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Last updated: 27 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

The Shelbourne has been setting Dublin’s five-star standard for more than two centuries, transporting you to a world of opulence and glamour – whether sipping drinks in the electric cocktail bar or indulging in perfect steaks in the Saddle Room.

A long list of iconic guests include John and Jacqueline Kennedy in 1958, with JFK returning as US President in 1963. Ask to visit the Constitution Room, where the Irish Constitution was signed in 1922, with replicas on show of the original document.

The hotel manages to be distinguished, elegant and fun all at the same time, and appeals to all ages.

Surrounding area

On the busy main thoroughfare running south from Grafton Street, you can walk to the heart of the shopping district in five minutes, or skip across the road to Stephen’s Green to escape the crowds and enjoy a walk/picnic by the lake.

The street is lined with historic Georgian buildings so is aesthetically appealing and you’ll find lots of interesting bars and restaurants.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland[0.5 miles]

Birthplace of Oscar Wilde, and originally built in 1592, Trinity College is Dublin’s hallowed seat of learning, and home to the world-famous Book of Kells.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland[0.4 miles]

Known locally as ‘the wedding cake’ this architecturally interesting Shopping Centre looks like a traditional paddle-steamer from the outside, with glass and ornate white iron work used throughout to create a historic look (in spite of it being built in the 1980s).

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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A festive Brown Thomas department store entrance with All Aboard signage and clock

Brown Thomas

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland[0.5 miles]

Dublin’s equivalent of Fortnum & Mason, this elegant department store first opened its doors in 1849 and remains the city’s go-to place for designer brands.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Outdoor seating in the central atrium of a beautiful historic building

Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland[0.5 miles]

A chic mix of speciality shops, art galleries and restaurants housed in an atmospheric, 18th-century Georgian mansion that retains many of its period features. Centrally located, just off Grafton Street.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Irish Whiskey Museum

Irish Whiskey Museum

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland[0.6 miles]

Take an expert-led guided tour and discover the origins of Irish Whiskey, how it has developed through the ages, the secrets of how to make it, and the leading Irish Whiskey brands. Tours end, of course, with a tasting.

Best for ages: 18+ | £17

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County Dublin, Ireland

Medieval history, literature, art and culture marry epic nightlife and dining in a charming urban village.

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