Top 5 Dublin B&Bs

March 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Halfpenny Bridge, DublinThe huge economic growth known as the Celtic Tiger which Ireland enjoyed for over a decade attracted people from all corners of the globe to come and seek their fortune in the Emerald Isle. This multicultural influx turned Ireland into a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, as well as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

The fine international cuisine, thriving arts scene and scores of trendy bars do not detract from the essentially Irish feel of the place, although visitors hoping for old stone cottages and fields of sheep will be disappointed. Dublin is a city which is constantly looking forward, building, developing and creating, while still remaining fiercely proud of its past.

Colourful Dublin doorsAnd it’s quite a past. Dublin’s history is multi-layered, often turbulent and always intriguing. But it is these trials and tribulations which are said to have given the Irish people their sharp sense of humour and welcoming attitude, earning them, in some people’s books, the title of the world’s friendliest nation.

What really keeps Dublin ticking is its social life, and it’s the locals themselves that really give the city that certain something; usually grumbling about the weather on the outside, Dubliners remain ever optimistic on the inside and are always willing to share the craic with visitors to their city.

Temple Bar, DublinThat central Dublin is relatively small really is part of its charm; once you’ve navigated your way from O’Connell Street to Grafton Street, with a stop off in one of Temple Bar’s numerous drinking establishments on the way, you’ll find you’re already thinking of yourself as an honorary Dubliner. But for a city with only just over a million inhabitants, it certainly packs in the entertainment. Top Dublin attractions include the National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Zoo and Phoenix Park, the Book of Kells in the Trinity College library, St. Stephen’s Green and, of course, the Guinness Storehouse.

Where to stay: has over 60 great Dublin B&Bs; here are our top five…

O’Neill’s Victorian Pub and Townhouse

Dublin Bed and Breakfast O’Neill’s Pub and TownhouseEstablished in 1885, O’Neill’s Victorian Pub and Townhouse offers a taste of the authentic Irish hospitality that millions of tourists each year come to the Emerald Isle in search of. The attractive en-suite guestrooms have been carefully restored and furnished in keeping with the history of the building, and a full Irish breakfast is included in the rates.

Located at the heart of the city, the best of Dublin old and new can be found within easy walking distance, and at the end of a busy day’s sightseeing, guests can share a pint of Guinness with new friends in the attached pub before sleepily climbing the stairs to bed at the end of the night.

Book Dublin B&B O’Neill’s Victorian Pub and Townhouse

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