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Seven reasons why Dublin is great in winter

By Claire McKeever

That’s right, we’re not letting winter get us down!

Ireland may seem a bit miserable come winter, but there are lots of advantages to discovering it this time of year, especially if a visit to Dublin is on the cards. 

From cosy pints to cultural highlights, great shopping to delicious drinks and eats, below are seven reasons why Dublin is great in winter, inspired by Expedia's new Hidden Travel website.

1. Pub season

Dublin is, of course, best known for its great pubs and there are plenty to cosy up inside of this time of year. Even for those signed up for Dry January, the craic and great music will be enough to bring a bit of joy to this month.     

Auld Dubliner, Buskers and Whelan’s are just some of the pubs worth checking out over January.  

2. Reading time

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Once a home city to literary legends Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Bram Stroker, Dublin’s libraries seem to have an added significance when entering them. Trinity College Library or lesser-known Marsh’s Library (Ireland’s first public library) are great examples of this. So, why not turn off your smartphone and enjoy the luxury of hiding away in a library for a few hours?

3. January bargains

Yes, it may be winter, but January does bring a few bargains and it would be rude not to make the most of them. Shop along Grafton Street and O’Connell Street for high street finds, or to Temple Bar and Dawson Street for alternative and boutique buys. If the crowds get too much, take your pick of cafes and bars for a much-deserved drink or snack to keep you going.  

4. Get cultured

For many of us, a trip to the museum is a rare occasion, however, winter is a great time of year to make the most of culture finds. 

Dublin is blessed with some of the best museums, filled with one-off exhibitions and unique finds that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Ireland. The IMMA (Irish Modern Museum of Art), National Art Gallery, the Little Museum of Dublin and Dublin Writers’ Museum are just some of the great museums to hide away in on a visit to the city this winter. 

5. Friendly locals

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Surround yourself with the friendliness of Dublin City this winter. Once voted one of the friendliest cities in the world, Dublin’s fair city is sure to put you in a good mood, whether it’s experiencing the craic in its pubs dotted across the city or chatting to locals when exploring.  

6. New Year treat

Is your head at work but your heart still saying holiday? Why not treat yourself to a city break this month and make the most of January offers at some of Dublin’s swishest hotels. The city is coming down with luxe hotels, high quality restaurants and unique bars for a special night away.

7. Comfort eating 

New Year’s resolutions are all well and good but if there is ever a time to relax and give yourself a break then it’s January. Dublin’s food scene is at its most exciting, so why not make it your mission to hunt down the best brunch or steak dinner this month. And, even if you are determined to abide by that new healthy eating regime, there are lots of clean eating joints cropping up around the city. 

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