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Top Festivals Guide To Dublin

Dublin may be the most festive city in Europe. With events occurring all year long, the city provides a constant source of entertainment for its locals and tourists alike. This is perhaps one of the best reasons for you to visit Dublin and enjoy our holidays. And of course, when you do come to Dublin and are looking for affordable apartments in central Dublin for your stay – give us a shout and we will sort it out for you!

Whichever month you choose to visit, it’s unlikely that you won’t find a festival to enjoy. Here are some of Dublin’s best:

Tradfest

In January, this mostly-free winter festival takes place in some of Dublin’s iconic sites. Start the fun at the Temple Bar, once a Viking stronghold that completely immerses visitors in a medieval setting. Here, you can enjoy a beer or two while listening to some fine folk music. Other Tradfest venues include the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Michan’s Church and the Dublin City Hall. Come put on your Irish dancing shoes and see the beauty of these stellar city spots at the same time.

St. Patrick’s Day

In March, celebrate the luckiest day in the country where it all began. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest festivals in Dublin and for a good reason. The religious holiday not only commemorates the death of the well-known St. Patrick, but it also honors Irish heritage. Put on your best green gear and hit the streets of the city. Enjoy parades, music theater, Irish dancing and of course, lots and lots of beer at a variety of pubs downtown.

Dublin Dance Festival

Since 2002, the Dublin Dance Festival has charmed the hearts of spectators far and wide with its impressive line-up of international dance companies, plus emerging and established Irish talent. In May, you can witness the spectacle at select Dublin theaters and even on the city streets themselves.

Bloomsday

Bloomsday honors the great literary work Ulysses by famous Irish author, James Joyce. Dress up as your favorite character for 6 days of walking tours, talks, pub crawls and high tea. The best part of the celebration is the last day, which gives you a chance to celebrate the book’s hero, Leopold Bloom. Hence the name, Bloomsday.

Dublin LGBTQ Pride

As one of the best destinations for LGBTQ parties in all of Europe, Dublin sure knows how to party up for Pride. In June, Enjoy a whole week of glitz, glitter, glamour, and fun, topped off with parties, a fun parade, and other lively events.

Festival of Curiosity

Dublin’s Festival of Curiosity in July lets you dive into the wonderful world of science with a fun variety of interactive activities. Children can get curious about hands-on technology that they can test out and play with. This box of delights packs in everything from bubbles to Legos.

PhotoIreland Festival

If you love taking photos, this should be your go-to summer festival. PhotoIreland truly lets you experience quality photography at its finest. The dynamic series of events in July features international and Irish artists and alternative spaces to add some exquisite flare.

Longitude Festival

Despite the name, this festival isn’t about maps. However, when it comes to world music, this July celebration reigns supreme. The Longitude festival serves up some of the hottest sounds from a sweet line-up of international and Irish bands and DJs. Dance the day away in a pretty woodland setting in Marlay Park, just south of the city.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular

This vibrant July festival drowns Dublin in spectacular color complete with a fiesta of eating, street performers, juggling, tightrope walking and even fire-eating. With over 300 shows and workshops during the 3-day extravaganza, there are loads of opportunities to have quality family fun.

Dublin Horse Show

Horse lovers get ready for a treat. Dublin Horse Show’s world-class show jumpers will have you jumping out your seat. So, put on your best daywear and come to cheer them on. This spectacular event is fit for the biggest equestrian fans.

Oktoberfest

Who says that Bavaria can’t come party in Dublin? The Germans certainly don’t. Their annual Oktoberfest comes to Dublin every September packed with a ton of fun festivities. Sample German food, drink lots of beer, dress up in Bavarian costumes and even take part in the Bavarian Games.

Bram Stoker Festival

Things are about to get pretty spooky in Dublin for Halloween and you can blame Bram Stoker, the writer of Dracula for that. During the Bram Stoker festival, you’ll not only celebrate the ancient pagan holiday, but also the Dracula creator and Dubliner. Enjoy three days of screenings, plays, talks, music, guided walks, and fancy-dress balls.

Dublin Theatre Festival

This September, view amazing work from Irish playwrights in action. The Dublin Theatre Festival has enticed crowds for over 60 years and it’s easy to see why. With big-named international productions all month long, there’s nothing better to do than sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The plays will be held in various theaters throughout the city

A Book Lovers Guide To Dublin

If you’re a book-lover, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t travel to Dublin for your next vacation. This historic city is literally teeming with rich literary history. Great writers have walked its streets for centuries! Put yourself in the shoes of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett and come to visit amazing spots that inspired them. Dublin’s also home to quirky bookshops and literary pubs that might even inspire you to write something yourself.

And while you are enjoying the great book destinations in Dublin and need some cheap accommodation in central Dublin, then give us a call.

Here are 13 places book-lovers can’t miss.

James Joyce Centre

Why not start your tour with one of the most famous Irish writers of all? Although James Joyce didn’t live in the Irish capital for most of his adult life, the iconic writer based most of his work on the everyday lives of Dubliners. At the James Joyce Centre, you can explore more of this great writer’s legacy through detailed exhibitions and interactive installations. You’ll even find some interesting items, like a copy of Joyce’s death mask. How scary is that?

Mulligan’s Pub

Mulligan’s Pub on Poolbeg Street is featured in the great literary works of James Joyce and other Dublin writers. Originally an unlicensed drinking venue called a ‘shebeen’, Mulligan’s is a beloved Irish cultural phenomenon with a colourful history that spans over two hundred years. It’s barstools have invited many famous faces like Judy Garland and even President John F. Kennedy.

Chapters

Take a visit to the largest independent bookstore in Dublin where you can find just about any book. Chapters’30-year-old shelves are literally teeming with hundreds of new and used literary works—it’s so easy to stay here for hours. And, if you still can’t get enough of James Joyce, you’re in luck. You can rent Chapters’ self-guided audio walking James Joyce ‘Dubliners’ Tour to explore more of his history, but this time, on foot.

Stoke’s Books

This book shop has over 10,000 volumes of used books galore. If you’re into Irish history and literature, this is the place to be. So, read away and after pay a visit Dublin’s beautiful Georges Street Arcade, the city’s oldest and only indoor market that’s definitely worth a visit.

Bailey Bar and Café

Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh used to frequent this chic Dublin spot, and he was right to do so. Today, the Bailey Bar and Café on Duke Street is great for lunch and dinner with lovely outdoor views. Sip on a cocktail, whiskey or prosecco and watch the streets of Dublin come alive.

Dublin Writers Museum

There’s no place better for book lovers than the Dublin Writers Museum. Here, you can celebrate the lives and works of some of the most influential Irish writers like W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. Explore writers’ personal artifacts, letters, and portrait collections.

Temple Bar Book Market

After a drink at the popular Temple Bar, head to the Temple Bar Square’s outdoor book market where you’ll find a diverse selection of used books. The market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Pick up something to read on the plane ride home.

Trinity College Old Library

The famous Trinity College Old Library and the Book of Kells are a “must see” on any trip to Dublin. The Library’s magnificent Long Room is a regal work of art, which houses 200,000 of the oldest books in its oak bookcases. If you’re wondering where the Book of Kells is, it’s here in a rightful beautiful place. The gorgeous manuscript is best known for its lavish, abstract decoration and colorful artistry of the Gospels of Jesus Christ. The book’s artistic value can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Prepare to be amazed.

Palace Bar

The Palace Bar on Fleet Street has been the queen of literary drinking dens since the pre-Victorian era. Frequented by writers, Flann O’Brien, Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh, the bar has a timeless ambiance that still charms many today. Enjoy Irish music sessions and the stained glass skylight while you drink a whiskey or two.

Books Upstairs

Books Upstairs definitely has it all. This bookshop has a huge collection of review essays, book reviews, new books, Irish books, Dublin literature, literary lives, world books, Dublin stories and many more. It’s a true champion of Dublin pride and will get any tourist into the Irish spirit.

The Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library is the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’. Its rich literary collections come from countries far and wide across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. You’ll see great treasures from various cultures and religions of the world, like the earliest known copies of the four Gospels written on papyrus.

Davy Byrnes Pub

Made famous by James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, this pub is a spot that die-hard Joyce fans can’t miss. Stop and have a cheese sandwich and a glass of wine like his character Leopold Bloom. Or, you can always indulge in the pub’s awesome selection of beers and whiskeys too.

Kennedy’s Pub

Writers Samuel Beckett and James Joyce frequented Kennedy’s during their formative years. As a well-known stop on many literary tours in Dublin, it’s still busy today. With its location on the doorstep of Trinity College, it’s the perfect place to have a drink after seeing the famous Book of Kells. Enjoy a pint of creamy stout while eating some delectable pub fare.

Top 10 Best Street Food In Dublin

How do you eat in Dublin on a budget? Two words: street food. Street food may not be fine dining, but it’s full of flavor, good value and amazing diversity. When you think of Dublin’s food scene, Irish pub fare is usually the go-to for cheap eats. Little do travelers know, the Irish Capital boasts some of the best street food in Europe. Whether you want vegan food, Asian cuisine or authentic Mexican burritos, Dublin definitely has it all.

Here’s where to grab a quick bite to eat on your next Dublin holiday:

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Top 10 Ways To Save Money When Visiting Dublin

Dublin used to be one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe. Yet, due to the economic crisis, it’s getting slightly more affordable. Still, it’s easy to spend a lot of cash in Dublin. This is especially true if you’re planning on dining out, taking taxis, or visiting famous attractions. If you’re really trying to visit the Irish capital on a budget, however, there are ways to do so. You just have to be smart! As always, we for cheap central Dublin apartments, contact us.

Consider 10 of these money-saving tips for your next trip to the capital of Ireland:

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Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin This Summer

Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin This Summer – Welcome to the capital of Ireland! Dublin is a lively, fun city filled with rich Irish history at every corner. Whether you’re in your 60s, your 40s, your 20s or your teens, Dublin has something for everyone. Foodies can take an amazing food tour of the city, those looking to relax can spend a day at one of the city’s local beaches, and those who want to drink a quality Guinness can definitely have one here. Dublin is literally a city for everyone and here are ten things that makes it so awesome.

And when you come to Dublin, you can find some awesome high quality accommodation right in the center of Dublin. Give us a shout and we can set you up so that you can enjoy all that Dublin as to offer with out worrying about the hassle of finding the right hotel or apartment in the center of Dublin.

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