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Dublin is generally a very safe city by American and European standards however as in most large cities, crime against the person, such as muggings, unprovoked attacks, and robberies, have been known to occur although these are rare in Dublin. Treat Dublin as you would most western cities, and be sensible: don't walk in poorly lit areas at night, especially alone; as Dublin centre is relatively compact be aware that walking a few blocks can take you into some bad areas.  
 
Dublin is generally a very safe city by American and European standards however as in most large cities, crime against the person, such as muggings, unprovoked attacks, and robberies, have been known to occur although these are rare in Dublin. Treat Dublin as you would most western cities, and be sensible: don't walk in poorly lit areas at night, especially alone; as Dublin centre is relatively compact be aware that walking a few blocks can take you into some bad areas.  
  
Avoid the Boardwalk and some sections of Lower Abbey Street as a large number of drug addicts hang around these areas due to nearby drug rehabilitaion centres. Avoid gangs of youths in tracksuits (as in the ones wearing tracksuits for daily wear as opposed to people involved in genuine sporting activities); tracksuited youths being responsible for alot of anti-social difficulties experienced by both locals and tourists alike. In the city you will see Roma Gypsie people begging, sometimes with what appears to be a baby wrapped in blankets (begging with babys is illegal in Ireland, it is most likely not a baby and just some clothes or a doll), Please be aware that most Roma asylum seekers living in Ireland are well looked after by the state and do not require donations, almost all have a house and a steady income. If you do choose to give to beggars do so wisely, Some of them may have criminal intent, use your judgement.
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Avoid the Boardwalk and some sections of Lower Abbey Street as a large number of drug addicts hang around these areas due to nearby drug rehabilitaion centres. Avoid gangs of youths in tracksuits (as in the ones wearing tracksuits for daily wear as opposed to people involved in genuine sporting activities); tracksuited youths being responsible for alot of anti-social difficulties experienced by both locals and tourists alike.  
  
You will however see a wide variety of buskers and street performers, these are normal people just plying their trade, are usually very helpful for directions, and appreciate your donations. (Busking and street performance is an old and vibrant part of Irish culture and their is nothing unusual or unsavory about a person playing an instrunment or performing in a public place even in the small hours of the morning. So don't be afraid to approach and appreciate these talented and friendly individuals. Be aware that it is considered rude to photograph a street performer without tipping!!)  
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You will however see a wide variety of buskers and street performers, these are normal people just plying their trade, are usually very helpful for directions, and appreciate your donations. (Busking and street performance is an old and vibrant part of Irish culture and their is nothing unusual or unsavory about a person playing an instrument or performing in a public place even in the small hours of the morning. So don't be afraid to approach and appreciate these talented and friendly individuals. Be aware that it is considered rude to photograph a street performer without tipping!!)  
  
 
If someone does approach you on the street, they could indeed be people just looking for directions, a charity worker looking for donations, or someone simply looking for a cigarette lighter. Be aware that Dublin people are usually open and unlike big city's like London or New York, talking to complete strangers is a common and regular occurance.
 
If someone does approach you on the street, they could indeed be people just looking for directions, a charity worker looking for donations, or someone simply looking for a cigarette lighter. Be aware that Dublin people are usually open and unlike big city's like London or New York, talking to complete strangers is a common and regular occurance.
  
If someone who appears to be drunk or under the influence of drugs approaches you asking if they can talk to you for a moment, it is wise to keep walking (Although expect drunk people to talk to you in a pub! It's common). These people may simply ask you for a ciggerette, or some money for a bus, but be aware that most Dubliners, even if they have no money, would never ask a stranger for money or cigarettes (Although asking for a light for a cigarette is common) there are several scams being used on unaware tourists and locals alike so please be careful and use your judgement. If someone comes to you on the street, touches you, and asks you for something, Don't be afraid to say "no!" and walk away. Again, locals will almost never behave like this so avoid people who do!
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If someone who appears to be drunk or under the influence of drugs approaches you asking if they can talk to you for a moment, it is wise to keep walking (Although expect drunk people to talk to you in a pub! It's common). These people may simply ask you for a cigarette, or some money for a bus, but be aware that most Dubliners, even if they have no money, would never ask a stranger for money or cigarettes (Although asking for a light for a cigarette is common) there are several scams being used on unaware tourists and locals alike so please be careful and use your judgement. If someone comes to you on the street, touches you, and asks you for something, Don't be afraid to say "no!" and walk away. Again, locals will almost never behave like this so avoid people who do!
  
 
When driving, Leave nothing valuable visible in your car, lock doors while driving through slow traffic in the city. There are plenty of taxis at all hours of the day and night, which are safe and usually friendly.  
 
When driving, Leave nothing valuable visible in your car, lock doors while driving through slow traffic in the city. There are plenty of taxis at all hours of the day and night, which are safe and usually friendly.  

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O'Connell Street; Spire and General Post Office
For other places with the same name, see Dublin (disambiguation).

Dublin [1] (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, "Town of the Hurdled Ford") is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are noteworthy, and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. As a city, it is disproportionately large for the size of the country (2006 pop. Greater Dublin Region 1.6 million); well over a quarter of the Republic's population lives in the metropolitan area. The centre is, however, relatively small and can be navigated by foot, with most of the population living in suburbs.

Contents

Understand

History

Founded in 988, Dublin was originally settled by Vikings amongst a population of Celtic tribes. By the 14th century the king of England controlled Dublin and the nearby area referred to as “the Pale”. By the 17th century Dublin was the second great city of Britain only behind London and a period when great Georgian style building were constructed which still stand today. One event remembered as a key moment in Irish history is the Easter rising in 1916. A failed attempt to take over the several important buildings among them the General Post Office on O’Connell Street led to the arrest of hundreds and execution of 15 who were then considered martyrs for the cause. Many believe this event helped gain sympathy for the fight for independence from Britain.

Orientation

Customs House on the Liffey

Dublin is divided by the River Liffey. On the north side of the Liffey is O'Connell Street--the main thoroughfare, which is intersected by numerous shopping streets, including Henry Street and Talbot Street. On the south side are St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, Christ Church, St. Patrick's Cathedrals, and many other attractions.

Dublin postcodes range from Dublin 1 to Dublin 24. As a rule, odd numbers are given to areas north of the River Liffey, while even numbers are given to areas south of the river. Usually, the lower the postcode, the closer to the city centre.

If you're already in the city, the main tourist office [2], located in St. Andrew's Church just off Grafton Street in the city centre (Dublin 2), is a good place to start for information. You can book accommodation and tours there, as well as find general information on where to go and what to do.

Although some of Dublin's finest Georgian architecture was demolished in the mid-20th century, a remarkable amount remains. They were a reminder of the past British imperialism and were pulled without regard to their beauty and architectural significance. They were replaced with modernist or pastiche office blocks, St. Stephen's Green (Dublin 2) being a prime example. Thankfully, attitudes have changed significantly, and Dubliners are now rightly proud of their impressive buildings from all eras.

Climate

Being subject to the moderating effects of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, Dublin is known for its mild climate.

Contrary to some popular perception, the city is not especially rainy. Its annual rainfall average is only 732.7 mm (28.8 in), lower than London. However, its precipitation is spread out more evenly so that on many days there can be a light shower.

Winters in Dublin are relatively mild when compared with cities in mainland Europe -daytime temperatures generally hover around the 5°C (41°F) mark however frost is common during the period November through to February when night time temperatures dip below 0°C (32 °F) freezing point.

Snow does occur, but it is not very common, and most of Dublin's winter precipitation comes in the form of a chilly rain and hail. The lowest recorded temperature in the city is -12°C (10°F). It should also be noted that during the first week of January 2010, the city canals froze over for the first time in years--this was a common enough sight back in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. It could be said that Dublin's climate is very comparable to that of the northwest United States and southwest Canada, as well as to much of coastal Western Europe.

Summers in Dublin are also mild. The average maximum temperature is 19°C (66°F) in July, far cooler than even most of the coldest American cities. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Dublin is a mere 29°C (87°F), which in many other parts of the world, even at its own latitude, is just a typical summer day. Don't plan on too many hot summertime activities. Thunderstorms also don't happen very often in Dublin, on average only four days a year. Overall, the city's climate is mild however would be considered drier and cooler than western and southern parts of the island of Ireland.

Get in

By plane

Dublin is served by a single terminal airport [3] approximately 10 km (6 mi) north of the city centre. A second terminal will open in November 2010.

A full list of airlines flying to Dublin, along with timetables, can be found on the Dublin Airport website[4].

Ireland's flag carrier airline, Aer Lingus [5], flies to Dublin from a large number of European cities and from the USA. Aer Lingus fares are often lower than other flag carriers, but in part this has been achieved by matching the service levels of low-fare competitors. As a result, they now charge for checked-in bags and seat reservation at time of booking (note that this does not apply to United States flights).

Europe's largest low fares airline, Ryanair [6] has one of its main bases in Dublin from which it flies to a large number of European airports including Paris, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Madrid and Frankfurt as well as smaller regional airports such as Nantes or Kaunas. While famous for its low fares, Ryanair can be more expensive than other airlines for last minute bookings. Ireland's third airline Aer Arann [7] links Dublin to many regional Irish airports and some smaller UK cities.

Low-fare airline Flybe [8] links Dublin to Exeter, Norwich and Southampton in the United Kingdom, and also Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

There are three types of bus transport to Dublin city:

  • Aircoach [9] express service (large blue bus) connects the airport and the city centre and many of Dublin's major hotels, most of which are on the south side of the city. Buses leave the airport every fifteen minutes and the journey time to the centre is approximately thirty minutes. The cost is €7 single or €12 return. Aircoach also offers services to other destinations within Ireland, including Cork and Belfast.

Beware of taxi drivers trying to pick up passengers at Aircoach bus stops. They are strictly forbidden from doing this so do not get into any taxi no matter what they say.

  • Dublin Bus [10] offers an express AirLink service (routes 747 and 748) every 10 minutes at peak times to the city centre and bus station for €6 or €10 return. Some of these services now use the Dublin Port Tunnel to avoid the city traffic and can reach the city centre in minutes.
  • Dublin bus also have a number of other local routes that serve the aiprort, and these offer substantially cheaper standard services to the centre and further afield in the southern suburbs: these are non-express and stop significantly more times going to and from the airport. Cost is €2 and buses run every 10-25 min depending on time of day. You can save 10 cents by purchasing a Travel 90 ticket for €1.90 in the ticket machines next to the airport bus stops, the ticket also allows you to transfer on to any other Dublin Bus services for up to 90 minutes, saving you another bus fare should you need to transfer.
    • The 16A goes right through the city, stops at O'Connell Street and continues up Georges Street and, finally, to southern areas of Dublin (indicative : 40 minutes O'Connel street -> airport).
    • The 40 takes a slightly more direct route and finishes on Lower Abbey Street. It stops at O'Connell Street and close to Busáras (Dublin Bus Station).

Depending on traffic, journey times can vary from 25 minutes to over an hour. These buses are considerably cheaper than AirLink and Aircoach. Both of these local bus services stop across from Drumcondra train station which is on the Dublin-Maynooth commuter line. Some trains on this line continue past Maynooth and serve stations as far away as Longford. All Dublin Bus buses (except AirLink) do not give change and fares must be paid in coins. Ticket-machines near a few outdoor bus stops, including one at the airport, do not require exact change. Tickets can also be purchased at the newsagent inside the airport. Luggage racks are limited on the local buses, and it is not unknown for drivers to turn away travellers with packs that cannot be stored.

A taxi to the city centre should cost around €20 to €30: it can be comparable to/cheaper than the bus options if you are in a group of three or more (as well as a lot less hassle). Taxis are legally obliged to provide an electronic receipt detailing the fare, distance and other pertinent details. However, they often do not furnish such a receipt.

A metro connecting Dublin Airport to the city centre is planned, but no work has started on this yet.

Unless your destination is Dublin City, it is probably best to use one of the extensive range of other bus services that stop at Dublin Aiport and so avoid the city centre traffic.

Car parks serving Dublin Airport
Address On/Off Airport Distance / Transfer Time Security Park Mark®
[11] Award
Additional Information
Looking4Parking [12]
Car park does not disclose address for security reasons.
Off
Customer is met at terminal. No transfer required.
CCTV, security fencing and 24-hour on-site security.
Yes

By train

Dublin has two main railway stations. Heuston, in the west of the city centre, serves much of the west and south of the country including an hourly service to Cork which also services Limerick. Connolly, in the north-east centre of the city, serves the south east and east coast, Belfast, Sligo in the north-west and suburban commuter services including the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. The two main stations are connected by bus and Luas routes. Visit the website for all train services local and intercity.

Irish Rail [13] has one of the youngest train fleets in Europe and the Cork train in particular is extremely comfortable. Older trains were phased out completely in 2008 with the arrival of a massive fleet of brand new trains built in Japan and South Korea. There are internet intercity train fares for offpeak services which are substantially cheaper than over the counter tickets. Food on trains is awful, sparse, and expensive - there is often no dining car with only a trolley service serving indestructible danish pastries, gross prepacked sandwiches and bars of chocolate.

By bus

A single bus station, Busáras, is the terminus for Bus Eireann [14] services to almost all towns and cities in Ireland (except for a few services to County Meath and County Dublin, which leave from the surrounding streets). It is next to Connolly train station, 10 min by foot from O'Connell Street. There are also services to Northern Ireland and Eurolines [15] services to Continental Europe. Luggage lockers are in the basement, along with the pay-to-enter public toilets.

A number of private bus companies also operate out of the airport and stop in city centre. Kavanaghs [16] has a good service to Limerick and Waterford. Citylink [17] coaches has a good price to Galway and the West, while GoBus[18] now provides a non-stop Dublin-Galway service.

By boat

Dublin Port has several passenger ferry services to/from Wales and England. The main routes are Liverpool-Dublin, Holyhead-Dublin, Holyhead-Dún Laoghaire. Companies from Wales include Stena and Irish Ferries, and from Liverpool, P&O and Norfolk Line. It is also common to arrive to Ireland via the suburban port of Dún Laoghaire 10 km (6 mi) south of Dublin. The port of Dún Laoghaire is serviced by the DART. Crossings from Liverpool are seven hours, while crossings from Holyhead are from 2.5 hours, depending on whether you take a fast ferry or a larger ferry.

If you are travelling to Dublin from anywhere in Britain, a very cheap option is to purchase a combined rail and ferry ticket. Tickets from any rail station in Britain to Dublin Port will cost no more than £30.50 one way (as of June 2010), which is particularly good value considering that the ferry ticket alone can cost up to £30 if purchased separately. Foot passengers departing Ireland do not need to book combined ferry/rail tickets in advance and can just buy them on the day at the ferry port. However returning from England it is sometimes wiser to pre-book as ferry/rail tickets may not be available on the day at some stations.

These combined tickets can be purchased direct from rail stations in Britain or online from https://www.raileasy.co.uk (with £1 booking fee plus £0.75 debit card fee).

By car

If you are visiting Dublin only for a daytrip and have a car, you can beat the traffic by leaving your car at a Park and Ride station. If you are coming from the south, two ideal places to leave your car are at the Sandyford Luas stop, located just off junction 15 of the M50 on Blackthorn Road, or Bray DART stop, on Bray Road. If you are coming from the west, your best option is the Red Cow Luas stop, off junction 10 of the M50. Coming from the north east, you would do best to use the Park and Ride station at Howth DART station. Tariffs at Park and Ride stations range from €2 to €4.

While all car rental companies in Ireland have rental desks in the arrivals hall of Dublin Airport, the list of car rental companies with inner city locations is far less. Some of the car rental companies will advertise city centre locations, but these locations are mostly only drop-offs for which an additional charge will be added. Distances mentioned below are approximations from O'Connell Bridge.

  • Car Hire Ireland [19] Offices located at Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Galway, Kerry and Knock airports. There is also an office on the N11 (Stillorgan Road) in South Dublin.
  • Budget Car Rental Ireland [20] – Pickup and dropoff in Drumcondra, situated 3.5 km (2 mi) north of the City Centre.
  • Rent-A-Car Enterprise [21] - Pickup and drop off at the airport from their Swords branch.
  • Argus Rent a Car – Locations in Santry and Rathgar. The Argus Rathgar office is situated nearly 6 km (4 mi) from the the city centre. The Santry office is situated only 3 km (2 mi) from the Dublin Airport location and is in reality a drop off service rather than a location office.
  • Thrifty Dublin [22] – Located in Lombard Street, Dublin 2. Depot is situated within 2 km (1 mi) from the city centre.
  • Atlas Car Hire [23] – Shares a location with Thrifty in Dublin city centre.
  • Avis – Located in Kilmainham, situated 4.5km (3 mi) to the west of Dublin city centre.
  • National – Located in Stillorgan, situated over 10 km (6 mi) from the city centre. The North City depot is advertised but is the same depot that services Dublin Airport.
  • Dan Dooley Car Rental [24] – Located in Westland Row, Dublin 2, situated just over 2 km (1 mi) from the city centre and within five minutes of Trinity College.
  • Hertz – Located on South Circular Road, Dublin 8, situated within 4.5km (3 mi) of the city centre.
  • Irish Car Rental – Located in Terenure, situated nearly 7 km (4 mi) from the city centre.
  • Malone Car Rental Ireland [25] - Part of the Dollar Thrifty Ireland umbrella.

Get around

Ha'penny Bridge over the River Liffey

Public transportation has improved massively over the last few years, but it is still worse than in other European cities. This is more of a problem for the commuter than the visitor to Dublin, however, as the city centre is easy to get around on foot.

By train/tram

The Luas [26] (a tram/light-rail system) runs frequently and reliably, and is handy for getting around the city centre. There are two lines - red (running from Connolly railway station and the Point Theatre to the suburb of Tallaght) and green (running from St. Stephens Green to Brides Glen in Cherrywood). The lines do not connect. The distance between Abbey Street on the red line and St Stephens Green, the start of the green line, is about a 15 min walk. The Luas is frequent and reliable. Tickets can be bought on the platforms at the machines and do not need to be validated. A large amount of further expansion of this network is expected within the next decade.

The DART [27] suburban rail service runs along the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahide in the north. Tickets can be bought in the stations, from a window or a machine. There are four other suburban rail lines servicing areas around Dublin: [28], three of these lines operate from Connolly Station, the other from Heuston Station.

For Luas and DART network and station maps visit Dublin transportation Office site [29].

By bus

An extensive bus service operated by the state-controlled Dublin Bus serves the city and its suburbs, right out to the very outer suburbs. There are around 200 bus routes in Dublin. However, the route numbering system is highly confusing, with numbers having been issued non-sequentially and also suffix letters and alternate destinations. The Bus will display its final destination on the front of the bus, but there are no announcements as to intermediate stops; therefore, obtaining a route map from Dublin Bus is essential. Here are some pointers about using the bus services:

  • Dublin Bus accepts coin fares only, no notes. If you have no coins, you can buy multiple or individual trip tickets from most shops. Certain newsagents and the Dublin Bus Office (59 O'Connell Street) sell one day, three day and five day bus passes which offer a good value and much convenience (no need to make sure you have the right amount of change!)
  • Bus fares can be paid directly to the driver, just tell him your destination. If you don't have exact change, you'll get an extra slip along with your ticket, which you can exchange back at the main bus office at 59 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 (next to Post Office).
  • Most city buses leave from the O'Connell Street area, (including Mountjoy and Parnell Squares, Eden Quay and Fleet Street), or from the Trinity College area, (including Pearse Street, Nassau Street, Dame Street and College Green).
  • Daytime buses run from around 5AM to 11:30 pm, and there are also 24 late-night routes (known as the Nitelink service), suffixed by an N, that run from midnight until around 2AM or 4AM on weekends. Not all night link routes run at the same time every night of the week. The Nigtelink fare is a flat rate of €5. [30].
  • The Xpresso is a special service designed to allow for faster and more efficient bus travel for daily commuters during both morning and evening rush hour traffic. Xpresso routes are more direct than many other bus routes, offering passengers a quicker service. These routes also have fewer stops and therefore reduce journey times between destinations. There are 22 of these routes in operation. The numbers on the front of a bus are suffixed with an 'X', e.g. 84X. A minimum flat fare (varies based on distance traveled) is charged on these services, so they are usually more expensive than a normal, non-Xpresso bus that may be traveling along the same route.
  • Railink is an express bus that links Eden Quay, Custom House Quay, Jury's North Wall, Docklands Station, Connolly station, Heuston Station, and the International Financial Services centre.
  • There is a ferry port link operated by Dublin Bus from Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire ferry port to Busaras (Central Bus Station).
  • It should be noted that, while there is effectively no queuing system at bus stops, those paying with cash generally enter to the left of the doors, and those using card tickets enter to the right. Your position in a perceived "queue" for a bus may be effectively irrelevant once it arrives. If you have a prepaid ticket, don't bother queuing: just get onto the bus on the right hand side of the front door.
  • When paying with cash, try to ensure that you have the correct amount of change, as the bus drivers cannot issue any change. If you have only larger coins (€1 or €2), you will receive a "change receipt", which can be exchanged for cash at the Dublin Bus headquarters on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
  • If you see An Lár written as the destination on a bus, it means that it is going to the city centre.
  • NOTE: Times displayed on timetables either at stops or elsewhere DO NOT indicate the time the bus is expected to pass that stop--they are the times the bus departs from its terminus either in the city centre or at the other end. This is mainly due to the fact that Dublin's roads are exceptionally overcrowded, making it very difficult to predict the actual time.

By car

Taxis were deregulated in 2001 leading to a massive oversupply with Dublin now boasting more taxis than New York. This is bad news for taxi drivers but good news for tourists as taxis are now extremely easy to come by. They may be ordered by telephone, at ranks, or just hailed on the street. Point-to-point trips in the city centre should cost between €6 and €10. There is a national standardised rate for all taxis.

Driving in Dublin is not to be recommended for much of the day, particularly in the city centre. Traffic can be heavy and there is an extensive one-way system, which some say is explicitly designed to make it very difficult for cars to enter the city centre. There are a large number of bus lanes (buses, taxis and pedal cycles are permitted to use them, the use of which by cars is liable to strict fines. It is usually possible to drive in bus lanes at certain off-peak times, with signs displaying these periods.

It can be difficult to find parking other than in multi-storey car parks. On-street parking for short periods is allowed at parking meters, but beware of over-staying your time or you will be "clamped" by the clamping companies who patrol frequently.

A system of two ring roads around the city has been introduced in recent years, with color coded signage in purple and blue (see the orbital route map [31]. The M50 is Dublin's ring-motorway, it connects to the M1 (to the north of Ireland and Belfast) near Dublin airport and to the M11 (servicing Wicklow, Wexford and the South) south of the city and to other motorways and national roads along its "C-shaped" route. It is continuously being upgraded so is liable to change in route and lane layout at any time and is highly congested. This road is not recommended for the unsure tourist. In addtition crossing the river using the M50 entails crossing the Westlink bridge. This is a toll bridge with the amount of the toll varying depending on the type of vehicle and how it is paid. It is important to note that the toll CANNOT be paid at booths while crossing the bridge but must be paid by internet or phone (or using electronic passes in the vehicle). The vehicle passes through the toll gate without stopping / being stopped but the registration plate is photographed automatically. The toll must be paid by 8 pm the following day [32] After this deadline, the longer the toll remains unpaid the higher the fees involved. For foreign registered vehicles, this currently presents no problem as the Irish vehicle registration base does not have access to foreign ownership details, but for Irish registered vehicles, including rental cars, any fees due, including penalties for late payment, may well be reclaimed through the rental company and subsequently from the credit card of the person hiring the car.

By bicycle/motorbike

Dublin has a large student population and is relatively cycle-friendly. Hiring a bicycle is a handy way to get around if you want to get outside the very centre of the city and are comfortable cycling in traffic. There are bikes to hire in several locations around the city centre with the Dublinbikes scheme [33], there is also a bike hire place located at the entrance to the Phoenix Park, dublin 8. When cycling in the Phoenix Park, note that while there is a dedicated cycle lane on both sides of the main thoroughfare unfortunately pedestrians also use these. When cycling in the city centre, be aware that cycle lanes, where they exist, are generally shared with buses, taxis and motorcycles, and cyclists should pay particular attention when approaching bus stops where a bus is pulling out.

Motorbikes are not allowed to use the cycle lanes, but many still do so. Passing on the left is also allowed only in limited circumstances but is in fact still common even otherise.

See

In the summer peak season, Dublin's top attractions can get packed. Show up early to beat the crowds.

  • Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, +353 1 407 0750 (, fax: +353 1 407 0760), [34]. Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM, Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM (Closed on Mon from Oct-Apr). Contains a wide selection of early books and manuscripts, including sacred texts and manuscripts. European Museum of the Year 2002. Free entry.
A carving in the crypt at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place, Dublin 2, +353 1 677 8099 (), [35]. June-Aug 9AM-6PM, Sept-May 9:45 - 5 or 6PM. dating back to the 11th century, is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which predates the cathedral. Adults €6, students €4, children with parent free.
  • Dublin Castle, 2 Palace Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 677 7129 (, fax: +353 679 7831), [36]. Mon-Fri 10AM-5:45PM. Sat, Sun & Holidays. Former seat of British rule in Ireland. Guided Tour Prices Adults: €4.50, students €3.50, children €2, alternative Tour of Chapel Royal & Undercroft €3.50.
  • Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, 353 1 872 2077, [37]. Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, open until 6PM June-Aug. Sun and holidays 11AM-5PM. Located in an 18th century house, the museum is dedicated to Irish literature and the lives of individual Irish writers such as Shaw, Joyce, Yeats & Pearse. Adults €7.25, children €4.55, family tickets €21.
  • Dublin Zoo, Welington/Zoo Road, Dublin 8, 353 1 4748900, [38]. M-Sa 9:30AM-4PM in winter and 6.30PM in summer. Located in Phoenix Park and dating to 1830, the Dublin Zoo is the largest in Ireland, and notable for its role in wildlife conservation efforts. Adults: €15, students €12.50, Senior Citizens €12, children €10.50, family from €43.50 for 4 to €52 for 6.
  • Dublinia & the Viking World, St. Michael's Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 2, +353 1 679 4611 (), [39]. March-Sept 10am-5pm, Oct-Feb 10am-4.15pm. a heritage centre, located in central Dublin, at the heart of the medieval city. The exhibitions at Dublinia explore life as it was in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings. Discounted admission to the Christ Church Cathedral available. Adults €6.25, children €3.75, student €5.25..
  • Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 (Bus 13a 19 19a O'Connell Street or 40 40a 40b 40c Parnell Street), +353 1 8301133, [40]. Tours (Daily:March to September) (Wed and Fri:October to February) at 2:30PM. Situated just two miles from the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery is currently running a series of walking tours. These tours give a valuable insight into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland's past and present. The walking tour last one and a half hours and visits the graves of Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Eamonn De Valera and many other graves of architectural and cultural interest. Adults €5 U12 Free.
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, +353 1 6129900 (, fax: +353 1 612 9999), [41]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5:30PM (opens 10:30AM on Wed), 12PM-5:30PM on Su and Bank Holidays. Closed on Mon. Summer Late Opening until 8.00PM on Thursdays from 5 June – 18 September.. Modern & contemporary art, formal gardens & cafe. Free entrance..
  • Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, 353 1 4535984, [42]. Apr-Sep every day 9:30AM-6PM (last admission 5PM); Oct-Mar M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM (last admission 4PM), Su 10AM-6PM (last admission 5PM). The prison where the rebels from the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. It is located slightly outside the city centre and can be reached by local bus (78a, 51b, 79 51c). Access is limited to guided tours, which leave every 30 minutes and are very interesting. It is well worth a visit if you are in any way interested in history. Adults: €6, senior and groups: €4, children and students: €2, family €14.
  • National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, +353 1 804 0300 (, fax: +353 1 836 0080), [43]. Daily Nov-Jan 9AM-4:30PM and Feb-Oct 9AM-6PM.
  • The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West & Clare Street, Dublin 2 (DART Pearse Station will get you to within five minutes from the Gallery.), +353 1 6615133 (, fax: +353 1 6615372), [44]. Mon-Sat 9:30AM-5:30PM (till 8:30PM on Thurs) and Sun 12PM-5:30PM. Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26. National collection of Irish and European Art. Free entrance.
  • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 6777444 (, fax: +353 1 6777450), [45]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su 2PM-5PM, closed Mon, Christmas Day and Good Friday. Not to be missed for anyone interested in Irish history as this museum is the national repository for all all archaeological objects found in Ireland. The Prehistoric Ireland and Treasury exhibits are particularly exceptional. Decorative Arts & History exhibits can be found at the National Museum of Ireland's other location at Collins Barrack, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Natural History exhibits are on view at Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Free entrance.
Trinity College
  • Old Library at Trinity College & Book of Kells, College Green, Dublin 2, +353 1 896 2320 (, fax: +353 1 896 2690), [46]. M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Sun (May-Sept) 9:30AM (12PM Oct-Apr)-5:30PM. Closed Dec 23 - Jan 1.. The gorgeously illustrated original manuscript of the Book of Kells is the main draw here, but the massive Long Hall of the Old library itself is equally if not even more impressive. Adults €9, +€2 for optional guided tour. Students & seniors €8, children under 12 free. Family admission €18..
  • Phoenix Park, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, +353 1 677 0095 (, fax: +353 1 672 6454). The largest enclosed urban park in Europe. Includes a polo field and Dublin Zoo. The residences of the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador are situated in the park, but are not open to the public. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the herd of wild fallow deer that inhabit the park! Free.
  • Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay Dublin 2 (Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre is easily accessed from the City Centre being only 10 minutes on foot from O’Connell St. Bus numbers 3, 50, 77/77A, 151 stop close to the main entrance. By Dart at Grand Canal station which is located seconds away and the Luas Stop at Spencer Dock which is a mere 5 minutes on foot.), 353 01 6777510, [47]. 10am-6p. The Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre is an exciting visitor attraction located in Dublin's city centre at Grand Canal Dock just off Pearse Street. The centre is housed in an award winning architectural structure affectionately known as the box in docks situated in the waters of Grand Canal Dock.The centre will bring you on an informative journey of the waterways from the pre Christian period to its modern use. Our exhibit contains child friendly interactives, environmental displays and much more… €4 Adults €2 Child €3 Students/Senior.

Suburbia

Dublin has many fine and quite affluent suburbs. Seeing them is a good way to get a real feel for the city's culture and identity. A walk around some them on a nice day is well worth your time as many are home to some of Ireland's finest architecture(Victorian,Georgian,Modern etc).Some are easily navigated by foot from the city's centre and are dotted with many fine upmarket delicatessans and boutiques. Examples include Donnybrook and Ballsbridge - the 46A bus goes through Donnybrook and the 7 bus through Ballsbridge, and both routes have several stops in the north and south city centre. Ballsbridge is Dublin's embassy district and is home to some of Ireland's most expensive roads including 'Shrewsbury Road', which is famous for being the 6th most expensive residential thoroughfare in the world and 'Ailesbury Road' which is equally as salubrious and home to a bulk of the capital's embassies including Spain and Poland.

Ballsbridge is also home to The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) which promotes and develops agriculture, arts, industry and science in Ireland. It hosts many concerts and also showcases the annual Show Jumping Competition, a major entertainment event. You can approach Ballsbridge via 'Herbert park', a pleasant public green park and fashionable road, opposite Donnybrook Village and vice-versa.

Dalkey and Killiney which lie on the southern most tip of Dublin. They are upmarket neighbourhoods and home to such celebrities as Bono, Maeve Binchy and Enya among others. A walk up Vico Road to take in the view is a must-do. Killiney Hill is beautiful, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Dublin Mountains. These areas are best approached by the DART, which runs along the coast and has three main stops in the city centre.

Blackrock or Dun Laoghaire, accessible by bus or DART, are also worth a visit.

Ranelagh and Dartry are also worth visiting- Ranelagh is small but affluent and has several critically acclaimed eateries.

Sandymount, a coastal suburb no more than 2 mi (3 km) south of the City Centre, is another quite affluent area with a tiny park and some restaurants. It is the birthplace of W.B. Yeats. The suburb and its strand appear prominently in James Joyce's Ulysses.There is a wonderful walk from Sandymount across the north end of its beach to the South Bull Wall which reaches a finger well out into the Bay .

Be sure to go north of The Liffey also. Clontarf, Malahide, Skerries and Howth are all great places to spend an afternoon. Malahide has a beautiful Castle (including extra doors for the ghost)in a Park and is a nice little village with harbour, beach, estuary and lots of restaurants. You can also take a 20-30 minute walk along the coast up to Portmarnock beach.(a 10 km long beach)

Howth is home to a handful of Irish celebrities including Gay Byrne and Dolores O'Riordan. Walking the cliff walk or climbing the Ben of Howth, a 561 ft (171 m) high hill on Howth Head, on a fine day is well worth your time.

Dublin City's best beach is also to the north. Dollymount Strand and the adjoining bird sanctuary are highly recommended. It's a great bike ride - there's an excellent bike path along by the sea.

Swords is a rather large suburban town in North county Dublin. It is home to a huge shopping mall called the Pavillions, which features a large cinema and many upmarket stores. Swords Village , home to Swords castle, is a long stretch of road featuring a vibrant collection of Pubs, clubs, restaraunts and fast food takeaways. Its very easy to get a taxi here also although be aware a taxi back to the city from Swords can be expensive! Swords can be easily accessed via several buses from the city, and suburbs, the fastest way to get to Swords is the Swords express bus which runs from the O2 theatre (Liffey side) through the Port tunnel and then via the M1 motorway. It takes about 11 minutes and costs €3.00 off peak and €4.00 during daytime working hours. No Visit to Swords would be complete without visiting Wrights, A large and up-market bar and club in swords village, complete with VIP area where many famous people have enjoyed the nightlife of Swords. Wrights also have a new , and Gigantic, Club in Airside Retail Park, Swords (Taxi from Swords village is the best way, not expensive). Its well worth a visit for the clubber but be aware, Its expensive. Featuring several floors, each floor has an entrance fee, so to get to the top floor would cost €30.00 (€10.00 each floor) before even buying a drink! Swords is well worth a visit for the daytime shopper and the midnight party goer alike and can easily Rival the City centre for a great day/night out!

Do

  • Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, +353 (0)1 87 87 222, [48]. Ireland's national theatre. This is a particularly good venue for presentations of Irish plays. The Abbey also shows classic and contemporary theatre from around the world.
  • Dublin Ghostbus, [49]. A special theme tour provided by Dublin Bus. This tour takes you around Dublin's haunted sites on a gothic style-decorated theatre bus guided by live storytellers. Dublin Bus claims this tour is the only one of its kind in the world. In any case, a must for lovers of gothic tales, but not for the timid.
  • Dublin's Rock N Roll, Writers Bus Tour, Westmoreland Stteet, Dublin 2, +353 1 620 3929, [50]. four times daily: noon, 2PM, 4PM and 6PM. Guided bus tour of Dublin's music and literary past. Covers the likes of U2, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Oscar Wilde, Joyce and many more. Great value and really original. €15.
  • Dublin Sightseeing, [51]. Hop on and off the open top bus tour around the city. Stops at all of the major tourist spots, and you can hop off and on as often as you like. The bus drivers are very funny too - a great way to get a feel for the layout of Dublin, and reasonably priced (especially if booked in advance with your hotel or ferry crossing).
  • Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 677 1717, [52]. The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama. Admission prices vary..
  • Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin 8, +353 1 408 4800, [53]. Daily 9:30AM-5PM. Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26. Retells the story of Dublin's most famous drink. The exhibition is interesting and is self-guided. Price of entry includes a pint at the seventh floor Gravity Bar, which has good views over Dublin and forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. Outside, tourists will encounter horse drawn carriages for hire. Beware as they charge €30 for the short walkable 2km (1 mi) ride back to the city centre. Adults €15 (10% discount for booking online), students and seniors €11, children 6-12 €5.
  • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin[54], Meet at the west gate to Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2. The tours are led by knowledgeable graduate students from the College who tell the story of Ireland's history during a ramble through the south side of the Liffey.
  • Catch a hurling or Gaelic football game [55] at the Croke Park Stadium‎, Jones Road, Dublin 3, the 82,500 seat, state-of-the-art stadium, Croke Park. These sports are uniquely Irish. Hurling is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest field sport, with the ball (called a sliotar) reaching speeds above 130 kph. Gaelic football can best be described as a combination of soccer and rugby. To keep the sports "pure," it maintains an amateur status, with each parish in Ireland having a team--the inter-county games are generally extremely well-supported, so you may have difficulty getting tickets for the bigger matches. Tours of the GAA museum and the stadium are also available, including a chance to try your hand at the sports themselves [56].
  • Johnnie Fox's Hooley nights[57], Famed as the highest pub in Ireland, 50 minutes from the city center by bus[58]. The 200 year old pub offers its famous Irish music and dance, served with a 4-course meal.
  • Catch a Leinster Rugby [59] game at the RDS Arena, located on Anglesea Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Occasional home games are played at Aviva Stadium, the replacement for Lansdowne Road that opened in May 2010. Unlike Gaelic games, rugby union is professional. Leinster, one of Europe's strongest sides, won the Europe-wide Heineken Cup in 2009 and supplied many players for the Ireland national team. Domestically, they play in the Magners League, which as of 2010–11 includes teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Italy.
  • Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Dublin 18 (From Dublin city centre, follow the N11 south, turn right into the R113 (Leopardstown Road), the racecourse will be on your left), +353 1 289 0500 (, fax: +353 1 289 2634), [60]. Located in the southern suburb of Leopardstown/Foxrock, there are regular meetings throughout the year. There is a "Pay as you Play" golf course within the racecourse grounds, as well as bars, restaurants and a nightclub (Club 92). €12.55, with reductions for students and OAPs.
  • Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street Distillery, Smithfield, Dublin 7, +353 1 8072355, [61]. Daily 9:30AM-6PM. Last tour at 5:30. Closed Good Friday and Christmas holidays. This ex-distillery hasn't produced whiskey in a while, and you are expecting to see whiskey making, you will not find it here. However, there is a tour and recreation of the process, and whiskey tasting afterwards. After the video, make sure you raise your hand because they pick four people to volunteer for taste testing later in the tour! Adult €12.50, students and seniors €10, families €25.
  • South Docks tour, Pidgeon House Road, Dublin 8 (Cross the last bridge on the other side of the O2 Arena and continue on the road until you reach Pigeon House Road.). South Docks tour, Pigeon House Road, Dubllin 8 (follow the Quais that take to the last bridge and cross on the other side of the O2 Arena). You can get a magnificient view and completely non touristic feeling on one of the beaches of Dublin on the southern docks. Go straigth ahead on North Wall Quai and pass the last bridge over the river on York Road. Along the way, you will pass near several industrial compounds. Then follow the road on the Pidgeon House Rd. The view is worth the long walk, besides, all the cruiser ships are leaving from nearby, less than 600 ft (200 m) away from you.
  • Viking Splash Tours, Ticket office: Stephens Green North OR Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, +353 1 7076000 (), [62]. Tours of the city and river in World War II amphibious craft - a bit different from your regular tour bus. Advance bookings are recommended. Adult €20; Student/Senior (with valid I.D.) €18; Child (aged 3-12) €10.

Buy

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Dublin's most famous shopping street is the pedestrianised Grafton Street, which runs between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. It has recently, along with its surroundings, been classified as an 'Architectural Conservation Zone'. This will involve a re-establishment of the area's rich historic charm and urban character.

Brown Thomas [63], Dublin's most famous and expensive department store is on Grafton Street along with a wide range of clothing, jewelry, and photography shops, etc. Alongside the historic Trinity College you will find Nassau Street where there are many shops selling tourist-related items such as Waterford Crystal, Belleek Pottery, Aran sweaters, and other Irish craft items. Shops selling these items include House of Ireland [64] and Kilkenny Design [65].

Dawson Street, parallel to Grafton Street, is home to several well stocked, large bookshops including Hodges Figgis and Waterstones.

The best concentration of shoe shops is found on Grafton Street and the adjoining Wicklow Street.

The Powerscourt Centre [66], just off Grafton Street, is one of Dublin's most attractive shopping centres, set in a beautifully restored 18th century townhouse. Here, you will find clothes, cafes, galleries and Irish designer jewelers. You must check out the The Loft Market - it is a haven for Dublin Fashion. There is lots of up and coming young fashion designers and vintage clothing sellers such as Perk Up! Vintage [67], Lisa Shawgi Knitwear and MO MUSE to shop around. Beware the overpriced antique dealers, some of whom will drop a price by 50% after only the merest suggestion that you are willing to haggle (and it still may not be a bargain). For gifts, there is an engraving business based in the centre next to Bonsai Shop.

Leaving Powerscourt via the ornate steps on to South William Street, you will find yourself facing a small street called Castle Market, which leads to a covered red-brick shopping arcade known alternatively as the Market Arcade or the Georges Street Arcade. This area is worth a visit for vintage clothing, fabrics, unusual accessories, vinyl and club wear. It also features some small cafes.

All of the above are in Dublin 2.

There is also an extensive shopping area on the north side of the river, in Dublin 1, centred on O'Connell Street and Henry Street (Ireland's busiest shopping street). Clery's [68] (O'Connell Street)(18 O'Connell Street) and Arnotts [69] (12 Henry Street) are large department stores each with a long history. Two large shopping centres, the Jervis Shopping Centre [70] (Jervis Street), and the Ilac Centre (Henry Street) are nearby. The latter also houses Dublin's Central Public Library [71].

Just off Henry Street is Moore Street, which has a fruit, vegetable and fish market. It's worth a stroll if you want to get a slice of life from the less genteel side of Dublin. At the top of Henry Street on Parnell Street is Chapters, which has a massive selection of books at generally cheaper prices than other high street stores, as well as a large secondhand section. It is especially great for 'coffee table' style art books.

For those for whom it just would not be a holiday without hanging out at the mall, there are various shopping centres located around Dublin, including Blanchardstown Centre (Dublin 15) [72] (39 and 70 bus routes), Liffey Valley (Dublin 22) [73] (bus routes 25, 25A, 66, 66A, 67A,78, 78A, 210 and 239), and The Square, Tallaght, (Dublin 24, last stop on the red Luas). The largest shopping centre in Europe is the recently opened Dundrum Town Centre [74], which is served by the green Luas tramline from St. Stephen's Green. In Dublin 14, it was awarded the title of best shopping mall in the World, 2006.

Dublin is not cheap for general shopping, although visitors from outside the European Union can obtain a refund of VAT (sales tax: 21.5%) on many of their purchases. Just look for the refund sign and ask in the shop for details. Keep in mind that most stores will issue VAT refund vouchers only on the same day of purchase. Also, if you want to find thrifty nick nak shops, then Talbot street is a good start. Like any city, if you look hard enough and don't get caught up in the glitz and glam when shopping, there are great bargains to be found.

Be sure to visit Temple Bar's Temple Bar Square and Meetinghouse Square on a Saturday morning or afternoon for the markets (Dublin 2), which sells all types of foods, from traditional fare to delicious baked goods. Both squares are also home to several very good restaurants. Meetinghouse Square, which lies only about 150 ft (50 m) west of Temple Bar Square, sells much finer fare and more exotic foods than Meetinghouse Square.

The Temple Bar area offers some alternative to shopping at the larger chain-stores. Small clothing boutiques are popping up all around the area (Temple Bar Lane, Crow Street and Fownes Street) with an emphasis on vintage and unique original independent designer pieces, if you can't make it to any of the markets at the weekend the best can be found here during the week.

Also, in Dublin 8, Cows Lane Fashion and Design Market, which is the largest designer market in Dublin, offers handmade one-off original designs. The market is open evey Saturday from 10.00AM-5.30PM. Found outdoors on Cows Lane and indoors in the old Dublin's Viking Adventure‎, this market is not to be missed.

There is fairly extensive duty-free shopping at Dublin Airport, at prices sometimes cheaper than the rest of the city.

Eat

Dublin has a wide range of good quality restaurants, most of which are, however, horribly overpriced by European standards. Main course prices range from €10 at the lower end up to around €40 at the higher end. Wine in restaurants is generally marked up from its already expensive retail price by a factor of at least two and three times retail price would not be uncommon.

There are many excellent value Indian restaurants around the South William Street area, parallel to Grafton Street. These often have reasonable priced lunch and 'early bird' deals, offering three course meals for around €10. Quality is high but not on a par with UK. Particularly to be recommended are the Khyber Tandoori on South William Street and Shalimar on South Great Georges Street. Also excellent is Surma on Camden St and "Govindas" on Augnier Street for very cheap Hare-Krishna vegetarian food. all are in Dublin 2.

A similar multi-cultural hotspot is Parnell Street in Dublin 1 (O'Connell Street-Gardiner Street), which has a dense concentration of Chinese and Asian restaurants extensively frequented by the ex-pat communities.

Don't forget to try Leo Burdock Fish and Chips (2 Werburgh St). There is no eating in, so I have taken my fish to Christ Church Cathedral and ate it on a bench. About 10 Euro for way too much food (share it with someone).

Snack

  • Bewleys, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, [75]. Dublin's most famous coffee shop. This has been a hang-out over the years for U2, Bob Geldof, and James Joyce.
  • Bar Italia, several branches. Best coffee in town. Real Italian coffee with mostly Italian staff. Excellent panini and antipasto. Good value place with great atmosphere.
  • Butlers Chocolate Cafés, South William Street (Dublin 2) two branches) and Dublin Airport; takeaways on Grafton Street and Nassau Street (both Dublin 2), [76]. Good coffee with a free chocolate of your choice (except at Dublin Airport, where you still get a chocolate but without a choice.) The airport branch is well stocked and generally runs special offers on boxes of chocolates not available in the city branches.
  • Zaytoon, 14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (opposite The Porterhouse); also Camden Street, (Dublin 2), (opposite Bleeding Horse Pub). This is a kebab shop (eat in or take out), very different from a street vendor kebab.

Lunch

  • Honest To Goodness, George's Street Arcade, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. [77] Cafe Bakery where all produce is made, baked and cooked in store. Great value. Tel: +353 1 6337727.
  • Cafe Bar Deli, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 and Grafton Street, Dublin 2. [78] Excellent value. Always busy. Pastas, pizzas and salads.
  • Elephant and Castle, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Nationally-famous chicken wings, extremely busy lunchtime on Saturdays (you could be waiting for up to 2 h), only order a basket of chicken wings to yourself if you're very hungry!
  • Lemon Crèpe Company, South William Street, Dublin 2. Good value filled crèpes for around €4 (American style rather than French) and some of the best coffee in Dublin. There is a larger branch with canteen-style bench seating on Dawson Street, close to Trinity College.
  • BóBós, 22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 [79]. Delicious gourmet burger restaurants. Serves a wide variety of tasty burgers (beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian) sides and desserts. Also serves a great breakfast. Burgers €7-10, sides €4-5.
  • Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. Delightful Italian lunch spot, open until around 8PM, but arrive early if you want to get a seat - or be prepared for a long wait. Antipasto Misto €6.50, Paninis from €4. Glass of house wine €3.50.
  • Unicorn Food Company, Merrion Row, Dublin 2. Take-away deli with eat-in cafe next door. Sandwiches €4-5 or a range of Italian delights - pasta, lasagna, pizza, salads. Sometimes good cakes €2.50-€2.85. The deli is attached to the well-respected Unicorn Italian restaurant down the lane beside the deli (open for lunch and dinner).
  • M J O'Neills, Suffolk Street, D-2. Great Pub Food. Carvery served 12 till 4 most days and till late weekends. Also has a good salad and sandwich bar. Price around €10 for carvery.
  • T.P. Smiths, Jervis Street, Dublin 1. very good pub food, also handy to stop in if you're shopping around the Henry Street area. Food served until 9PM.
  • Govinda's, 4 Aungier Street at Middle Abbey Street, just off O'Connell Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 475 0309. Krishna run vegetarian restaurant. The Govindas special (only order large if you're very hungry) is a taste of nearly everything from the hot counter.
  • Café Fresh, Top floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2, +353 1 6719669, [80]. One of the best known vegetarian cafes in the city and offers a great range at reasonable prices. As the name suggests the food is all "fresh" and is made on the premises that morning, and much of it is organic. If you're after a healthy meat-free meal, it's well worth a look.
  • Epicurean Food Hall, located just yards from the famous Ha'Penny Bridge on Lower Liffety Street, Dublin 2, The Epicurean Food Hall is a Mecca for the varied palate. Under one roof are food companies and stalls from Middle Eastern fare to Cornish Pasties and from Bagels to Christophes French cuisine. You can pick and choose your food of choice and sit in the communal seating area with Dublin locals that populate this lunch time must. Recommended in particular is the Italian coffee bar La Corta which probably serves the best cup of coffee in Dublin with all the Italian touches.
  • Purple Sage Restaurant, located in the Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 18. [81] The Purple Sage Restaurant serves a traditional carvery lunch from 12.30PM-2.30PM. Popular with residents and locals alike the Purple Sage Restaurant offers a memorable Irish experience. It has the best value in the city with great weekday lunch deals

Dinner

  • Idlewilde Cafe, 20 Patrick Street, Dalkey, County Dublin. A charming café in this pretty heritage town on Dublin's southside coastline. Easily reached by train (Dart) or bus. The Cafe is set in a leafy courtyard and offers great breakfast and lunch as well as excellent coffee and smoothies. Great place to spot the local celeb's.
  • Bella Cuba, 11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 2. Ireland's only Cuban restaurant, where the lack of competition hasn't affected the quality. Excellent food served in a fabulous Cuban atmosphere with great music. Don't forget to try the extensive cocktail list. This restaurant is very small so book in advance.
  • Siam Thai, Andrew Street, Dublin 2. This city centre restaurant is part of a group of three, the others being in Malahide and Ballsbridge. Gorgeous Thai cuisine served by staff in traditional Thai costume. The surroundings are nice, if maybe a little on the tacky side. Nonetheless a great Thai gastro experience.
  • Bang Cafe, 11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2. A great cosmopolitan menu in a well established setting. Although a little on the expensive side, the food and presentation is excellent.
  • Kites, 15-17 Ballsbridge Terrace Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Great combination of Cantonese (predominant dish), Szechuan, Peking and Thai with an extensive wine list. Excellent choice for the more discerning diner with great attention paid by the friendly, professional waiters in very rich surroundings and decor. Well worth a visit.
  • Salamanca, St. Andrews St, Dublin 2. good value, tasty and substantial tapas (sized more like raciones), priced around €4-8. The steak is a particular bargain at €7.50. Also good are the chorizo dishes.
  • Gallagher's Boxty House, 20 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, [82]. Good traditional Irish fare and not too expensive (mains €10-15). (A boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake filled and rolled up--try it!). Also try the Irish stew and the chowder. Small, friendly, traditional Irish decor.
  • The Bistro, 4/5 Castlemarket, [83]. Excellent continental cuisine, good atmosphere. Main courses €15-25.
  • Johnnie Fox's Pub, Glencullen Road, Glencullen, Dublin Mountains. Dating from the 18th century, the highest pub in Ireland is also one of the best for seafood. Great atmosphere with traditional live Irish bands and friendly staff. Food is excellent, so is the craic. Main courses €15-20. It’s a bit far (15 km) from the city, but you can get a good view of the city by night on your drive up to the restaurant. Unfortunately, this place is a notorious tourist trap.
  • Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, 21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, [84]. Two Michelin stars, very expensive, superb. Lunch menus are a bargain at 35 euro for two courses.
  • Roly's Bistro, 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, [85]. One block from Jurys Hotel. Impeccable food and service, reasonable prices. Good atmosphere.
  • L'Gueuleton, Fade St, Dublin 2 (behind Hogan's Bar). At the time of this writing (Sept 2006) there is no name above the door of this restaurant which has rapidly achieved cult status. It is consistently rated by food critics as one of the top five restaurants in Dublin, but it has a no reservations policy and their low prices makes it hugely popular for lunch and dinner. Three course lunch with wine yesterday was €40 per head. Don't worry about the no-reservations policy--put your name on the list and have a pint in the Market Bar or Hogan's.
  • Cornucopia, 19 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. Just off Grafton St you'll find this vegetarian heaven that serves breakfast, dinner and lunch.
  • The Purple Sage Restaurant at The Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 18 [86]. This award winning restaurant serves international cuisine from 5.45PM-9.45PM Monday-Saturday. Easily accessible from all routes.

Drink

Colorful pubs in Temple Bar

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one (or ten) of its many pubs (last count says there are over 600 pubs). Drink is relatively expensive: a pint of stout costs around €4.50 and up, while lager costs around €4.90 and up. However, the government gave a tax break to microbrewed beer in the December 2004 budget, this had a slight effect on prices in brewpubs. Pubs are open until 11:30PM during the week (although many bars have late licenses up to 3AM), and as late as around 3AM on weekends, depending on the pub. Smoking has been illegal in Irish pubs (as well as all indoor workplaces) since March 2004; this has had the positive side effect of increasing al fresco facilities. Beer tends to be more expensive around the Temple Bar area, due to the increased tourist flow, and will be cheaper in more traditional styled pubs.

There are pubs in Dublin offering cheaper drinks, the Cock Tavern in Swords village north county Dublin, offers fosters Australian beer for €3.00 per pint. Fibber mcgees just off Parnell square, in the City, has 3 euro per drink for any drink including shorts, every Thursday night.( THere is a 5 euro door fee to enter after 9 pm Thursday) please be aware this is a heavy metal bar, so if loud music is not your thing then best avoid!

The Temple Bar that people often speak of is an area that used to be a sand bar, not an actual bar. (Originally, anyway; now there is a pub called "The Temple Bar" in Temple Bar!) The Temple Bar district has a mixture of food, drink, shopping and music. It appeals to all ages, but is a hot spot for tourists. The narrow, cobble stoned streets gives it an original feeling within the heart of the city. Its central location also makes it easy to walk to from Dublin's Centre. However, late night revellers tend to make it an unpleasant place to be after dark. It can be taken over by drunken stag and boisterous hen parties, many who travel cheaply from the United Kingdom to avail of Temple Bar's delights!

Traditional Irish Bars

  • Peadar Kearney's 64 Dame St, Dublin 2. Named after the man who penned Amhráin na bhFiann, Ireland's National Anthem, A great spot for pre- and post- gig drinks next to the Olympia Theatre, Peadar's attracts a young & lively crowd, with Live music from up and coming Irish trad bands.
  • The Cobblestone, North King Street, Dublin 7. Easily Dublin's most famous Trad pub, situated in the North end of the famous Smithfield square this pub has had just about every single Irish Trad group play it. Trad sessions are nightly, expect a good mixed crowd.
  • Frank Ryans, Queen Street, Dublin 7. A favourite with students from Blackhall Place, this quaint pub keeps a traditional feel with a bit of a twist. Friendly bar staff and a highly mixed crowd of local students, law types, trendies and locals makes this a lively, fun spot for a few drinks. Expect weekly trad nights interspersed with Rockabilly, Country and Soul on the jukebox.
  • O'Donoghue's, Baggot Street, Dublin 2. famous for impromptu live music. Where folk Group The Dubliners were formed.
  • The Barge, 42 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2. Near St. Steven's Green. Excellent pub food, great decor; a friendly traditional pub with very good food. Try the fish and chips, except get the wedges instead of the chips. Golden brown on the outside, crunchy, tender inside.
  • Hartigan's, 100 Lower Leeson Street Dublin. Popular student bar, as a result occasionally raucous. Good option after international rugby matches.
  • The Brazen Head, Bridge Street, Dublin 2. Possibly the oldest pub in Dublin but not the oldest pub in Ireland. Approximatly a thousand years old! Wonderful on warm, dry summer nights during the rare occaisions when they happen. Live traditional music and very friendly atmosphere. One of the bars is covered in signed currency notes, usually dollars, from people who wanted to leave their mark on the place. There is a large, heated open-air section enclosed within the centre of the building which is perfect for smokers. One of very few places in Dublin which serves the lesser known but very tasty Macardles brand of ale.
  • O'Shea's, Bridge Street, Dublin 2. - live traditional music and dancing.
  • Fallon's, The Coombe, Dublin 8 (near St. Patrick's Cathedral). small friendly local pub.
  • The Oval, Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Good for drink and food, said to have the best Irish stew in Dublin. Attracts a mixed age group. Lots of pictures of old Irish celebrities with a tribute to the Quiet Man.
  • Kavanagh's, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 (near Glasnevin cemetery). This pub (popularly known as The Gravediggers because of its close proximity to the cemetery) has remained untouched for over 100 years with the only things altered being the beer taps and toilets. If you're looking for a real trad Irish pub, this is the place, really worth a visit. (about 10-15 minutes on bus from city centre, get the no 19/19A/13 from O'Connell Street)
  • Bachelors Inn, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1 (near O'Connell Bridge). Good pints of Guinness and a choice of batch or regular white bread on your toasted sandwich. Popular post GAA match pub with the Dublin crowd.
  • Bowe's Lounge, Fleet St, Dublin 2. Old Victorian pub, around for over 140 years.
  • Mulligans, Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2, [87]. Busy pub with great Guinness with plenty of history having been frequented by James Joyce among others.
  • Nancy Hands, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. Tel: +353 1 6770149 [88]. Classic Bar & Restaurant situated close to Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the National Museum at Collins Barracks, and a short stroll from Heuston train station.
  • Ryan's, Parkgate St, Dublin 8 (near Heuston Station). Beautiful Victorian pub. A good place to have a pint before getting a train out of Dublin.
  • The Palace Bar, Fleet St, Dublin 2. Located at the edge of Temple Bar, this traditional bar has interesting decor complete with "snug" (small private booth).
  • The Long Hall, 31 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Atmospheric bar with interesting wooden decor, nice window to sit at to people watch.
  • Kehoe's, South Anne Street. Located just off Grafton St, this is an excellent spot for a pint after a hectic days shopping. Several snugs downstairs.
  • Kennedy's, 30/32 Westland Row, Dublin 2, [89]. Located to the rear of Trinity college, this traditional style pub serves good quality food and drink with plenty of friendly atmosphere. Also home to The Underground [90] one of Dublin’s newest and most intimate venues.
  • O'Neills, Suffolk Street (near Grafton Street). Excellent atmosphere in a Victorian style design.
  • The Stag's Head, Dame Lane (off Great Georges Street). No music. No TV. Just great Guinness and great conversation.
  • The Dawson Lounge, top of Dawson Street. Dublin's (or Ireland's) smallest pub. You have to go to see what is meant! 20 people and it's packed!!
  • McDaids, just off Grafton Street right next to Westbury Hotel. Was a regular place for Oscar Wilde to ponder life.
  • Grogans (Castle Lounge), South William Street, Dublin 2. Wonderful traditional pub, no music or TV.Great Guinness and a mixture of tourists and locals, with interesting art on the walls.

Modern

  • The Dice Bar, Benburb Street/Queen Street, Dublin 7. One of the coolest bars in the city, mixing old school charm with cool sensibilities. If you're thinking of heading in on the weekend, get there early because this place is absolutely rammed! An eclectic mix of people and music, expect anything from ska, to reggae, to rockabilly. Sundays are especially cool with a biker/greaser crowd enjoying the 50's music on offer.
  • The Bailey, Duke Street, Dublin 2. Located just off Grafton Street, this swish bar tends to attract the sophisticated side of Dublin's society, popular amongst celebs as well. Very busy during the summer afternoons and evenings with a nice outdoor seating area.
  • Lotts, 60-62 The Lotts, 9 Liffey Street, Dublin 1. Recent addition to Dublins burgeoning pub scene, fantastic new bar and lounge. Very well decorated interior with chandeliers, a marble bar and comfortable leather seating. Live music many nights. Small outside seating area as well.
  • The Market Bar, Fade Street, Dublin 2, [91]. Opened in 2005, large spacious bar, with murmur of conversation in the background, nice tapas restaurant with a good value menu.
  • The Odeon, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. This attractive bar at the top of Harcourt Street is housed in a converted railway station; the new tram system has a stop directly outside.
  • Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2. Exactly opposite Grogan's, in the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping centre; quite a contrast.
  • Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Typical, and not entirely unpleasant, example of a Dublin 'megapub'; recently extended to include tropical trees at the back--very expensive.
  • The Globe, 11 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. One of the original trendy bars to hit Dublin in the mid 90's. Still as cool as ever with one of Dublins longest running clubs Ri-Ra in the basement.
  • Spy Bar, South William Street, Dublin 2. Just next to the Powerscourt shopping centre, this uber trendy venue is cool and sophisticated. Has a nightclub downstairs which has some of Dublin's best club nights.

Micro-breweries/ Brew-pubs

Inside Messrs Maguire
  • The Bull and Castle, 5-7 Lord Edward Street (next to Christchurch), Dublin 2. Very interesting gastropub which offers a beer hall a large selection of microbrewed and international beers. The range of beers available is not quite as extensive as The Porterhouse but it does give the option of 0.3, 0.5 and 1-litre beers. Make sure to try a Galway Hooker (a pale ale) and the Edinburgh-style Mars bar.
  • Messrs. Maguire, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, [92]. Spread over two stories on two buildings very near to O'Connell Bridge, they produce a very good stout quite different to Guinness, fresher and more complex, plus their own ale and lager. Also has good cafeteria-style lunch sets for around €10.
  • The Porterhouse, Parliament Street, Dublin 2. As well as good indigenous brews including a non-vegetarian oyster stout, there is an extensive Belgian and international beer list. Also does good reasonably priced food. Has sister pubs in Bray and Phibsboro and on Graffton Street.

Bars

  • The Foggy Dew, Temple Bar next to the Central Bank. Very popular bar with all kinds of people.
  • Bruxelles, off Grafton St next to Westbury Hotel. A very lively bar and popular with 20 and 30 year olds. Spread over 3 bars the music is loud and the atmosphere is excellent.a statue of the legend Phil Lynott (from irish rock band Thin Lizzy)is outside. if you like metal, rock and idie music go downstairs.
  • The Duke, Duke St (off Grafton St). Great after-work bar and Fri is packed to the door.

Clubs

  • The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. One of Dublin's top clubs, the Button Factory is 700+ capacity venue hoasting regular international acts. Formally known as The Temple Bar Music Centre, in recent years the venue has been renovated to give it some of the best acoustics in the capital, facilitating its hosting of leftfield live acts as well as its regular club nights such as Transmission (Saturdays) and Muzik (Thursdays). This is one of Dublin's top clubs which caters mainly for students but delivers on big names regulary such as The Bloody Beetroots, Digitalism, Erol Alkan and bands such as Shellac etc. Check [[93]] for listings.
  • The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. This venue has changed its tune from Hot Press Hall Of Fame to Spirit nightclub. Now renamed The Academy it now doubles as both a live venue and a dance club. These guys go for the big obvious names such as David Morales and Jose Gonzalez. Their dot matrix sign outside the venue usually advertises upcoming events.
  • Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Located just two doors away from The Academy, Twisted Pepper is both a swish bar and underground club. The club, which was formerly known as 'Traffic', was taken over by well known and highly regarded Dublin promoters Bodytonic last year and has since gone through an extensive facelift. Open Wednesday through Sunday the club caters for students during the week and dedicated electronic music lovers on weekends, mixing house, techno, disco, funk, soul & reggae. 'Mud' is the name of Friday nights, and 'POGO' is Saturday nights, both mixing local acts with international guests.
  • Tripod, Harcourt Stteet, Dublin 1, the second last stop (or second stop from Stephens Green terminal on the Green Line) on the Green Line LUAS. A Three in one bar and club. Crawdaddy is the bar and POD is the club. While POD has been one of Dublin's most famous clubs it is a mere shadow of its former self and is now a Lego piece in a bigger enterprise. Tripod was previously the Redbox and like The Academy it has gone through numerous refits and name changes, currently it house Live acts and a club on Friday and Saturday night. 515 is one of its nights which plays a mixture of confusing styles to a mainly indifferent crowd who are there to drink regardless of the music. Guest can include some big names but are usually a one horse up and coming German DJ you have never heard of. A really discriminatory club - be careful about the door as they are likely to reject.
  • Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Set over four small floors this club is usually packed and one spends the night trying to squeeze up and down stairs. Attracting mostly young college students (18-19) and some foreigners. Also, unlike many pubs and clubs in Temple Bar this is most certainly not a tourist trap and offers the best chance to get to un-wind with the locals. With drinks at only €2 (Wednesday night only) it is certainly a cheap option although Citibar around the corner also offer the same prices on a Tuesday, Tripod and most other clubs catering to college students will offer these prices on a Wednesday.
  • Krystle, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. This club is a new haven for the nouveau riche and wannabe celebrities of Ireland. If you want to go C list celebrity spotting and doing some over the top posing with the D4 set, you'll be at home, for the regular visitor to Dublin, avoid, much better places on the list.
  • Copper Face Jacks, Harcourt Street, Dublin 1. Also known as "Slapper Face Jacks" This is a bizarre venue but what sets it aside from most other Dublin nights out is that if you want to hook up with singles desperate for a bit of "how's your father" it's the place for you. Known in the fine Dublin phrase as a Meat Market this night out is crammed with people desperate to score and getting more and more willing as they consume more booze. A popular place with country people as opposed to Dubliners, this venue is dark and seedy and a perfect place to get up to shenanigans. However bear in mind because of its reputation there is often up to 3 guys there for every girl at weekends. Bear in mind that this venue is owned by a retired Garda and is frequented by serving members of the force so an altercation in the men's room is not advised as you may be in more trouble than you think; also consider this if you are liable to seduce someone's new friend. A night's decent accomodation and entry into the club start at about €17 p/p, even with these prices the club sitll made over €16m in 2008.
  • The Palace, Camden Street, Dublin 2. Popular over 20's club, recently renovated to the tune of €1m. The place is full to the brim every Friday and Saturday, attracting students, professionals and everyone else in between. Get there early if you don't want to queue for upto an hour.
  • The Dragon, 64 South Georges Street, Dublin 2. A new gay-friendly superpub, beside the renowed "George Bar". Previously called sosumee,newly decorated in Moulin Rouge style interior, the crowd is mostly gay with late nights on Mon, Thurs, Friday and Sat. Superb cocktails are served by beautiful bartenders. Monday is Dolly does the Dragon, a fun and party atmosphere late night with Gay and straight mingling with Dolly as she performs famous hits. Full of bubbly people and the best night in Dublin on Mondays. The weekend nights are full of people dancing away as if they were in Ibiza. Door policy is relaxed as is the atmosphere in the club

Sleep

Camping

Dublin is not well-served for visitors who wish to camp in designated sites. The nearest to the city centre is located to the southwest of the city.

  • Camac Valley Caravan and Camping Park [94] Camac Valley Caravan and Camping Park, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, +353 1 464 0644, e-mail: info@camacvalley.com.

Budget

There are a huge number of youth hostels (mostly around €20 per night in dorm accommodation), bed & breakfasts (around €50 per person), and hotels (€80+). These are located in the more "sparse" areas of Dublin around the central bus station. Issacs and Jacobs hostel is off Talbot Street,and/or Amiens Street in Dublin 1. These hostels are close to the Connolly Station Luas station and the DART suburban train service and Belfast and outer suburban lines.

  • Abraham House Hostel, 82-83 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, +353 1 855 0598, email: [95], [96]. This is a good budget hostel. A sister to Ashfield House Decent prices, it has questionable 'hot' water, and each room has one key that you share with the other occupants (whether you know them or not).
  • Almara Bed and Breakfast Dublin, 226 Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin 9, +353 1 851 0512, e-mail: info@almarabb.com, [97]. A three-star bed and breakfast accommodation with ensuite and standard rooms, guest lounge, complimentary tea and coffee and private carpark. Free WiFi. Established 1991. Refurbished and extended recently to accommodate 40 guests.
  • Annandale Bed and Breakfast Dublin, 84 Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, +353 1 8040822, e-mail: info@annandalebnb.com, [98]. A modern bed and breakfast accommodation. All our rooms are en suite and serviced each day with fresh towels. Private carpark. Free WiFi. Long established.
  • Backpackers Citi Hostel, 61/62 Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, +353 1 855 0035, e-mail: [99], [100]. The Citi Backpackers Hostel is located on the main accommodation street in the very centre of Dublin city. The hostel is based in a listed Georgian building with many of its old features intact.
  • Barnacles Temple Bar House [101], 19 Temple Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (in the heart of the amazing Temple Bar), tel +353 1 6716277, fax +353 1 671 6591, e-mail: templebar@barnacles.ie. Bright and spacious. Clean and nicely laid out ensuite dorms and doubles with inroom storage. Young and helpful staff.
  • The Bunkhouse Hostel, 146 Parnell Street, Dublin 1. 24-hour front desk, non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled, shared bathroom in hall, Irish breakfast, free internet services and Wi-Fi/wireless LAN. 16 bed dormitory: €22-€36. There is an eight bed dormitory with toilet and shower: €25-€39. A six bed dormitory with toilet and shower: € 25-€39. A triple dormiory with double and single bunks: €75-99. 11 rooms. Check in 2PM-12AM. Check out 11AM. Credit cards: Visa, Euro/MasterCard.
  • Camden Place Hostel [102], 8-9 Camden Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 475 8588, Friendly and clean Backpackers hostel located in Dublin's Village Quarter and within walking distance to Temple Bar. 24 hour reception, free wifi/Internet, free breakfast (pancakes on the weekend), free tea/coffee, big kitchen to cook in, free international land line calls, lounge with TV, outside terrace, artist's gallery and more! Twelve room types: dorms with ensuite bathrooms/shared bathrooms, private doubles/ twins with ensuite/shared bathrooms. €9 and up.
  • Castle Hotel, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 874 6949, [103]. 130 bedrooms all ensuite , facilities include tea and coffee facilities and free WiFi. Live Irish Music every weekend.
  • George Frederic Handel Hotel, 16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 (off Dame Street), +353 1 670 9400, [104]. Located in the west end of Temple Bar, from €70 per room.
  • Jacobs Inn Hostel, 21-28 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, +353 1 855 5660, email: [105], [106]. Nice, clean budget hostel with keycard security. A sister to Isaac Hostel. Near the bus station so easy when coming from the airport. Good competitive prices (as of Sept. 2008). Onsuite shower and bathroom as well as an additional washroom at the end of each hall.
  • Kinlay House, 2-12 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 679 6644, [107]. Friendly, quiet place. Open 24 h a day with keycard entry to the room. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • Maple Dublin Hotel, 74/75 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (located four blocks east of O'Connel Street Upper), +353 (0)1 855 5442, email: [108], [109]. Cheap accommodation with an average price of roughly 30-40€ pr night. A traditional Anglo-Irish breakfeast is being served 8AM-10AM. The hotel has its own guest carpark, and the reception is open 24 h a day.
  • Maldron Hotel Parnell Square [110] Maldron Hotel Parnell Square, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. +353 1 871 6800, email: [111]. Good position around the corner from the Writer's Museum. Typically around 59€ for a double room.
  • OSheas Hotel [112], Talbot Street, Dublin 1, Ireland. Family run hotel famous for it musical history. U2 and Thin Lizzy are just two of the many bands to have started at OSheas Hotel. Only a few one-minute walk to O'Connell Street and Temple Bar.
  • The Times Hostel [113], 8 College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. New backpackers hostel in Dublin. Only a one-minute walk to Temple Bar.
  • Travelodge Hotel Dublin City, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6., +353 1 491 1402 (, fax: +353 1 496 7688), [114]. checkin: 3.00pm; checkout: 12.00pm. From €35.

Mid-range

  • Abbey Hotel [115], 52 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1 (between O'Connell Street and Temple Bar). +353 1 872 8188. In the heart of Dublin City centre, offers excellent hotel rooms and a nice modern bar, The James Joyce Bar Dublin, that serves food all day.
  • Albany House Dublin, 84 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. +353 1 475 1092. A luxury Guesthouse located on the city end of Harcourt Street in Dublin city centre, Albany House offers fantastic room only and weekend Dublin city rates. Within walking distance of Grafton Street and Temple Bar, this Dublin City guesthouse is in an ideal location for guests visiting Dublin City.
  • Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, +353 1 668 1999, [116]. Located beside the RDS. Room rates from €59.
  • Castle Hotel, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, +353 1 874 6949, [117]. Georgian Hotel in the heart of Dublin City centre, 2 minutes from O'Connell St. 130 bedrooms all ensuite , Room facilities include Free WiFi, TV, Tea and Coffee facilities and hairdryer. Hotel facilities include restaurant & bar with Live Irish Music every weekend.
  • Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross, Dublin 13, +353 1 839 0000, [118]. , a three-star hotel of with its lawn rolling down to the shore of Dublin Bay. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, restaurants & bar. Close to the Airport and Howth Village. €75-190.
  • Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 18 (a 20 min bus journey from the city by the 145 or 46a bus), +353 1 200 1800, [119]. A four-star, AA-accredited hotel with facilities such as spa, restaurant, bar, free wifi throughout throughtou the hotel, and free carparking on site. €75-160.
  • Belvedere Hotel, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 873 7700, [120]. 92 bedrooms each featuring free broadband. 2 meeting rooms. Free wifi in lounge areas. Rates from €50 per room.
  • Express Holiday Inn Dublin Airport, Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin 9, +353 1 862 8866, [121]. Modern hotel (renovated 2006) on the road to the airport, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza. Free airport shuttle (every 30-60 min), wired internet, good continental buffet breakfast. No gym, and while buses 16A/33/41 pass nearby, it's at least 30 min to the city centre. €79.
  • Fleet Street Hotel, 19-20 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, +353 1 670 8124, [122]. Affordable facilities and three-star hotel accommodation in Temple Bar. Check out our Sunday to Thursday Special Rates from €25 per person sharing.
  • Grafton House, 26-27 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, (one block from Dame Street) phone="+353 1 679 2041 (fax +353 1 6779715, email: booking@graftonguesthouse.com), [123]. In a 112-year-old Victorian Gothic style building but with pretty generic modern interiors, €65-€200.
  • Mercer Hotel Lower Mercer Street, Dublin 2, (Just behind Stephens Green Centre) phone="+353 1 478 2179 (fax: +353 1`475 6524, email:cb@mercerhotel.ie)[124] The Mercer hotel – with only 41 bedrooms - is one of Dublin’s most popular city centre boutique hotels. The hotel is central, but secluded on a quiet street just off Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping street. With this great location, you have the best of Dublin's sights and tourist attractions on your doorstep.
  • Mount Herbert Hotel, Herbert Road, Dublin 4, +353 1 614 2000, [125]. a three-star hotel located in the Sandymount and Ballsbridge area next to AVIVA Stadium. Nice classic building and good size rooms equipped with large bathrooms makes it good value. The bar is great and there is a nice patio area overlooking the hotel's garden. Free WiFi access, conference facilities, and the staff is friendly and approachable. Rooms from €59.
  • Nua Haven, 41 Priory Road, Dublin 6W, +353 87 686 7062, [126]. A 4four-star quality gay bed and breakfast, with private baths, cable TV, wireless internet, in a nice setting in Harold's Cross. €110 per room.
  • The Tara Towers, 4 Merrion Road Dublin 4. +353 1 269 4666, fax: +353 1 269 1027 email: cb@taratowers.com. website www.taratowers.com The Tara Towers hotel is one of South Dublin’s most popular hotels and enjoys an excellent location in Blackrock close to Ballsbridge, UCD, RTE, Stillorgan and Sandymount. The hotel bedrooms enjoy spectacular views of either the Dublin mountains or Dublin bay.

Splurge

  • Radisson SAS Royal, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, +353 1 898 2900, [127]. A five-star hotel very centrally located. Double rooms about €145.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4, +353 1 665 4000. [128]
  • Hampton Hotel, 19 - 29 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. +353 1 668 0995, [129] Dublin's newest four-star boutique hotel located in Donnybrook within walking distance of the city center, the RDS and the National Concert Hall. Original Georgian building with stylish interior design.
  • Hilton Dublin, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2, +353 1 402 9988, [130]. in the St. Stephen's Green area. Pleasant, modern hotel. Quiet rooms. Excellent housekeeping, very clean. Very accommodating to requests (such as bringing a small refrigerator at no extra cost). Luas Charlemont light rail station right across the street. Laundry, with self-serve and wash and fold around the corner. Breakfast may be provided with the room. It's not great. Don't eat there if you have to pay money. There are many other options nearby.
  • Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, +353 1 887 2400, [131]. Located on the Liffey across the river from The Clarence and near the Ha'penny Bridge.
  • The Morgan, 10 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (off Westmoreland Street), [132]. Dublin's premier boutique hotel located in Temple Bar offers stylish accommodations in the most vibrant district of Dublin. Choose from standard rooms, suites or penthouse apartments. All characterised by clean, modern design consistent with a lifestyle focused on the hotel experience.
  • The Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Phone: +353 1 274 8888. Fax: +353 1 274 9999 Five-star world-class luxury hotel located in the affluent charming little village of Enniskerry only 30 min from Dublin.

Airport Hotels

There are a number of hotels located around the airport, for ease of flight transfer.

  • Carlton Hotel is a 4-star hotel that offers free bus transfer to the airport. Stand-by rates per room are €99 and rates of €85 per person sharing can be available also. It has a bar-food menu and a restaurant located on the top floor.
  • Bewley's Hotel, Baskin Lane, Cloghran, County Fingal, +353 1 871 1000, (fax: +353 1 871 1001, e-mail: DublinAirport@BewleysHotels.com), [133]. An excellent three-star hotel with room rates from €59. Operates a free and frequent shuttle bus service to and from Dublin Airport.
  • Hilton Dublin Airport, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, County Fingal, +353 1 866 1800.
  • Days Hotel Dublin Airport, Santry Cross, +353 (0) 1 866 9500, [134]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Great value airport hotel with restaurant, bar and parking. Only seven minutes drive from terminals on the private shuttle bus. (http://www.dayshoteldublinairport.com/,-6.263838)

Stay safe

Dublin is generally a very safe city by American and European standards however as in most large cities, crime against the person, such as muggings, unprovoked attacks, and robberies, have been known to occur although these are rare in Dublin. Treat Dublin as you would most western cities, and be sensible: don't walk in poorly lit areas at night, especially alone; as Dublin centre is relatively compact be aware that walking a few blocks can take you into some bad areas.

Avoid the Boardwalk and some sections of Lower Abbey Street as a large number of drug addicts hang around these areas due to nearby drug rehabilitaion centres. Avoid gangs of youths in tracksuits (as in the ones wearing tracksuits for daily wear as opposed to people involved in genuine sporting activities); tracksuited youths being responsible for alot of anti-social difficulties experienced by both locals and tourists alike.

You will however see a wide variety of buskers and street performers, these are normal people just plying their trade, are usually very helpful for directions, and appreciate your donations. (Busking and street performance is an old and vibrant part of Irish culture and their is nothing unusual or unsavory about a person playing an instrument or performing in a public place even in the small hours of the morning. So don't be afraid to approach and appreciate these talented and friendly individuals. Be aware that it is considered rude to photograph a street performer without tipping!!)

If someone does approach you on the street, they could indeed be people just looking for directions, a charity worker looking for donations, or someone simply looking for a cigarette lighter. Be aware that Dublin people are usually open and unlike big city's like London or New York, talking to complete strangers is a common and regular occurance.

If someone who appears to be drunk or under the influence of drugs approaches you asking if they can talk to you for a moment, it is wise to keep walking (Although expect drunk people to talk to you in a pub! It's common). These people may simply ask you for a cigarette, or some money for a bus, but be aware that most Dubliners, even if they have no money, would never ask a stranger for money or cigarettes (Although asking for a light for a cigarette is common) there are several scams being used on unaware tourists and locals alike so please be careful and use your judgement. If someone comes to you on the street, touches you, and asks you for something, Don't be afraid to say "no!" and walk away. Again, locals will almost never behave like this so avoid people who do!

When driving, Leave nothing valuable visible in your car, lock doors while driving through slow traffic in the city. There are plenty of taxis at all hours of the day and night, which are safe and usually friendly.

Never be afraid to approach Gardai (police officers) to ask for help or directions, It is their job to help. If you do get into trouble somehow and fear for your safety (which is very rare), and cannot find a Gardai officer then head to the nearest establishment such as a bar or shop where you will be safe. Call the emergency services on 112 from any phone (free) and ask for the relevant service. If you dont have a phone ask anyone working in a shop or bar to call the police for you and they will gladly assist. Also, most doormen and bouncers in pubs will gladly call the police for you if you explain your situation.

Dublin has heavy traffic, and even if several of the locals tend to cross the road without having a green man, it is not recommended to follow this example. Hardly any of the cars slow down in front of zebra-crossings in busy and crowded streets.

Care should also be used when taking some of the "Nitelink" buses that frequent the city. These, while often safe, have seen their fair share of trouble. Sit downstairs if possible, if only to avoid the more raucous singing, shouting and post-drinking vomiting.

The Temple Bar district is both an attraction for tourists and for pickpockets. Be aware of your surroundings.

While most Dubliners are extremely friendly, welcoming and tolerant, like any large city, it has its share of ignorant people who may pass racist remarks to foriegners particularly to people of non-white ethnicities, just ignore them and rest assured people like these are a tiny minority. Dublin is a multicultural city and welcomes all!

Communicate

Internet cafés

  • Moneygram/Kaah Express, 2 Hardwicke Street, Dublin 1. Cheap internet café offering a reliable internet connection and well-maintained computers. €1 per hour.

Wifi access

  • Dublin City Public Libraries, Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1. provides free Broadband and Wireless access to the Internet in its network of branch libraries. [135]
  • The Globe, 11 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Bar offering free wifi access. Free.
  • Havana Café, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Very good restaurant-café-tapas bar offering very reliable, free wifi. Free.

Get out

Dublin Area
Howth cliff walk
  • Howth - To the north, 14 km (9 mi) from the city centre (still marked by 18th-century milestones), the peninsula of Howth is very nice for a walk. Just take the bus or DART (€4.20 return from Connolly Station) out to Howth and walk around the cliffs! The whole tour takes about 2-3 hours. It is most beautiful in Aug/Sept when the heather bathes the cliffs in red. There is also a boat that departs from Howth harbour that goes out to the island off the coast called Ireland's Eye. You can visit it and the monolithic ruins on it for a very reasonable price and if you're lucky you might be able to get the island to yourself. The King Sitric fish restaurant at the harbor serves freshly caught fish at eye watering prices, seferal other local restaurants are better and cheaper-notably Ivans.
  • Bull Island and St. Anne's Park. Two large recreation areas. Bull Island has a 5 km (3 mi) beach and is an important habitat for birds. St Anne's Park,a former Guinness family home estate, has ponds, follies, walks and a world-famous Rose Garden, as well as a coffee shop and artists' studios. The ideal way to visit them is by bicycle. Go via Amien's St, North Strand, Fairview and then follow the coastline. There'a an excellent bike path almost all the way.

Surrounding counties

  • Meath. The Bru na Boinne megalithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are the most important archaeological sites in Ireland and are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The site is located 50 km (30 mi) north of Dublin on the banks of the Boyne.
  • Wicklow, within easy reach to the south of Dublin, is known as 'the garden of Ireland' and has good hill-walking and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
  • Kildare is directly west Of Dublin and some of Dublin's outer suburbs are here eg Naas and Maynooth. The Curragh racecourse is in County Kildare, south west of Dublin, about 50 km (30 mi) from the city. The K Club in Kildare was the venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup in golf.
  • Carlow boasts some fine architecture - with its courthouse from the mid 1800s and its Cathedral which was completed in 1833.
  • Laois is located 1 h southwest of Dublin - Portlaoise has a cobbled main street with independent eateries, Georgian architecture and small pubs. The county is dotted with sleepy villages, slow-moving rivers and rolling hills.
  • Kilkenny, Ireland's medieval capital, is a bustling heritage city with a thriving arts scene. 1 h 40 min by train from Dublin.



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