First things first, traveler. You need a place to lay your head and let visions of leprechauns and pots o’ gold dance in your head. You’ll thank your lucky stars there are so many options to add on to package deals in Dublin.
Begin your Dublin vacation with an eerie stroll through Kilmainham Gaol, the 18th-century prison. Once a sign of oppression and tyranny during the struggle for Irish independence, it is now one of the country’s most important landmarks. History lovers will surely get their fill; then, literary types can learn their own sort of history by stepping into the James Joyce Centre. Another of Ireland’s natives, he may have said “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery,” but there are no mistakes here. See a family tree of editions for “Ulysses,” a copy of Joyce’s death mask, and short documentary films detailing the author’s life. When your personal tour is over, slide behind the wheel of a rental car to make the 9-mile drive down to Dalkey for fresh seafood, and, of course, a cool Guinness.
There is yet another famous author to be found buried at St. Patrick's Cathedral: Jonathan Swift. Take a tour to learn about all the other incredible history of Ireland’s largest church, and be sure to stay for the evening service. The harmonious voices and organ notes of the cathedral’s famous Choral Evensong have moved many guests over the years. Another beautiful experience is St. Stephen's Green, the city’s central park. Enjoy a coffee and scone at an outdoor cafe before you browse the shopping arcade, then stroll past the buskers on your way to befriend the swans in the pond. It’s the perfect relaxation spot for those on a family vacation in Dublin, too.
A long weekend of fun, laughs, and Irish stout sounds excellent, doesn’t it? The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is held on the first weekend in June, and it’s worth the trip. But of course, you know what the biggest event of them all is. Look into deals in March and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the locals. The festival held in Dublin every year is a sight to see, with traditional Irish marching bands, more Guinness and food pairings than you thought possible, and a spectacular parade that draws nearly 500,000 attendees. Don’t just imagine spending this glorious holiday in the country that invented it—live it with a vacation in Dublin.
This is one case where you shouldn’t listen to James Joyce; you don’t need to make any mistakes in order to discover the spectacular deals on Travelocity. Hearing fiddles in person is tempting, so browse Travelocity now to find the best Dublin vacation packages. We think your luck is changing already!
Accommodation in Dublin
If you're thinking of heading to Ireland's capital city, Travelocity's hotel guide has 289 Dublin hotels to select from.
You might like to start by taking a look at the style and charm of the Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel and the InterContinental Dublin. Or, perhaps the Merrion or the Westbury Hotel may be more what you're after right now.
Want to cut down your commuting time? Reserve your accommodation nearby Dublin Castle at the Dylan Hotel or the Fitzwilliam Hotel.