With millions of people around the world celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, what better way to celebrate the Irish than to plan a fantastic trip to the Emerald Isle. Over 9,584,400 people visited Ireland last year and it is easy to see why. There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful city from its funky live music venues to the fact that this is the home of Guinness, what more could you want?
You can typically find the best flight deals on a Tuesday, however, if you do need to book a last-minute flight and you don’t want to pay over the odds, be flexible with your airline choice and use online tools like Skyscanner. In fact, we found that travelers who search for flights on Tuesday at midnight save about 6 percent on their flights, making this the cheapest time of the week to book.
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You can also, of course, take a boat to Ireland from Holyhead in Wales where there is more flexibility to fly when it comes to your departure point.
There are lots of price comparison websites where you can buy competitively priced hotels and other accommodations in Dublin. Hotels like the Ariel House, Buswells, the Schoolhouse and Wynn’s are all available on average at under 100 euros per night. If you are looking to find even cheaper accommodations, there are many hostels and Airbnb’s available.
Eating out in Dublin like in any major capital city can be expensive, however, if you plan, you can find some fantastic places to eat that are reasonably priced. The restaurant 777 is a Tex Mex eatery in the heart of Dublin where you can get a meal for (you’ve guessed it 7 euros 77 every Sunday, even better — some of their cocktails are included in this remarkable offer, too!).
Madina Desi is a great Indian restaurant where you can enjoy a fantastic curry for less than 10 euros. What a bargain! Then there’s Gerry’s. Gerry’s Fry Up does what it says on the tin — a real English or Irish fry up, but they also do a mean roast dinner as well.
Drinking in Dublin can be pricey, but there are some pubs where you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff or maybe an Irish coffee or two. The Pavilion Bar at Trinity College is a great spot to relax, people watch and have a drink as is The Cobblestone in King Street.
You just cannot visit Dublin without going to a gig as live music is an integral part of Dubliner’s lives, and no matter where you go in Dublin, you are bound to find a fantastic gig or two. With incredible bands like U2 coming from Ireland’s most famous city, you will be spoiled for choice with the wide range of music that is on offer. Venues like Vicar Street, The Grand Social and The Wright Venue are all worthy of a visit.
Anybody who is anybody visiting Dublin, from city breakers to students to families, even the world’s best poker players paid a visit to Dublin last year, which was one of the highlights of the tournament circuit. Why not step in their footsteps and check out some of the great Irish bars such as the Gravity Bar and The Long Hall? Will you be paying a visit to the Emerald Isle this summer?
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