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Ha' penny Bridge. Image by Wiki user - Barcex


Dublin has been voted in the top 5 places to spend New Years eve by Lonely Planet, who say “this is a town that knows how to party.” But there’s so much more to do than drink and be merry.


With Europe’s top chefs cooking up masterpieces in the various restaurants, friendly bar staff recommending all sorts of regional whiskeys and more history than you could hope to learn in one trip, the Irish capital beckons you to tread its cobbled streets.


The Travelodge hotels in Dublin city centre make traversing the historic capital a breeze, and at those prices, it’s impossible to find a better deal.


Finding a good meal in Dublin isn’t difficult, but choosing between the good meals is. For the quintessential taste of Ireland, Bang restaurant is an excellent choice. Head Chef, Phil Yeung, delivers an eclectic yet traditional menu, and the critics agree. Plus, between 24th May and 23rd November 2013 you can get a taster menu for  €39.95 (usually €69).


For a relaxing drink and maybe a bite, Café on Seine sees European culture well and truly represented in the capital.  Located on Dawson Street, this stylish bar will make you feel a million dollars without costing it.


There’s no doubt a spot of shopping will be on your agenda, and there’s no place to itch that commercial scratch than Dublin Markets. From Farmer’s Markets and Flea Markets to Designer Markets and Pop-up lunchtime markets, there’s nothing here that won’t please a foodie, bargain hunter or designer fiend.


Enough inner city action? Then the serenity and peace of Malahide castle isn’t far away. Tours offered by friendly and knowledgeable staff are in multiple languages, and once you’re done with that, you can relax in the stunning, 250 acre gardens. Scared of ghosts? Well Malahide has not only one but five to help overcome your fears.


Fed, watered, all shopped out and with a smidgen of history under your belt to regale back home, this is a Dublin trip you won’t forget. Remember, Visit Dublin has plenty of deals and reasons to visit the great Irish capital.


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