20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Dublin, Ireland

There’s nothing quite like a trip to Dublin. For a small city, an awful lot has been packed in. Feeling thirsty? There are opportunities galore to quench that desire! Take a tour at the famous Guinness Stonehouse, an experience that is all but obligatory, before exploring Dublin’s traditional Irish pubs.

This tends to take a while — but please take our advice and don’t rush. This is a rich part of an ancient city’s fabric and is not to be missed.

Like to party? March is the best time to visit, when Dublin grinds to a standstill for the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations. More than 100,000 visitors flock to the city, with the Festival Parade the highlight and the Guinness free flowing.

Don’t like to drink? There’s much more to Dublin than its famous stout. Visit the 13th century castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral, before exploring the city’s quaint cobbled streets and taking a stroll alongside the lovely River Liffey.