- You don't need to fly from Britain
to get to Dublin. You can book the train/ferry from the mainland
wth Virgin from London, and of course there is a direct route
from Belfast. The rail and sail route crosses from Holyhead to
Dublin with Irish Ferries (www.irishferries.ie)
or Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk).
- You can of course take your
car on the ferry from Holyhead with Stena or Irish Ferries, or
alternatively via Liverpool with P&O (www.poirishsea.com)
or Norfolk Line (www.norfolkline.com).
- If you must fly then there are
numerous airlines that fly between Britain and Dublin, including
as well as the continental airlines like Air France and Lufthansa. See the Dublin Airport site (www.dublin-airport.com)
for details of flight information, arrivals and departures).
- For getting around the city,
offers free (yes free) zero emission city center travel everyday
between 10am and 7pm. There is also a good light rail system,
Luas Light Rail (www.luas.ie).
See also Dublin Bus (www.dublinbus.ie)
for services for the city and and adjoining areas.
- Pedal power is priveded by Dublin
a self service rental scheme with 40 stations set at roughly
300m intervals. The first half hour of each rental is free once
you have bought a three day subscription at a nominal price.
- If travelling further afield
Bus Eireann cover routes
throughout Ireland along with day tours from Dublin, and Irish
Rail -Iarnród Éirean (http://www.irishrail.ie)
is the official online guide to the railways of Ireland.
- Environmentally friendly tours
can be arranged with Ireland Eco Tours (www.irelandecotours.com)
in Jerome O'Loughlin's bright-green minibus which runs on plant
oil extracted from Irish-grown and processed rapeseed. Jerome
is a trained guide and ecotourism expert, who can take you to
places of interest in Leitrim, Fermanagh, Sligo, Cavan and Donegal,
as well as activities ranging from Hill Walking in the hills
of Sligo to surfing lessons on the coast of Donegal.
Sightseeing, events, tours and information:
- Before setting off, give yourself
a tune up at the Dublin Holistic Centre -(www.dublinholisticcentre.com),
who offer alternative and complementary medical care, yoga, pilates
and a range of treatments from homeopathy to hypnotherapy.
- Just 25km north of Dublin in
County Meath lies Soinarte (http://sonairte.ie)
an interactive visitor centre promoting ecological awareness
and sustainable living.
- The Heritage Council of Ireland
looks after everything from Architecture to wildlife and has
a wealth of information -their Dublin page has a variety of events
and information on places to visit including museums and waterways.
See also Dublin's Botanic Spine (www.dublin.ie/botanicspine),
combining the six existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park (Europe's
largest city park) and the Botanic Gardens into an 18km organic
- For the younger visitor, you
simple must try Imaginosity (www.imaginosity.ie),
Ireland's interactive Childrens museum, set in a unique eco building.
The colourful exhibits include the opportunity to learn about
Eco Building at The Construction Company.
Dublin -the official
Theatre -Ireland's National
Theatre, founded in 1904. The artistic policy centres on the
promotion of new Irish writing, the revitalisation and presentation
of plays from the Irish repertoire, as well as classics of the
European and world stages.
Zoo -founded in 1830,
the zoo today is part of a worldwide network of zoos working
together to breed endangered species.
Theatre -built in 1837,
the oldest Theatre in Dublin hosts a variety of theatrical productions
including drama, musicals, comedy opera ballet and pantomime,
and at weekend sthe theatre transforms into a late night club
Salsa Palace on Fridays featuring latin beats and Soul Stage
on Saturdays featurng world music and reggae.
- Guinness Storehouse
-A fermentation plant at St. James's Gate Brewery has been transformed
into a place where you can experience one of the world's best
known brands in a totally unexpected way. See also the Guinness
Museum -established to
promote interest in Irish literature through its collection,
displays and activities, the museum is located five minutes walk
from O'Connell Street.
Shopping and Restaurants
If you are looking for a good
farmers' market, then the Dublin Food Coop (www.dublinfoodcoop.com)
specialises in local produce from local producers, with fresh,
organic fruit and vegetables, wholefoods, dairy, bakery and wines,
and a wide selection of Fairtrade products.
Alternatively, the Temple Bar
Cultural Trust (www.templebar.ie)
has no fewer than three markets -Temple Bar Book Market, Temple
Bar Food Market and the new Designer Mart at Cow's Lane. Under
the banner of Dublin's Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar is located
on the south bank of the River Liffey and is home to more than
50 cultural and contemporary arts organisations.
- Fallon and Byrne (www.fallonandbyrne.com)
food hall and wine emporium
Hotels, Bead & Breakfast:
hotels. look for the Green Hospitality Award (www.ghaward.ie),
a voluntary programme for accommodation owners who demonstrate
leadership in environmental management within the hospitality
sector. Successful members receive an award based on a set of
strict criteria and are allowed to use the GHA Logo. (opposite).
Park Hotel (www.stillorganpark.com)
offers four star accommodation in Dublin and has strong green
credentials, having won Silver Green Hospitality Award in successive
- Follow this link for our listing
of other eco hotels in Ireland.
Hostels and budget accommodation:
- Avalon House (www.avalon-house.ie)
in Aungier Street is one of the main backpacker hostels in Central
Dublin. The hostel is powered by wind turbines and has full recycling
facilities It also offers free internet and wifi and is cclose
to all the bars, restaurants and nightlife,
- Jacobs Inn, (http://www.isaacs.ie/jacobs-inn-dublin)
is also following suit with a strong environmental policy and
plans to upgrade the energy performance of its building. The
hostel is conveniently located by the central bus station.
- More Hostels in Ireland.
Holiday cottages and Apartments
- Solar House (www.thesolarhouse.com)
-environmetally friendly solar heated, naturally ventilated house
to rent in Dublin.
- Decoy Cottages (www.decoycountrycottages.ie)
- More eco
cottages and holiday homes in Ireland.
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