Dublin is one of the liveliest and friendliest cities we’ve visited! In this Essential Guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know before you go, including how to get there from Dublin airport, what the food’s like (superb!!) and where you’ll find all the best things to do, see and experience.
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Dublin Tourism Board – https://www.visitdublin.com/
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Welcome to Dublin!
Like me before my trip, you might be asking yourself “what’s the appeal outside of the bars and all that Guinness?”. well firstly, this is a young person’s city; Dublin’s boasts Europe’s youngest population, where some 50% of people living here are under the age of 25. So yes, bars, nightlife, parties and Guinness are popular, though definitely not exclusive to this demographic. And while Dublin certainly does dabauchery famously, it’s only when you visit this old and beautiful city that you really see how the Republic of Ireland’s capital is way more than hedonistic haven for hen do’s and lad’s weekends away. Just take a mosey down the cobbled streets and it’s like nothing has changed over the last hundred odd years. The greatest thing about my time Dublin was realising that this city is one with a rich and colourful history. There’s a banging food scene, and of course, there are plenty of things to see and do during your trip. Coming up, I’m gonna tell you about transport, money and some of my favorite things to do, but first, let’s take a look at getting here.
The airport is 10km outside Dublin and is the only international airport serving the city. From here, your choices for transport to the centre are bus or a taxi, as there’s no train station at the airport.
Dublin airport’s Aircoach will take you to various locations across the city, so make sure you know which stop is nearest your hotel.
Dublin is compact, which means if you’re staying in the city centre, you can pretty much walk to everything. However, if you want to get around quickly, hop on a tram. The Lewes is Dublin’s tram system; there are two lines, red and green. And the walk from the end of the green line to the red line is about 15 minutes. Don’t forget to always tap in and tap out, otherwise you’ll get charged the maximum possible fare.
If you plan on making multiple journeys, we recommend getting a Leap Card. It’s Dublin’s public transport top-up smart card and you can get them at the airport or at local shops, wherever you see the sign.
Dublin’s nightlife is legendary, and Temple Bar is the centre of it all. Yes, it’s where all the tourists go, but Temple Bar is packed with pubs, bars, live music and clubs. If you want to have a great night out in Dublin, this is where to go.
Written by Irish monks around 800AD, the Book is a decorated version of the Paul Gospels that’s kept at the centre of an exhibition in Trinity College. Just don’t expect a photo, as no cameras are allowed near the book, no even ours! However, our highlight has to be the Long Room, holding around 200,000 books, it’s a vast collection that seems to go on and on and on and on and on and on and on, forever.
Next is Kilmainham Gaol, a former Irish prison that held many of the revolutionaries of the past, in particular, the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. Abandoned in 1924 and restored in the 1960s, it now serves as a museum where you can learn all about the history of Irish independence. The gaol is 3 and a half kilometers out of the city centre, so you’ll need to get the Luas or the bus here. Tickets are available online, you book your timeslot and the website recommends arriving 15 minutes before your tour is due to start. Because the museum can only take a limited number of people at a time, booking ahead is the only way to guarantee entry on the day.