The best places to celebrate Christmas in Ireland

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin. There are few countries that celebrate a cozier, put-your-feet-up Christmas than Ireland.

Christ Church Cathedral

Ring in the New Year at Christ Church Cathedral, at the heart of the city of Dublin for almost 1,000 years. The Cathedral of Holy Trinity, commonly called Christ Church, was founded by the Vikings, rebuilt by the Anglo-Normans and restored by the Victorians.

Architecturally, it is famed for its Norman crypt (the second largest in Britain or Ireland) and for the arcading of the nave, which is considered to be the finest example of Early English in the country.

The earliest manuscript dates Christ Church Cathedral to its present location around 1030. Dunan, the first bishop of Dublin and Sitriuc, Norse king of Dublin, founded the original Viking church, which was probably subject to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It’s the perfect venue to appreciate the long history of the nation. And afterwards you can sample the finest Fish and Chips you’ll ever taste at the nearby Leo Burdock’s chip shop (a famous Dublin landmark not known to tourists).

The Merrion Hotel

With its crackling open fire and rich Georgian drawing rooms, and the deep sofas and flowing champagne to get you in the spirit, the five-star Merrion Hotel is impossibly atmospheric at Christmas time.

Old world civility and elegance meet the wifi, text messaging 21st century here without missing a beat. The Merrion’s hospitality and superior service are simply a byword for luxury, which makes this venue one of the great hotels of the world.

Further information on their Christmas hotel breaks, festive packages and dining arrangements can be found on their website. Treat yourself to a Christmas break in Dublin this winter and we assure you you’ll never want to spend it anywhere else.

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