For a small capital city, Dublin punches well above its weight. Full of history and character, Dublin draws you more with its personality than its looks – although that doesn’t mean Dublin is lacking in beauty. Elegant Georgian buildings and landscaped parks grace a city where the locals win you over with such wit and charisma, you’ll wonder why don’t visit Dublin more often.
Located 10km north of Dublin City, Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest airport. It is the headquarters for Aer Lingus, Ryanair, and the regional airline Aer Arann. Car rental desks are located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1 and the multi-story car park of Terminal 2.
Things to Do around Dublin
Dublin Airport is conveniently located next to the M50 and M1 motorways, so car hire makes it the ideal gateway for exploring the entire island of Ireland. Car hire in Dublin gives you access not just to the charismatic charms of the capital city but to a range of attractions in the surrounding areas.
Right in the bustling heart of Dublin city, stately Trinity College forms an oasis of calm. Amble across the cobbled squares and manicured greens of a university that dates back to 1592. The main draw is even older, however. The Book of Kells is an exceptional 9th-century illuminated gospel manuscript that should not be missed on your visit to Dublin.
If the U.S. president can make time to drink a pint on his whistle-stop visit to Ireland, you know you have no excuse to overlook Guinness on your visit to Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse, in the city centre, is a beer-lover’s paradise, a multimedia extravaganza in honour of Ireland’s most famous export.
Chester Beatty Library
One of the best libraries in Europe is tucked away in the grounds of Dublin Castle. Inside the Chester Beatty, you will discover treasure troves of manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings, prints, and drawings from nations across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Bru na Boinne
Take full advantage of your car hire in Dublin and drive to the village of Donore, about 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, where you will find a complex of spell-binding ancient monuments known as Bru na Boinne. Access to the neolithic monuments at Newgrange and Knowth is via guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre on the south side of the river Boyne.
Just 15 km from Dublin city, the picturesque fishing village of Howth makes for a pleasant day trip. Built on a hill and home to some of Dublin’s most desirable properties, it offers panoramic views across the harbour.
Cushioned from suburban expansion by the 101-hectare Malahide Demesne, Malahide is an attractive village 15 minutes drive from Dublin Airport with car hire. Village life centres on the marina, a bustling area with a delightful promenade and a variety of appealing shops and restaurants.