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

  • 90%


    Amazing City with a lot more to offer than just "pubs"

    Overall Dublin is an amazing city. Great tours, especially free walking tours tip based. I had a tour guide named Lawrence and he was super knowledgeable and funny. I couldn't believe how much history Dublin had and I love the alleys and the hidden gems within the city.

  • 70%


    Excellent city for all types!!

    One of the best cities I have personally visited - there are many attractions available for the day in the greater Dublin area, and the locals are some of the friendliest in any place on the world. Aside from that, Dublin really wins due to its amazing nightlife - everything from traditional Irish music and dancing, to stellar stand-up and loads of live music, the place is bustling with activity - things to do, and tons of friendly people to meet.

    Insider Tip:Avoid buying too many drinks from the Temple Bar pubs if you are on a budget, especially after midnight! Pregame before going out, or find one of the many pubs within a ten minute radius where the drinks will be half the price. If you do a pub crawl at the beginning of your stay, you can usually come back each night and get drink deals as well.

  • 60%


    Expensive but still a good weekend

    Generally I found Dublin to be fairly expensive (similar prices to London, possibly a little more). Lots of restaurants, pubs and clubs to go to, and travelling outside of the city to see the landscapes is must. Overall, a good weekend

    Insider Tip:Free walking tour is pretty good - interesting and entertaining. Sandemans Free tours is a good company for these

  • 70%


    Nice town, so english

    Nice town, not very big. Most of the interesting things are in the city centre, you can see everything going on foot. There are a couple of big important museums, the Guinness Storehouse and a couple of historical buildings. You'll spend the rest fo your time walking through the streets looking at the houses and the parks, in typical english style. There are nice little towns near Dublin you could see. There are lots of pubs and good restaurants in town, however it's not that cheap.

    Insider Tip:Go on foot, tranports are not cheap and the town is quite small.

  • 40%


    Wasn't as taken in by Dublin, recommend Galway. You get to experience more of Ireland I think. Beautiful country.

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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