Mini guide to drinking in Dublin
Aer Lingus, Air France, BA, Flybe, KLM and Ryanair fly to Dublin airport from most major UK cities (from £65 from London Gatwick). You can also get the ferry from the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Holyhead (from £60). Numerous buses link the airport to the city (singles £4.90), just six miles away. Getting around the city is best done on foot or by bike – the city’s tourist heart is very compact.
Where to stay
The Grafton Guesthouse, a slightly offbeat B&B in a Gothic-style building, gets the nod in all three key categories: location, price and style. It offers the traditional, friendly features of a B&B (including a terrific breakfast), coupled with a funky design – check out the psychedelic wallpaper. It’s hard to beat at this price (26-27 South Great George’s St; from £55).
A short train ride from the city, in Ballsbridge, you’ll find the exquisite Aberdeen Lodge. The owners ensure you feel at home and service is personalised. Most rooms have a four-poster or brass bed (53-55 Park Avenue; £120).
In the Merrion Square district, Number 31 is the most distinctive of Dublin’s hotels. Its rooms are individually furnished with French antiques and are split between the modernist mews and the Georgian house (31 Leeson Close; superior from £175).