Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is popular among tourists who are fond of a city bustling with life 24/7. It’s famous for its nightlife and lively Irish locals. The food in Dublin is served in huge portions at a reasonable price.
If you’re in Dublin, walking around the streets, visiting some pubs and listening to Irish music will make your visit worthwhile.
When to Visit
Dublin’s weather can be quite unstable and it runs from usually mild to really cold. The best time to visit the city is during summer, which is from May to September, where days are longer and tourists can spend a lot of time exploring the city. However, the city is a lot more crowded and prices for accommodations are high as well.
How to Reach Dublin
Dublin Airport is the main hub for international flights. However, there’s no metro station connected to the airport and tourists must research on what bus to take to get to the city center. Taxis are easy to take from the airport and around the city though fares can be expensive.
Traveling by ferry or cruise is easy because Ireland is an island. The Dublin Port is just minutes away from the city center. Another port called the Dun Laoghaire is located 30 to around 45 minutes away from the center.
Dos and Don’ts
Do try local Irish cuisines. Aside from Irish stew, a variety of seafood dishes is a must try at Ireland. You’d be surprised at the variety of dishes and local beers.
Do have a good time and catch some good Irish music at the pub. It’s nice to have fun with the locals and drink beer at some pub. Blend in,listen to good music, and have a good time.
Do visit Temple Bar but be mindful of the prices. Drop by at he famous Temple Bar and have your photos taken outside. Drink prices at Temple Bar increase as the sun goes down. If you’re watching your budget, go during the day to avoid high prices.
Don’t try to fit in many things in your itinerary. Dublin is a huge city and visiting many place at once, which usually involves a lot of walking, can be exhausting. Plan carefully.
Price Range for Hotels
There’s a wide range of prices for accommodations in Dublin. Hostels or dorms for backpackers usually cost around €10 to up to €80. A budget hotel costs about €70 up to a hundred euros. A 5-star hotel starts at around €200 a night.
Cost of Meal
A budget meal is around €5 to €12. A budget lunch or dinner can run from €6 up to €18. A pint of beer costs €5 up to €6 in bars while its only around €2 in groceries.
Cost for Commute
Bus is the main means of transportation in Dublin. Tickets run approx. €1.95 but can increase depending on the destination. Commuting via busses can be time consuming though because of city traffic. There’s no extensive city rail service in Dublin so getting from one point to another by train to reach top destinations can be quite difficult. However, the DART or suburban train system that costs €2 can take you to some of the quaint and beautiful villages North and South of the city. The “Luas” or tram is also another good option to get around the city, ticket is at €1.80.
Top Places to Visit
the Guinness Storehouse
A trip to Dublin would not be complete without a visit to this famous tourist attraction. Located right at the heart of St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is modeled after a giant pin of the world’s famous beer. There are 7 floors in the building. Each floor explains the steps on how the beer is made. On top of the building is the Gravity Bar where you can sample the beer!
and the Book of Kells
The Book of Kells was written in around 800 AD by Irish monks. It said to contain the Four Gospels written in Latin. The cover is magnificent and seeing such an old artifact is a must. Aside from seeing the famous book, you can go around the college to people watch. A visit in their library or at the science center can also be fun.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
A fan of “Gulliver’s Travel”? Author Jonathan Swift, was once a dean of the cathedral and was buried here. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. The structure of the church is beautiful and it has a lot of character. The church is close to the city center.
National Gallery of Ireland
Aside from its magnificent structure this famous tourist destination houses thousands of important and interesting Irish and European artworks in different forms and mediums. The entrance is free.
This was the seat of the UK’s government in Ireland. A trip to the castle would not be complete without dropping by the Chester Beatty Library that contains a collection of Eastern Art. The furniture and decor in the castle is quite amazing as well.
This is a must do to fully understand the history and struggles of Ireland. The only way to view the inside of the prison is by tour which is included in the entry fee and well worth it.