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Dublin is a favourite among many travellers for its vibrant culture, history, and friendly locals. The city surrounds the River Liffey and consists of cobblestone streets and old buildings, which contribute to its quaint atmosphere. During the day, you can spend your time exploring the many attractions in Dublin, including museums, a castle, cathedrals, and libraries. After a day of sightseeing, experience Dublin’s iconic nightlife by visiting some local pubs. Within many of the traditional pubs, you can hear live music and Irish dancing, while enjoying a local drink; Guinness and Irish whiskey are favourites among Dublin locals. As the capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin is the perfect place to start your adventure around the country. From there, head into the Irish countryside and smaller cities where you can experience seaside cliffs, medieval castles, and rolling green hills.
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The best time to visit Dublin
Ireland experiences four distinct seasons with warm summers and cold, grey winters. Summer is the busiest time to visit Dublin, with an influx of visitors to the city. Because of the high number of tourists, hotels tend to increase their rates in the summer. However, visitors to Dublin in the summer will be rewarded with beautiful weather and plenty of sunshine. Daytime temperatures during the summer average 19°C, but it often feels warmer in the sun.
Winter is the low season in Dublin. Although the weather is cold, there are much fewer tourists during this time, and hotels offer their lowest rates. If you don’t mind chilly temperatures with some rain showers, winter is a great time to get a bargain on your trip to Dublin. With daytime temperatures of about 7°C, winter won’t stop you from enjoying everything that Dublin has to offer. At night, temperatures can dip to about 2°C with the occasional snowfall. After a day of exploring, hole up in a local pub at night where you can enjoy a pint or a mulled wine by the fireplace.
The spring and autumn months allow you to experience the best of both worlds in Dublin–nice weather and good prices. Temperatures average about 13°C during the day with plenty of sunshine. Hotels offer lower rates compared to the high season, and you won’t see huge crowds of tourists in the shoulder season. The exception to this is St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated on 17 March each year. Dublin is a popular place to celebrate this holiday, and hotels can often book out. If you’ll be visiting Dublin during St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to book your hotel early.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch Airport (CHC) is located 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of Christchurch’s CBD. As the second busiest airport in New Zealand, Christchurch offers a variety of flights to Dublin Airport (DUB).
Cheap airfares from Christchurch to Dublin are available on a variety of major airlines, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, British Airways, and United Airlines. With about 550 return flights from Christchurch to Dublin available each week, you’ll have plenty of options when booking your journey to Dublin Airport (DUB). There are no direct flights from CHC to DUB, but you can arrive into Ireland with two stopovers in about 29 hours.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
In order to reach Christchurch Airport, you can catch one of the city’s Metro Red buses. Between central Christchurch and the airport, you can catch either the Purple Line or bus route 29. The Purple Line picks up passengers from several major bus stops, including the Bus Interchange, Ferry Road, and the University at Ilam Road. Bus route 29 offers direct access from the Bus Interchange and Fendalton, getting you to the airport in no time. Tickets to ride each of these buses costs $8.50 NZD one way and $15 NZD return.
For the quickest journey to Christchurch Airport, you can catch a taxi or an Uber from locations all over Christchurch and its suburbs. If you are travelling from central Christchurch, a taxi will get you to the airport in about 20 minutes for a fare of approximately $35 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Christchurch Airport offers several different car parks that are within walking distance to the terminal. When reserving a parking space, you have several short term and long term car parks to choose from.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• The Long Stay car park offers uncovered parking. Rates start at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road car park offers the most affordable daily rate. Prices start at $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week.
• The Craddocks offer a cheap long-term rate. It’s right outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. Rates start at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in Dublin
There is one airport in Dublin, which receives the majority of international flights to Ireland. Dublin Airport (DUB) is located 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of the city centre, offering convenient access into the city. The airport is made up of two terminals, both of which receive international flights to the city. Arriving on a long-haul flight from New Zealand, your flight into Dublin Airport (DUB) will likely land at Terminal 2.
How to Get from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Your Dublin Hotel or Accommodation
For an affordable journey into the centre of Dublin, you can catch the city’s Airlink Express bus. This bus operates 7 days a week from 4:45am to 12:30am. If you are travelling during a peak time, buses depart from the airport every 10 minutes. Once you are on the Airlink Express, you will arrive into the city centre in about 20 minutes. The bus makes several stops within central Dublin, including the major stops of Custom House Quay, Eden Quay, Temple Bar, and St. Stephen’s Green. Airlink Express tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the airport or directly from your bus driver. Bus fare between Dublin Airport (DUB) and the city costs €6 ($10.25 NZD) one way and €11 ($18.75 NZD) return.
A variety of coach companies operate out of Dublin Airport (DUB) and offer service to other cities across Ireland. If your Irish adventure is beginning in another part of the country, buses are available to Galway, Cork, and Belfast among others.
Following the long flight, you may enjoy the convenience of catching a taxi from the airport. Taxis are available outside each of the airport terminals. A taxi from Dublin Airport (DUB) into the city typically takes about 20 minutes and costs between €25 to €30 ($42.65 to $51.15 NZD).
Things to do in Dublin
While in Dublin, you can visit the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous beers. Whether you love Guinness or have never tried it before, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must while in Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse is centrally located in Dublin and is the most-visited attraction in Ireland. At the Storehouse, you can learn about the Guinness brewing process, master the art of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness, and enjoy a pint from their onsite bar overlooking the city. Tickets to visit the Guinness Storehouse cost €18.50 ($30 NZD).
For centuries, Ireland was ruled over by Britain. Dublin Castle was used as the seat of British rule in the country between 1204 and 1922 and was home to the British monarch’s Irish representative. Ever since Ireland gained its full independence, the castle has been used for government events and inauguration ceremonies for Irish presidents. While visiting Dublin Castle, you can walk through the state apartments as well as several exhibitions where you can learn about the castle’s history.
Trinity College is the most well-known university in Ireland. It was founded all the way back in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. Throughout history, a handful of notable people have studied at Trinity College, including Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and several Irish presidents. Spend some time walking through the campus admiring the architecture, then head to the college’s Old Library. The main feature of the library is the Book of Kells, which is known as the oldest book in the world. The Book of Kells is a series of gospels and illustrations that dates back to about 800 AD. Tickets to visit the Old Library cost €11 ($18.75 NZD) for students, €14 ($23.90 NZD) for adults, and €28 ($47.75 NZD) for a family of four.
Built in 1796, the Kilmainham Gaol was made infamous for its poor treatment of prisoners. In its early years, Kilmainham Gaol was used to shelter prisoners while they waited to be sent to Australia. In the early 1900s, the prison’s inmates included many revolutionaries who opposed British rule in Ireland. Many revolutionaries were placed in the prison following the rebellion in 1916 and the Irish War of Independence from 1919-1921. The prison was closed in 1924, but is now open to the public to visit. At Kilmainham Gaol, you can learn all about its eerie history and learn what life might have been like for the inmates.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most popular features of Dublin’s cityscape. It is the largest church in Ireland and was first built in 1191. The cathedral has a classic medieval design to it, complete with elaborate stained-glass windows and sprawling gardens. Entrance to the cathedral costs €7 ($11.95 NZD) for adults and €6 ($10.25 NZD) for students. Tickets include an audio guide and the option to take a guided tour, which are available throughout the day.
If you are looking to experience the nightlife scene within Dublin, Temple Bar is the place to go. This street is located south of the River Liffey and has a quaint feel to it with cobblestone streets with pubs lining either side. While all the pubs along Temple Bar are great for enjoying an Irish pint, the most famous is the Temple Bar Pub. If you visit this pub, be sure to try some of their famous Irish whiskey.