Dublin is famous for fun and frolics but when you are spending time in the capital of Ireland as part of a conference trip you may not have time to experience everything on offer. We have linked up with a local expert to get the inside travel tips for the City. Here are some of the best things to do and see when you are spending 24 hours in Dublin:
Dublin Airport is easily accessible from all major European cities. Once you arrive in the airport a taxi to take you into the city centre will cost between €20 – €25 or you can opt to take the bus. The Airlink with Dublin Bus will cost €12 for a return trip. The average time it takes to get from the airport to the city is 25 minutes.
MORNING IN DUBLIN
Start your morning with a bit of fresh air and some Irish culture. Have a coffee in the beanhive coffee shop on Dawson Street followed by a stroll in Stephens Green park to see some of the iconic sculptures. After the caffeine has kicked in you are ready to explore the historic centre. Visit Dublin Castle near Dame Street to learn the history of British rule and Irish independence. The castle dates from the 13th century.
Take in the sights, explore Dublin’s historic past with a visit to the famous Book of Kells. Dating back to the 9th century, this book is full of the most beautiful Celtic artwork and housed in the historic Trinity College in the Centre of the City. Produced in old Irish monasteries, the book is decorated with complex calligraphy, iconography and symbols. Tickets cost between €9 – €28 euro.
After your taste of Celtic Ireland you can get filled up with knowledge about Ireland’s best loved literary figures. Located in a beautiful Georgian town house this museum contains collections from first editions of Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift and Patrick Kavanagh.
Before dinner we highly recommend sipping a pint of Guinness in Temple Bar. It is not everyday that you get to taste a creamy pint in the home of Guinness. This is the bustling, tourist center of Dublin and full of live music to enjoy. The Foggy Dew and the Temple Bar are two cosy pubs with with a delightful atmosphere. After a pint or maybe two you are ready to grab some food. South William street is buzzing and packed full of all kinds of restaurants. No matter what cuisine tickles your fancy you will find something for every palette in Dublin. For large group booking try the Market Square, serving delicious tapas, for smaller groups and individuals try out Pygmalion or Farrier and Draper.
For a treat after dinner take a walk down Grafton Street to listen to some of the buskers entertaining the passersby. Ireland is proud of it’s rich musical heritage and Grafton Street is used throughout the year to showcase some upcoming acts and new talented singers and musicians.
Where to stay
The Westin Hotel and the famous Shelbourne hotel are great upmarket options in the city centre for business travellers. If you are staying for a longer period then you might want to opt for a self-catering option with Airbnb. There are plenty of hotels in Dublin but make sure to book your accommodation well in advance as they tend to sell out fast. Don’t forget to find out where the conference is taking place before you book your stay, the organiser may have a special rate agreed with accommodation providers for delegates.
For more conference travel tips or advice when attending a conference in Dublin please contact one of our conference team.