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Tipping: Some restaurants will add a Service Charge to your bill, however if it has not been added the standard rate is 10-12.5%.
Dublin is one of the literary capitals of the world with connections to James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw. With its craic-ing charm and friendly people, many say that after just one visit to Dublin you'll fall Truly, Madly, Deeply in love with this fine city. On a city break to Dublin you can certainly find out what all the hype is about.
With over 50 visitor attractions and endless events to keep visitors entertained, Dublin breaks make a great, quick getaway for all ages. The Temple Bar Area, Dublin Zoo, Malahide Castle and the Artworks Cafe are all highly recommended and the city is also great for couples who can take a romantic stroll along the River Liffey, enjoying the sights of O'Connell Street and the famous Ha'penny Bridge. Sightseeing buses will give you a whistle-stop tour of all the hotspots in a fraction of the time.
No trips to this city would be the same without sampling a pint of the famous 'black and white stuff' at the Guinness Storehouse. Take a tour to discover how Dublin's famous brew is made then enter the a lift to the very top and enjoy a free pint of Guinness whilst admiring panoramic views of the city as far as the mighty Wicklow Mountains!
City breaks will typically include flights from selected regional or national airports, transfers to a good quality hotel in a great location ripe for exploring, and plenty of time for sightseeing.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Dublin, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Health and Travel Insurance
Should you fall ill or be involved in an accident and you are from any country in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you are able to obtain free or reduced cost medical treatment by possessing a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended for all other nationals planning to visit Ireland.
When visiting Ireland most people experience no problems during their stay. Make sure you take practical precautions to protect yourself from pick pocketing and bag snatching and always try to avoid carrying large sums of money and valuables. Should you take your vehicle or hire one whilst staying in Ireland, make sure you lock it properly and where possible leave your car in a secure car park. Should you need to call the emergency services dial 112.
When travelling from Australia, Canada or the USA, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the dates of travel. EU nationals must have either a valid passport or identity card with them. Ireland is a member of the Common Travel Area, which therefore allows British Citizens to visit Ireland without needing a passport. However, Irish immigration officers will check all passenger's ID upon arrival when travelling by air from the UK. In addition to this most airlines won't carry passengers to and from Ireland without having seen any satisfactory photographic ID. It is therefore recommended that you take your British passport with you. Some carriers might accept other types of photographic ID - please check with your tour operator prior to travelling.
UK Visas are not required by those travelling from Canada, Australia or the USA for stays of up to 90 days.
Any other nationality looking to visit Ireland must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To discover more about Dublin you can visit the official tourist board website at visitdublin.com
Dublin has a vast number of things to see and do when staying in the area. Some things to think about may include:
Guinness is arguably Ireland's most famous export and the Guinness Storehouse is an essential stop for anyone visiting Dublin. Explore the fascinating interactive exhibition which delves into the history of the famous black stuff and learn about how Guinness is made from the brewing to the marketing and advertising. At the end of the tour, contemplate your experience with a pint at the top, offering great panoramic views over the city.
A former prison situated in the heart of Dublin, Kilmainham Gaol has now been turned converted into a museum. Former prisoners include famous figures involved in Ireland's fight for independence and following its closure in 1924 and a lengthy renovation, the prison now plays host to a museum dedicated to Irish Nationalism. Visitors will also receive a guided tour of the building.
Founded in the 16th Century by Elizabeth I, Trinity College is now Ireland's most prestigious University. The buildings are masterpieces of Georgian engineering and architecture. Perhaps Trinity College's greatest treasure is the Book of Kells; this beautifully illustrated manuscript dating from around 800AD is one of the oldest books in the world.
Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo has become one of Ireland's most popular attractions playing host to around 400 animals. The Zoo is located in the heart of Dublin city amidst a 28-hectare park. The Zoo first opened in 1831and is now one of the oldest in the world, with a great variety of animals from elephants to giraffes.