Top rated rentals — Dublin
Destination guide

Dublin cottages offer Celtic urban adventure and history

Situated on the east coast, Dublin is one of the best places for cottages in Ireland. It boasts an array of historic buildings and parklands, as well as plenty of fun attractions for the whole family. With a cottage in Ireland, you’ll be within reach of places like the Guinness Storehouse, the Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park and historic sites like the Dublin Castle and the iconic St Patrick’s Cathedral. If you’re bringing the kids, the National Museum of Ireland is a must-see attraction that chronicles Irish heritage and culture for a fascinating learning experience.


Activities and attractions in and around Dublin

Are you searching for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Dublin a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Guinness Storehouse (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Dublin Zoo (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Croke Park (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Clontarf Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Elm Park Golf and Sports Club (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Royal Dublin Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Dublin

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Dublin is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • St. Stephen's Green (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • War Memorial Gardens (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • National Botanic Gardens (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • St. Stephen's Green (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Iveagh Gardens (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Grand Canal (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Dublin

Fly into Dublin (DUB), the closest airport, located 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Dublin Tara Street Station, Dublin Pearse Street Station and Dublin Connolly Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Dublin by jumping on the metro at Jervis Station, Abbey Street Station or St. Stephen's Green Station.

How to get around

Finding your way around Dublin

Light rail links combine with 100s of individual bus services to make it easy to discover the whole region from your Dublin holiday rental. The most convenient way to ride those is to get yourself an electronic Leap Card. It's rechargeable and contactless, and can be used on buses and commuter trains alike. Dublinbikes offers 2-wheel rentals around the downtown area, even though there aren't too many dedicated cycle lanes. Taxis, meanwhile, are plentiful and relatively affordable. You can find ranks of waiting cars at most major transport hubs, or you can simply hail a cab in the street whenever you need a ride.

Food & drink 

Taste Irish delicacies during a stay in Dublin holiday homes

You won't want to miss out on a taste of the city's iconic Guinness. More than 10 million pints of the stuff is crafted each day in this stout-loving capital. Head to the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about its creation and get a sample for yourself. Hearty Irish stews are a must during the cold winter months. You'll find them packed with chopped lamb, earthy vegetables and steaming stock, and on the menu in the pubs. Oysters from the west coast of the Emerald Isle also beckon seafood lovers in the fish bars, while Dublin's own coddle is a filling mashup of all sorts – expect sausage, potatoes, carrots and a side of crunchy soda bread.

Essential info

Key things to know about Dublin

  • Over 500,000 people live in Dublin
  • Dublin holiday cottages tend to be more popular during major festivals and in the summertime
  • Always pack a raincoat for Dublin – the weather can be unpredictable
  • Dublin Airport has both short-haul and long-haul flight links going right across the globe
  • The currency in Dublin is the euro

Enjoy festivals and events near Dublin holiday lettings

There's rarely a dull moment in the Dublin year. St Patrick's Day is the obvious chart-topper. It's in March and sees the whole of this happening city turn green with leprechaun-inspired parades and parties. The pubs sway and there's more Guinness being guzzled than there is water in the Irish Sea – or so it can seem. Winter and early springtime is when the Six Nations rugby tournament swings through town – you'll want to book your tickets early if you're keen on seeing a showdown at the Aviva Stadium. The literary heritage of the capital is championed at the summertime Dublin Writers Festival, which includes fast-paced poetry slams and more meditative book readings by authors.

How many holiday rentals are available around Dublin?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 408 holiday lettings around Dublin. From 252 flats & apartments to 139 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Dublin?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dublin:

  • City Centre Dublin: 232 holiday homes
  • Grand Canal Dock: 135 holiday homes
  • Ballsbridge: 82 holiday homes
  • Dublin Northside: 197 holiday homes
  • Temple Bar: 110 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Dublin?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Dublin. From Vrbo UK travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Phoenix Park: 420 holiday lettings
  • Tallaght Stadium: 414 holiday lettings
  • Howth Harbour: 390 holiday lettings
  • Dundrum Town Centre: 412 holiday lettings
  • Blanchardstown Shopping Centre: 424 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Dublin listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Dublin?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK offers 252 Flats in Dublin. Our other popular types of Dublin holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 139 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 19 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 255 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dublin?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 7 holiday homes with pool available in Dublin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.