Dublin Airport Car Rental
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Cruise onto the M50 motorway to access the city and surrounds, arriving to your hotel to prepare for your first night exploring this historic European capital.
Driving in Dublin
Dublin city is filled with impressive architecture, not to mention the famous cobbled lanes of Temple Bar area in the heart of the city.
The River Liffey separates the city into North and South. Head to North County Dublin to explore the peninsula of Howth Head.
After a day of walking the shoreline, enjoy fine cuisine in Howth town, or return to the city centre and sample one of the multitude of restaurants or be entertained by street performers.
The rich, colourful Irish history awaits in attractions such as Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland and, for art lovers, the National Gallery of Ireland.
You could visit Phoenix Park to take a walk in the grounds and visit Dublin Zoo. Are you in the mood for shopping?
Explore Ireland’s biggest shopping mall, Dundrum Town Centre, for shopping, movies, restaurants and more.
After all that activity, you’ll need some pampering. There are many spa hotels and salons in Dublin.
If your idea of relaxation is a full round on the golf course, Ireland has many world class venues, such as the K-Club, where the Ryder Cup was played in 2006.
It’s just 30km through some of Irelands most magical countryside.
Day trips by car from Dublin
Having your own hire car gives you the freedom to make exciting day trips.
Here are just a few, all within an hour’s drive of the city centre.
Driving south takes you to Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”, through Glendalough, a glacial valley, where you can explore the monastic history of Ireland.
The view as you drive along the valley rim, looking down on the lakes below, is a classic panorama of Irish countryside.
Relax with a meal and handmade shopping in Avoca Handweavers on your way back to the city.
And further south from from Wicklow is Waterford, another town full of history and the drive along the coast will keep you marvelling at the beauty of Ireland.
Another day trip takes you west to Meath and the Hill of Tara, the former seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
The thrill of driving through leafy green back-roads that wind through rolling valleys dotted with grazing sheep is an experience unique to Ireland and not to be missed.