The island of Ireland has been inhabited since around 8,000 B.C. Ancient ruins dot the landscape alongside medieval castles. Despite its long human history, Ireland still features large swaths of undeveloped natural landscapes, including desolate islands and Europe’s highest seaside cliffs. Explore Ireland’s ancient artifacts and rocky coast before heading into Dublin and having a pint of creamy stout.
Start at one of Ireland’s oldest sites, Brú na Bóinne, a collection of burial sites north of Dublin that are more than 5000 years old. Get a guided tour through Newgrange, one of the most impressive sites. Walk through the narrow halls of this massive grass-covered burial mound.
Stop at Ireland’s beautiful castles, which are spread across the landscape in various states of preservation. Cahir Castle in the island’s southern interior is a well-preserved 12th-century fortress, one of the country’s largest. Walk its corridors and look out over its battlements. Well-kept Ashford Castle in Galway functions as a five-star hotel. Make a reservation if your dream is to stay overnight in a 13th-century castle.
Rent a car to explore Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coastline. Nearly the entire coast is lined with steep, rocky cliffs that descend straight into the ocean’s heavy surf. The most desolate and dramatic coastal landscape can be found in the Aran Islands just off Ireland’s west coast. Head to Inishmor, the largest of these three islands. Walk along an almost completely uninhabited slab of gray rock with the ocean just below you.
Complete your trip to Ireland with a visit to the welcoming city of Dublin. During the day, see its architectural attractions like Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. At night, experience its main cultural attraction: the pub. Have a Guinness and enjoy conversation with Dublin’s famously sociable locals.
Fly into Dublin or take a ferry from France or the UK to reach Ireland. The northeast corner of the island, including Belfast, belongs to the UK, but you can cross the border freely.
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Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport places guests a 10-minute drive or shuttle ride from the terminals. It's a 20 minute cab journey to visit the delights of Dublin's city center or famous coastal villages of Howth and Malahide.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Green. Dublin Castle and Vicar Street are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 10 minutes by foot and Harcourt Street Station is 14 minutes.
Situated in Dublin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Square Tallaght and Tallaght Stadium. Tallaght Hospital is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Tallaght Station is 9 minutes by foot and Hospital Station is 14 minutes.
Ashling Hotel Dublin is on the stately north bank of the River Liffey, a 5-minute walk from Heuston Station, and a 5-minute tram ride from the city center. Guests can easily walk to many of Dublin's top attractions, from the Guinness Storehouse to the 11th-century Christchurch Cathedral.
Citywest Hotel is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) from Citywest Business Campus, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Grange Castle Business Park, and 10.5 miles (17 kilometers) from Dublin. Dublin Airport is 19 miles (30 kilometers) away.
Just off the M1, this hotel is 0.3 miles (0.5 km) from Dublin Airport and 3 miles (5 km)from Malahide Castle. Central Dublin attractions, such as Temple Bar and Trinity College, are about 6.2 miles (10 km) away.
Located in the center of Dublin, just off O'Connell street, it is walking distance from Temple Bar, Croke park stadium, Dublin business district as well as other popular tourist destinations.
Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum, Guinness Storehouse, and Christ Church Cathedral. Trinity College and Aviva Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km). Belgard Station is 26 minutes by foot.