The capital city of Ireland is also the country’s economic centre. Traditionally a hub for textile production, brewing and distilling, it is now a key financial services centre too. Meanwhile, Guinness continues to be brewed in the city some 250 years after the brewery’s beginnings in 1759.
Business travellers are spoilt for choice with modern and traditional hotel options. Popular options include The Alex, The Merrion, Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, The Radisson Golden Lane and The Westin. Cool picks include The Gibson, The Spencer and the luxurious Marker hotel.
Celebrity hotspot The Ivy recently opened on Dawson Street in Dublin. SOLE is a popular seafood restaurant in the city centre, and for classic dishes try the Cliff Townhouse or The Pig’s Ear. For Michelin-star dining check out Chapter One. Fallon and Byrne is a food hall and wine shop with excellent dining upstairs.
9 Below opened last year in the basement of the Hibernian Club and has an impressive collection of high-end whiskies. Peruke and Periwig offers a refined drinking experience with walls adorned with oil paintings, wood panelling and Chesterfield seating. Farrier and Draper is set over three uniquely styled floors and The Sidecar bar at The Westbury offers a modern take on a 1930s cocktail bar. For a traditional Irish pub experience head to The Stags Head, a Victorian pub famous for food, drink and live Irish music.
Dublin Airport is located 10km north of the city centre and has access to plenty of buses, coaches and taxis to reach town, as well as car hire options. Taxis cost around €20 to €25 to the city centre and are available outside Terminals 1 and 2. The Airlink Express bus runs to and from the airport and city centre and beyond with low-cost fares.
No trip to Dublin is complete without visiting the world-famous Guinness Storehouse where you can sample the ‘Black Stuff’ straight from the brewery and enjoy views over the city from its Gravity Bar. Staying on the alcohol theme, pay a visit to Teeling Whiskey Distillery for a fully guided tour and tasting session.
Aer Lingus flies to Dublin from 18 UK airports, while British Airways, CityJet, Flybe and Ryanair all offer regular services to Dublin from various London and regional airports across the UK.