The client: Expedia
The brief: I worked with Write Arm agency to research and supply a series of articles on Ireland and Wales for the Expedia website, see below sample copy on Clondalkin, Ireland. Topics: Things to go, city guides, practical travel, flights, cars, hotels.
About Clondalkin / Flights to Clondalkin
The nearest airport to Clondalkin is Dublin Airport, 8.5 miles north and easily accessible via the M1 and M50 motorways. It’s just a 25-minute drive to a historic village with an 8th century round tower, medieval churches, canal walks and independent shops. Clondalkin is a key economic hub for the county and has several business parks and excellent transport links, making it an ideal base for a relaxing holiday, city break in Dublin or a business trip.
Dublin Airport is Ireland’s busiest airport and provides domestic and international flights to various UK cities and Europe. It has a choice of hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre called The Loop. There is no rail link from the airport to Clondalkin or the city but there is a direct airport hopper bus, taxis and lots of car rental options.
Flight routes to and from Clondalkin
There are direct flights to 169 cities from Dublin Airport and UK-based travellers can get there from several destinations including Newcastle, Doncaster/Sheffield, Leeds/Bradford, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Bournemouth. London flights take 1 hour 20 minutes, from the Midlands it’s around 45 minutes, Europe 2-2.5 hours and New York 5.5 hours.
Getting to Clondalkin after your flight
Clondalkin is 8.5 miles south of Dublin Airport so a short drive and you are in the suburbs but still close to the city. It is well connected by the M50 motorway, which circles Dublin and the N7 route takes you directly into Clondalkin village and the business parks.
The Airport Hopper goes directly to Clondalkin and the Liffey Valley and leaves from outside Terminals 1 & 2 (coach park, zone 14). You can book ahead via Expedia to save time.
Car rental is generally more expensive in Ireland than other European destinations so shop around and secure a good deal by booking in advance. Hiring a car gives you access to the city attractions – National museums, National Botanical Gardens, Guinness Storehouse and National Library, many of which have free parking. Within two hours you can be in County Wicklow – the ‘Garden of Ireland’ with its villages, sandy coastlines and heritage sites. County Meath, north of Dublin has ancient burial tombs and County Kilkenny, the former capital of Ireland, is now a key centre for arts and crafts.
A taxi from Dublin Airport to Clondalkin takes around 25 minutes and will cost €35. This will take longer and be more expensive during rush hour – 7-9 am and 4-7 pm.
When to book a flight to Clondalkin
Clondalkin is worth a visit any time of year – there is plenty to see in terms of heritage walks, ancient monastery sites, shopping centres and sporting activities. A spring or autumn visit brings out the best of the countryside flowers and this is when you’ll get a bargain accommodation wise. August is the busiest month for visiting Dublin and a stay in Clondalkin will be quieter. November is good for sporting activities as Dublin’s Fun Run passes through Clondalkin and also a good time for some Christmas shopping in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.