DUBLIN CITY GUIDE
Lovably eccentric and steeped in soul-stirring landmarks, there's little wonder Dublin polls as one of the world's favourite cities. Set beside the glittering shore of Dublin Bay, Ireland's proud yet unpretentious heartland is the perfect place for a self-drive escape.
There's something for everyone in this capital, whether you want to soak up the literature-rich culture and flowing pints of Guinness in the buzzing city centre or explore the sweeping emerald landscape that surrounds it.
As a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is synonymous for being the birthplace of some of the world's most influential writers, such as Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats and Jonathan Swift. The capital city's influence on the world cannot be denied – so why not experience it for yourself? Book your P&O Ferry to Dublin today.
EXCITEMENT IN THE CITY CENTRE
Exploring Dublin in the freedom of your own vehicle is a great way to soak up the sights that make the city so iconic. You'll notice a wealth of neo-gothic landmarks at every turn, including St Patrick's Cathedral, a grandiose church built in honour of Ireland's patron saint. Trinity College is another landmark worth a visit, responsible for shaping some of world's greatest minds including Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde.
Take a trip to the Guinness Stonehouse, where you can learn all about the Dublin's signature drink before venturing up to the attraction's brilliant Gravity Bar for panoramic views of the Dublin skyline. Visiting some of the city's pubs, via the wonderful cobblestoned streets, is a great way to end the day – with live music, cabaret and stand-up comedy available on tap.
OTHER ADVENTURES IN DUBLIN
There are also plenty of galleries and museums to explore in Dublin. The National Gallery of Ireland boasts over 2,500 paintings by world-renowned artists including Van Gogh and Monet. The National Museum of Ireland is another great place to explore, showcasing an endless array of Celtic relics and Irish artefacts.
For sports fans, a visit to Croke Park Stadium is a must, and a tour of the 80,000 capacity venue will give you the chance to learn about the Gaelic Games in all their glory.
If you're keen to discover other green spaces in the city, check out the beautiful National Botanic Gardens or take a trip to Dublin Zoo, which is home to a plethora of rare and exotic animals.
GLORIOUS IRISH COASTLINES
If you'd rather spend your self-drive holiday in the great outdoors, journey a short distance north or south of the city centre and feast your eyes upon Dublin's majestic coastline. There you’ll find an abundance of ancient coastal towns and beaches to explore, where astonishing views and delicious Irish seafood is the order of the day. A drive down the Howth Coastal Path will bring you face to face with some of Ireland's most iconic rural attractions, including the lush green Wicklow Mountains and a small uninhabited island known as the Ireland Eye.
Explore the Emerald Isle the way you want to, by booking a P&O Ferry to Dublin.