Dublin Airport is the main airport in Ireland and receives well over 20 million passengers each year, ranking it as one of the top-15 busiest airports in all of Europe. The airport has two terminals, one built as recently as 2010 which boasts world class modern facilities. It’s also an important stop for transatlantic flights, as North Americans travelling to mainland Europe will usually stop here on their way.
The airport is located on the north side of Dublin City and is only 10 kilometres from the city centre where the real attraction of Ireland’s capital city becomes apparent. In the city you’ll find fascinating history, immersive culture, famous sights, and a plethora of things to do.
The city’s history dates back to Viking times when a settlement was first established. In the city you can visit Dublinia museum which is a fun and informative museum that teaches about the history of the city ranging from Viking to medieval times. Architecture around the city will exhibit the impact of Britain’s rule over Ireland as to this day you can see a vast amount of Victorian and Georgian structures dotted around the streets. Of the city’s major historical events, one that stands out is the 1916 Easter Rising where a group of Irish republicans took hold of several points around Dublin and fought for Irish independence. Although they surrendered after a few prolonged days of fighting this event was a major influence on the future of Irish freedom and independence. Remnants of the rising can still be seen today around the city, especially in the façade of the GPO on O’Connell Street where bullet holes can still be seen.
There are a host of things to see and do in the city. Ireland’s most famous export Guinness calls the city home and can be found adjacent to the River Liffey which runs through the city centre. There are guided tours of their facility on offer which walk you through the history and process of brewing the world famous stout. Museums and theatres can be found across the city so you’ll never be without something to do.
Ireland’s famous pub culture is very much a part of life in Dublin. Visiting tourists flock to the Temple Bar area on any given night of the week where they’ll find traditional Irish pubs and live music. Throughout the city one can find a vast array of establishments ranging from quaint old pubs, to trendy cocktail bars and vibrant nightclubs.
Shopping in the city is a must for any visitor as there are a large amount of shopping centres and streets that showcase brand names as well as independent stores selling clothes, crafts, and top quality jewellery. Larger shopping centres such as Dundrum and Liffey Valley are located in the outer regions easily accessible by car that offer a wider range of shops and worldwide brands.
Once you’ve received you rental car at Dublin Airport you have a choice of routes to explore. The city is a very short trip but many who arrive will also want to explore the famous Irish countryside. From the airport you’ll find major roads to every part of Ireland. If you’re staying in Dublin we recommend that you check out the Boyne Valley Drive, under an hour away, where you’ll find some of Ireland’s best attractions. The drive throughout this historic region enables you to see a major part of Ireland’s history from ancient megalithic tombs, to religious locations that sparked the rise of Christianity, and stunning castles that fortified the area throughout the centuries. Newgrange is the most famous of these tombs, the structure dates back to around 3200 BC and predates Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids. This amazing location is a must see for anyone interested in history.
Europcar Dublin Airport offers a gateway to explore, not only Dublin but the entire island as once you have your car you are free to travel down the major routes and visit the best locations Ireland has to offer. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.