Beautifully decorated and furnished city centre apartment. The apartment can sleep 4 adults comfortably or a family of 2 adults and 4 children. The apartment does not accommodate parties of 5 adults or more. Comprises of 2 large bedrooms with large comfortable double beds, a sofa bed is available in one of the bedrooms which can accommodate 2 children or 1 adult (sofa bed is 120cm wide when fully out as a bed), 2 bathrooms, kitchen/living area and a balcony. Apt. is fully supplied with everything you will need (special requests facilitated if possible) - towels, linen, 'welcome pack' on arrival (containing some of essentials you will need - like dishwasher tablets, some washing tablets for clothes, milk, tea, coffee, spices for cooking). Apartment is in a very secure block - has 24hr concierge service and security. An underground parking space is available and included in the price. There are books and DVDs available to use in the apartment during your visit. A baby cot and high chair can be provided on request and we can probably rustle up a few toys for toddlers to save on your packing. Can arrange babysitting if required.
Restaurants, Bars, Entertainment: Temple Bar is quite close and within walking distance where you will find loads of bars and restaurants. Visitors with a particular interest in food will be interested to know that there is a Michelin Star restaurant located relatively nearby 'Chapter One'. It is worth a visit. Also within close proximity are the Gate and Abbey Theatre's - it is worth checking out their websites in advance of your trip to Dublin to see what is on while you are visiting. Dice Bar (just around the corner) is worth a visit if you are here at weekends - it is a very cool 'hidden gem' frequented by Dublin's hip and trendy. The Cobblestone Pub which is just a stone's throw away from the apt is also a really famous Dublin haunt and well known for it's traditional music sessions. It is a cosy spot that you could easily end up nestling into for the night
Children: Dublin Zoo is really close to Smithfield and a great day out - there are fantastic picnic facilities at the Zoo and we would highly recommend bringing a picnic. The restaurants tend to be overpriced and not great in terms of quality. The Phoenix Park is really nice for a walk or a cycle and Farmleigh House often have things on depending on the time of the year so would be worth looking at their website. The Ark Theatre in Temple Bar is a Children's theatre and often have events running for children. 'Imaginosity' which is in the suburbs is excellent for kids but would mean a bit of a trip (not longer than an hour from leaving the apt to arriving there). Children also love the Viking Splash Tour which is a land and water tour of the city. The Ghost Bus Tour is another hit with kids. Smaller children will enjoy feeding the ducks in St Stephens Green which has a city playground as does the park on Merrion Sq. Other attractions of note: Taytoworld (car required); Newbridge House and Farm
Shopping: O'Connell St, Henry St and Grafton St are all within walking distance and have great shopping. The Jervis St Centre off Henry St and Henry St location in general has many high street shops. Arnotts Department Store on Henry St is a good stop too. Lovers of 'vintage' clothing may find a shop or two around Temple Bar but also try 'Jenny Vander' on Drury St. Grafton St area again has many high street names and is home to the more up market Brown Thomas department store. Keen shoppers should definitely make a trip to the Dundrum Shopping Centre (you can get the Luas from St Stephens Green - it takes 20 min on the tram and you will want to spend a few hours at least there). Shopaholics may want to venture even further and visit the Kildare Village Outlet centre - take a look at their website, buses leave from the city centre daily and the trip is around 45min. Antiques lovers should take a stroll down Francis St which is home to Dublin's antique quarter.