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Dublin
Travel Guide

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Ireland’s capital is alive with a rich literary tradition, friendly residents and a respect for all things rebellious.

Greater Dublin has a population of just under two million, yet the bustling city center is compact enough to explore on foot or a rented bicycle. Its rebellious and joyous Celtic traditions are alive in the music spilling out from the pubs, while the historic buildings and monuments tell the stories of the country’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Take part in Bloomsday festivities on June 16 each year when locals celebrate the life of author James Joyce, one of Dublin’s most famous residents.

Along the city’s grand thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, you can’t miss the Spire of Dublin. It’s visible for miles around, so use it as a landmark to regain your bearings in Dublin’s winding medieval streets.

Just across the River Liffey stands Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, which offers highly educational two-hour tours conducted by the school’s history graduates. Or explore on your own, and be sure to visit the Old Library to see the Book of Kells, a priceless illustrated manuscript created by monks in the year 800. Nearby is the National Gallery of Ireland. 


Wander down stately Dame Street and past the City Hall to Dublin’s religious heart, Christ Church Cathedral. From the awe-inspiring medieval crypt to the mummified cat and rat, there is plenty here to enthrall even non-believers.

A 15-minute walk away is the spiritual home for the world’s stout drinkers, the Guinness Storehouse. Take the interactive tour, which finishes at the Perfect Pint Bar where you can pour your own pint of “black gold.” If you prefer whiskey, head to the Old Jameson Distillery to learn the secrets of turning grain into the water of life.

A little further to the west stands one of the most important and sobering monuments in Ireland, the museum at Kilmainham Gaol. The grim walls and stone-breakers’ yard in this former prison built in 1796 now keep history alive. Expert and passionate tour guides bring the story of Irish independence to life.

After the somber confines of the gaol, unwind with locals in Dublin’s largest park, St. Stephen’s Green. Once the site of public floggings and hangings, this peaceful 22-acre (nine-hectare) collection of gardens, playgrounds, fountains and walking paths is now filled with memorials to Ireland’s patriots and writers.

When evening falls, follow the merry bands of locals and visitors to the popular Temple Bar district. It’s known as the arts quarter of Dublin. By night, however, the area’s nightlife fires up, turning the narrow, cobbled streets into one big party.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Swords, Clonshaugh, Dublin
The price is $86 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park, O'Connell Street, and 3Arena. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Trinity College are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,668 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $119 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Trinity College and Parnell Square are also within 10 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,718 reviews)
"Breakfast was excellent, Needed some BR supply and did not get it"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College, and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)
"Great location clean hotel friendly staff. Room could of been a little bigger"

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Temple Bar Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hazelwood Accommodation
Hazelwood Accommodation
3 out of 5
Hazelwood Student Village Northwood, Santry, Dublin, County Dublin
The price is $71 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in Dublin, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Dublin City University and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Beaumont Hospital. Bon Secours Hospital and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
"Amazing room and such a warm welcome visiting Dublin for the first time."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Hazelwood Accommodation
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is $83 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ha' Penny Bridge, O'Connell Bridge, and Olympia Theatre. O'Connell Street ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great experience
"Beautiful place, very clean, fantastic stuff. Rooms are moderns and well equipped with all that you need and more. Most recommended."

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Zanzibar Locke
Citywest Aparthotel
Citywest Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Garters Lane, Saggart, Saggart, Dublin
Situated in Saggart, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Citywest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tallaght Hospital and Grange Castle Business Park. Guinness ...
Citywest Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Dublin

Dublin’s public transportation network is efficient and easy to use. You won’t need to rent a car unless you’re planning lots of adventures in the countryside, and even then you may find your destination is covered by public transportation. Get around on the Luas tram system and the DART railway, which has stations throughout the city itself but will also take you out to neighboring towns. Visit the National Transport Authority website.Browse Dublin rental cars.

Best time to visit

Dublin has mild weather, with summers that rarely get swelteringly hot. If you’re hoping for sunshine during your visit, the summer months are definitely your best bet, however. Visit between May and August for the best weather and the more relaxed atmosphere this time of year brings. Keep in mind that this is high season, though, so competition for good, affordable accommodations will be steep.

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May 24, 2020

Because of Pandemic didn’t do anything but stay in room until time to leave.

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Mar 23, 2020

Compared to other parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland, we found Dublin very disappointing. The main streets of the city center had trash everywhere. The main streets were full of homeless people and being asked for money was constant.

4/5 - Good

Lola

Mar 20, 2020

Have wanted to visit Ireland for years and am glad we finally got to see it. It is worth the visit to Dublin and, of course, see as many other areas as possible. We had 4 days on bus tours and one day walking thru Dublin to see Christ Church and s

5/5 - Excellent

G

Mar 19, 2020

I wish, I had a chance to see St. Patrick’s day parade in Dublin. Next time! :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

There are many day tours like the giant causeway,cliff of moher , Galloway city and many others which are worth seeing .

4/5 - Good

James

Mar 15, 2020

Dublin is a world class city with much to do and great food!

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