Worth every bit of its five star rating, this Secret Hotel, ‘Truly luxurious hotel with prime location – 5 star – Dublin’, is situated a stones throw away from Trinity College, the Cultural Quarter and the shops of Grafton Street. Enter into this luxurious historical establishment and let the friendly staff cater to your every need, from a limousine service to concierge and valet parking. Relax in the in-room spa, flop in front of cable television or sample the delights from one of the three restaurants onsite. There’s even a gym if you’re feeling active, and meeting rooms for anyone needing to catch up on business during their stay.
Shop in style in nearby Grafton Street. This beautiful street offers both Irish and International fashion stores where you are sure to find something special. The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is also located here, home to specialist shops including antique jewelry and galleries. The city is also famous for its eclectic markets, and with Temple Bar just round the corner from your hotel, you’d be silly to miss out on their Night Market. With live music, you can pick up a one off canvas or stock up on more suitcase friendly souvenirs such as handcrafted soaps, candles and jewellery. When you’re feeling peckish, Dublin boasts over 1000 pubs: the perfect place to have a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish fare. Bewley’s Café has been open since 1927 and serves the best breakfast in the city as well as a Mediterranean menu in the evenings.
This historic city dates back 1,000 years to when the Vikings walked the planet and it’s for this reason that Dublin offers an array of historical buildings of interest. Malahide Castle makes a fascinating day trip, set within 250 acres on the picturesque seaside town of Malahide. This stunning castle was the home of the Talbot family from 1185 until 1973 and the Great Hall offers an exhibition into their history and their own perceptions of Ireland during their contemporaries. Wander round and admire the period furniture and Irish paintings but don’t get spooked by the five ghosts said to inhabit it.
To discover more about the history of Ireland, head to the National museum of Ireland, where you can learn about its Celtic roots and see impressive displays of Irish Silver, ancient currency and Irish Country Furniture. Admission to the museum is free and tours are available at a surcharge. Alongside the permanent exhibitions, there are also some fascinating temporary ones, so be sure to check the calendar of events before you visit.