Dublin city guide, Things to do when visiting Ireland’s Capital City

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Dublin is one of the most impressive cities in the entire world, combining the very best of Ireland’s history and culture with some incredible modern attractions and things to do. There’s an overwhelming amount of things to do and see during a trip to Dublin, so we at Travelodge Hotels Ireland have put together this city guide to show you the very best things to do and see across Ireland’s capital.

When you get up and go with Travelodge in Dublin, you’ll be sure to find some places that give you exactly what you want from your stay. Whether you’re planning on a full on holiday to the capital or just want to see what’s on while you’re spending a day in Dublin, we’ll help you find the perfect thing to do.

With 5 budget Dublin hotels around the city, we’ve got some perfect choices for accommodation. Whether you want to stay near the city centre of Dublin or head out further round the city, there’s really no better choice than Travelodge. Book now to save on your stay in Dublin with the best rates guaranteed online, or keep reading to find out exactly what there is to see around Dublin.


Exploring Dublin’s History and Nature

One of the oldest cities in Ireland, Dublin was originally founded by Vikings all the way back in the 9th century. Rather uniquely for a capital, Dublin still contains plenty of ancient history to explore. Over on our Dublin history page, you’ll find a guide to exploring the ancient side of the city, from great historical areas to more recent museums and family attractions.

Just to give you a taste of what Dublin’s past has to offer, around the city you’ll find some of Ireland’s most important areas like the General Post Office (where the Easter Rising began), historical treasures like the Book of Kells (a gorgeously illustrated Gospel from centuries ago) and attractions like the National Museums which blend history and fun.

If you’re more in the mood to explore the natural side of Ireland you’re definitely in luck. Despite being the capital city Dublin still has plenty of the incredible natural scenery which Ireland is famed for. On our Dublin nature page you’ll find out about all the best places to visit if you’re in the mood for a natural day out, from the beaches of Dun Laoghaire to the pastures of Phoenix Park and far more. With our cheap Dublin hotels placed around the city you’re never far from nature.


Discover Dublin Culture and Art with cheap hotels

Over the years Dublin has been the home to many of Ireland’s greatest artists of every type. From iconic writers like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to modern celebrities like Bono and Sinéad O’Connor Dublin’s really been home to some of the world’s most impressive talent. As you might expect, the city’s got plenty for the culturally minded to visit.

Dublin galleries are particularly impressive sights ranging from traditional painting to far more modern art. Along with great portrait galleries and the like, Dublin’s got a couple of more unique artistic attractions. Over at the Hugh Lane Gallery you’ll see a complete reconstruction of famous Irish painter Francis Bacon’s studio – absolutely a must see if you’re interested in art.

With a vast range of theatres placed around Dublin there’s always something on. No matter when you visit Dublin you can be sure of a great night’s entertainment. Our Dublin theatres pages are always kept updated with some information about the best acts taking the stage over the next month so that you don’t miss out on any of the great performances going on during your stay with us.

Dublin’s live scene isn’t just limited to theatrical performances. There’s a host of great Dublin music venues around the city, from major acts taking the stage over at the 3 Arena to more indie destinations. At venues like the Dublin Academy and Vicar Street you’ll find some incredibly varied performances from world-class comedians to iconic groups looking for some intimate stages. We keep all our venue pages regularly updated so you never miss out when you stay in one of our budget hotels.


Great upcoming events and sports in Dublin

Around the year, Dublin sees an incredible range of events. There’s some huge musical festivals around the city like the Electric Picnic, along with some more varied events which show off everything from theatre to dance and far more. Over on our Dublin festivals page you’ll find a complete guide to what’s on over the year so that you don’t miss out during your stay with us at Travelodge.

Along with festivals Dublin hosts a few major events around the year. Dublin St. Patrick’s Day events are definitely the most intense in Ireland with parades and special events taking place every year. You’ll also find an incredible amount happening over Christmas in Dublin, and the famous Dublin New Year Festival is one of the best ways to bring in the year.

Dublin hosts some of Ireland’s biggest sports events from Gaelic Games finals to international matches. There’s a whole lot happening over the year, but over on our Dublin Sports page you’ll get a guide to the biggest events taking place over the next few months. The city’s biggest stadiums like Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium are easily reached from our budget Dublin hotels.


3 Star hotel accommodation around Dublin

We run 5 cheap hotels around Dublin giving you a great range of choices for your stay with us. Whichever of our 3 star Dublin hotels you pick, you can be absolutely sure of savings as well as a great night’s rest. We give you the best rates guaranteed direct through our website, saving you more than any other hotel around. Our comfortable rooms were all built to give you a great night’s rest, with every room including a free Wi-Fi connection along with en suite bathrooms, flatscreen TVs and comfy beds.

If you want to stay in central Dublin, our Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel is the perfect choice. Just moments away from some of Dublin’s best attractions our hotel gives you complete convenience at a low cost.

For those looking for something a little further out our Travelodge Rathmines Hotel gives you complete convenience without any of the stress of staying right in the city centre. Convenient Dublin transport options let you get around with complete ease.

Just next to one of the most picturesque parts of Dublin, our Travelodge Phoenix Park Hotel lets you relax in style while still getting a convenient budget stay. A great choice for anyone visiting Dublin with the family.

We’ve got two choices for anyone flying in through Dublin Airport. Our Travelodge Airport South Hotel gives you a convenient location between the city centre and airport itself so you can get around with ease.

Our Travelodge North Swords Hotel is found just a few minutes away from the airport itself so that you can easily get to an early flight or tuck in after a late flight.


Dublin’s best attractions, budget hotels and more

Along with all the different kinds of attractions we’ve listed across this page, Dublin has some truly unforgettable sights. Head over to our Dublin Top 10 Attractions page and you’ll find out about all of the best things to see during your stay with us at Travelodge. You’ll find a bit of information about iconic sights such as the Guinness Storehouse along with some lesser known destinations like the Science Gallery Dublin.

We’ve also put together a few pages showing you around Dublin which just wouldn’t fit anywhere else. If you’re visiting Dublin with the family, head over to our Dublin family attractions page for some information about the best things to see across the city from family friendly sights to areas specifically made for kids.

If you’re looking to keep up on your fitness regime in Dublin, just head over to our Dublin exercise page where you’ll find gym offers and suggestions for jogging.