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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

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    Anonymous

    Dublin

    It only rained on us once! Such a great, historical city. There isn't much in the way of public transportation but walking around the whole city in a day is easy enough.

    Insider Tip:Get the Dublin Pass from the tourism center. It helps so much getting into places for free and gives you extra perks.

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    Anonymous

    Dublin

    We spent one night in the city center to see all the sights without driving/parking. (We picked up our car rental after our night in town) The other two nights in Dublin area we were on the outskirts. We are not party-ers but love atmosphere and the sights.

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    dspindle7

    If only every city was like Dublin...

    It's a lovely city filled with even lovelier people. During the day, it's a good city. We sat at a coffee shop, did the Guinness Storehouse, and walked around near the river. At night though, the city is magical. The live music is incredible. The people are wonderful, friendly, and helpful. And the people fill the streets and pubs. If you're caught kissing on a street corner, the Irish will tell you that you look beautiful and romantic.

    Insider Tip:If you're staying in a hostel, do the pub crawl one night.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Very Fun City, Avoid Temple Bar

    Me and my buddy (in our mid-20s) spent 4 nights in Dublin during St Patricks Day and we had a blast! The city isn't the biggest culture shock city, but if you're looking to go out and get blitzed every night, I think you found the right place. BUT AVOID the heart of temple bar. Beers are double the price, and you get the same experience as if you'd go to an irish pub in NYC. Venture a bit out, and walk further south from the river and you should be golden.

    Insider Tip:Guiness factory A+ obviously and if you want something different to add to your trip, rent a bike at phoenix park. A great way to take a break from all the beer and partying and take a breath of fresh air. As I said in my review, if you want a great time for drinking walk more south of temple bar and you'll be on your way. Fitzsimmons is the best overall bar in my opinion. Club in the basement, irish covers on the main floor, and rooftop bar. Good mix.

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    Anonymous

    Dublin

    I have been here last year and came back as a student, to stay for the hole year. Excellent for parties, studying and meeting people

    Insider Tip:Avoid temple bar, nothing special there, its a trap for turists, irish people hate that;

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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