Airlines such as Aer Lingus, BA and Ryanair fly to Dublin from most major UK airports; Aer Lingus flies between London and Dublin up to 18 times a day. The airport is seven miles north of the city centre, or about 40 minutes by private or express coach or bus number 16. A taxi is also a good option. It’s easy to explore the city on foot – its centre spans just two miles across. To go further afield, the Dublin suburbs and coast are well-served by the DART rail.
Cliff Townhouse (above) overlooks St Stephen’s Green. Its nine luxurious rooms are decked out with rich fabrics and antiques. Seasonal Irish cuisine is served at the restaurant, and there’s also a champagne bar.
Set in a faux-Gothic building, Grafton Guesthouse offers simple, spacious rooms, friendly staff and a top breakfast, which is served in a farm-styled French restaurant a few doors down.
Located on the Liffey’s south bank, The Clarence has stylish rooms with oak beds and custom-designed furniture. Attached is a restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, a grand bar and a drinking den.