A holiday on the Emerald Isle is emerging as a must do for 2013, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in Ireland.
Dublin’s architecture dates back to Georgian and Medieval times and with a population of only 4.5 million in the capital city, it’s easy to negotiate the castles, museums and art galleries on foot. If you’re on a shopping quest head to Grafton Street and Henry Street, bursting with Irish and international fashion outlets and crafts stores, and if you veer from these main streets there are plenty of hidden treasures.
Guinness boasts that one in every two pints drunk in Ireland is a pint of the black stuff, so a trip to the Guinness Storehouse is a must. The event of the year is St. Patrick’s Day – probably the most widely celebrated Saint’s Day in the World. No matter where you are on March 17th, you’ll be able to stumble upon some sort of riotous party – and you’ll find yourself welcomed with open arms.
The Merrion Hotel is one of the best hotels in the city. Adjacent to Dublin’s Government Buildings, the National Gallery and the National History Museum, it’s a short walk to the “golden mile” of lively pubs & restaurants, and Grafton Street is a stroll away for designer shopping. The hotel boasts Ireland’s only 2-Michelin star restaurant, and paintings from one of Ireland’s largest private art collections are displayed in two formal Drawing Rooms. The Tethra Spa features an 18m infinity swimming pool, steam room and luxurious treatment areas.