eight thousand miles of rivers, two thousand miles of cost, and thousands of fish-laden lakes, Ireland is an angler’s paradise. In fact, the River Shannon alone runs through much of the country, being over two hundred miles long, and is a great way of touring the country by means of pleasure cruiser. The river also connects with many of the country’s canals, including the Royal and Grand canals in Dublin and the Shannon Erne Waterway, linking the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
One of the highlights of a visit to Ireland is a trip to the humble pub! Ireland has a pub for every six hundred people, with over seven and a half thousand pubs in the country to choose from. Some of the most popular pubs in the country include O’Donoghue’s in Dublin, a famous traditional Irish pub with a reputation for some of the best traditional Irish music sessions in the city, Johnnie Foxes pub, which sits high up in the Dublin Mountains and know for it’s lively ‘Hooley Nights’, and Moran’s Oyster Cottage thatched pub in Galway, famous for its seafood dishes.
For those who want to seek out the ‘real’ Ireland, then a visit to the country’s Gaeltacht regions of Mayo, Kerry, Donegal and Galway is a must. In Gaeltacht towns like Gweedore in Donegal, the Aran Islands off the Mayo coast, Dunquin in Kerry and Spiddal in Galway, the Irish language is mainly spoken. Only ten percent of the Irish people converse regularly in Irish and so you may miss out on hearing this wonderfully melodic language if you only visit the main suburban cities.
Those lucky enough to be in Ireland on the 17th of March can soak up the amazing atmosphere of the annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. In fact the celebration has now turned into a week long festival of outdoor Céilí dancing, funfairs, fireworks shows, story-telling, walking tours, art exhibitions and craft beer and food markets…all culminating in a huge, colourful parade through the streets of Dublin City Centre. The festivities attract over a million people out onto the streets! Remember to bring your shamrock and silly leprechaun hat!
If the cultural sightseeing becomes overwhelming, then a trip to one of the many GAA stadiums around the country to watch a Gaelic hurling or football match will have you shouting along with the passionate locals, as soon as the national anthem has ended! The sport of hurling is supposedly the fastest field game on the planet and the skill involved will amaze those witnessing the game for the first time.
For a country so small and on the very edge of Europe, it has so much to offer the visitor! The width of the island of Ireland is only one hundred and seventy miles and its length is only three hundred miles, so you can easily see as much of the country as your stamina allows…once you don’t overindulge in too much Irish craic the night. We compare the best deals in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Limerick, Athlone, Wicklow, Tipperary, Sligo to name just a few of our top Irish destinations. Thank you for visiting our cheap hotels Dublin page, we hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable trip.
Dublin has over one million individual personalities to greet any visitor! You’ll find writers, musicians, artists, sports fanatics and coffee and tea drinking connoisseurs in every corner…all with a story to tell! The city is bisected by the wonderfully romantic River Liffey, with its twenty-one uniquely crafted bridges, and boasts many wondrous attractions for young and old.
The birthplace of writing icons like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Brendan Behan, William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw, Dublin is flowing with literary genius! Add in the gourmet food, local brew and vibrant nightlife and you have all the ingredients for one hell of a party!
Guinness Hop Store:
Check out Ireland’s top visitor attraction located in St. James Gate, in Old Dublin, where the smell of the hops wafting in the air will tickle your senses! During your experience through the seven story building you will learn about the history of the world famous beverage and the brewing process, as well as being ‘educated’ on how to pull the perfect pint, all finished off by sampling the black elixir in The Gravity Bar with its 360 degree panoramic view over Dublin City.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without soaking up the atmosphere of the city’s most vibrant cultural quarter. Filled with restaurants, pubs, galleries and markets, in addition to the bohemian sounds of the myriad of ever present street buskers, Temple Bar will simply take your breath away!
With over 400 animals inside a 28 hectare park, Dublin Zoo is a real treat for all the family. Located inside the enormous 707 hector Phoenix Park, the zoo has a selection of popular and rare animals to thrill young and old and is frequented by over one million visitors each year!
Grafton Steet is the premier shopping street in Dublin, populated by many of the top retail establishments including the iconic Brown Thomas department store, with its boutiques for Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Armani, Valentino, Versace, Chanel and more, and Bewleys, the world famous café which serves over one million customers each year. Across from the entrance to the street is the revealing Molly Malone statue and at the end of the street, a haven to rest your weary legs, is St. Stephens Green Park, a beautifully landscaped public park with its own bandstand and ducks!
Dublin is spoilt when it comes to the quantity and quality of its museums. The more popular ones to visit are: The National Museum of Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Natural History Museum, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Writers Museum, The Douglas Hyde Gallery and The National Wax Museum. Entry to many of these popular museums is free.
The Viking Splash:
Become Vikings for the day and tour around the streets of Dublin in amazing amphibious vehicles, which also take you into the water for that added fun-filled ride. The tour will take you around Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings and the Dublin Docklands.
Why not immerse yourself in Irish history by visiting this infamous gaol where many of Ireland’s renowned freedom fighters were imprisoned and executed. The gaol is now a museum where guided tours and interactive visual displays will take you on a trip through the history of much of Nationalist Ireland. For the film buff, many movies were shot in the gaol including, Michael Collins, In the Name of the Father, The Italian Job and The Face of Fu Manchu!