Find everything you want and more in Dublin: From history to architecture, nightlife, and culture, the capital of the Republic of Ireland attracts millions of visitors each year for very good reasons.
While train travel in Europe is popular, renting a car is far more efficient for travel in the Irish capital. Since the rail network in Ireland is not nearly as extensive as it is on the continent, a car allows you to explore the beautiful city and its surroundings with ease. Tourists quickly adapt to operating a vehicle on the left side and navigating the country’s many roundabouts. Renting a GPS system will allow you to focus on the road.
One of the most prestigious and oldest schools in all of Ireland is Trinity College. It showcases some truly impressive architecture. Here you’ll find many beautiful squares that have a quintessentially Irish atmosphere. You can also tour the library, which houses the famous Book of Kells—the manuscript Gospel book in Latin.
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a stop at Dublin Castle. Having been the center of British rule in Ireland for centuries, it will give you a much more complete understanding of the country’s history. The tour takes you through a beautiful chapel and some extravagant State Apartments, where balls and banquets took place.
Do as the Irish do and break in the afternoon with tea time. The Gresham is a hotel that offers a proper Afternoon Tea in a luxurious lounge, complete with a selection of cakes, scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. Tea time starts promptly at 2pm and offers an excellent way to relax in between sightseeing.
If you crave a little shopping, enjoy these two lively locations: Grafton Street and Henry Street. Many worldwide brands have set up shop here, but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the other, more local stores available. Grab souvenirs for friends and family along these streets.
Depending on the length of your trip, you may also be tempted to get out of Dublin and see what the other parts of Ireland are like. The country is small, and you can actually drive from Dublin to the western part of the country in about two hours. Whether you crave oceanside cliffs or stunning national parks, you can easily plan these adventures with a rental car at your disposal. Consider the famed Cliffs of Moher, Malahide Castle, the Wicklow Mountains, or Glendalough as sights to visit. Alternatively, you can also travel to other Irish cities, such as Belfast or Cork.
Dublin offers such a wide variety of sights and events for its visitors, and you have the opportunity to see it all. When planning your trip to Dublin, be sure to book a rental car with us at Orbitz to avoid inconvenient train times. We offer rental cars in all different classes at competitive rates, so you can see the wonders of Dublin in comfort.