Ireland’s capital is known for its friendly atmosphere, landscapes and attractions. It is located on the west coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. It offers impressive monuments such as Trinity College and the Customs House, as well as virgin beaches near the centre.
More than a third of Ireland’s population lives in Dublin. Its colleges and universities attract students from all over the world. It is perfect for long holidays and short breaks.
Top class shops, restaurants and entertainment are concentrated in and around Grafton Street. Have fun in its bars and pubs or explore its history and culture in its museums and galleries.
- Top 5 reasons to visit Dublin
- What to do in Dublin
- When to visit Dublin
- Getting to Dublin
- Where to stay in Dublin
- Getting around Dublin
- Cost of living in Dublin
- Where to eat in Dublin
Top 5 reasons to visit Dublin
You will receive a warm welcome wherever you go, the craic will accompany you in bars and restaurants. What is it? Friendly jokes, news, gossip, and snacks.
A literary world
Dublin is famous for its relationship with some of the world’s most important writers and poets: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Swift are good examples. Visit the famous Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, explore the Writers’ Museum in Parnell Square or have your picture taken at the Oscar Wilde statue.
The Dubliners are authentic, close, hospitable and very attentive to strangers.
Magic in Riverside
Dublin is a fairly compact city on the banks of the River Liffey. The river can be crossed by several spectacular bridges, such as the Ha’Penny, the O’Connell and the Samuel Beckett. Take a cruise on the river or stroll among the trendy bars and restaurants located on its quays.
Castles, monuments and parks
The 17th century Phoenix Park is a memorable space with landmarks such as Ashdown Castle, Wellington Monument, Victorian Garden and Dublin Zoo.
What to do in Dublin
Visit Trinity College
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have been at Hogwarts, a trip to Trinity College is a good place to start. As soon as you set foot on campus, you will experience a different world with historic stone houses, intricate woodwork, extensive gardens and impressive libraries.
Shopping on Grafton Street
Grafton Street is a completely pedestrian shopping area that was designed to help visitors relax and extend their transit time. You will find international brands such as Swatch, Tommy Hilfiger and Top Shop.
Cool off in St Stephen’s Green
St Stephen’s Green is to Dublin what Central Park is to New York. It’s the lung, the soda and the green space in the very centre of the city. Treat yourself to some reading at the Great Lake or have a drink in absolute harmony.
Immerse yourself in art at the National Gallery
Is it raining? Spend the afternoon among Irish and European artworks at the National Gallery of Ireland. This recently restored museum presents works of art from the 14th to the 20th century, including the famous pieces by Raeburn, Maclise and Monet.
Taste an “authentic” Guinness
The Guinness brand in Dublin specializes in the famous black beer. This firm has been producing this beer for almost 250 years, so its Storehouse is a real temple for brewers. Finish your tour by having a pint on the terrace of the Gravity Bar.
When to visit Dublin
Dublin has a maritime climate with fairly cool summers and mild winters. July and August temperatures range from 18°C to 22°C and winter temperatures from 4°C to 8°C, which means they are always pleasant. The peak tourist season is between May and September, and the city is particularly busy from mid-July to mid-August, the traditional annual holiday period for Ireland and the UK. The main attractions can be busy during the summer season and hotel prices reflect the increased demand for accommodation.
Getting to Dublin
Many foreign visitors arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB) which is 10 kilometres north of the centre. It is served mainly by Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Other airlines connecting to Dublin are Flybe, British Airways and Air France. There are a number of shuttle buses to Dublin city centre, including Aircoach (route 700) and Dublin Bus (route 747), which cost EUR 3.30. Taxis are available and it is also possible to rent a car near the airport.
Dublin has two main railway stations. Heuston, west of the centre, is the railway terminal for the cities of the south and west of Ireland, including Limerick and Cork. If you are travelling from Belfast, Sligo or other locations in the north or east you will arrive at Connolly station, located in the north east of the centre. There are local bus stops nearby and both stations include the LUAS light rail system. You can also take taxis from Connolly.
If you are driving to Dublin from Belfast you should use the A1 and then the M1. Then follow the local R131, the R801 and the R105. Remember that from Northern Ireland you must go through an international border crossing and different toll roads. If you are driving from Limerick, you can take the M7, while the M8 and M7 are suitable for travelling from Cork.
Buses to Dublin from European countries are mainly operated by National Express and Megabus. You will also find buses from major Irish cities operated by Dublin Bus. For travel from Belfast you can use companies such as Aircoach or Bus Eireann, from 13 and 25 EUR respectively. The journey takes between two and two and a half hours, and all of them arrive at Busáras station.
Where to stay in Dublin
O’Connell Street is considered the center. The Liffey River divides the city into North Side, which includes O’Connell Street, and South Side, with Grafton Street within its boundaries. Choose a boutique hotel in the vibrant Temple Bar district or find affordable family-run bed and breakfast accommodation further afield in Drumcondra or Clontarf.
Luxury hotels such as Jury’s Inn, InterContinental Dublin and Hilton Dublin are on the south side. Prices for a room range from 13 EUR per night at Avalon House, for example, to over 200 EUR at The Fitzwilliam Hotel.
Interesting neighborhoods in Dublin
The city centre corresponds to the area within a radius of about 2.5 kilometres from the O’Connell Bridge. It is a vibrant space that houses the main historical and cultural attractions. It also offers glamorous nightlife, entertainment and the Grafton Street area, known for its cafes and shops.
Temple Bar, home to the world famous bar of the same name, is popularly known as the Cultural Quarter. Its picturesque cobblestone streets contrast with the wide central streets. You’ll enjoy strolling through the clothing and jewelry stalls on Cows Lane, having a drink at a pub or eating at a good restaurant.
The Georgian Quarter is an elegant area located in the south east of Dublin. It allows you to admire the statue of Oscar Wilde and the beautiful 18th century townhouses, as well as to relax in its beautiful green areas.
Getting around Dublin
Dublin has a good local bus service thanks to Dublin Bus and the LUAS tram system. The DART commuter rail line also reaches the centre. All buses, trams and local trains use a prepaid card system. There is a maximum flat rate of 2.60 EUR for bus and tram travel. A good option for tourists is to purchase a 24-hour, 72-hour or 7-day Leap Visitor card for 10, 19.50 and 40 EUR respectively.
Following deregulation in 2001, Dublin now has more taxis than New York. Therefore, you can almost always find a taxi available. The price of a transfer to the centre? Between 6 and 10 EUR.
Having your own car is useful in Dublin, although the traffic is complicated during rush hours and you must drive on the left. You can rent a car near the airport and in various parts of the city. The most established company is Sixt, which offers you an economical car from 6.82 EUR per day.
Cost of living in Dublin
Grafton Street is one of the most popular shopping areas. From here you can walk to Powerscourt Center, where you will find everything. The north side of Liffey, O’Connell Street, is home to the best brands and designers, while the adjacent Henry Street is the most active in Ireland.
Groceries and others
Food and commodities are relatively expensive in Ireland. However, the supermarket chains Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes Stores and Superquinn allow you to compare prices and make better choices. A pint will cost you about 7 EUR.
Where to eat in Dublin
Dublin has many fabulous restaurants of all kinds. Centrally located restaurants are more expensive, although you will also find good options in Temple Bar and the reconstructed port area. Indian cuisine is very popular, especially around South William Street. On Great Georges Street it will cost you about 15 EUR to eat.
If you are a vegetarian, Hare-Krishna is cheap and good. If you prefer Asian food, Parnell Street is your destination. For the typical fish and chips, Leo Burdock Fish & Chips on Werburgh Street is perfect.