The Irish writer Oscar Wilde once said “Life is too important to be taken seriously,” and nowhere is life more celebrated (and not taken seriously) than on Dublin's bustling streets and in its many pubs. You'll quickly feel the energy and passion for life that the Irish share– it's captivating, contagious and stays with you.
Dynamic Dublin is home to more than a third of Ireland’s population and yet it has an easy-going vibe that is hard to find anywhere else in Europe. The city honours its past, but still, enjoys each day to the fullest. Its old, cobbled streets are lined with shops, pubs and restaurants best explored on foot or bicycle.
If you are thinking of hiring a car in Dublin to explore the countryside, you will soon realise that hiring a vehicle that meets your needs and wishes is very simple either at Dublin airport either in the city centre.
Driving in Dublin can be nerve wracking due to the heavy traffic and limited parking. On the other hand, driving outside of Dublin doesn’t present many problems and can be quite enjoyable. Hiring a car in Dublin is easy and affordable and there are plenty of options at your disposal, such as Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Once you hit the road with your rental, keep in mind that not all petrol stations take credit cards, are open 24 hours a day, and can be found at any given moment. So, to be on the safe side, refill your tank when it's half empty and avoid being stranded on a country road miles from the nearest gas station. In addition, pay attention and drive carefully: chances are you’ll encounter wildlife or pets on the road. The maximum BAC level is 0.05% and 0.02% for novice drivers. The best time to visit Dublin (weather-wise) is either during peak season (June through August) or in September.
One of the must-sees is deinitely Dublin Castle with its various buildings and yards. From there, just a short walk away, you can visit the Gothic Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Why not visit one of the oldest and most notable universities in the world? Trinity College was founded in 1592 and has no less than 25 schools. And if you are interested in Irish literature, take the time to visit the Dublin Writers Museum where you will see the collections of Joyce, Wilde, Sheridan, Shaw, Swift and others.
Explore beyond Dublin to nearby sights and towns! Of course, you can visit these places by train, but travelling through the Irish countryside in a car is the best way to take it all in deep down you know that having your own vehicle is an advantage, which is why we recommend hiring a car in Dublin, and then you have the freedom to travel at your leisure.
Outside of Dublin is the fishing village of Howth (9 mi / 15 km east) offering great restaurants and pubs for hungry travellers and a castle and museums to explore. A short drive from Howth is Malahide with its own castle and charming marina. You can also drive south for less than 12 miles (20 km) and visit the lively seaside town of Dún Laoghaire. There are also two seaside resorts, Dalkey and Killiney, only 12 miles (20 km) southeast where you can enjoy a relaxing walk along the beach. And finally, furthest from Dublin, the medieval town of Glendalough is about a 43 mile drive (70 km) south. In Glendalough you can visit the monastic ruins, walk to the Upper and Lower Lake and fall in love with the landscape.
Irish cuisine is hearty and only for the brave of heart. Expect pork dishes, such as Black Pudding (made from pig's blood) and a pork sausage called Coddle. Potato dishes, like Shepherd's Pie or a potato pancake known as Boxty are also traditional meals. Make a toast with a porter, stout or whiskey. The lively Temple Bar and Grafton Street quarters are a great starting place for a restaurant and bar hunt. But brace yourself– this city has nearly 700 pubs!
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