Fáilte to Dublin, the amazing Irish capital city that’s just an hour away from Southampton airport. Breeze through the terminal for short breaks, long weekends or as a stop-off en route to longer adventures on the Emerald Isle.

Head for the craic, the culture, the pop-up art scene and the food. From master brewers to musical geniuses, literary legends to artists and sporting heroes, Dublin has a wild and illustrious past of famous sons and daughters. It’s a spirit that still lives on today. If you’re new to this city of stories kick off your view with a sightseeing bus tour.

There are plenty of traditional pubs for music and dancing, but no visit would be complete without a pint of the black stuff at the home of Guinness. Then there’s the stunning Book of Kells at Trinity College, Irish linens and homegrown fashion designers to shop for at Brown Thomas. Or simply kick back and relax in beautiful Phoenix Park or take the DART to explore Dublin’s beautiful beaches and surrounding countryside.

Getting there 

Jet off to Dublin from Southampton airport with Flybe, and you’ll be there in about an hour. The airport lies just 10kms north of the city centre.

It’s easy to pick up your rental car or hail a taxi to your hotel at the airport. And if you’re heading off on a journey that requires a bus, train or tram, make sure you download Transport for Ireland’s useful app before you go.

Top things to see and do

The Book of Kells

Written by Irish monks in 800AD, the Book of Kells are beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the four Gospels on display at the equally lovely Trinity College.

Back to black

Head to the St James’s Gate Brewery for a proper taste of the black stuff. Home to Guinness since 1759 (and now remodeled in the shape of a giant pint), check out the Gravity Bar for great views.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is where the city got its name - Dubh Linn – and the place to go to view its magnificent State apartments.

Off the beaten track

Little Green Men?

Visit the National Leprechaun Museum for a magical journey into Irish and Celtic folklore and discover if there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Dart off

Just 10 miles north of Dublin lies Howth, the coastal village perfect for a day tripper who want to walk along the prom, play on the piers, and enjoy the scenic coastal path before feasting on some fresh-caught seafood.

Game on

The traditional games of Hurling and Gaelic football are Ireland’s favourite sporting pastimes. Learn to play or catch a game and soak up the atmosphere.


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