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Malahide Castle is said to be haunted

Haunted Dublin

As the summer comes to an end and the nights start to close in, the mind is automatically drawn to the next event in the calendar - Halloween. And there is no better way to mark the occasion than to explore the ghostly establishments of somewhere new.

Pick up unique items at one of Dublin's markets

A guide to Dublin's markets

For plenty of people taking a short break is a great opportunity to do a bit of shopping. We are not talking about heading to the high street and stepping through the automatic doors of establishments that can be found anywhere in the UK, we mean a different kind of retail therapy.

Explore Ireland's nature with a road trip

A road trip around County Dublin's natural attractions

Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle due to its lush green landscape, so where better to embark on a road trip to explore the best that nature has to offer? Branching out from the stunning city of Dublin you will find lots of parks and gardens to delight you and blow away those cobwebs.

Dan Brown will be appearing at this year's festival

Dublin Writers' Festival

This year's Dublin Writers' Festival looks set to be a big event with appearances from Dan Brown and Caitlin Moran.

Must-see exhibitions for a spring break to Dublin

Must-see exhibitions for a spring break to Dublin

Heading to the city of Dublin soon? Then you will want to check out some of the best exhibitions the Irish capital has to offer.

Mini cruises: destinations not to miss

Top destinations to visit on a mini cruise

If you are short of time but still want a luxurious holiday, mini cruises are the ideal option. Allowing you to explore a number of exciting destinations a little closer to home, they are perfect for couples seeking a little romance - but where is best to go?

Visit Dublin on a cruise around the UK

Top things to see and do in Dublin on a UK cruise

If you're planning on go on a cruise around the UK, make sure you choose an itinerary that features Dublin. This vibrant Irish city is packed with attractions, which means there are a host of great options for fun on-shore excursions. Learn about some of the top things to see and do here below.

Visit Ireland's hidden gems on a short break

Visit Ireland's hidden gems on a short break

The Emerald Isle is packed full of hidden gems, so if you are looking to take advantage of Ireland's holiday offers in order to take a weekend break, don't be afraid to get off the tourism trail. Here are a few places well worth visiting during your trip.

Dublin local spills the city's secrets in Ireland (Photo: Thinkstock)

Coffee with a local in Dublin

Dubliner Edel Flood reveales some of the Irish city's top secrets over a pint of local cider - from champ, to the best pubs in Dublin and the elusive meaning of the term 'craic'.

Enjoy a short break in Dublin

Ensure you get the full Irish experience on a Dublin holiday

When it comes to getting an authentic taste of Ireland, there really is nowhere quite like Dublin. As the country's capital and biggest city, it offers the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary culture. In the same way to other big European cities - such as London and Paris - Dublin has all the amenities you need to have a relaxing break, but there's more than enough scope to have some craic too!

Stop by Dublin Castle on a break to the city

5 must-sees on a short break in Dublin

Dublin is the perfect destination for a short break, with the bustling Irish capital offering something for people of all interests and ages. Whether you're enjoying a romantic getaway or jetting off for the weekend with your family, you'll have an amazing time exploring the sights.

Top picks for March festivals

Top picks for March festivals

Thinking of heading away for a short break this March? Here’s a roundup of some of the best European festivals next month, from burning huge statues and fireworks, to the world famous Irish festival and the cultural highlight of the year in Budapest, March sees some pretty great events taking place.

Ten best value city breaks

Ten best value city breaks

New research by travel money provider M&S Money has revealed the top ten most affordable city breaks. While some of the destinations on the list are to be expected, others have taken us by surprise.

Solo traveller

Best city breaks for going solo

Some cities can be great to go to with the family, others have a myriad of attractions to keep the kids entertained and other still are best just with the one you love. However there are some cities where it’s OK to just go it alone. These are the cities best for the solo traveller, where there’s enough to keep you entertained, the locals are friendly and you’ll never feel lonely.

Staying in a historic hotel is brilliant fun

Feature: Historic hotels for a fantastic short break

Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking high and low for some unusual hotels in Europe for a fantastic short break way. As our last feature in the series, we’ve gone one step further and found some unique hotels offering a slice of history.

Make new friends with a singles holiday

Feature: Short-breaks for solo travellers

Solo travel has become increasingly popular over recent years and numerous tour organisers have responded by creating a range of two day to two week group trips, meaning you can travel alone but also be guaranteed the opportunity of meeting new folk.

Take a holiday before your baby is born

Feature: Babymoon breaks in Europe

If you want to indulge in a bit of ‘me’ time before the pitter patter of tiny feet become the focus of all your attention (and sleepless nights become the norm!), then this could be just the thing for you! Babymoons are a relatively new phenomenon...

Top girl’s holidays for the May bank holiday

Feature: Top girl’s holidays for the May bank holiday

So the bank holiday’s coming up and you’re wondering what to do. Do I visit the boyfriend’s family? Babysit the little brother while my mum suns it up in Spain? No of course you don’t, you get your girls together and take a fabulous holiday in the UK or Europe! Following on from last week’s top lad’s destinations for the May bank holiday

Top lads holidays for the May bank holiday

Feature: Top lads holidays for the May bank holiday

You could say there are two types of holidays: ones with the girlfriend, the other with the lads. With the long bank holiday weekend coming up, now is a great time to start planning a trip with your mates. From the late-night clubs of Budapest to the rowdy pubs of Newcastle, we have compiled seven of the best weekend destinations for you to party in!

Riga tops city break table

Riga tops table of bargain city break destinations

Brits planning a city break this year will find the best bargains in Eastern Europe, according to new figures from the Post Office. Latvian capital Riga led the field, followed by Prague and Budapest, in the annual cost comparison survey.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Ireland

Ireland for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day on 17 March is the ideal time for camping in Ireland. Take the car, campervan or mobile home across to Dublin, Rosslare, Larne or Dun Laohaire ports and enjoy the scenic drive inland.

Dublin is the place to be on St Patrick's Day

Skip over to the Emerald Isle for St Patrick's Day

Irish Ferries Holidays is offering a three-night break to the Irish capital of Dublin this March, so short break lovers can catch the craic in the home of St Patrick's Day for just £116 per person, based on four sharing.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Chicago

Celebrate St Patrick's Day anywhere in the world

Valentine's Day has come and gone and Easter is still two months away but if you need an excuse to get away, you could celebrate St Patrick's Day anywhere in the world in a whole host of ways, from New York to Chicago and Florence to Montreal.

Enjoy a taste of Ireland this March

St Patrick's Day offers for a truly Irish escape

Soak up all the best of Irish culture on St Patrick's Day with a short break to the Emerald Isle. Small Luxury Hotels of the World has rounded up the best of what's on offer this March, right down to a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

Dublin is aiming to become a New Years hotspot

Dublin rings in 2011 with three-day festival

The Irish capital is celebrating the start of 2011 in style with a brand new festival of music, food, drink and entertainment across the city from December 30 to January 1 to rival Edinburgh's Hogmanay festivities.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?