Monday, April 4th, 2011

V Australia: Inspiring Your Dublin Ireland Holiday Experience

The valley area of Glendalough

Our one-stop flights to Ireland will have you on the ground enjoying some Irish craic in no time at all. Find inspiration on the best things to do in Dublin here.

A typical day in Dublin isn’t as wet as the rest of the Ireland would have you believe, but you should still come prepared. Spend a morning working out the lay of the land, walking the cobblestone streets and talking to locals, who, much like the city itself are full of charm and personality.

For the best breakfast in Dublin head to Bewley’s on Grafton St (Leffey St end) and order their right of passage full Irish breakfast. At around 10 euro, the poached eggs, grilled bacon and pork sausages along with roast tomato, mushrooms, toast and of course (gulp) black pudding represents great value. For those who aren’t nursing a hangover, there’s also a great selection of yoghurt, bagels, pancakes and porridge.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

A must see on any visitors list, the Kilmainham Gaol (now a museum) offers an insightful and at times moving look at the history of Ireland’s nationalism. A prison for almost 128 years, many of Ireland’s rebellion leaders were residents at one time or another. Accessible by tour only, make sure you arrive early in the summer as it gets very busy, and bring a jacket – as it gets surprisingly cold inside!

Situated at the mouth of the Liffey River, Dublin is the place to go for fresh seafood. Salmon and cod are the most popular, along with scallops, lobster, mussels and oysters and keep your eyes open for Dublin Bay prawns – yum! It’s hard to imagine anyone could be hungry after such a big breakfast but great value fish and chips can be found wrapped in butchers paper with chunky chips and sinful batter at Leo Burdock’s, 2 Werburgh St.

The most important day on the Irish calendar is of course, March 17, St Patrick’s Day. Having just missed the official celebrations, you can still find plenty of Irish spirit. Join locals at one of the popular pubs along Harcourt, Camden and Leeson streets for a game of rugby and post match pint.

For traditional Dublin fare, Gallagher’s Boxty House is hard to beat. Sit by the peat fire and find comfort in their Irish stew, Gaelic pancakes and bread and butter pudding.

These are only a tiny snapshot as to what you can do once you land in Emerald Isle, and we’d love to hear what your favourite places are in Dublin!

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V Australia and our partner Etihad Airways, fly to Dublin and for a short time only we can offer the following:

Sydney to Dublin from AUD$1939* Economy Return

Book online or visit your travel agent before the 18th April PLUS when you book economy tickets through your travel agent, you can receive a free upgrade to premium economy (conditions apply, see your travel agent for more details)

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2 Responses

  1. Alisa April 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’ve spent two weeks driving around the Emerald Isle and I must say, it’s incredibly beautiful. In spring, around April/May, is a good time to go as the prices and crowds for “touristy” things are lower and you’ll have more of a chance of a room if you need to drop into a B&B at the end of day. I loved seeing Dublin’s skyline up the top of the Guiness Storehouse; I visited Trinity College Old Library and Book of Kells; seeing the ancient mounds of Newgrange and Knowth were also highlights. Though I will never forget the peacefulness of Giant’s Causeway at sunset.

  2. Dean April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    That’s fantastic Alisa! Sounds like a magical trip!