US Airways offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall and Reagan National to Dublin, with fares starting at $603 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Upper Merrion St.
Luxurious hotel where President Obama had been scheduled to stay on his May visit to Dublin, until an Icelandic volcano prompted an early flight out of town. Rooms from $270.
36 S. Great Georges St.
Probably the most chic boutique hotel in the city, in the heart of Dublin’s cool quarter, with award-winning restaurant L’Gueuleton downstairs. Rooms from $106.
WHERE TO EAT
National Library, Kildare Street
Recently revamped tea rooms in the National Library, with a focus on local Irish produce. Sandwiches and soups start at $6.50.
Silk Road Cafe
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle
Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean cuisine at reasonable prices, and entirely in keeping with the Chester Beatty’s aesthetic. Lunch dishes start at $15.
Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
The only library in Dublin where you’re encouraged to talk. Guinness $6, gin and tonic $10.
WHAT TO DO
Trinity Old Library
Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May-September; Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. October-April. Adults about $12; students and seniors about $11.
The National Library of Ireland
Monday-Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
St. Patrick’s Close
Weekdays except Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults about $3.40; students and seniors about $2.
Chester Beatty Library
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free.