Dublin has been the capital city of the Republic of Ireland since the medieval age, and is definitely worth a visit at least once in your life. The city (the largest in the republic) lies on the east coast, and is easily accessible by ferry on the River Liffey. Historically speaking, the city is rich and varied. The first settlers were Vikings, and the first town in the area was a trading post. This developed into the exciting city that still exists to this day. Drive across on the ferry and explore this grand city and the surrounding areas from the comfort of your own car. There are plenty of crossings to Ireland, sometimes numbering eighteen in one day, going from Liverpool, Holyhead, and Douglas, and the ferry port itself is only two miles away from the centre of the city.

After you’ve settled, explore the delights the city centre has to offer. One of the main tourist attractions is The Bank of Ireland Arts Centre. You can’t miss it, as it’s one of the most remarkable buildings for miles around. Dating back to the early 1700s, it was once used as parliamentary buildings. However, the parliament moved from Dublin to London, and now the building is phenomenally successful as a centre for the arts.
Another huge attraction for visitors is the world-renowned Guinness Storehouse.  Starting at the bottom of the building, you can work your way to the bar at the summit for a well-earned drink. On the way, you’ll learn all about the drinks’ history and brewing process.

If you did drive over, a definite experience would be to drive along O’Connell Street. It is famous for being Europe’s widest urban street, and it’s where most of Dublin’s traffic ends up! The road itself is full of things to see, including modern and old statues. Particularly interesting is the bronze statue near the General Post Office, which commemorates all those who died in the rebellion of 1916.

Trinity College is another fantastic place to escape for an afternoon. It gets busy in the summer, so head there early to avoid disappointment or long queues. The building itself dates back to the early 1500s, but most of the dominating sections were rebuilt around 1750. The building is home to over a million books in the college library, the most well-known being the Book of Kells. For more culture, take a trip to the Chester Beatty Library. Here you’ll find more displays of creative artefacts from different religions and societies from all over the globe. And for extra information on the city’s history, visit City hall.

If you’re looking for a driving holiday, Dublin is a great base, as there are plenty of places to visit in the surrounding areas. Alternatively, you might want to stay a few days and continue to drive around the rest of Ireland. Belfast is only 105 miles’ drive from Dublin, Rosslare is 101 miles, and Cork is 160. Roads out of the city include the M1 (going North), the N11 (going south) and the N7 (going west).