Campervan hire Dublin
Pouring crafty brews of literature and culture by the pint, the Viking city famous for its extreme friendliness invites travellers to chatter and Irish delights
Historically charming and convivial, Dublin is a city of many tricks. Unruffled one day, the city converts itself to an epic explosion of festivals the next. While the Dublin Castle or the Christ Church Cathedral are meant to startle with their historical bearings and architectural brilliance, St. Partick’s Day ignites the lust to party. To be honest, though, Dublin doesn’t need a reason to celebrate its drinking history. Every day of every week, the city’s pubs teem with energetic locals that jump right at the chance of making your acquaintance. That’s no surprise, since Dubliners are one of the friendliest bunch of Europeans you’ll ever meet — they’ve even been officially recognized for this not once, but twice! You too can give them your sign of recognition — just hire a campervan in Dublin and go say ‘hi’. If you do, Dubliners might even be so nice as to take you to St. Stephen’s Green for a delicious picnic or to the Irish Sea for a dip in the amazing Forty Foot Sandycove.
Depot + Transfer
We’re right there for the start and finish of your motorhome or campervan hire experience in Dublin. We’ll meet you at Dublin Airport (DUB) - just a 20-minute van drive away from the city centre - where you can pick up and drop off your Indie campervan – free of charge in regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
Located between the monastery and the marina, the Parking Harbour Road offers 5 parking spots for campervans or motorhomes with a maximum length of 7 metres. While the spots for vans are limited, this parking venue is well worth a try due to its proximity to Dublin’s centre and the variety of public transports that can get you there.
Camping grounds nearby
Although a bit far from the city centre, Cernac Valley is well connected to Dublin through various city buses. However, the reason why you should spend the night in your campervan here is because of the cool surroundings, neat facilities, and awesome personnel. During your stay at Cernac Valley, you’ll enjoy all the comfort you need. So relax on your campervan, rest, and get ready to hit the pubs of Dublin.
Starting as a settlement of bloodthirsty Vikings who pillaged the area and culminating in a cosmopolis full of friendly folks, Dublin’s history went through more stages than a troubled teenager. After Norse Kings ruled Dublin until 1171, Henry II took the city from right under their beards. It wasn’t long until the English monarchs decided to convert Dublin into a Protestant city. Shortly after, civil war broke loose and the whole city was left crippled beyond the physical damages. Unrest kept sweeping through Dublin as political forces dominating Great Britain played their whims. Luckily, following the 60s, peace graced the city which was finally able to blossom to its full potential. In the 1990s, Dublin was named the European Capital of Culture and UNESCO City of Literature and continues up to this day to build upon its literary heritage.
Today, Dublin is not only legendary for its cultural and artistic affinities, but also for the number of Literature Nobel Prize winners it’s home to — three to be exact. Impressive? Wait until you hear that Dublin also hosts one of the oldest universities in Europe, Trinity College. And while exceedingly literate, the city’s far from uptight. To balance things out, Dublin is also home to Guinness, Ireland’s legendary brewery, and an impressive array of happy pubs, with Brazen Head being the oldest. And if you are to remember only one thing about Dublin, let this be it: Dubliners are extremely fond of their literature and their drinking. Can this explain their famous friendliness? It might as well. All that we know is that you should hire an Indie campervan in Dublin and go experiment the city and its surroundings for yourself on a road trip around Ireland. The rest will play out naturally.
What to discover
In and around the city
Dublin puts on a terrific live show every minute of every day. If you’re eager to kick it off with some traditional Irish songs, then hurry up to The Cobblestone. Open seven nights a week, this quirky and quaint pub keeps up the folkish atmosphere year round. The establishment even describes itself as a ‘drinking pub with a music problem’, fully embracing its fun nature.
Hosted in a modern, renovated building after the original theatre burned down, Abbey Theatre is the stomping ground for theatrical heavyweights. Home to some outrageous performances in the past (the kind that snatched hums from the audience), the venue has now toned down its vociferous and blunt repertoire of plays. However, that doesn’t mean that current performances aren’t absolutely amazing and entertaining, gathering leading Irish actors that are guaranteed to steal standing ovations. But if your cup of tea is something spicier, head downstairs where the Peacock stage still delivers experimental performances and a taste of Abbey Theatre’s outrageous past.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl gives you a well-crafted excuse to have yet another pint in Dublin. Funny as hell and highly informative (probably one of the few times drinking can teach one something), the tour follows the steps of Johnathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Sean O’Casey, and their likes from lively pub to lively pub. While you’re not guaranteed to gain any storytelling talents after taking the crawl, you’ll at least get to experience two quintessential Irish amusements. And that might be enough for a great story.
Bouncing off a troublesome past, Belfast - capital of Northern Ireland - is now a hotbed for culture, fun, and lively festivals. A few years ago travellers wouldn’t even throw a second glance at this Northern Irish city, but today Belfast seems to attract flocks of tourists looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Don’t worry though, the city won’t be a hot mess with crowded streets. Sure, it’s lively, it’s hip, and it’s always on, but in the best possible way. And if you get tired of the party scene in the city, head for the Mountains of Mourne and the sea, right outside the city. Hire a campervan in Dublin with Indie Campers and head to Belfast - which is part of the UK - to experience the stunning Irish sights in between.
Glendalough (or The Valley of Two Lakes) has a long-forgotten Irish romanticism that will make you fall head over heels in love with its scenery. Although it could be quite a challenge to hire a motorhome in Glendalough, it’s quite easy to go for a campervan hire in Dublin (Indie style!) and take a fantastic 90-minute drive to the valley. Part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough is a breathtaking glacier valley filled with quaint, traditional buildings including churches, shrines, and a famous tower. The serenity of this place reverses all your daily stress into blissfulness, making you forget about life back home. Because we believe this is how life should really look like.
Cliffs of Moher
The precipitous beauty of the Cliffs of Moher reveals a dramatic scenery that will make you gasp for air. Once you see the spellbinding, abrupt cliffs known locally as the Aillte an Mothair rising 214 m high you’ll be hooked. There’s nothing quite like this sight. Not in Ireland and, dare we say, not in the world. So while you might not be able to hire a campervan near the Cliffs of Moher, rent a motorhome in Dublin instead, get to know the city and only then embark on the journey to the Cliffs of Moher on your Irish road trip. Kilometres and kilometres of coastal wonders and abrupt cliffs will satisfy your wanderlust or, who knows, make you want to see even more at the wheel of your Indie van.