Dublin holidays will be filled with history, literature, music, and charm. The capital city of Ireland is really more of a small town, and visitors will find the city extremely walkable and user-friendly. A cheap Dublin holiday is now more than ever a possibility, with airlines giving significant discounts for booking ahead and in the winter off-season, and prices overall in Dublin have dropped since their boom of the early 21st century. A holiday in Dublin has become affordable again since hotel prices dropped, restaurants started offering deals and fixed-price dinners, and many attractions began advertising discounts on their web sites. With a little planning, you can save a lot of money during your trip to Dublin.
With a reputation for fun and festivities, Dublin holidays deliver in the “blowing off steam” category of traveling. Dublin pubs are known for their welcoming atmosphere, perfect pints of Guinness, and live music. A cheap Dublin holiday doesn’t have to sacrifice much, and for the price of one beer you will have quality entertainment in pubs across the city. Dublin nightlife consists of pubs, a few clubs, and some cultural attractions. From the National Concert Hall and Abbey Theater to the IFI (Irish Film Institute) or Project Arts Centre, there is always a movie, show, or concert to catch in Dublin.
A holiday in Dublin is also sure to be an educational experience. Through trips to museums, the Kilmainham Gaol, and maybe a bus tour, visitors will learn about the recent struggle for Independence from Britain. Literary heritage is also a huge part of Dublin history. If you’re interested in literature, visit the Dublin Writers Museum or the James Joyce Centre. Art aficionados will fall in love with the National Gallery and IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art). Dublin holidays wouldn’t be complete without wandering the Georgian Streets and taking a stroll through St Stephen’s Green and up Grafton Street.
A cheap Dublin holiday will depend on the type of accommodation you choose. After securing an affordable flight, seeking out free museums, and eating affordably, your whole budget can be blown if you don’t prepare in advance. Bed and breakfasts are a good option, and though these choices may be a few minutes walk outside of the city center, the nightly rate usually includes a generous breakfast as well. Another alternative to boutique and luxury hotels is a Dublin holiday rental. Renting your own apartment will not only give you extra space and put you in a residential neighborhood, but will allow you to save some extra money by stocking the fridge and cooking a meal or two.
There are also plenty of opportunities to spend money during a holiday in Dublin. From golfing to shopping, spas to fine dining, Dublin is full of ways to spend your money. Doing your research beforehand will help you to keep within your budget. For example, would attending a sports match be a real highlight for you? Check out who is playing at Croke Park and try and get affordable tickets before your trip. Discounted tickets are available at the Abbey Theatre for both senior citizens and students. Many of the best restaurants in the city offer affordable three-course deals certain nights of the week or at certain times, often before theater shows. With a bit of research, the activities that typically break the bank can suddenly become affordable.