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Dublin, Ireland is one of the best places to visit for its rich history, art and cultural heritage and modern-day attractions. Don’t take our word for it – experience all that it has to offer yourself.
Dublin is the capital and most densely inhabited city of Ireland. It is steeped in history, having been founded in 841 and originally settled by Vikings, evolving into the Kingdom of Dublin and then becoming the island’s primary city after the Norman invasion.
In the 17th century, the city saw a rapid expansion and, for a short time, was the second largest city in the British Empire. After the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later, of the Republic of Ireland.
Today, millions of visitors are lured annually by its rich history, arts and cultural heritage and modern-day attractions such as entertainment centers, shopping areas and nightlife.
An airport with two terminals is located approximately 10 km north of the city center. There are numerous airlines that fly to Dublin, among them are Ireland’s flag carrier airline, Aer Lingus, Ryanair, and Flybe.
Travelers to Dublin can get there via land by bus, train, taxi or car.
By Bus: From the airport, travelers can take a bus transport to Dublin City via AirCoach and Dublin Bus. There is a single bus station for Bus Eireann, which services almost all towns and cities in Ireland, and that is in Busáras.
By Train: There are two main railway stations in Dublin. Heuston serves most of the west and south of the country and is located in the west of the city center. Connolly serves the south east and east coast of the country and is located in the north east center of the city. These two stations are connected by bus and Luas routes.
By Car: There is a wealth of car rental companies in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport and travelers can opt for this service.
There are more than a few passenger ferry services to and from Wales and England at the Dublin Port, with main routes being Liverpool-Dublin, Holyhead-Dublin and Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire. Ferry companies from Wales include Stena and Irish Ferries, while from Liverpool there are P&O and Norfolk Line.
The city center is small and easy to get around on foot, and public transport has improved immensely over the past few years.
The Luas is a tram or light-rail system that has frequent and reliable operations and is considered to be a helpful way to get around the city center. The red line runs from Connolly railway station and the Point Theatre to the suburb of Tallaght, while the green line runs from St. Stephen’s Green to Bride’s Glen in Cherrywood. These lines do not connect.
The DART is a suburban rail service that travels the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahide in the north.
The state-controlled Dublin Bus operates an extensive bus service for the city and the suburbs that encompasses 200 bus routes. It is strongly advised that tourists obtain a route map from Dublin Bus, as the route numbering system has been known to cause confusion. The final destination is displayed on the front of the bus; however, other immediate stops are not announced.
Dublin Bus only accepts coin as payment for fare. Those without coins can purchase multiple or individual trip tickets from most shops in the city. The Dublin Bus office also sells one-day, three-day and five-day bus passes. Passengers should make sure that they have the exact amount because bus drivers cannot issue any change. Those who do not have the exact amount will get an extra slip or a ‘change receipt’ which can be exchanged for cash at the main bus office.
By Bicycle or Motorcycle
There are bikes for hire in the city center. People who opt for bicycles and motorcycles as a mode of transportation in Dublin are warned that the city does not have very many bike paths, and the paths that do exist are in poor shape or are shared with buses, taxis and parked cars. Pedestrians and motorists are not known for honoring bike paths.
Driving in Dublin is generally not recommended and is actually discouraged. Heavy traffic and a widespread one-way system make it very difficult to navigate the city center. Parking space is another issue to contend with. On-street parking is limited and is only allowed for short periods. Multi-storey car parks are an option but it can be difficult to find space.
There is a surplus of taxis in Dublin and they are very easy to come by. A national standardized rate for all taxis has been established and point-to-point trips in the city may cost from €6 to €10.
Things to See and Do
Being a historical place, Dublin boasts of numerous historical attractions and places of interest. These can get really crowded, especially in the summer.
Merrion Square is a Georgian square which was laid out in 1762. It is one and the city’s largest and finest surviving squares. To its west is the Leinster House, Government Buildings, the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery, while the other three sides are lined with Georgian brick townhouses. The square also houses a large statue of renowned writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde.
Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex that used to be the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland. It has been continuously occupied since its establishment in 1204 AD and has played a significant role in the country’s history. Guided tours are available.
National Museum of Ireland is heaven for those who are interested in Ireland’s history as this museum is the repository for all archaeological objects and artifacts that are found in Ireland.
Dublinia and the Viking World is located in the heart of the medieval city and very aptly showcases life as it was in medieval times and during the time of Vikings.
Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a 17th century building. Modern and contemporary visual art are on display.
Old Library at Trinity College is an impressive structure, particularly the Long Hall; however the main attraction is the illustrated original manuscript of the Book of Kells which contains the four Gospels of the New Testament created by monks circa 800 AD or earlier.
Abbey Theatre is the country’s national theater and shows classic and contemporary acts from all over the world.
Guinness Storehouse tells the story of Dublin’s most famous drink in a self-guided tour.
Walking tours are the best way to experience the city of Dublin. These can last from an hour to four hours and include topics from the paranormal to the historical and mythological.
Literary Pub Crawl is a great way to get a crash course on Irish literature, history and architecture with pub bonhomie thrown in. It is a pleasurable way to enjoy the evening, with performances by professional actors, fun quizzes and rewards for the winners.
Extensive shopping areas abound in Dublin, the most famous of which is found on Grafton Street that includes Brown Thomas. There are high-end shops found on The Loft Market, Powerscourt Centre, Harvey Nichols. For thrift shops, shoppers can start with Talbot Street where great bargains can be found.
Eat and Drink
There is a wide range of high quality restaurants in Dublin; however these are generally overpriced even for European standards.
Sabor Brazil is a formal dining Barzilian restaurant in the city. Decorated in the Baroque style, it is ideal for small groups and couples. The menu features dishes such as Tutu De Feijão and Pão De Quiejo and handmade chocolate truffles.
Queen of Tarts is a café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffees and teas, and features a small wine list. This patisserie’s fabulous cakes and pastries as well as muffins, scones, brownies and cupcakes are the best in Dublin.
Gallagher’s Boxty House serves up the best traditional Irish food in the heart of Temple Bar. It is a pub-style restaurant that offers unique Irish food in a contemporary context. Aside from Boxty dishes, they also serve coddles, stews, steaks, seafood, vegetarian and kid-friendly dishes.
La Maison Restaurant is a French bistro, a venture by Breton chef Olivier Quenet. The menu features such dishes as Salade Landaise, Traditional Fillet Steak Tartare, Foie Gras filled with Chicken Breast with Asparagus and a Tarragon Veloute. Desserts include Fondant au Chocolat, Orange Crepe Souffle and many more.
If you are visiting Dublin then its pubs should be on your list of places to visit. The Temple Bar district offers up the most memorable pub experience especially with its narrow, cobblestoned streets and central location. Aside from the Temple Bar pubs, here is just a few worth visiting:
Brogan’s Pub provides a laid-back atmosphere and is the perfect place to begin or end a night out in the city. Brogan’s Pub is located on Dame Street.
Castle Inn Medieval Style Heritage Pub is located in Dublin 2, the old city of Dublin. It offers great food and drinks as well as lively music.
Mulligans is located on Poolbeg Street and has been around for nearly 300 years. It is owned and operated by a third generation of the Cusack family. James Joyce was one of the pub’s most famous patrons.
Kavanagh’s is also known as The Gravediggers for its close proximity to the cemetery. It has been around for over 100 years, and has largely remained unchanged, with the exception of the toilets and beer taps. It is a true blue traditional Irish pub located in Glasnevin, Dublin.