4 reasons to visit Dublin this winter!

Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

Festivals to end the winter blues, meet friendly locals in cosy pubs, experience some of out-of-the ordinary museums and visit pretty villages outside Dublin. Ireland is a winter holiday with difference!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and TradFest in Dublin 

New Year Festival

Dublin’s New Year’s Festival transforms the city. Along the river Liffey you can enjoy everything from street performers and magic shows to high-octane fly boarding demonstrations. And of course, no celebration is complete without music – the 3Countdown Concert returns with Irish chart-toppers Kodaline ringing in the New Year.  

TradFest, 24 – 28 January 2018

Once a year over a late winter week in Dublin, traditional Irish music can be heard at some of Dublin’s most unusual music venues. This is TradFest, a festival of mostly free events showcasing the entire spectrum of traditional and folk music. Every year some of the biggest names in folk music have performed at TradFest and this year's line-up is no different including Big Country, Martha Wainwright and Paddy Casey to name few! 

Experience Irish friendliness! 

The Irish are seen as a friendly and spontaneous people. They are hospitable and have a brilliant sense of humour. Dublin has been named "the friendliest city of Europe" three times by TripAdvisor. Experience the City of a Thousand Welcomes for free and meet an ordinary Dubliner who will tell you about their home town over a free cup of tea, coffee or a pint or stay in B&B and experience a warm Irish welcome!

Another great way to strike up a chat with a local is to pick any one of the city’s charming pubs and pull up a stool. You’ll find every nook and corner of Dublin’s pubs are filled with friendly chatter and quirky characters – and we’re always happy to say hello. Try Brazen Head, one of the oldest pubs in Dublin, or J.W. Sweetman's, for a pint of freshly brewed craft beer and perhaps even a tutorial in micro brewing.

See the variety of Dublin attractions! 

Ireland has museums for everyone’s taste whether it is experiencing traditional Irish sports in Ireland’s iconic stadium Croke Park’s GAA Museum, learning more of Viking and Medieval history in Dublinia or Dublin’s modern history museum – The Little Museum of Dublin.  Are you a music fan? Why not visit the Irish Rock N Roll museum in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre! 

Discover the secret of Guinness by visiting the Guinness Storehouse and end your tour with a pint in the Gravity Bar with 360 ° panoramic views over Dublin. Want to find out how to make Ireland's best known whiskies? Take a tour of the Irish Whiskey Museum or learn more about whiskey distilling in Teeling Distillery, Pearse Lyon’s Distillery or Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Beyond Dublin city

Dublin city itself has more than enough to fill a holiday, but there’s so much more to see and do outside the city itself. Hop on the Dart (local train) and travel the sweep of Dublin Bay to uncover pretty villages filled with living history, fantastic food and great atmosphere – all just a short ride out of town. And the funny thing is – they are all different.

County Dublin also has a great walking and hiking terrain. Whether you fancy a gentle coastal walk, a stroll through some pretty woodlands or a mountain hike, they are all just a short travel from Dublin city centre.

More information about winter in Ireland and Dublin's surrounding areas!

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