Dublin Weekend City Breaks - Short Holiday
If you're a fan of weekend city breaks Dublin is one of the top European cities for a few nights away. Young, dynamic and cosmopolitan, the city has long outgrown its clichéd image as a backwater of European capitals with a small-town attitude.
Map of Dublin
The boom of the 'Celtic Tiger' shocked the city into a drastic stage of redevelopment that turned derelict streets into granite-lined open-air markets, sticky-carpeted pubs into trendy, modernist hang-outs, and Dubliners into cosmopolitan city dwellers with a penchant for wild nights out. Although the economic boom has subsided, the energy, optimism and positive attitude remains at an all time high and new cafés, bars and restaurants mushroom overnight.
Nightlife aside, Dublin has plenty to recommend it. It's a compact city easily seen on foot and perfect for leisurely weekend breaks. Dublin's host of world-class museums, galleries, and historical monuments encompass everything from pre-historic artefacts, to ancient treasures of the Orient, world-renowned modern art and the alco-history of the Guinness and Jameson museums.
If you're not into formal sightseeing then Dublin's Georgian streetscapes, low-rise architecture and effortlessly easy-going nature make it a pleasant city to wander round and just soak up the atmosphere. Ramble down Grafton Street, Dublin's best shopping area, listen to the buskers, stroll through the park, find a quiet spot for a lazy pint or stumble on a cosmopolitan bar for brunch and Sunday afternoon jazz.
Burn off the cobwebs with a windswept walk on the beach in Dalkey, or the rocky cliffs in Howth followed by some fine seafood, or relax in town with live music, gourmet food markets, open-air cinema or just the hair of the dog that bit you.
Just don't expect any bargains, Dublin is now the third most expensive capital in the European Union and prices are high wherever you go. It's a small price to pay though for the compelling nature of this city, the friendliness of the people and the non-stop drive for a bit of craic. You can't help but enjoy weekend breaks in Dublin; the only question is how soon you'll be back.
http://www.visitdublin.com/ - Official tourist site for Dublin.