Deeply and proudly rooted in history, tradition and culture, Ireland also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and landscapes. From rich culinary delights, a vast array of entertainment options and superb shopping, to invigorating outdoor activities, Ireland has it all.
Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is a gem of a city that bridges historic beauty and modern amenities. With its wide selection of first class hotels and relaxing spas, traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants, quality museums and invigorating nightlife — and did we mention great shopping? — there’s no shortage of options for your event and meeting attendees.
Several hotels promise memorable experiences. Clontarf Castle Hotel is housed in an old castle dating back to 1837. With its elegant rooms and conference space for up to 600, you and your guests will feel like Irish royalty. Just a short stroll from the city centre and close to business amenities, the newly renovated Burlington Hotel Dublin holds a special place in Dubliner’s hearts. The Doubletree by Hilton-Burlington Road, combines cutting-edge modernity with the finest traditional values. The Ballsbridge Hotel, located in the exclusive Ballsbridge district, one of the best locations in Dublin, offers four-star accommodations. Only a 15-to 20-minute walk to the city centre, it features spacious rooms and inviting bars and restaurants.
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Dublin offers a host of “don’t miss it” places. Here are a few highlights. You could start at Trinity College, founded in 1592 and home to the Book of Kells, a Latin text of the four Gospels. From the college, travel down Dame Street to visit the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the city’s finest examples of Gothic architecture.
No trip to Dublin is complete without visiting the old Jameson Distillery and the Guinness brewery. The distillery has been transformed into a whiskey museum where your guests can sample genuine Irish whiskey. Then head to the Guinness Storehouse, which is a part of the original brewery founded in 1759. Here, your guests can learn how Guinness is made, then visit the Gravity Bar with its breathtaking 360° view of the skyline and Dublin Mountains.
If you want a simple activity for your guests, arrange a pub crawl — with more than a 1,000 pubs in Dublin alone, there’s no lack of options! Looking for a day trip opportunity? Views along the Irish coastline will take your breath away.
If you’re looking for an authentic pub dining experience, check out Nancy Hands Pub. One of its many unique features is the original staircase from Trinity College (it was featured in the British comedy/drama Educating Rita). If you are looking for a restaurant that will test your adventurous side, stop by Pig’s Ear. With a focus on true Irish food, it can hold corporate groups of 30 to 40. For a more intimate experience for you and your guests, check out Dublin’s floating restaurant and bar MV Cill Airne on the River Liffey. Reserve a seat at the Captain’s table in the elegant Quay 16 Restaurant on the main deck of the ship for an entirely remarkable experience.
If you are fortunate enough to extend your stay, Belfast is another must-see city. Located only two hours from Dublin in the heart of Northern Ireland, Belfast is celebrated for its friendly people and natural beauty. Have your guests visit the Peace Wall which was signed by President Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa, among other notables. Just outside of Belfast is the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where tens of thousands of hexagonal basalt columns rise from the water at the base of 300-foot cliffs. A memorable gala at the Titanic Museum might be the perfect ending for your company’s Irish getaway. Not only will multi-dimensional exhibits with special effects provide fresh insights to the dramatic Titanic story, but your guests can be photographed on the ship’s famous staircase.
Regardless of how long you and your guests can stay, what you experience and enjoy, you’re certain to hear a quiet voice within your newfound Irish soul: “Ba mhaith liom teacht ar ais go luath” — I want to come back again!