A short hop across the water, Dublin remains a perennially popular destination for a city break. Combining culture, heritage, some of the world’s finest pubs and that elusive quality the locals call craic, the appeal of Ireland’s capital never fades.
With that in mind, take advantage of today’s Big Deal, offering a two-night break in Dublin, with direct flights and a central hotel included.
With a wide variety of travel dates to choose from, this is the ideal opportunity to sample a little Irish hospitality, and maybe a pint or two of the black stuff.
The Big Deal flies you to Dublin, a vibrant and historic city that offers literary landmarks, a rich heritage, peerless nightlife and a famous music scene.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Ryanair or Aer Lingus from Glasgow International, with luggage allowance and two nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing, in the 3-star Best Western Plus Academy Plaza or Cassidy’s Hotel.
In addition, there is the option of booking a tour of the Guinness Storehouse at £14 per person. The tour is Dublin’s (and indeed Ireland’s) most popular tourist attraction, and includes a complimentary pint.
These city breaks are for two nights, flying out from Glasgow International airport, with prices dependent on your choice of departure. Departure dates available for this offer are:
£139 13-16 December 2015
£89 4-6, 10-13, 17-20 January 2016
£119 1-3, 8-10, 22-24 February 2016
£149 1-3, 6-9, 13, 21-23 March 2016
Edinburgh airport may be available upon request.
Travellers will stay in the centrally-located Best Western Plus Academy Plaza or Cassidy’s Hotel.
The Academy Plaza Hotel is located close to the central attractions of Trinity College, St Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar, with a great choice of local bars, restaurants, shops and culture venues within easy reach. There is an air coach stop at the Academy Plaza, which is next to the hotel and is a cost effective method of getting to/from Dublin Airport.
Guest rooms are equipped with bathroom/shower, coffee/tea maker, iron, telephone, TV and air-conditioning.
Cassidy’s Hotel is situated at the top of O’Connell Street, opposite the famous Gate Theatre, close to the central shopping streets and cultural sites. Converted from three Georgian redbrick town houses, it retains its elegant period façade.
Well-appointed ensuite rooms feature cable TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. There is a gym available for guests.
The hotel’s Restaurant Six offers contemporary Irish cuisine in comfortable and stylish surroundings. Groomes Bar provides a traditional Irish Pub atmosphere.
See and do
Dublin has an endless array of attractions and sites to take in during your stay. For many, the Guinness tour is a chance to get up close to one of Ireland’s greatest exports.
Others will enjoy tracing the literary trails associated with great Dublin writers such as Joyce. More ancient literary treasures lie within Trinity College, in the form of the beautiful Book of Kells illustrated manuscript dating from the 9th century.
The Temple Bar area has become synonymous with Dublin city centre nightlife, but there are legendary bars dotted around the city with a ready welcome and the distinct possibility of some impromptu live music.
The Hotel Best Western Plus Academy Plaza and Cassidy’s Hotel have impressed plenty of guests on TripAdvisor. Recent reviews include the following, edited for length:
‘I have recently spent 3 nights here. I previously stayed here at the beginning of the year and was so happy with it I knew it was the only place in Dublin that I would be staying in the future.’
‘Friendly staff, welcoming surroundings, clean, central! We have come now for the third time, fantastic as ever. We feel like family there. Booked already for next November. Can’t wait. Thank you to all at Cassidy’s!!!’
Ideal gift option
Whether it’s for a timely escape before the Christmas mayhem descends, or a welcome getaway in the new year, this Big Deal mini-break in Dublin would make a thoughtful festive gift.
With direct flights from Glasgow and city centre accommodation, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the unique atmosphere of this buzzing city.