So first things first. The Urban Dictionaries definition of ‘Craic’
Irish Word,refers to good times, as well as scandal/gossip/goings on.
And the answer is yes. Dublin definitely does live up to the hype. It’s perfect for that weekend getaway trip with friends and family or for a stag or hen party. Whether you’re there for a weekend or month there is something to do for everyone and on for any budget. One of the best cities for its atmosphere, you can easily enjoy a day wandering around , eating and drinking and chatting away to locals. Not void of greenery, you can walk the grounds of Trinity College and see the beautiful and vintage – Long Room as well as feed the ducks at the botanical gardens. ( http://www.botanicgardens.ie/ )
With great shopping make sure that you brace yourself as you explore both Grafton Street and Henry Street. Whether its high end or boutique, Dublin can dress the whole family. It has all of your usual high street brands such as Top Shop, Zara and H & M , but Dublin also has a great vintage scene as well.
This is a city that you can eat and drink your way around, whether you want the chilled but social atmosphere of say the restaurant – Bear, the restaurant and bar combination of Opium ( http://www.opium.ie/) or hit the heart of the nightlife in world known Temple bar area. Dublin even has two theatres where you can catch number 1 tours and the renamed 3 arena where you can rock out or sing along to your favourite pop band or rock group.
I would recommend doing the Viking tour, travelling in style by both road and by water you can wear your viking crown with pride as you are guided through the city taking in the sites and history of Dublin. Then why not stop and eat at my personal favourite – Avoca. Such a quaint shop with the tastiest and freshly cooked food located upstairs in their restaurant, you can eat in or take away to maximise your time in the city. http://www.avoca.com/
If you want a bigger dose of history and culture you could check out Kilmannan Jail and the Guinness factory. Both are within walking distance of each other and both make up a big part of Dublin’s history. You get to explore the cells and living conditions of some of Dublin’s historic criminals and you can get your official Guinness pint pulling certificate from the factory.
Dublin is also a great transport hub for other places in Ireland. You could hop on a train to Belfast or get a coach out to The Cliffs of Moher or Galway. I was in Dublin for 2 months with work so took a trip out to Galway. A lovely coastal town on the west coast of Ireland.
Dublin is a city of Live music and friendly people and if booked on in advance you can secure some pretty cheap travel options there.