Destination guide

Delve into Dublin holiday homes

From the foot-stomping Gaelic pubs to the regal rows of Georgian architecture, the happening walks along the River Liffey to the legendary poets' taverns, Dublin manages to pack so much into its humble patch on the edge of the Irish Sea. It's a rollicking, fun-loving capital, steeped in tales of Viking raiders and imperial Brits. Never boring, always surprising, and you never know what will pop up around the next corner. A stone-faced medieval castle, perhaps? A crowd of roaring rugby fans in leprechaun fancy dress, maybe? Dublin holiday lettings offer all sorts of pads around the cool heart of the Emerald Isle, whether inner-city apartments or out-of-town homes.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Dublin

Are you searching for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Dublin a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Guinness Storehouse (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Dublin Zoo (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Croke Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Clontarf Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Elm Park Golf and Sports Club (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Royal Dublin Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Dublin

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Dublin is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • St. Stephen's Green (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • War Memorial Gardens (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • National Botanic Gardens (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • St. Stephen's Green (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Iveagh Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Grand Canal (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Dublin

Fly into Dublin (DUB), the closest airport, located 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Dublin Tara Street Station, Dublin Pearse Street Station and Dublin Connolly Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Dublin by jumping on the metro at Jervis Station, Abbey Street Station or St. Stephen's Green Station.

How to get around

Finding your way around Dublin

Light rail links combine with 100s of individual bus services to make it easy to discover the whole region from your Dublin holiday rental. The most convenient way to ride those is to get yourself an electronic Leap Card. It's rechargeable and contactless, and can be used on buses and commuter trains alike. Dublinbikes offers 2-wheel rentals around the downtown area, even though there aren't too many dedicated cycle lanes. Taxis, meanwhile, are plentiful and relatively affordable. You can find ranks of waiting cars at most major transport hubs, or you can simply hail a cab in the street whenever you need a ride.

Food & drink 

Taste Irish delicacies during a stay in Dublin holiday homes

You won't want to miss out on a taste of the city's iconic Guinness. More than 10 million pints of the stuff is crafted each day in this stout-loving capital. Head to the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about its creation and get a sample for yourself. Hearty Irish stews are a must during the cold winter months. You'll find them packed with chopped lamb, earthy vegetables and steaming stock, and on the menu in the pubs. Oysters from the west coast of the Emerald Isle also beckon seafood lovers in the fish bars, while Dublin's own coddle is a filling mashup of all sorts – expect sausage, potatoes, carrots and a side of crunchy soda bread.

Essential info

Key things to know about Dublin

  • Over 500,000 people live in Dublin
  • Dublin holiday cottages tend to be more popular during major festivals and in the summertime
  • Always pack a raincoat for Dublin – the weather can be unpredictable
  • Dublin Airport has both short-haul and long-haul flight links going right across the globe
  • The currency in Dublin is the euro
Events

Enjoy festivals and events near Dublin holiday lettings

There's rarely a dull moment in the Dublin year. St Patrick's Day is the obvious chart-topper. It's in March and sees the whole of this happening city turn green with leprechaun-inspired parades and parties. The pubs sway and there's more Guinness being guzzled than there is water in the Irish Sea – or so it can seem. Winter and early springtime is when the Six Nations rugby tournament swings through town – you'll want to book your tickets early if you're keen on seeing a showdown at the Aviva Stadium. The literary heritage of the capital is championed at the summertime Dublin Writers Festival, which includes fast-paced poetry slams and more meditative book readings by authors.

Where to stay around Dublin?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 753 holiday lettings near Dublin. From 558 Flats to 144 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Dublin for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Dublin?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dublin:

  • City Centre Dublin: 558 holiday homes
  • Grand Canal Dock: 346 holiday homes
  • Dublin Northside: 479 holiday homes
  • Ballsbridge: 200 holiday homes
  • Phoenix Park: 121 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Dublin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Dublin. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Dublinia: 756 holiday lettings
  • Blanchardstown Shopping Centre: 779 holiday lettings
  • Tallaght Stadium: 759 holiday lettings
  • St. Stephen's Green: 752 holiday lettings
  • 3Arena: 752 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Dublin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Dublin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 558 Flats in Dublin. Our other popular types of Dublin holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 144 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 21 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 21 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dublin?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 14 holiday homes with pool available in Dublin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.