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Places to stay in Mount Merrion

Places to stay in Mount Merrion
Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
Come stay in one of Dublin's unique Georgian apartments, a perfect oval room, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the ground floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with an oblique view of the park. It has a working black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked with fuel- we charge cost price on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture including a Georgian oval 'hunt' dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable 6 ft., sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. A small library of Irish books, and DVD's is available. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable contract-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft, and consequently, the bed is low. ALSO, while the apartment faces a relatively quiet side street, it is on the corner of a fairly busy main road, so there will be traffic noise.... A 90cm contract-quality FOLDAWAY single bed, and extra linens are available for a third guest. A charge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be collected upon arrival, if the room is occupied as a twin. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. •You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, yoghurt, fresh fruit, free-range eggs. •100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided •Local tourist information and guide books available •Free wi-fi •Hair dryer •Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required - typically €10-20 for a night. •Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you, for €10:00 CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, but we are happy to take in your bags AFTER 9am, and can give you keys to come aback at your leisure, after 3pm. CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 4 min. walk to LUAS CROSS CITY line, at Parnell and Marlborough. 8 min. walk to LUAS RED line on ABBEY and Marlborough, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a no-frills 'caff' on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is good for breakfast, with friendly and efficient service. Good value, and good fish and chips later in the day. The Old Music Store on North Frederick Street, a few blocks NW of us, does a good Irish breakfast in comfortable surroundings. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Our nearest Post Office is the Main City Post Office, the GPO, on O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullain. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. There is a bank of ATMs in the wall, on the O'Connell Street facade. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens 8am to 9pm. MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND CAFES: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Mr Fox, on Parnell Square West is our local fine dining restaurant, serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting. The menu is interesting and inventive, and they have a separate vegetarian menu, which has had the same care lavished on it. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), while The Woollen Mills, opposite the Halfpenny Bridge, has a sophisticated casual menu, based on 'plates' for sharing.Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include Mc’Neill’s' which is good for traditional music, and Slattery's . 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, to the West, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 70c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Magee's of Donegal, Duke Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
A beautiful, historic, residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • Karins’ place is awesome with everything you need for a trip to Dublin. The place is spotless clean and the kitchen is very well equipped. Communication with Karin was great, she even brought us some cake to welcome us. We definitely recommend staying with Karin and would love to come back some time. Thanks again!

    Céline2020-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Welcoming homely apartment that makes you feel like you're part of Dublin. The location is ideal as not far in walking distance to everything but with the period history that modern hotels don't offer.

    Andrew2020-03-05T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing stay at Karin’s. The flat is super well located, suuper clean, with lots of amenities. We loved the breakfast!

    Elizabeth2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's place perfectly suited our needs - a central location, cool Georgian flat and very comfortable! We'll hopefully be back again soon!

    Marcus2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • A lovely place that's walk able to many great restaurants.

    Todd2020-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • Our stay with Karin was truly amazing. The property is beautiful and has oodles of character and charm. It is well situated within a 15/20 minute walk of all the action depending on where you want to go. Karin was a fount of knowledge and was a joy to talk to. Her tips for Dublin and the house history were outstanding and added to the enjoyment of staying in such a grand old building. The accommodation was well equipped and spotlessly clean. Do not expect all the latest mod cons, this is a period property and this forms part of its wonderful charm - and we did not want or need for anything that wasn’t there. There was a small issue with the hot water, but Karin dealt with this swiftly and very apologetically. Nothing was too much for Karin. This is a fantastic base for a weekend away. I would 100% recommend this to any friend and we will be returning ourselves in the future.

    Dane2020-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent location, charming room and above all else a very friendly and helpful host.

    Zilei2020-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Great place!!

    Christopher2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this unique large OVAL studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come cocoon yourself in Georgian luxury and elegance this unique OVAL apartment, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin’s historic North Georgian Core, just minutes from all the action. The large studio apartment is on the first floor of a fully restored Georgian townhouse, built in 1792. Both the house and the apartment retain all their Georgian features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has a fantastic 10ft window and overlooks a quiet side street, with an oblique view of the square. Other features include a fine, working, black Kilkenny marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The log basket is fully stocked- we charge cost price for the fuel used on an 'honour system'. The fully equipped kitchen with granite worktop has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle and a toaster. Eat around the 1770's oval dining table with four Georgian chairs. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with antique furniture, Irish where possible, and a luxurious 6 ft. sofa. A large flat-screen TV, and a DVD player and iPod/iPhone player/dock for music are also provided. The bed is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable hotel-quality double bed, Siberian white goose down duvet and pillows and pure Pima/ Egyptian cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. PLEASE NOTE that the head height in the loft is somewhat restricted, and the bed is consequently low. The apartment is designed for two people, but a hotel-quality, foldaway bed is available for a third guest. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, will be applied if two people occupy the apartment as as twin. This will be collected in cash, upon arrival. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. •You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, juice, home-made granola, yoghurt butter and preserves. •100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided •Local tourist information and guide books available •Free wi-fi •Hair dryer •Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. •We will do your laundry for you - €10:00 per load. Discount vouchers for local Q Park, two blocks S and T blocks W of us CHECK-IN is from 3pm, and CHECK-OUT by 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier; please let us have your flight details/travel arrangements, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Old Music Store, on North Frederick Street is comfortable and offers a good cooked breakfast. The no-frills Kingfisher Café, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West offers a good freshly cooked Irish breakfast and very good fish and chips later in the day. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West (Moore Street entrance is opposite Paris Bakery). There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (email hidden) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street (website hidden) (phone number hidden). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. Frederick Dental Clinic, Dr. Peter Dwyer, North Frederick Street. -My dentist- is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for (website hidden)(phone number hidden). NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'Mr.Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name), and it's sister restaurant, The Woollen Mills, while back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard for lunch. LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunnes Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 is 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and you will be dropped at the ‘Museum’. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates the more famous Chelsea Hospital in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thc. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful teas shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, Hick’s Pork Butchers, or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is halfway through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (website hidden) (website hidden) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (website hidden) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The northside city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 70c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, just around the corner from Mountjoy Square (cluster of design-led businesses, 10-5 M-F) •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •Murphy and Sheehy, Castle Market, stock Irish tweed, Irish linen and a quirky selection of designer fabrics. Look out for their ‘Linen Union (linen/cotton blend) Glass Cloths- the best ever for polishing glassware, they make a super, useful, inexpensive and lightweight traditional gift! •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. The Celtic Note, on Nassau Street, beside the Kilkenny Shop is another good bet. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke (phone number hidden)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (website hidden) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (website hidden) Email: (email hidden) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (phone number hidden) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin (website hidden): (phone number hidden) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvelous granite obelisk, which can be seen for miles. The area know as the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Musuem is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It got its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Borus, typicl local bars. The Porter House, at Cross Guns Bridge, which is a micro-brewery, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favorite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection. Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of down-town city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978! Mountjoy Square is situated just NE of the historic city centre, within walking distance of just about all the main city attractions. It is the most densely populated area in the entire city: 1500 people have front doors opening onto the Square. The house fronts onto a 4acre/1.5ha park, across a fairly busy street. This apartment faces the side street, so it is quieter, but you will still hear traffic.....Please bear in mind that this is NOT LEAFY SUBURBIA, but a vibrant, living city community and it's definitely gritty in places... Having said that, I have lived here, uneventfully, for nearly 38 years, and consider the trade-offs well worth it, for the excitement and convenience of having the city on my doorstep..
  • The loft was exactly as described and we had a wonderful stay!

    Shelby2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • We had a wonderful stay at Karin’s Airbnb. It is a beautiful room which felt very homely and luxurious. There were lots of extra touches that made our stay wonderful. The extra camp bed was very comfortable. Would highly recommend this Airbnb if you want somewhere cosy to retreat to when exploring Dublin.

    Adrienne2020-03-02T00:00:00Z
  • We can’t recommend this Air BnB enough! Fast response, the space was more than we imagined. Jackie guided us and gave us helpful tips. The house is BEAUTIFUL and obviously loved. Our only complaint was that we didn’t stay longer. Thank you for making our trip so memorable.

    Hannah2020-02-29T00:00:00Z
  • There are some AirBnB's that are like unicorns: so rare, that they are almost thought to be mythical. Karin's offerings are unicorns. Absolutely perfectly set in Dublin: walkable to practically everywhere and right on the bus line for everything else. Restaurants and cafe's, museums, and parks are all right on the doorstep. The accommodations are beyond the realm in warmth and welcoming. It was like being welcomed home to a place I had just arrived at: beautiful art works, comfortable bed, well-stocked pantry, and a fireplace. A working fireplace. The windows overlooked a beautiful square and did I mention a fireplace. It was all I could do to leave the apartment to go look around Dublin. I can't wait to return and hope everyone can experience the warm hospitality of Karin and one her her perfectly appointed offerings.

    Gunnydog2020-02-14T00:00:00Z
  • A really charming, characterful apartment in a good location with all the expected mod-cons. Karin was a great host, thank you.

    Maeve2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • I had a lovely and comfortable stay here! This location is also an easy walk to the heart of Dublin! There are several pubs within walking distance as well for safe night time drinking. I would love to come back and stay here again. Karin provides a thorough guide to the city and it made it very easy for me to navigate and figure out what I wanted to do. I would suggest that you bring your own towels if you prefer cotton towels. Karin kindly provides towels but they may be a bit scratchy for some. I chose this Airbnb mainly because it has a kitchen and it was such a good idea! I packed some canned goods and some bread and I was set for meals, which was especially helpful coming straight off the plane. Karin provides eggs and condiments as well as tea, which was very thoughtful and helped me out so much! Remember to close the wooded curtains for the large window, as it helps keep the apartment warm at night and not waste gas.

    Christina2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Karin’s oval apartments are even more gorgeous than pictured. More than that, Karin is the consummate host. She’ll leave food for you in the fridge, recommendations for places to eat and things to do, and she’ll check in to make sure you have everything you need. We would happily stay with her again on a future trip to Dublin!

    Francesca2020-01-14T00:00:00Z
  • Fabulous stay! We had such good fun exploring Dublin from here! Check in was super simple and the flat had everything we could need, including a lovely welcome pack. Great local tips including one society for brunch and mr Fox for fancy dinner! We hope to be back!

    Laurence2020-01-12T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for walking times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Upscale, spacious (80 sq.m/860 sq.ft), modern, bright & chic apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors.
    Perfect location! Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes This fantastic 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The 2 bedrooms and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep in the city centre yet just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 2 spacious double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed (2 persons) Bedroom 2 - Double bed (2 persons) Living room - Sofa bed (2 persons) The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up up to our apartment and parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. Both bedrooms have brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattresses and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Me, my husband, and 2 of our friends stayed here for 7 days and it was just perfect! This is truly an amazing location. We were able to walk to many places in the city! And was very close to the pick up spots for the day tours leaving from Dublin! The amount of space you get for the money you spend is worth every bit of it! Thanks Liam for everything!

    Jessica2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Liam’s place is beautiful! Everything was so clean and check in was super easy! Would definitely stay here again.

    Michelle2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • I suggest this place to anyone who is looking for something super stylish and central. Location was pretty ideal. All appliances you need they have. Highly suggest this place!

    Stephany2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great location, stylish apartment, fantastic local amenities and a very communicative host.

    Kenneth2020-02-17T00:00:00Z
  • Awesome flat, brilliant location for exploring Dublin! Liam was really helpful prior to arrival and made sure we had plenty of information for check-in / arriving from the airport! The added touch of the cafetière and fresh coffee for the morning was much appreciated. Thanks again :)

    Kate2020-01-28T00:00:00Z
  • The space is as exactly as described, with everything you could need for a long stay. Central spot with plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee nearby. The apartment had plenty of room for the three of us. We had some minor communication issues but otherwise Liam was a great host.

    Lucy2020-01-23T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very comfortable stay at Liam’s apartment. Location was very good and apartment was spacious. Thanks very much.

    Anthea2020-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay, good location, the manual had some great recommendations and tips. Our group had a wonderful time. Would stay again and absolutely would recommend.

    Jack2020-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Condominium


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    2

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Experience authentic Georgian elegance is this large bright studio apartment, overlooking park. Accommodates two in cosy sleeping loft. Light a fire, cook dinner in the designer kitchen, and then head out to enjoy the attractions of the city.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the first floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. The apartment has three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a working Georgian grey marble fireplace with a spectacular gilt over-mantle mirror. The fully equipped kitchen has a granite worktop, a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a square Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, a comfortable Victorian antique Chesterfield sofa, TV & DVD player along with an iPod/iPhone dock for music. there are pashminas and Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. The bedroom is upstairs and overlooks the apartment. It has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. Please note there is restricted headroom in the sleeping loft- 5'10-1/2", and consequently the bed is low. The bathroom has a high-pressure shower and loads of storage space. A single, contract-quality foldaway bed, or a single, memory-foam mattress, and extra linens are available for a third guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, yoghurt, juice, milk and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • IPod/Iphone dock for music and charging • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Fuel, at cost price, is available for the fire, if required. • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- €10:00 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house. KARIN'S GUIDE TO THE CITY LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING, SERVICES AND BREAKFAST OPTIONS In general, shopping hours are 9.30-6pm, with late-night shopping till 8pm on Thursdays. Sunday opening is from noon. BREAKFAST The Kingfisher Café, a Dublin institution, on the corner of Parnell Square and Parnell Street West is great for a 'Full Irish Breakfast', and numerous variations, including porridge. Everything is cooked to order and the sraff are professional and friendly. Breakfast served 9am-12:30, 7 days a week. Later in the day they have excellent fish and chips. Koffee and Kale, on the corner of Hill Street and Gardiner Place, two blocks away has great coffee and pastries, and soup/salad/sandwiches at lunchtime. LOCAL GROCERY SHOPPING Tops in Pops, just down the street to the right, for fresh local produce and basic groceries, 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. They are a fourth-generation local business, who have been trading on the site since 1931. The Londis corner store next door opens 8am to 10pm, but charge for privilege. There is an ATM machine at the back, right hand side of the store. Dunne's Stores, is the indigenous supermarket and department store chain, and has branches in every sizeable town throughout the country. There are two local branches. In North Earl Street, opposite O’Connell Street’s Spire, the Off-Licence (liquor store) is in a separate premises, a few doors apart - look for the James Joyce statue. You will find a bigger branch in the ILAC Shopping Centre, flanked by Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street West . There is Metro Tesco on Parnell Street West, just past the Rotunda Hospital. A main branch is to be found in the basement of the Jervis Centre, off Henry Street. Carney’s Butchers, is another multi-generational local family business, which prides itself on the quality of its meat. In keeping with local tradition, they sell fresh fish on Friday’s. F.X. Buckley’s Butchers have two local branches; Moore Street and Talbot Street. This is a very old Dublin business and they have everything; free-range pork, beef and lamb from their own herds, poultry, game in season and fish, and, in the Moore Street branch, a deli counter for cooked meats next door. They are very obliging, and the lads have a great line in smart (sassy) chat. PHARMACIES Foley's Pharmacy on Parnell Street East is a 100+ year-old family business; they are very helpful. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am 6pm. Michael recently (May 2017) won the National 'Community Pharmacist of the Year' award, and a nicer, kinder, or more helpful man you will never meet.... There is a late-night pharmacy, Hickey’s at 55 Lower O’Connell Street, (west side, within the block closest to the river). Opening hours: 8am -10pm M-F, 8.30am-10pm Saturday. 10am 10pm Sunday. Web: (EMAIL HIDDEN) POST OFFICES Nearest Post Office is Parnell Street East, at corner of Marlborough Street, but much nicer is the GPO, O’Connell Street. 1828 façade, but badly damaged in the 1916 Rising, and largely rebuilt in 1928. The main hall is beautiful, with its entire original, 1928, fittings intact. It also contains the iconic statue, by Oliver Shepherd, The Dying Cuchullin. You will find a booklet with postal rates in the black folder. BANKS Allied Irish Bank has a branch on O’Connell Street, at the SW junction with Parnell Street, opposite the Rotunda Hospital. ATM in the wall. Bank of Ireland has a branch at Lower O’Connell Street, on the east side of the street, between Middle Abbey Street and Ashton Quay. ATM inside, opens MEDICAL AND DENTAL PRACTICES Mountjoy Medical Practice, Dr. Gerry Roebuck, Dr. Holly Porter (female) Dr. Colm Killeen. 2-3 Baker’s Yard, Portland Street North. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Opening hours 9-1.30 and 3.30-5.30. You can just drop in. €50 per visit. (Five blocks away, going North East) Frederick Dental Clinic, North Frederick Street. The dentist is happy to see people on an emergency basis. Call for appointment. Tel:(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) blocks away, going West) NORTHSIDE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: 'The Cobalt Cafe', in a beautiful Georgian house on North Great Georges Street, which doubles as a gallery, is great for lunch. Parnell Street, Dublin's emerging 'Chinatown' is just a half a block to the south. Newly opened, on Parnell Square West is 'Mr Fox', serving modern Irish food in a smart and comfortable setting, by the same team who operate Dublin's much lauded 'The Pig's Ear' on Nassau Street, overlooking the Trinity College playing fields.. '147 Cafe' at 147, Parnell Street East, opp the Marlborough Street junction, serve good Illy coffee, and great sandwiches, daytime hours. Nearer the river, 'Le Bon Crubeen' (crubeen=pig's trotter- it's a modern Franco-Irish restaurant) is on Talbot Street, as is the venerable and immensely popular 'Talbot 101'. It is packed to the gunnels with locals between 5.54 and 7.15, enjoying their pre-theatre supper before the Abbey curtains rise at 7.30, when they relinquish their seats for the rest of us! On the riverfront, I love Panem, facing the Millennium Bridge, for a quick coffee and a delicious Sicilian almond biscuit, baked on the premises. A few doors down, you'll find a cluster of Italian bars, cafes and restaurants serving good quality food. Half a block to the east is the trendy 'Winding Stairs' restaurant, with its book-lined walls (relics of a former second-hand bookshop-cum-cafe of the same name); The woollen Mills on the corner of Liffey street does great casual food, including excellent brunch. Back on Capel Street, locals rave about Brother Hubbard, and the Soup Dragon, for lunch. Blas cafe in the Chocolate Factory, on Kings Inn Street, off Parnell Street West has an interesting, casual menu, in a bright, spacious and funky former factory (daytime). LOCAL PUBS include the 'Hill 16' just opposite the house, on Gardiner Street - very popular with the GAA crowd on match days (the Gaelic Athletic Association Stadium, Croke Park, is just 3 blocks to the east), they pull a superb 'pint'. ‘The Heritage Parnell’, on Parnell Street West, just around the corner from O’Connell Street, does 'pub grub'. 'The Flowing Tide', on the corner of Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, is one of my favorites - after the curtain goes down in the Abbey, half the cast are likely to be at the bar. A few doors closer to O’Connell Street is Mulligan’s, another very nice pub, dating from the Edwardian era. 'The Church' on Mary Street, in a converted 1720's church, is another fine place for a drink; the former owner won many accolades for the high quality of the restoration. Capel Street has many typical local pubs, which have the added benefit of serving a largely local population. They include 'O’Neill’s' and 'Slattery's which is good for music. 'The Black Sheep' has the local craft beers covered, and does good bar food, (as does its sister pub, ‘The Brew Dock’, on Store Street, at the bottom of Gardiner Street. The north side traditional music 'musician’s' bar is 'The Cobblestone', at the top of Smithfield, and is suitably grungy. DEPARTMENT STORES AND FASHION Henry Street, off O’Connell Street, at the SPIRE, is the premier shopping street on the north side of the river. Here you will find Arnott’s the local department store, which highlights Irish fashion and design, throughout the store, and has several nice cafes. Henry Street also contains large branches of Debenhams and Marks&Spencers, as well as branches of most of the high street fashion chains. There are two large shopping centres, the Jervis, with a large branch of Tesco’s in the Basement, and the ILAC, which has a Dunne's Department Store, with a Food Hall in the basement. (You can shop for fresh produce on adjacent Moore Street, Dublin's oldest street market, now also home to a thriving cluster of ethnic food markets and restaurants.) NORTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS The North side of Parnell Square is home to the city's Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art; we share a significant collection of Impressionist painting with the Tate Gallery in London, part of the Hugh Lane Bequest, which is rotated in seven-year cycles. (The cafe, overlooking an interior garden, is called 'Hatch'; the original is in the basement of the 'Little Museum of Dublin' on St. Stevens Green). Next door is the Writer's Centre, and next door again, is the Writer's Museum, with a Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement, the amazing Chapter One. Down on the East side of Parnell Square is the beautiful jewel-box that is the Gate Theatre - part of the 18th-century entertainment complex established by the entrepreneurial Dr. Bartholomew, to help support his new Rotunda Maternity Hospital (the oldest purpose-built such hospital in the world, and still delivering babies on a daily basis, 270 years later (9000 in 2012). You could be seated in either the Abbey or Gate Theatres within 10 minutes of leaving the house, and the James Joyce Cultural Centre is even closer, on North Great Georges Street (don't forget to check out the Cobalt Cafe, opposite). Hop on the Luas Red Line, going west, in Abbey Street, halfway between Mountjoy Square and the river, and alight ‘Museum’ stop. The National Museum, Collins Barracks, housed in an old military barracks, dating from 1702, contains the Decorative Arts Collections, (basically, everything post 1700). Descend at the next stop, ‘Heuston’ for IMMA, Ireland's National Museum of Modern Art, housed in the old Kilmainham Hospital, built in the1660’s. It pre-dates its more famous sibling, the Chelsea Hospital, in London by several years. Not to be missed is the Old Jameson Distillery, in Smithfield. Jameson was distilled here until 1971, when three historic distilleries amalgamated, and centralized distilling in Midleton, Co. Cork. The Museum is very well presented; one is guided around the distilling floor, among the huge old pot stills before retiring to the Bar to sample the goods. Nearby is one of the oldest churches in Dublin, St.Michan’s, on Church Street, dating from the mid-11thC. There are several mummified bodies in the basement, thought to be Crusaders. When I was a child, one was allowed to shake their hands….. SOUTHSIDE In the south city centre, the RESTAURANT HUB is in the pedestrian streets to either side of Grafton Street, and in Temple Bar. Particular favourites of mine include: * The Pig's Ear, Nassau Street * Nede, Temple Bar Square * Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street * The Green Hen, Wicklow Street * Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, basement wine-bar, full service restaurant first- floor, and coffee bar within the food-hall on the ground floor. * Fade Street Social, Fade Street, tapas bar and full-service restaurant. * The Rustic Stone, Exchequer Street, upmarket, sophisticated and healthy ‘fast food’. * Cornucopia, Wicklow Street- vegetarian café day, full service by evening. * The Port House, South William Street, wine bar and tapas. * Stanley's, St. Andrew Street, off Wicklow Street- wine bar and full service * Pinxto, Crowe Street, Temple Bar, as above, same management. * Cleaver East, Clarence Hotel - chef Oliver Dunne had a Michelin star in the parent restaurant, Bon Appetit, Malahide village, until he decided to hand it back and get a life Southside city-centre TRADITIONAL PUBS we like are: * Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street * Neary's, Chatham Street * Grogan’s, South William Street * International Bar, Wicklow Street * O'Neill's, Suffolk Street * The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street * The Stag's Head, Connaught Court * The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street * Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Merrion Row * Kehoe’s, South Anne Street * The Duke, Duke Street Fronting the river, TEMPLE BAR, with its vibrant mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets and cultural institutions occupies an area three blocks deep and ten blocks long. At the western end, look out for the two branches of the Queen of Tarts- a wonderful tea shop that offers really good home baking and teas and coffees, all served on mismatched antique china (Lord Edward Street and Cow's Lane). Piglet Wine Bar, on the same pedestrian street had a lovely wine selection and great tapas, at good prices. TEMPLE BAR FARMERS MARKET, is held every Saturday in Meeting House Square, 9-4.30, now has a smart new tensile roof for wet days, and is a good place to rub shoulders with the locals, whilst sampling local food culture. Don’t miss the Oyster Stall, , or David Llewyllan’s fantastic ‘Double L’ local cider- 100% apple (not even water), and the two local cheese stalls, among others. Don’t’ forget to check out the overflow stalls on Curved Street, where Rossa Crowe’s fantastic bread is on offer- Rossa took himself off to France for two years to train, and now produces slow fermented breads, made with the very best organic flours. SOUTHSIDE CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS TRINITY COLLEGE is a good orientation point; from here it is easy to find the mediaeval core, the cultural/political hub of the country around Kildare Street, and the Grafton Street fashion hub. The campus occupies a 40-acre (16ha.) site, and is over 400 years old, though what one sees today are mainly beautiful eighteenth-century buildings. It is worth a wander around, after a visit to spectacular Long Library, to see the Book of Kells and other illustrated Celtic manuscripts. From Front Gate, look south to Grafton Street or west up College Green and Dame Street, which lead to the mediaeval core. At the brow of the hill you will find: * Dublin Castle (visit the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the lovely garden in front (which is actually the helicopter-landing pad for the Castle). * The City Hall with its 'Museum of the Capital' in the basement is worth a look- the Hall is free, and there is a nominal charge for the Museum. * Christchurch Cathedral * Dublinia-in the Christchurch Chapterhouse (Viking Exhibition). * Old Saint Audeon's Church, built almost into the city wall. * St Patrick's Cathedral, and historic park beside. * Marshe's Library-the oldest public library in these islands, 1701. * Francis Street- the Antiques Quarter. * Thomas Street/Meath Street, for a touch of 'Old Dublin'. * The Guinness Storehouse. * Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, (IMMA) Ireland's National Gallery of Modern Art, with its wonderful, recently restored formal garden. KILMINHAM GAOL is worth a visit, and tells the story of Irish Nationalism. It can be reached via the grounds of IMMA, passing Bully’s Acre, and old graveyard, where Brian Boru was reputedly rested on his way to his final burial place in Armagh. Alternatively, exit onto Nassau Street, with its cluster of high-quality shops showcasing the best of Irish crafts - fashion, knitwear, weaving, glassware, ceramics and contemporary jewellery - the Kilkenny Shop has a great cafe upstairs, with views over College Park. The Pig's Ear restaurant is one of my all-time favourites. Continue along the College Park railings till you reach Kildare Street, the cultural-institutional hub of the country. All of our national cultural institutions have free admission. Here you will find the National Library, and the National Museum, facing each other over the forecourt of Leinster House, home to the Oireachtas, our National Parliament. The National Library has a lovely exhibit on the poet, W.B. Yeats, and the Treasury, in the National Museum houses both the Bronze Age and Early Christian collections. On the opposite side of the block, on Merrion Street/Merrion Square, you will find the National Gallery, and the Natural History Museum (known to Dubliner's of my father's generation, as 'The Dead Zoo’. This is a very refreshing look to the past, with absolutely no interpretation, and nothing, not even a postcard, to buy). The National Gallery is almost through a four-year renovation programme; in the meantime, the Millennium Wing, on Clare Street, has a ‘highlights of’ exhibition, and the Café and Gift Shop are also accessed via the Clare Street Entrance. GETTING AROUND Two operators offer Hop-On/Hop-Off tours: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) They both offer a 2-day ticket, and cost roughly the same price - check them out online before you make up your mind. One can buy an integrated LEAP card in most newsagents, at train stations, and in the Dublin Bus Head Office at 42 O’Connell Street (on the west side of the street, just north of the Spire). This can be used on the LUAS, DART, some suburban mainline trains, and on Dublin Bus routes. There is also a 3-day tourist pass, the Freedom Ticket, which provides good value. €28 will give you 72 hours transport, starting at the Airport; Airlink from the airport, the Hop-On-Hop –Off tourist bus and all local bus routes. Web: (URL HIDDEN) •The DART, the local electric commuter train, runs north/south along the coast. The north-side city centre station is Connolly, on Amiens Street, facing Talbot Street, but I usually suggest people use Tara Street, as Connolly is also a mainline station, and is very big, and a bit confusing. Tara is purely a commuter station, and is about the same distance. It is on George’s Quay, just south of the Custom House. The other south-side city centre station is Pearse, on Westland Row, at the south end of the Trinity campus. •The LUAS Red Line runs east-west through the north side of the city, as far east as the docks, and serves both Connolly and Heuston mainline stations. The nearest stop to Mountjoy Square is Abbey, on Middle Abbey Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre. The LUAS Green Line serves the south suburbs; Ranelagh, Dundrum, Leopardstown Racecourse, and on out to Cherrywood, on the county boundary with Wicklow. •Main cross-city bus routes run north-south through O’Connell Street. The No.7 terminates on Mountjoy Square North, and there is a ‘shopper’s fare’ of 50c, to Grafton Street- alight at Trinity. On the return journey it skirts the Trinity campus and comes along Pearse, to the east of the campus - catch it on Clare Street, at the Millennium wing of the National Gallery. •DUBLIN BIKES are free to use for the first half hour, and have a stand on Mountjoy Square West, but one needs to go to the Princes Street stand (to the right hand side of the General Post Office (GPO)), to purchase a short term card. It costs €2, and is only available to credit card holders. SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE Those interested in the local fashion, art and design scene should look out for the following addresses (in no particular order): •Designist, South Great George's Street (stock chosen for good design) •Irish Design Store, Drury Street •Article, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (housewares) •Irish Designer Store, Top floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre •Cow's Lane Gallery, Temple Bar (artist’s collective) •The Jam Factory, Nicholas Street (artist’s collective) •Avoca, Suffolk Street •Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street •Designyard, South Frederick Street (jewellery) •Louise Kennedy, couturier, Merrion Square, and Tipperary Crystal •Gallery Zozimus, Francis Street (art gallery and carefully chosen crafts) •Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar (artist-printmaker’s gallery) •Malthouse Design Centre and Shop, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular •Magee's of Donegal, Wicklow Street, and, •Kevin and Howlin, Nassau Street have hand-woven tweeds covered. •Dubarry's, College Green produce wonderful, country-style outerwear, including the most perfect alternative to sweaty, waterproof Wellington boots… •Monaghan's, Hibernian Way, the House of Ireland on Nassau Street and the Sweater Shops on Wicklow Street and Nassau Street has the best selections of traditional knitwear. Monaghan's specialise in cashmere. •The Cloth Shop, St. William Street, for interesting designer fabric, including a good selection of Irish Linen, and Liberty of London INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS and MUSIC STORES Eason’s, O’Connell Street, is a Dublin institution for over 100 years. It encompasses a large stationery department, a branch of Tower Records on the top floor, academic books in the basement, a nice café and two floors of general books. It is a good place to browse books of Irish interest, and they have a really good Information Desk. Chapters, Parnell Street West is my ‘local’. John Gannon is one of the best booksellers in the business, and his staff are hand-picked enthusiastic bibliophiles, one and all. Stock is a mixture of the latest releases, and carefully chosen remaindered books. Their ordering service is superlative, and they ALWAYS know exactly what one is talking about, even with just the vaguest, half-remembered clues from a newspaper review. Very strong on contemporary fiction, natural history, non-fiction and books of Irish interest. Extensive second-hand section upstairs. The Secret Bookstore, Wicklow Street is another favourite. It’s tucked away down a passage, near the L’Occitane shop and often throws up gems among its large second-hand stock. An eclectic music store occupies the rear of the shop. Cathach Rare Books, Duke Street, specializes in Irish first editions, and have an interesting selection of Irish maps and prints. Stokes Books is another interesting antiquarian/secondhand shop, specializing in books of Irish interest. You’ll find it in Georges Street Arcade. Claddagh Records, Cecelia Street, Temple Bar, is primarily a music publisher, but they have a retail outlet in Temple Bar, which is the oldest independent music shop in Dublin, and specializes in traditional Irish music, with some interesting World Music additions. PLACES OF WORSHIP: Roman Catholic: Many Catholic churches have Mass on Saturday evening, in addition to morning Masses. •St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Upper Gardiner Street. Gospel Mass, 7.30pm Sundays, September to mid June. •St. Mary's Metropolitan Church - the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough. Sung Mass, 11am, Sundays, with the Palestrina Choir. •St. Joseph’s Church, Berkeley Road, Dublin 7. •St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Church, choir sings at 11 o’clock Mass, Sunday’s •St. Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, has wonderful Harry Clarke ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) stained glass windows. •Whitefriars Street Church, Aungier Street, church has relics of St. Valentine. Church of Ireland: •Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, sung Services Sundays, •St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nicholas Street, sung Services Sundays. •St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Jewish: Dublin Hebrew Congregation (URL HIDDEN) Daily services in Synagogue at 32a Rathfarnham Road, Public Transport: Buses: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Get off at Terenure Cross (road). Walk up Rathfarnham Road, pass AIB Bank and one row of terraced houses; shul is next building, with wooden/metal security gates. Across the street is a shop called Window Fashions. Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation (DJPC) Website: (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN) Postal: PO Box 3059, Dublin 6 President: Mrs. Hilary Abrahamson Muslim: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) 19 Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Islamic Foundation of Ireland (IFI) 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 8. Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anwar-up-Madina Moore Street, Dublin 1. SHORT TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT NORTH: Catch the No.46A bus, (heading north on O'Connell Street to the Phoenix Park- the largest enclosed urban park in the world, 1750 acres behind a seven-mile-long stone wall. Ashtown Castle Interpretive Centre, with its wonderful walled garden and café is a good place to orient oneself. From here, on Saturdays, it is possible to visit Aras an Uachtarian, the official residence of our President. One can also visit Farmliegh, the Official State Guesthouse, a former Guinness mansion. Among it’s attractions are an art gallery, café, occasional free concerts, and regular weekend Farmer’s Markets. The Park also houses the Dublin Zoo, (1827, the second-oldest Zoo in the world, after London’s Regent Park Zoo). Several herd of Fallow Deer roam at liberty. Many sports are catered for; there is Polo ground, a cricket club, and lots soccer pitches. The Duke of Wellington is commemorated by a marvellous Sobelisk, and the Forty Acres affords superb views over the city, with the Royal Hospital and Guinness Brewery in the foreground, along the south side of the River Liffey. Phoenix Park can also be reached via the LUAS Red Line, direction Tallagh, heading west. Alight at 'Museum' and take a detour into the National Museum-Collins Barracks, which houses the Decorative Arts, post-1700, wonderful collections of silver, furniture, glass and other artifacts. Just up the road, in Glasnevin, there are three worthwhile attractions: Glasnevin Cemetary, was founded by Daniel O’Connell as one of his first initiatives, post Catholic Emancipation in 1829, to provide a dignified place for Catholic burial. The Glasnevin Museum is new, and has superlative displays of Nationalist history. They also have a very good Geneology Department. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, date from the end of 18thC. Though relatively small, they contain an internationally-aclaimed collection of plants and three iconic Glasshouses, by Turner of Dublin, which have all been restored in the recent past. There is a nice café in the Gardens, and entry is free. The Gravedigger’s Pub, over-looking a Green, is not to be missed. It acquired its name from the fact that there used to be a hatch in the rear wall, through which the gravediggers were served. They do nice simple pub food, and one can sit outside on sunny days. Walk back into town, and stop at either the The Botanic Bar at Harte’s Corner or the Brian Boru, typicl local bars. The Whitworth, at Cross Guns Bridge, with nice food, is on the corner of the Royal Canal. Take a stroll east down the canal bank, and you will see swans, and moor-hens going about their business. At the next bridge, at Dorset Street, look out for the lifesize bronze statue of Brendan Behan, a local author. From here is just a few minute’s stroll up Belvidere Place, with its charming stepped terraces of tall Georgian houses, to Mountjoy Square. Another favourite is the Marino Casino, in Fairview/Clontarf, an early 18th century pleasure house, built to the design of Sir William Chambers, for Lord Charlemont, purely for entertaining, also just a few miles by bus, north of the city centre. Catch the DART, the coastal commuter train, heading north, at Tara Street Station, on the South Liffey quays, at Butt Bridge, and take a short ride. You have the choice of Howth (a working fishing village) or Malahide. Howth Demesne or Howth Head, behind the village will both afford walks with great views; the Harbour has a dozen restaurants along the quay- ranging from take-out fish and chips to the very upmarket. Book an early-evening window table at Aqua, and be astonished by the sunset over the coast, looking north-west. Another favourite of mine is Deep, midway along the quay (and do watch out for the local tame and greedy Harbour Seal, who begs shamelessly from the trawler men, who tie up alongside). Malahide is a charming village, with some of the most expensive urban residential properties in the country. Good food and good shopping are to be had here. On the edge of the village you will find Malahide Castle and Demesne, open to the public, which includes a renowned private Arboretum, as Milo de Malahide, the last of his family, (who had occupied the castle continuously since Norman times, in the 10th-12th centuries) was a significant plants-man. The Castle contains the National Portrait Collection, as was as magnificent furniture and other contents. There is a smart new branch of the AVOCA Shop and Café in the Courtyard. Oliver Dunne's restaurant, Bon Appetit, on St. James Terrace, has superb food in elegant, relaxed surroundings.(This restaurant had a Michelin star for years, but the chef/patron decided to return it, and simplify his life - a case of 'been there-done that'.) SOUTH: South of the city you will find Rathfarnham Castle, and its Berkeley Costume and Toy Collection (No. 16 bus). Marley Park is a little further, just at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. It has wonderful parkland with easy walks, and a magnificent walled garden with a nice cafe. The No.16 bus, from O’Connell Street will leave you close by. Powerscourt is at the edge of Enniskerry, its associated estate village, at the end of the No.44 bus route, which winds its way through the south side suburbs, into Wicklow, through the Scalp, a deep and picturesque glacial valley. The 19th century gardens are fabulous, and make great use of the 'borrowed landscape' beyond. The terrace and Nepture fountain are centred on the Sugarloaf mountain, which marks the beginning of the Wicklow Mountains. The Powerscourt Waterfall, part of the same estate, is a few miles further on, and there are beautiful, way-marked, woodland and moorland walks in the hills nearby. Do be mindful; these ‘mountains’ can be deceptive- while not high, they can be treacherous, as weather conditions can change in minutes. Stick to the way-marked paths, and do keep an eye on the weather. Take the DART south to Bray and Greystones - via Dun Loughaire, Dalkey and Killiney - all interesting villages, with many cafes and restaurants. Killiney Hill, with its eighteenth century obelisk at the summit, is a short climb that results in amazing views over Dublin Bay, and down into the Wicklow Mountains beyond. There is a nice pub in in the ‘village’- ‘The Druid’s Chair’. Dalkey is a charming village with old-fashioned shops and lots of nice pubs, cafes and restaurants. The local Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, is worth checking out, and in the summer run a theatre programme, and walking tours. Bray Esplanade is a classic Victorian seaside amenity, sturdily built from local granite - the perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream. Campo di Fiori, either the Restaurant or the Café, both near the train station and the north end of the Promenade, are particular favourites of mine. If one is feeling energetic, one could contemplate the Cliff Walk from Bray to Greystones - 4miles/6km along the rough cliff path. Lots of nice pubs for a pint of Guinness at the other end, The Hungry Pear is my favourite café, among many. The DART will take you straight back into the city. But.. make sure to do it in the morning, as by mid-day the path is in shade, and it can be windy and cold. WEST: Travelling into the rich plains of Kildare, by the No. 67 bus route, you will come to the historic village of Celbridge, just twelve miles from the city centre. Castletown House is Ireland's finest Palladian mansion, and was saved from destruction by Desmond Guinness, in the early 1960's. He purchased it from the construction company who had acquired it. They intended to demolish it, to make way for a vast suburban housing estate. The Irish Georgian Society, founded by Desmond Guinness, restored the house and furnished it with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, and opened it to the public, a heroic task for a small membership conservation society. Today, it is in State ownership, and it is the flagship Georgian heritage property of Ireland. It is beautifully presented, and the parklands are undergoing restoration. A local bus, or the commuter train from Connolly Station in Amiens Street, will take one to Maynooth, a charming University town, with another magnificent Palladian mansion, Carton House, now operating as a very upmarket hotel and golf club. Lots of companies offer day-long coach tours. Some involve very long days, i.e, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. Two more local, and very worthwhile ones are either: The Boyne Valley Tour (Newgrange Neolithic ( 5000 yr old World Heritage Site) / Mellifont Cistercian ruins- (12thC.)/ Monasterboice Early Christian (6th-8thC.) The Wicklow-Glendalough Tour (Powerscourt / Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough (Glen of the Two Lakes) a 6thC. Early Christian site, in beautiful wooded valley. Details of both of these trips, and others, are available in the big black folder in the apartment.
    A beautiful, historic residential square, built in 1790's, within 5-10 minutes walk of the city centre. Elegance and convenience combined with a bit of inner city grittiness. I have loved it all, since 1978!
  • Everything was absolutely perfect, thank you so much!

    Mathilde2020-03-09T00:00:00Z
  • Karin is a great host and the place has everything one can wish for, in order to spend a great, smooth stay. Ideally situated and the appartement is beautiful. Some nice touches and the whole place is very functional. Lilac smell when entering the appartement is amazing!!!! Thank you again ! Recommending 100%!

    Marie2020-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful, spacious flat in a lovely area- would definitely stay again! Could be slightly cold as it has large windows so worth using the fire provided.

    Clarissa2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Historic home near restaurants.

    James2020-02-25T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely place to stay, good communication with host. Would recommend

    Victoria2020-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • A gem in a most beautiful house set in one of Dublin's finest Georgian squares. The flat was excellent, being exactly as described. We would not have thought it possible, but the real thing is even better than as shown in the photographs. Karin really is a super host. We could not have asked for more. She is really friendly, extremely responsive and her communications are crystal clear.

    Peter2020-02-10T00:00:00Z
  • This place is absolute perfection! It's stunning, cosy, clean close to the center and Karin is the perfect host

    Katy2020-02-04T00:00:00Z
  • A great space. Highly recommended.

    Jake2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
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    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks.
    Fantastic Apartment in the heart of the city with river views. Refurbished by award winning A2 architects, this unique space offers modern, bright open plan accommodation with amazing views of the Ha'penny Bridge, one of Dublin most famous landmarks. Recently renovated by award winning A2 Architects, my 2nd floor, open plan studio apartment offers the perfect location to stay in Dublin. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge, you are in the beating heart of the city. Everything is within walking distance, with Temple Bar and Trinity College for example just across the bridge and most other major sights a few minutes away . The airport bus is only 100 metres away, not to mention all the bars and restaurants just outside the door. Experiencing the true essence of Dublin couldn’t be any easier. Previously a 66-metres (710 sq ft) two-bedroom apartment, it was renovated to an open plan, creating a large space that allows full access to natural light. From the window overlooking the river Liffey, you get a great view of the sunset and the feeling of the city passing you by. It’s deceptively easy to just sit at the window and watch as people cross the Ha’penny bridge. I have Wi-fi, a great bathroom and fully functioning kitchen including a Nespresso coffee machine. Dublin is a conveniently compact city and my apartment is nestled right in the centre of it all, allowing for a hassle free, thoroughly enjoyable place to experience it to the full. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. The Aircoach bus from the airport drops you 5 minutes away. The LUAS tram stops in Jervis St 2 minutes away but the apartment is so central you probably won't be using public transport at all. I personally wouldn't recommend car hire as a lot of the streets are one way and it can be tricky to drive around if you are not familiar with the city. Notes: -The sofa bed in the pictures is BoConcept Melo 6070 Double Sofa with reclining and sleeping function. Size as double bed is 173cm wide x 197cm long so suitable for one or two people but not as comfortable as a bed. -The Bed is King Size (150 x 200cm) and has a memory foam mattress
    Location cannot be better. You are overlooking the River Liffey and directly above the beautiful Ha'penny Bridge. Cross the bridge and you are in Temple Bar with its numerous bars, restaurants, vintage clothes shops, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Irish Film Institute and many other attractions. Dublin two main pedestrian shopping streets, Grafton and Henry St are about 5 minutes away. Trinity College with its famous Library is 3 minutes walk. Dublin is experiencing a Renaissance after a long recession and every week a new exciting restaurant, cultural space or play is opening. It is a great time to be visiting!
  • You looking for a perfect place in Dublin? Stop looking RIGHT HERE. This review needs nothing else.

    John2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo’s clean and stylish loft was the perfect location for us to base ourself in Dublin for our city adventures and near bus pick up stops for our incredible day trips. You are really right in the heart of the city center. That being said, you do get city noise especially on Fridays and Saturdays so if that bothers you, ear plugs worked just fine! There were ample pubs, restaurants, shopping and other services very close by. Dardo was a great host and was very responsive to our questions and was prompt with our key pick up. Couldn’t ask for a better host and we appreciated his recommendations! Thanks again Dardo for allowing us to use your space! We already want to plan a trip back!

    Kelli2020-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo communicated really well throughout and was really accommodating with us. We landed into Dublin quite early and we were able to drop off our bags straight away which gave us time to explore. The apartment is in a perfect location and is very clean and tidy. We felt really secure as well as the access and security to the building was very good. The apartment was very spacious and we felt very comfortable there.

    Simon2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice place, amazing location!

    Chester2020-02-08T00:00:00Z
  • Dardo’s place was amazing! Perfect perfect perfect location, very clean, great communication! Will be staying here again in the future!

    Alysia2020-01-29T00:00:00Z
  • A fabulous place! Location was incredible as were the views. Loved walking out the door and being in the heart of all the things that we wanted to do. Dardo was great, the place was great...a very good experience and I hope to have the opportunity to stay there again.

    Jack2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Beautiful location! Lovely flat and very friendly host.

    Louise2020-01-21T00:00:00Z
  • Great location overlooking the river and ha’penny foot bridge. Lots of space. A little drafty but space heaters available. Host’s response times are great.

    M. Mark2020-01-16T00:00:00Z
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    Property Type

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    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Superb city centre location within walking distance of all major tourist attractions (see below for times). Located just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas and overlooking a private roof garden for a peaceful nights sleep. Elegant, designer and upscale apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. The apartment contains everything you could expect for your stay and includes tasteful designer furniture and interiors. The space and high quality interiors are kept immaculately clean.
    This fantastic 1 bedroom modern apartment is ideally located in Dublin city centre within walking distance to all Dublin's major tourist attractions and 1 minute walk to Smithfield central tram station. The bedroom and living room overlook a private roof garden which ensures a low level of noise and a safe/peaceful nights sleep just outside the noisy pub and nightlife areas (e.g. temple bar, along the Quays, etc). The apartment itself contains 1 spacious double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower and toilet facilities, a fully fitted modern kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer, crockery, glasses, all utensils, etc.), a large living room/dining room area with floor length windows leading onto a balcony with a view of the private roof garden. We have carefully crafted detailed arrival instructions as well as a wide variety of tips/advice for the apartment, local area and Dublin city in general! We have put a lot of effort into these documents and improve them on a regular basis. Bedroom 1 - Double bed for 2 persons Living room - Double Sofa Bed for 2 persons The apartment has plenty of space for you to relax in peacefully with Dublin on your doorstep. An elevator takes you up to our apartment. Parking is available in the large public underground car park (prices vary). Major attractions walking time: > The river Liffey, Smithfield Tram station, Jameson Distillery, Smithfield Square, Dublin Tourist Bus Stop - 1 minute > Christchurch Cathedral - 7 minutes > Temple Bar, Henry Street - 10 minutes > O'Connell Street & Dublin Visitor centre, Phoenix Park, Guinness Storehouse - 12 minutes > Grafton Street - 15 minutes The apartment is professionally cleaned after every guest and freshly laundered bed sheets and towels come as standard with each booking. The bedroom has a brand new deep fill, hotel grade mattress and the bed sheets are 100% cotton with high thread count of minimum 200 threads per square inch. Duvets and pillows for all beds are hotel grade and a comfortable mattress topper ensures a good nights sleep.
    Smithfield is a trendy inner city area just north of the river Liffey. Some local Artisian highlights of the Smithfield complex include the Light House Cinema/Gallery, the Generator Hostel, Third Space Cafe, Oscars Bar & Restaurant and the Fresh Good Food Shop. Despite the excellent location, the area is very quiet and removed from the bustling nightlife districts of Dublin city centre. Furthermore, the area is very safe and the building is secure.
  • Loved the flat! Clean and spacious. Great location. Especially loved the heated bathroom floor! Important to note the TV is a Smart TV that only offers Netflix. We're unfamiliar with how a Smart TV works and tried different ways to watch other programming, but couldn't figure it out (and we are somewhat tech savvy). We ended up only watching one movie, otherwise we hunkered down and listened to the radio on our cell phone.

    April2020-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • Brilliant clean flat within walking distance to everything! Modern, stylish design with everything needed to cook in. Liam went above and beyond with a map showing local bars / cafes / shops within walking distance to the flat. There were four of us staying between the double and sofa bed; both did the job but I think it would be much comfier for two staying than than four, as the springs in the sofa bed could be felt by the second night. Overall a great flat and location we will use again!

    Fleur2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • The apartment is very well located and within walking distance to Temple Bar and many other attractions. For those who are concerned about Dublin’s cold weather, the heating was excellent. The sofa bed is comfortable and the apartment is in a quiet place you can enjoy but just beside all that this wonderful capital has to offer. Liam is an excellent host and responded to our requests right away. I’ll definitively stay here again next time and recommend it.

    Ana Lúcia2020-02-07T00:00:00Z
  • Beat location we could have ever hoped for.

    David2020-02-03T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely apartment within walking distance of all of Dublin’s attractions

    Ryan2020-01-22T00:00:00Z
  • Liam's place is in the perfect location, its clean, its really good for families (double pushchairs can even fit in the lift and the front door of the apartment). The kitchen is easy to use. Thanks for everything Liam.

    Simarjeet2020-01-15T00:00:00Z
  • Really Nice flat with all the amenities and a really Nice location!

    Agustín2020-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • The place was very well equipped. It even comes equipped with a baby cot, high chair, washer, dryer and dish washer. I love the kitchen as you can find the equipment you need to make a simple meal. The location was very good. It was only 15 min walk away from the shopping district. Within just 3 min walk, you can find a few nice restaurants and a convenience store. The place is clean and comfortable. Will definitely stay here again if we go to Dublin again.

    Shereen2019-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Condominium


    Accommodates

    4


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Awaken to views overlooking a park and a period streetscape without even getting out of bed. Plenty of daylight streams in through tall windows to illuminate this 2nd-floor studio. Choose a book and snuggle into a leather armchair for a cosy read.
    Come and have an authentic experience in one of Dublin's special Georgian apartments, situated on Mountjoy Square, in the heart of Dublin's North Georgian core, and just minutes from O'Connell Street. This large studio apartment is on the second floor of a beautiful redbrick townhouse, built in 1792. Both house and apartment retain all their original features, combined with modern comforts. It is approximately 400 sq ft, or 38m2. It has just been completely redecorated (July 2015) and has a smart new bathroom with a large walk-in high-pressure shower. It has a new 40" smart TV and DVD player. The well designed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and microwave, and all the equipment you might need to cook a gourmet meal. Basic condiments are provided as well as a generous 'welcome pack' for breakfast. All you need to buy is some bread! The East-facing apartment is flooded with light from the three full-length windows overlooking the gardens of Mountjoy Square. It has a Georgian pink marble period fireplace fitted with a high-output gas stove. The rest of the apartment is comfortably furnished with period furniture, including a Georgian dining table and four matching chairs, and a pair of comfortable leather tub chairs. There are Kashmir hand-loomed wool wraps, for cosy evenings in front of the fire. It is decorated with fine art prints from Graphic Studio Dublin. The bed folds away and has a comfortable double mattress, goose down duvet and pillows, and pure cotton sheets. Read in comfort with vintage Anglepoise reading lights. If needed, a single, contract-quality foldaway bed, and all linens are available for a extra guest. Please see photos. A surcharge of €10, to cover the cost of the extra laundry, applies for the use of the apartment as a twin. This will be collected in cash upon arrival. • You will receive a welcome pack of the basics- quality tea, coffee, home-made granola and preserves, fruit, juice and organic natural yoghurt and free-range eggs. • 100% cotton bed linen and towels are provided • Local tourist information and guide books available • Free wi-fi • Large flat-screen TV and DVD player, with selection of Irish themed DVD's • Library of Irish-themed books • Playing cards and board games • Hair dryer • Washing machine and dryer are available in the building- we will do your laundry for you - €10 charge CHECK-IN IS FROM 3pm, and CHECK-OUT IS BY 11am, please. We are happy to take in your luggage earlier. Please let us have your flight/arrival details, so that we can plan our day around being here to greet you. The house is perfectly located for exploring the city; all of the city's cultural institutions are within walking distance, and the transport connections are excellent. Airport bus (41) passes door on the way OUT of the city, 8 min. walk to LUAS Red line, DART, (Connolly and Tara) and city busses. Dublin Bikes stand opposite house.
    The loft is in Mountjoy Square, a vibrant area close to the historic city centre and within walking distance to main attractions. Grocery stores and breakfast places are just around the corner. Local restaurants are nearby, as well as Chinatown and pubs.
  • I can only second everything I read in the reviews: this spot was stylish, comfortable and a lot of fun for our first few nights in Dublin! It was so much fun coming back to this place after our exploration of the city by foot. Karin is a professional hostess and had everything we needed covered.

    Alyssa2020-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • Cozy studio about 20-30 minute walk from downtown. Very impressive and beautiful older building with a warm and classic design.

    Ben2020-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay for a long weekend in Dublin. The apartment is very good!

    Louis2020-02-23T00:00:00Z
  • Karin's apartment was a fantastic home during my week in Dublin. The room was exactly as described and check in was made very easy by instructions sent by Karin ahead of time, including transit options from the airport. The location is great, the room is comfortable and cozy with a fully stocked kitchen. Karin even made sure to refund me when the hot water heater had a bit of an issue the first night, which was very appreciated. She really strives to make sure her guests are comfortable, and I would definitely stay again.

    Lauren2020-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • 👍👍👍

    Γιώργος2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Very good stay, We recommend this atypical and warm accommodation. Thanks to Karin for her availability.

    Sam2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Great studio apartment, the spacious and everything you could need for a weekend getaway. Karin went above and beyond, allowing a late check out and delivering warm fresh banana on Saturday morning as well as having the fridge stocked with fresh juice, eggs, milk and muesli. Positives were - spacious, comfortable bed, well stocked kitchen, light and airy, warm, easy to get to buses and bikes right across the road (which you can rent for about 3€ for 72 hours and was a great way to get around), easy communication with host, easy check in/out and ability to store bags after check out. Only potential downsides were it was slightly loud street noise (still slept well though, but may be issue if you were a light sleeper) and a little bit out of main tourist attractions (Ie 15-20min walk; or easy bus/cycle) but this did not particularly bother us much as very easy city to get around and many positives of the place definitely compensated. Would 100% stay again and recommend to a friend.

    Rosie2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Karin was a wonderful host! She’s very prompt to respond, polite, caring, thoughtful. She truly cares about her guests and making them happy. I can’t say enough nice things about the wonderful host. Karin was actually kind enough to help me plan my last minute Ireland itinerary and I had the best time!!!!! The place is really cute, lots of amenities, there were even breakfast items, soaps, very thoughtful of the host to arrange. It’s a very cozy apartment, in a great location walking distance to public transportation and close to great shops, restaurants, bars. You have to visit The Celt!!!!

    Chantal2020-01-17T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Loft


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Lovely double room, with private bathroom. Just 5 mins from UCD & 5 mins from The Radisson, St. Helens. Perfect for guests attending functions there. Towels and toiletries provided. Dublin City Centre can be accessed very easily by bus in approx 15 mins, off peak. The bus stop is a one minute walk. Direct access to/from the Airport with the Aircoach service. Its approx a 45 minute journey from the Airport, off peak. A stunning area of leafy South Dublin. A light breakfast is provided each day.
    A beautiful double room in a glorious location, close to shops and bars. The property is a stylish 2 bedroom apartment on a ground floor level. Warm and cosy in the winter and bright spacious and airy in the summer.
    Beautiful leafy suberb area of South County Dublin.
  • John & Gilmara’s place was perfect for our night in Dublin before an early morning exam at UCD. We didn’t meet Gilmara but I can say John was lovely, he even dropped us to a restaurant he recommended when we asked about dinner nearby. The location is perfect for UCD and the apartment is spotless.

    Amy2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent hosts. Beautiful home.

    Louise2020-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay. Lovely and warm and all you could need for the stay.

    Louise2020-03-04T00:00:00Z
  • Great place to stay, close to UCD

    Sarah2020-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • They have a quick response, a great location near shops, restaurants and bus stops. The space was very clean and provided us with breakfast every morning, 100% recommended!

    Ana2020-03-02T00:00:00Z
  • This was my second time staying with Gilmara and John so that says it all. Great location, spotlessly clean and excellent access to south Dublin or city centre with public transport on the doorstep. Highly recommended.

    Niamh & Joe2020-02-28T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect for what I needed. Thank you.

    Sarah2020-02-27T00:00:00Z
  • Great place and very friendly host

    Louise2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Mount Merrion, County Dublin, Ireland

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    It's a lovely spacious home with a beautiful garden close to all amenities. The bedroom has a double bed with en-suite bathroom & a lovely view over the rere garden. The house has WIFI and guests are welcome to use the sitting room & kitchen for tea / coffee. The front dining room is usually not used and as such is a great quiet room & an ideal workspace if you need to do some computer work. There is a printer available if you need to print off a few pages or travel documents.
    We have a beautiful garden that guests are welcome one to use and this is popular on sunny days. We don’t use the dining room much as a dining room but it’s a great quiet spot if someone wants a table & somewhere quiet to work with their laptop. The WIFI quality is strong & there is a printer if you need it - although you might have to connect it up yourself! Although we don’t formally do breakfast or meals, there is usually a cup of tea or coffee on the go and the kitchen is the heart of the house.
    Mount Merrion is an upmarket neighbourhood located on the south side of Dublin. We are about 15 minutes by car from the city centre & about 25 minutes by bus. There is free car parking & your car will be fairly safe in this area. We are about 3-4 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop. Buses to the city centre run frequently and are fairly inexpensive. UCD ( University College Dublin ) is located nearby and it is approximately 15 minutes walk to the University. The RDS in Ballsbridge is about 15 minutes by Car / Taxi. We have a great choice of restaurants & pubs within 15 minutes walk of our house and I would be delighted to provide directions.
  • Great place to stay. Lovely host!

    Milena2019-12-04T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis is charming, attentive, full of good attention. The house is very clean. Bus lines nearby but you can do a lot of walking if you like walking.

    Guerrier2019-10-23T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis's place is very welcoming. She's an amazing lady x

    Maggie2019-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis is the loveliest of all the Airbnb hosts I have met! Her house is clean and in a quiet location, yet only 5mn away from the main bus route into UCD and city centre. I heartily recommend it!

    Audrey2019-10-09T00:00:00Z
  • We had a very nice stay at Phyllis. She is really a wonderful person. We felt very welcome. The location was perfect for us, within 20 minutes we were in town and in Blackrock you can also go out to eat.

    Anna-Lena2019-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis is a warm and caring host. Very close to public transport. A very safe and beautiful area with lots of large trees close by. She has a beautiful garden that you can sit in and walk around. Thank you Phyllis.

    Margaret2019-09-30T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis is a lovely lady who made me feel very welcome the moment I arrived. The place was perfect in every way and so conveniently located for hopping on the 46a bus to Dublin Centre. I would definitely stay again.

    Mark2019-09-25T00:00:00Z
  • Phyllis’s place was spotlessly clean and we had a great nights stay. Phyllis was also extremely welcoming and helpful.

    Grace2019-09-24T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Mount Merrion, County Dublin, Ireland

    Newly refurbished studio apartment with private entrance off of family home. Large ensuite shower room and WC. Wifi, cable TV and office desk in place. Large storage units including a fridge and microwave. This studio apt will come serviced with fruit, juice, coffee, breakfast cereals, yogurts etc. This would be very suitable for a commuting professional or someone passing through as a tourist.
    The apt is located right beside the N11 and one of the main buss corridors into Dublin city cente (25 min). The airport bus also stops right beside the apt as well.
    Safe suburb on south side of Dublin. Excellent transport links to airport and city centre. Large super market, restaurants and a very large park within 5 min walk.
  • A very nice and tidy room, excellently equipped and great value for money - even when you take into account the money you will spend on bus tickets to get you there and back. The bust stop is close and buses straight to the city run every few minutes with a travel time of 30 min. There’s stuff to see in Cabinteely as well, such as the lovely park. A shopping centre can be found in the neighbourhood, as well as pubs and restaurants further down the road. If you’re staying for a longer period of time, you’ll love the washing machine - just remember to turn on the air dehumidifier, otherwise your laundry will never dry. Don’t hope for a great view out of the window (it’s just a suburban street), watch the TV instead, it has a great selection of channels to keep you entertained on a rainy day. All in all, a gret place to stay!

    Matti2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Bryan and his family was very kind and lovely. He helped me a lot what to see in the neighborhood. The room met my needs, it was very compact and clean. I highly recommend this accomodation.

    Emese2019-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • This is a great studio room with everything you might need. It is on a quiet street, yet 5mn from a Dunnes supermarket and the bus stop. So it's handy to UCD and TCD. Bryan is a lovely and welcoming host. I would 100% recommend!

    Audrey2019-07-26T00:00:00Z
  • Bryan and his family were very friendly and welcoming hosts. The room has a separate entrance so it's private, small but very cozy. Communication with Bryan was smooth, he's an extremely helpful chap. This is what I call Irish hospitality!

    Jaakko2018-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • small but nice place,separated from the main house provided a private space,very nice accommodation.

    上夕下威2018-09-29T00:00:00Z
  • Bryan is the best person I could meet in Ireland. I had a really bad experience when I arrived and he helped me with everything. He helped me with all the tramits I needed to do and he was really kindly. That’s the best hostman I’ve ever met in Airbnb. As the room, it has all the things you need and it’s very comfortable, you can have as much contact with the family as you want.

    Lucía2018-08-01T00:00:00Z
  • Absolute gentleman of a host and lovely place, would absolutely recommend!

    James2018-07-29T00:00:00Z
  • Bryan is a kind and considerate host. His house is very clean and the studio perfect for a single traveler. I had everything I needed and more. Bryan also took the time to drive me to the supermarket that is just few minutes walking from the house. The neighbourhood area is green and provides everything you might need. in I was in Dublin only one day for a conference, so I cannot say much more, but the transport to and from Bryan's place was ideal, the bus quick and with frequent connections. Highly recommended!

    Paola2018-07-26T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    0

    Cabinteely, County Dublin, Ireland

    My place is 7 minutes walk to (UCD) University College Dublin. 20 minutes to city center by bus. Close to Stillorgan, Blackrock, Donnybrook and RDS. Aircoach passes close by, a safe area. Although my address includes Blackrock on Google maps my home is in Mount Merrion, close to the N11.
  • Fantastic host and location - would recommend :)

    Alan2019-09-06T00:00:00Z
  • Have stayed here a couple of times now and I’ll be back. Would def recommend.

    Alan2019-08-30T00:00:00Z
  • My stay in Dublin was very pleasant. Rosaleen is a friendly host, very helpful even in sweet unsuspected aspects, such as offering an umbrella, for the Irish weather. The garden from outside de kitchen window is amazing, a beautiful place to get your coffee. The neighbourhood is silent and safe. The place is close to bus stations for the city centre and airport. There is a SuperValu supermarket nearby. And the seaside is at a 20 minute walk ♥️.

    Andra-Sorina2019-08-23T00:00:00Z
  • I spent a week at Rosaleen’s place, and if you are looking for a more residential, local experience in Dublin, I would highly recommend it. Her home and garden are so lovely, and it was the perfect place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bus service to coastal areas and the city are within close walking distance, as is UCD. Rosaleen was very hospitable and the space bright and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting or a student between accommodations, I would recommend Rosaleen and her bungalow.

    Emily2019-08-16T00:00:00Z
  • Rosaleen was a wonderful and very accomodating host. She went out of her way to pick me up from the bus stop and did her best to make me feel comfortable in her home.

    Mia2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect if you need a place close to UCD. The host is very friendly, the place is clean, and it’s in a nice neighborhood. Grocery stores are not too far away and can be reached by foot, and UCD is just down the hill

    Pat2019-07-19T00:00:00Z
  • I had a four night stay with Rosaleen last weekend. The most easy going person you are likely to meet. Very friendly and helpful. You would hardly know she was in the house. I would highly recommend.

    Seamus2019-07-15T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent host - would recommend

    Alan2019-07-11T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Bungalow


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland

    Beautiful, spacious one-bedroom apartment, 20-minute drive from Dublin city Centre. Dublin airport coach drops directly to Apartments gate. 15-minute drive from the coast. Close walking distance to restaurants, pubs, shops and public transport.
    We have a spacious bedroom with doors on to a double balcony which you can also access from the sitting room. Use of a BBQ if desired. Fully stocked kitchen. TV and WiFi with Netflix also.
    Regular bus link to city centre from directly outside apartment block (46A & 145 bus routes). 15-minute walk to Dublin light-rail system-Luas.
  • Best

    Milan2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely place in good location. Sarah is a lovely host and a pleasure to deal with

    Chris2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Amazing apartment, perfectly clean and ideal location

    Andrew2019-12-30T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah is a great host and her apartment is in a very safe residential area. She replies back to you very fast and helps you out with any info needed. Her apartment is very spacious for two and it is very clean! Would definitely recommend anyone to stay here.

    Jasleen2019-11-24T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah was a brilliant host to me and Cristina we absolutely loved our stay in there apartment it was top class and very clean and close to amazing amenities very comfortable and value for money was a definite for the area

    Jason2019-11-10T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah’s flat is lovely. It felt very homely and was very clean and tidy. Checking in and out was very smooth, with Sarah helping to recommend transport from the airport and swiftly responding to any questions. The flat has all the basics that you might need and a small supermarket just a short walk away. There are also buses into central Dublin just outside the complex of flats. I would happily stay here again :)

    Ro2019-10-13T00:00:00Z
  • Sarah’s appartment was immaculate. It was exactly as described and as seen in pictures...the bus stop was a short walk away and anything you need is close by. Lovely garden views, did not feel like we were in the city. I would thoroughly recommend. Ps. The Lep Inn is a lovely wee spot for a light bite and a G&T on arrival :)

    Jenni2019-08-04T00:00:00Z
  • A beautiful apartment, but something far from the center.

    Ana2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    My husband and I, our two children and our 2 friendly Cocker Spaniels, all live in the house.
    The room is very spacious and has a double bed, wardrobe and a desk/dresser. There is also a modern ensuite shower room with wc. It is a newly built house, so everything is new and freshly decorated.
    The house is in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood in a enclosed cul de sac.
  • Beautiful home with great space in an immaculate clean en-suite room.

    Susan2020-02-26T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic facilities in a lovely quiet area. Inge was a great host.

    Geale2020-02-05T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay and even better hosts. From the first moment I entered the house, I felt welcome and warmly received. The house is incredible, you can appreciate a family atmosphere, close and warm. Every stay is wonderful, there is no detail missing. But the best of all is them, they make the stay even better. Whenever I have needed help they have offered it to me. I have felt like one of the family. I'll definitely come back...

    Cristina2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely stunning home from home. Inge and her family are amazing hosts, so relaxed, personable and caring. I have stayed in many AirBnB’s in Dublin and this is simply the best one. I’ll definitely stay again and cannot recommend Inge’s home and her hospitality highly enough.

    Joseph2020-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Beautifully outfitted house in a quiet, upmarket estate. Inge and her family (including two very friendly doggies!) were charming hosts and made it feel like a home from home. Included breakfast made for a great start to the day. I'll be in the area again soon and fingers crossed there'll be a vacancy!

    Alan2020-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin 18, County Dublin, Ireland

    Nice quiet estate Excellent Amenities
    Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Harold's Cross, County Dublin, Ireland

    Bright and Spacious Room adjacent to University College Dublin Campus
    The quiet double bedroom is located beside the UCD Roebuck Castle pedestrian entrance in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. It overlooks a green space with mature Redwood trees. The accommodation includes a relaxing double bedroom, a work desk and Wi-Fi access, along with a private bathroom and shower over the bath. A light breakfast will be provided each morning. Free Parking available in the driveway.
    The university campus is known for its parkland setting and mature landscape. Now over 8km of woodland paths have been created and a series of walks developed to open up the beautiful 133 hectare campus. Mount Merrion Village is a short walk away, where you can enjoy a coffee, lunch or evening meal in the local bistro.
  • Third time I return at Ger's. Perfect guest, very convenient location for UCD

    Gianluca2019-11-29T00:00:00Z
  • Ger’s place is perfect for UCD, right on the edge of campus. The bedroom is very comfortable and you have your own bathroom. Breakfast is set out for you in the morning. Ger is friendly but not intrusive. She responds quickly to messages and is happy to help with any queries you have. I would happily stay here again

    Emma2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • Ideal stay for a corporate trip to the capital of Ireland especially if you are working with third level institutions (UCD next door literally). Ger is portraying the Irish hospitality, discrete but not anonymous, close but never intrusive... I was welcomed in a comfortable house, spotless, stylishly decorated and quiet. Often felt like I had the entire house for myself except for the delicious conversations here and there to remind me the lady of the house was discreetly looking after my own comfort. Probably too stylish for backpackers but certainly ideal for a business trip. Ger knows Dublin well. I will definitely return soon.

    Arnaud2019-11-08T00:00:00Z
  • 100% recommendable

    Lola2019-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay. Great host. I will definitely come back. Thank a lot

    Houari2019-10-11T00:00:00Z
  • I would recommend this room/stay to absolutly anyone. Both Ger & James were very welcoming hosts that made me feel at home!

    Ciarán2019-10-03T00:00:00Z
  • Ger's home is on a tree-lined path. Living in the room, you can have a very wide view and see the window. Her home is very clean and tidy, and the comfortable bed really makes people want to stay in bed. Ger is an elegant and beautiful woman. She is sincere and enthusiastic. She always listens to you with all her heart. We get along very well. It takes a long time to get along with each other for four days. There is no doubt that Ger's airbnb is worth looking forward to.

    2019-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • Very good. Highly recommendable

    Isa2019-09-13T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Hi there & welcome! My home has cosy double bedrooms available that will give the sweetest of dreams. At the moment, in my South Dublin home, I can accommodate up to 4 guests in separate bedrooms (get in touch via email for prices). You'll have access to 2 modern bathrooms and if you want to cook, the kitchen is also available. Wi-fi and parking are available and there is a smoking area in the garden. As a host, I love giving my guests an amazing stay! I hope you come for a visit...
    A lovely family homestay with all the conveniences you could wish for
    The house is perfectly located; we're in a leafy, quiet suburb of Dublin where you'll have a quiet night but has easy access to town. A convenient grocery store and a fast-food restaurant are next doors and there are also two lovely parks nearby. The country's biggest shopping centre (Dundrum Shopping Centre) is just down the road.
  • Relaxed friendly atmosphere, lovely host and two dogs to play with at the end of the day!

    Jo2020-02-08T00:00:00Z
  • Lovely room and friendly house. A bus stop right outside for easy access to the city or the Luas stop was around a 15 minute walk. The pet mentioned is adorable and very friendly.

    Chris2020-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Located very close to Dundrum shopping center. Neat and clean house with an amazing host. You will find everything you need in the house during your stay.

    Niladri2019-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • Helena's place was spotless and really convenient with Bus or Luas near by to go to the city. I recommend staying there.

    Jules2019-12-27T00:00:00Z
  • Ideal place for someone who wants to stay near the Dundrum shopping centre. There is a bus stop in front of the house which is served by a bus which could take you to the city centre. Helena is a very friendly host and the bnb has everything you would need

    Sumedh2019-12-07T00:00:00Z
  • Still 10 out of 10

    Krisztian2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice house , very friendly family.

    Bab2019-11-11T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice woman with a beautiful house. Will definitely stay again.

    Andy2019-11-03T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin 14, County Dublin, Ireland

    Address: Owenstown Park, Fosters Avenue. Newly refurbished modern studio apartment. Highest quality fitout throughout. At the gates of UCD in prime area of Mount Merrion. Waterfall shower, underfloor heating, full modern kitchen. we are situated approx 7.5km from Grafton Street in the city centre. It is usually a 15-20min drive, depending on traffic. Plenty of buses servicing the area.
    Fully furnished apartment. 65" smart TV. Full kitchen & bathroom with waterfall shower. This bedsit is only accessible via 2 flights of stairs, so please bear this in mind when booking.
    This studio apt sits right on the gates of UCD with a scenic forest walk around it perimeter. Deerpark is also just a short stroll away with a childrens park and friendly cafes
  • Sue's place is very clean and well thought out. It's clear they have put a lot of effort into the place! It is a new Airbnb so they are working out details but we very accommodating when we asked for things - communication was great. We had some trouble with WiFi, and the phone reception was a bit spotty, but Sue and her husband did their best to help. We also lost water for one day because of work going on downstairs, but this was nothing Sue could control. If you've got business at UCD, you could not be in a better location, the university gates are right around the corner! Shops, as well, are just a 10-minute walk. Like most places in Dublin, it's a little expensive, but we had a great week there and would stay again.

    Bradley2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • It's outside of the city centre of Dublin, so it's a very good place if you are looking for accommodation literally right next to UCD campus (less than 5 minutes walk to one of the entrances to the campus). For me, it was perfect as this was exactly what I was looking for. Everything is new in the flat which is great. Support from the host was very good from the beginning to the end.

    Giuliana2020-01-31T00:00:00Z
  • Great location for UCD. Very clean and comfortable.

    John2020-01-23T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Small bedroom with workspace, ideal for travelling for work. Breakfast provided with tea or coffee. Great location, only 35 minute bus or train to the city centre, 20 minutes to Dundrum
    Nice small quiet neighbourhood
  • Lovely warm house

    Nicky2020-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Perfect for the night - Helen was lovely, the bedroom was clean and all in all it was a really easy experience!

    Ciara2019-11-30T00:00:00Z
  • Great service!

    Declan2019-11-19T00:00:00Z
  • Great hospitality

    Keith2019-11-09T00:00:00Z
  • Helens place is nice & quiet. It was ideal for what I needed

    Cheryl2019-11-07T00:00:00Z
  • Helen went above and beyond by starting the day witha great breakfast too. Fresh juice and porridge... my favourite. She is also a very friendly person who made me feel really welcome

    Geraldine2019-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • Helen arranged for someone to meet me and I was given my own key. The room was clean and comfortable. Helen's family was friendly, helpful and quiet. Thank you for the stay!

    Lorien2019-10-25T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent host

    Abhi2019-10-11T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Cosy apartment in the city centre. 2 bedrooms apartment. 15 minutes walking from the temple bar and Guinness store house . 5 minutes to Jameson distillery and art corner. Few steps to the cobblestone (century pub). 10 minutes walking from the Brazen Head (oldest Irish pub). Market on the corner. Bus stop in the corner. 5min walking from the luas red line. 10min walking from luas cross city. Condominium Apartment with off street parking and cctv.
    Condominium Apartment complex just beside many attractions on the city centre and easy access from the airport train and stations and port. 2 double bedrooms 1 Bathroom spacious living and dinning room. extra sofa bed on the living room. kitchen fully equipped. back garden on the condominium.
    we are in a very safe are just beside the city centre With some pubs j around the corner and also the the Jameson distillery about 5 min walking from the house
  • Excellent physical space and location. Diogo was very attentive to our doubts. I will definitely return if necessary.

    Inês2020-03-14T00:00:00Z
  • The accommodation is in a great central location yet is quiet and well equipped. We were able to sleep well and it was a huge bonus to have Lidl close by so that we could get pastries for breakfast and other supplies easily.

    Elaine2020-02-18T00:00:00Z
  • Basic but perfect if you're out all day, place was clean and only a 10 minute walk from the centre of town. 👍 Thanks again Diogo

    Adam2020-02-11T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent location, great instructions, very good host! Highly recommend

    Steven2020-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • Very good location, all close, what is necessary to spend a good stay, very good as a host

    Esmeralda2020-01-26T00:00:00Z
  • Diogo’s place was easy to find, clean, comfortable and well situated. We enjoyed our stay there. Would recommend!

    Gina2020-01-18T00:00:00Z
  • Nice place.

    Anthony2020-01-15T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic location, 15 minute walk from temple bar. Large apartment with plenty of extra space. Host was great at communicating with quick responses.

    Eoin2020-01-10T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Condominium


    Accommodates

    6


    Bedrooms

    2

    Smithfield, dublin7,, Dublin, Ireland

    Cozy ground floor double in cottage style home . Tv in (URL HIDDEN) This is not a city centre location!!! But the centre is easily accessible by bus and Luas green line We are by car 15-20 minutes to sea, mountains and city:)
    Small cosy bedroom on ground floor Our home is minutes from the award winning Dundrum shopping district with a large choice of shopping,restaurants,cinemas and much more. There is the no 14 to city no 75-75A & 175 on our doorstep with the luas(light rail to city center)only 10-15 minutes walk from the house to Bally station(depending on how fast you walk) The beautiful Marley Park with its walking and hiking trails is another favorite with visitors. Beacon Hospital Minutes drive away. With so much to do and easy access to city and country it is a great place to come for a visit. 1 minute walk to Wesley college for visiting families .
    Walking distance to great restaurants including Jamie Oliver's Italian , port house tapas bar and many more. Luas green line 15 mins trip to the city centre minutes walk from our home. Bus links to Eniskerry and city centre. Lots of shopping minutes walk including Harvey Nichols,House of Frazier and many many more. Marley park start of the Wicklow way! Direct route to UCD & Citywest campus. Trinity collage & The royal college of surgeons.
  • Paula was a great host, and very helpful. Excellent locating, 5* accommodation.

    John2020-03-13T00:00:00Z
  • Paulas place is clean and comfortable and communication clear and easy overall good experience and great value.

    Sean2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • Fantastic place and great value, communication was also brilliant!

    Declan2020-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • Excellent location & handy place to stay

    Alan2020-02-22T00:00:00Z
  • Paula had thoughtfully arranged the room, and also the bed was really comfortable. I had a pleasant stay. Thanks :)

    Lia2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay.

    Amy2019-12-21T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay

    Amy2019-12-09T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay with lots of independence. Will be back for sure.

    Amy2019-12-02T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Cottage


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Ballinteer, Dublin, Ireland

    1 Bedroom apartment in Portobello Area
    Cozy 1 bedroom apartment in Dublin 8 - Portobello . The guest can enjoy a Tv, internet and fully equipped kitchen
    Popular neighbourhood in the south side of Dublin
    Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    3


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin 8, County Dublin, Ireland

    Cozy log cabin with standard size double bed (140cm), small kitchenette (no oven or microwave) and toilet/shower room. Located on a large tranquil piece of land with private studios, public yoga studios and two residential buildings. While busy with people working, you will be undisturbed. Please note that there is no T.V. and no space to make up another bed.
    Blackrock is a small village, but has all the basic amenities as well as some lovely cafes and restaurants. It is situated on the coast and when the tide is out you can walk in either direction. If you jog, the strand is also where you will see a lot of people jogging. The next village Monkstown is also lovely with more cafes and restaurants. The town following Monkstown is Dun Laoghaire where there is a cinema a few shopping centres and also a pier which is lovely to walk especially on a summer evening. Town is only 10 to 15 minutes away by public transport. You can also take the train southwards to Killiney where you can walk along a lovely stone beach or to Dalkey, a lovely village and a short walk from Killiney Hill where you can get a full view of Dublin.
    Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Guest house


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland

    Cosy home in Crumlin very close to city centre. Luxury double bedroom with tv and wi fi
    Bedroom and bathroom kitchen and patio area
    It is a quiet culdesac. Close to a good bus service to the city. There is pubs and takeaways plus a cafe and deli near by
  • Perfect Place. Sean is the most amazing host. Makes you feel extremely comfortable and very knowledgeable.

    Samer2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Sean is so lovely. I would recommend you guys if you want to stay at her place. Near to city and shops. i will come again Thanks sean :)

    Amirul2020-03-06T00:00:00Z
  • Sean was very kind and welcoming. I had a nice stay and would recommend.

    Nenad2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Would recommend this place to anyone in need of a place to stay in Dublin, located conveniently close to city centre. Host was extremely friendly and gave me a warm welcome into her home.

    Paul2020-02-27T00:00:00Z
  • Super welcome from Sean, the house and the bedroom are very warm. We feel good quickly and we would like to stay longer ... I highly recommend!

    Leon2020-02-24T00:00:00Z
  • Everything perfect again. Thank you for your welcoming

    Candice2020-02-21T00:00:00Z
  • Comfortable room and nice staying.

    Francesco2020-02-20T00:00:00Z
  • It was perfect. Sean is really nice and welcoming.

    Candice2020-02-19T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Crumlin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Clontarf is a leafy suburb 5 kilometers from City of Dublin. The famous former Guiness estate of St Annes Park is 2 mins from the house and 10 mins from Dollymount Beach, miles of beautiful coast line . Bus stop is 2 mins from the house and takes 20 mins to reach the centre Train station 15 mins walk to killester station and 3 stops to centre of dublin Very fast wifi and cable TV
    Smoking allowed outside in garden
    My neighbourhood is quiet and peaceful, yet close to Dublin city. St Annes Park is amazing as well as the coast line all the way out to Howth. Top quality AWARD WINNING restaurants at the end of vernon ave 10 mins walk SUPERMARKET 10 MINS WALK AND LOST OF COFFEE SHOPS
  • My stay at Clare's place was a blast. Clare was such a thoughtful, kind, and warm host. Hands down one of the best AirBnB stays I had. Clare really cares about her guests and goes above an beyond to make them welcome and enjoy their stay. The place is conveniently located - its only 20min bus ride from the city center. Quiet, stylish, and super clean. It's a rare find and I highly recommend this place.

    Aru2020-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • Really enjoyed staying at Clare's for a few days. The place was clean, with good location (not too far from the city centre, and about 5-10 min walk to st Anne's park and seaside). Clare is a lovely lady, will give you lots of tips and recommendations if you're new to the city.

    Alex2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • A nice and cosy place in Dublin hometown side. Clare is a blessing to anyone around the world.

    Abhinav2020-02-09T00:00:00Z
  • Expect a very welcoming fellow. A clean and tidy environment and a very helping hand when you need it. Be matured, respectful and responsible and your stay will be memorable.

    Chris2020-01-31T00:00:00Z
  • Clare was definitely one of the best hosts I’ve encountered in all my Airbnb stays. I felt welcomed to be in her home and she graciously accommodated my whacky schedule. It was great to get away from the craziness of city Centre each night and have a peaceful rest in her quiet neighborhood. I not only recommend staying at her place but this is where I’ll be staying next time I go to Dublin.

    Sujie2020-01-14T00:00:00Z
  • Clare is a very kind lady. She even offered me a little drive to the bus stop. The house located in a quiet area closing to the park and sea side. The view of the seaside is breathtaking. The location of the house is also close to the bus stop, very convinient!

    Maggie2019-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Clare is amazing and her house was amazing!! She was so sweet and kind and offered great suggestions including going to the city of Howth!! My experience was the best!

    Audrey2019-11-17T00:00:00Z
  • Clare is really helpful and the accommodation was small, but absolutely clean with all needed amenities. I highly recommend this place for a short stay in Contarf!

    Boris2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

    Very large room in quiet, bright, newly renovated home. Well back from the road. Double glazed. Super fast ethernet/wifi, huge desk with lamp, excellent office chair. Comfy leather couch. Full black-out blind. Really comfortable single bed and new linens. Large built-in wardrobe. Small set of drawers.
    Keypad entry. Off street parking. Indoor bike rack. Area for sports equipment. Make-your-own breakfast and afternoon snack, included. Two shared bathrooms - each with excellent pumped shower. Nest heating controlled thermo-valve for room radiator. Area for sports equipment. Super large back garden with mature trees
    Mature area, lovely trees. Several local coffee shops, supermarkets library and parks, within 6 minute walk. We have charming, quiet neighbours. No loud dogs in area.
  • Good hospitality

    Koldo2020-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • Another perfect stay at Charles!

    Alberto2020-02-27T00:00:00Z
  • Charles was a really welcoming and reactive host. The breakfast is good and the house is clean. Great location close to public transports. I highly recommend !

    Marie-Ange2020-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Great place! It is the second time I am staying at Charles and it won't be the last! Highly recommended!

    Alberto2020-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • It is a Great room, very clean and very friendly people. Near a Supermarket and near a bus stop to the city centre. It was a very nice stay at Dublin.

    Sonja2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • In a strategic position between Dublin City , the coastal beauty and the Park’s quiet you can find this oasis of peace. Very well keeped house,fantastically clean and with brand new carpet . Room is big and with lots of storage space , a big couch and a magnificent view on a very well kept garden. Very good for a city break

    Marco2019-11-04T00:00:00Z
  • A great place to stay - decent, clean rooms, good neighborhood, big yard, it's quiet like nothing else at night, the host is great and quick to respond, and while there's not much to do in the immediate area there are plenty of options to get around.

    Jack2019-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Above expectations, had a desk to study, snacks provided, house is very warm and beautiful. 100% would go back.

    Virginija2019-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Spacious bedroom with a wardrobe and drawers and private bathroom and light kitchen use. - 20mins walking distance to Marley park, - 8mins walking distance to convenience store (Centra) - 15mins walking distance to bus route (No. 44) to City Centre, - 30mins walk to LUAS (tram) or Dundrum Shopping Centre or 10min drive, - Just off the M50 and close to Sandyford/Leopardstown industrial estates. Check in is from 6pm-10pm. Check out is noon.
    Our apartment is based in Dublin 18. Warm and bright room bedroom with a wardrobe and drawers. There is a spare blanket in the wardrobe.
  • Niamh & Jonathan were nice hosts. The place was nice and tidy. everything were as described or shown in the pictures.

    Ibrahim2020-02-16T00:00:00Z
  • I stayed with Niamh before and I will do again. Very friendly and welcoming.

    Geale2020-02-13T00:00:00Z
  • I’ve stayed with Niamh before - just as good as my last stay. Really efficient check-in, really secure place & comfortable stay.

    Leanne2020-01-16T00:00:00Z
  • Niamh is a brilliant host, brilliant room was very clean and warm. Brilliant location for Dundrum. Would stay again. Thanks guys.

    Martin2019-11-15T00:00:00Z
  • Everything was ok. I highly recommend it.

    Adam2019-10-26T00:00:00Z
  • I would definitely recommend staying here, the hosts are very kind with a great room. Very clean and comfortable bedroom, I would definitely stay again 10/10.

    Logan2019-10-12T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay , very nice room with comfortable bed and entire place was very clean .

    Conor2019-09-27T00:00:00Z
  • Very nice place to stay to visit Dublin. The room was very clean and it was easy to find. Niamh and Jonathan were very welcoming.

    Lucas2019-09-18T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Double room in a modern 2-bedroom apt with excellent standard of finish. 24hr Concierge service, underfloor heating, wifi, video entry.The Grange is situated in a strategic high profile location in South Dublin, in Stillorgan/Blackrock off the N11 at Brewery Rd junction, on a Bus Corridor with excellent bus service to the City Centre, Dublin Airport and within walking distance to Sandyford Luas Stop. Convenient to UCD, M.Smurfit Bus School, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Sandyford Bus Park & seafront.
    Ideally located in a popular South Dublin residential area.Stylish accommodation with excellent standard of finish. Underfloor heating , high speed broadband. Landscaped grounds within mature woodland setting adding to sense of community. Serviced by 24 hour Concierge contactable from apt intercom.
    Popular established South Dublin residential location. Ideally located within easy reach of Blackrock Village, Stillorgan, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Ballsbridge, Leopardtown Race course/gym & the city centre. Leopardstown and Sandyford Business Park are located within short walking distance.
  • Beata's place was in a great location, steps from the bus stop and safe and easy to reach. Beata was a great host and I really enjoyed our conversations. She is very respectful of your privacy, but also very helpful if needed. The property is clean and comfortable, and the on site concierge was very helpful as well. I would love to stay here again and highly recommend!

    Fern2020-01-19T00:00:00Z
  • Exceptionally clean and modern apartment, would stay again.

    Denis2019-12-13T00:00:00Z
  • Great room with lots of closet space. Bathroom was clean and spacious with lots of towels, soap and shampoo. The apartment is very secure. You will have a key to the building, apartment and your room. The apartment is new and modern.

    Laurie2019-10-29T00:00:00Z
  • I was very well received and Beata was very discreet. The room and the bed are very comfortable. The private bathroom very clean. The accommodation is very well connected to get to the city center. I recommend.

    Sabine2019-10-22T00:00:00Z
  • An absolutely amazing n very luxurious home . Very conveniently located for drivers or public transport users.

    Anne2019-10-04T00:00:00Z
  • Beata is an amazing host! She was very helpful and friendly! The room is really nice and the private bathroom is great! The location is very good, while the price is very reasonable!

    Mimi2019-09-22T00:00:00Z
  • Sparkling clean, nice decoration, quite place in good neighbourhood.

    Zarko2019-09-19T00:00:00Z
  • Her place is beautiful, cosy and immaculate and I really appreciated her lovely hospitality!

    Mark2019-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

    Recently refurnish studio apartment in Portobello area
    Fully equipped Studio apartment
    Portobello is a popular neighbourhood in south side Dublin
    Room Type

    Entire home/flat


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    0

    Dublin 8, County Dublin, Ireland

    Warm cosy house situated in Mount Merrion Co Dublin, close to Stillorgan village, Dundrum, Blackrock & Dun Laoghaire. 46A bus route a 5 minute walk from the house which brings you straight to the city centre in less than 20 minutes. Friendly Irish Couple with a small fluffy dog are happy to welcome you to stay. Very safe neighbourhood.
    Almost every guest so far has thought the house is beautiful and comfortable with lovely decor and a most relaxing and calming 180ft garden which is unusual in a house so near to the city centre. It is an oasis of tranquility.
    Very safe and residential area yet in close proximity to bars, restraunts, shopping centres and public transport. We have Deer Park nearby, a wonderful public park, and a 15 minute walk to the sea. Excellent super market actually on The Rise.
  • I had a very nice stay at Mary's place, where I could use the kitchen for my own cooking.

    Till2019-07-27T00:00:00Z
  • Mary is a lovely host! Her room is exactly as she advertises. Great location to catch the bus to the city center. There is a circle k right near by as well to grab things you need. Bed is very comfortable! Perfect for the solo traveler!

    Monica2019-07-09T00:00:00Z
  • Good place to stay and location is very close to public transport and restaurants.

    Satish2019-07-02T00:00:00Z
  • Mary was very receptive and Friendly. I only stayed one night, but everything was perfect! I recommend!

    Gisele&Sandro2019-06-29T00:00:00Z
  • Mary and her husband are great hosts. I really enjoyed my stay. It was quiet, very clean and perfect for a business stay. The accommodation is very well located and has a very good transfer to the city and to the airport. I would always come back.

    Julia2019-06-22T00:00:00Z
  • Absolutely outstanding stay in dublin with mary top class will be back again

    Brian Óg2019-06-09T00:00:00Z
  • At Mary's you can expect a warm welcome and dive in an authentic Irish family life. I had a wonderful stay!

    Goedele2019-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • Mary and Tom are Superb hosts. They’re very friendly and helpful and extended a very warm welcome to me. Their house is beautiful and all facilities are top class

    Kevin2019-05-31T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    House


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Mount Merrion, County Dublin, Ireland

    This is a shared room - with another guest as you see in the title. Our House is situated in the hearth of Dublin at 15 minutes walking to Trinity College, Dublin Business School, 10 minutes walking to Temple Bar, Mc Donalds, Burger king, 5 minutes walking to Cinema Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and very close of bus stops, luas
    We share a common kitchen, everyone is welcome to prepare some food. The breakfast is self service in the morning and you can eat anything you like. There will be a selection of fruits in season,cereals, soy & almond drink, frozen fruits , eggs, beans and bread.
    We are in a central location close to all touristic attractions, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants bus stops, typical central place
  • Clean place nice host good location

    Ewan2020-03-12T00:00:00Z
  • Friendly and welcoming host. The room is spacious and the beds are fine. Lovely place to stay in Dublin!

    Jasper2020-03-11T00:00:00Z
  • Marius was such a kind person. The room was cozy. I really recommend you to stay his house!

    美里2020-03-10T00:00:00Z
  • Great value and location. The place is clean and quiet. I would definitely stay here again!!

    Alif2020-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • Marius is a very nice and attentive person, and the location of his house is very good. I recommend.

    Sheila2020-03-07T00:00:00Z
  • As the place is located at the heart of the city centre, almost everything on my itinerary was a short walk or bus ride away. Great value for a great location!

    Josh Albert2020-03-03T00:00:00Z
  • Marius is very kind and welcoming. Everything went well during my stay in Dublin. The appartment is well located near the city centre. I recommand this place and hope to come back later.

    Rodrigues2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Great stay....Great guy , really helpful

    Davide2020-02-22T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Shared room


    Property Type

    Flat


    Accommodates

    1


    Bedrooms

    1

    Dublin 1, County Dublin, Ireland

    My place is 7 minutes walk to (UCD) University College Dublin. 20 minutes to city center by bus. Close to Stillorgan, Sandyford, Blackrock, Donnybrook and the RDS. Aircoach passes close by, a safe area. Although my address includes Blackrock on Google maps my home is in Mount Merrion, close to the N11.
  • Rosaleen is a really nice and patient lady. She is warm-hearted and talkative. She helped me a lot. Her house is tidy and nice with clean and beautiful yards.

    Tony2019-08-29T00:00:00Z
  • Could not have enjoyed my stay more with Rosaleen. I was a UCD postgraduate student looking for short-term housing to finish out the last two weeks of my program. Super close and convenient to campus and multiple bus lines. Incredibly quiet and safe neighborhood. Rosaleen was hospitable and lovely to chat with. Appreciated having access and full use to the kitchen and laundry facilities. Highly recommend!

    Meghan2019-08-24T00:00:00Z
  • Handy location, flexible arrangements and friendly host

    Paul2019-08-06T00:00:00Z
  • Rosaleen is a fantastic host and did everything she could to make us feel at home. Our room was really comfortable and being able to use the kitchen to cook our own meals was perfect for us. I would highly recommend Rosaleen's place. Thanks again for everything Rosaleen! 🙂

    Louise2019-07-28T00:00:00Z
  • Super accommodation! Rosaleen is a lovely person who knows how to receive !! His neighborhood is also calm and sublime. I highly recommend it

    Lucie2019-06-20T00:00:00Z
  • Rosaleen was a kind and caring host. The room was spacious and the bed was very comfy. The WiFi was excellent. As for the location it is perfect for UCD since it’s only about 7 minutes walk away and the area is very peaceful with lots of shops around. I would definitely come back .Rosaleen is always around for any help or lift.

    Dina2018-09-09T00:00:00Z
  • Rosaleen... Rosaleen... Rosaleen... ahh where do I get started.... Firstly I never lived in Ireland. This was my first trip ever to Dublin and 1st experience ever with an airbnb. Rosaleen, being a kind host made sure I was well aware of the location and guided me through as how to get to her place upon arrival at the airport. when I got to the property, here I see a wonderful lady standing at the door with a big smile on her face to welcome me in! She warmly welcomed me and gave me tour of the house. Thereafter she gave me my absolute privacy. Later in eve she let me enjoy television with her while she excitingly explained to me sbout history of Ireland and Irish culture. She also went out of her way to advise me on my further stay after I my checkout. Overall I had an amazing expereince. Rosaleen is a kind hearted person who loves to welcome her guests and treat them with absolute comfort. I would any day want to return to her property. Thank you Rosaleen for having made my stay warm & comfortable.

    Aamir2018-08-31T00:00:00Z
  • Rosaleen is lovely and the place comfortable and cozy

    Fortuna2018-08-26T00:00:00Z
  • Room Type

    Private room


    Property Type

    Bungalow


    Accommodates

    2


    Bedrooms

    1

    Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland

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