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City Guide Dublin, Ireland

Visiting Dublin

Birthplace to many of the world’s most popular musicians, writers and singers, Dublin is the perfect city for a break at any time of the year and has something for everybody. If you are looking for culture there are a host of museums to visit; if the great outdoors are your thing then you can take pleasure in a stroll in one of the world’s largest city centre parks, and if you enjoy letting your hair down you will love its legendary nightlife.

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Dublin Podcasts

Dublin - Ask the locals

In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Dublin to ask the locals where they like to go out at night, where they like to eat and what are their favourite parts of the city. Listen to find out the best traditional pubs in the city, the nicest suburbs close to the centre and more.

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Dublin Videos

St Patrick's Festival in Dublin

Held every year in Dublin around St Patrick's Day (March 17th - Ireland's national holiday), the St Patrick's Festival is a festival not to be missed. Highlights include a traditional 'céilí' (Irish dance), the famous parade, and of course the 'craic' in the many pubs.

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Dublin Pocket Guide

Dublin Pocket Guide

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Dublin City Reviews

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Lively City

    It was a great city to explore and get lost in. A lot to do in the surrounding areas as well! Would recommend only staying 1-2 days however and then seeing more of the countryside, as it is rather expensive.

    Insider Tip:Cobblestone pub has live music sessions that are fun to go and watch. Brazen head is also a great place for live music.

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    Good city, plenty of culture

    Stayed for one full day, and could easily have done 3. We took a great walking tour (Sandemans) to explore the city because of our limited time. We managed to see a bunch of cool buildings and learn a lot about Dublin history in the 3 hour tour. Highly recommended. We also did the Guinness Storehouse tour. The tour itself was interesting (though you have to walk it yourself and there are loads of people) but it is worth it for the free pint of the best Guinness you'll ever have.

    Insider Tip:Do the walking tours. They are free (excluding a tip at the end) and incredibly helpful. Pub crawls are a great way to experience the bar scene. Loads of fun.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Have Fun!

    Dublin is a great city to visit if you enjoy meeting new people and doing a bit of partying. There's plenty of history, too! Try to venture outside of the touristy places (i.e. Temple Bar) in order to really experience true Irish culture.

    Insider Tip:Go on one of the free 3-hour walking tours! They meet every day around 11am at the Mercantile Restaurant.

  • 100%

    huguetlin

    Love it!

    Didn't feel too big-city-ish, I loved it! felt super safe and tons of local shops and restaurants, but also great tourist attractions that are fun!

    Insider Tip:I loved the wax museum, and the mall at the far end of Graffton street. Graffton street is a great shopping area (explore the surrounding streets too!) and follow it up to see trinity college, keep going over the bridge to hit O'Connell street lower, I adore that street! Tons of hostels in this area and so much stuff in walking distance!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Pretty good...

    Dublin is okay as long as you stay near the main streets and by the tourist stuff. It gets a little sketchy off the main roads even during the day. It has lots of things to see most of them you can see in a day or two. Temple Bar area is overrated and reminds me of a college town in the USA. Lots to see so worth the stop, but not for too long.

    Insider Tip:Use the Hop on/off tour. You get two days for the price of one and they'll keep you from walking through the sketchy parts. Guinness is overrated unless you live for Guinness. We liked the Jameson tour much better.

Ireland: Itinerary

Ireland is a very easy country to get around thanks to an extensive bus service which connects all major towns and cities. It also has a country wide rail service but for most journeys the bus is more flexible, frequent and most importantly, at least 50% cheaper than taking the train. It’s not a big country so you can easily make your way to the major cities but it certainly makes for an action packed seven days. Where better to begin your speedy tour than in ‘Dublin’s Fair City’ - the fun filled capital of the Emerald Isle. As well as the host of attractions on offer, the city can really only be appreciated by those who truly immerse themselves in the culture and there’s no better way to do this than by frequenting the host of the pubs and restaurants on offer. Sip on a pint of Guinness in its native home while listening to some Irish music or sampling traditional cuisine and you’ll know what we mean.

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