As the capital city of Ireland, Dublin is a place with a very distinct personality. Traditionally confined to stag parties and short weekends away, it’s not just the Guinness that's better here – it's a great destination for family holidays too. With plenty to see, do and experience in and around the busy city streets, there's something for everyone.
Steeped in history, Dublin has many landmarks, buildings and monuments that date back hundreds of years. Literature fans can walk in the footsteps of classic authors such as Yeats and Joyce at the Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. Regularly staging plays and performances, it’s a great place to visit for a slice of Irish humour. For those who’d rather learn a little more about their surroundings, a visit to the Little Museum of Dublin will do the trick, ushering you into a quirky Georgian house for a half-hour whistle-stop tour of Irish history.
For outdoorsy types, Dublin is as green and lush as you might expect. St Stephen’s Green is a great spot for an afternoon stroll or summer picnic, a quiet bolthole away from the hectic city centre and its famous Temple Bar pub culture.
That said, if your idea of the perfect outdoor event is shopping, then Dublin won’t disappoint. Offering a good blend of high-street brands and unique local outlets; Grafton Street, in particular, is a shopaholic's paradise that almost demands a holiday booking all to itself. Just be sure to leave enough time for Dublin Zoo - with over 400 animals, it’s a guaranteed hit with the kids.
If you’re considering a mini shopping break or full-blown family holiday to Ireland’s capital, Leeds Bradford Airport is the perfect place to start your journey. With direct flights taking as little as an hour, you could be exploring a new city in less time than it takes to watch a movie.
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