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%


    Dublin = Party town!!!

    If you like to party, do not miss out Dublin. However, be aware you gonna burn through your cash quite easily.

    Insider Tip:Do it like the locals and buy your booze upfront. Have a great time with your buddies when you are up to speed and hit the clubs.

  • 80%


    What a fun city!

    Dublin has a ton of tourist attractions to keep you busy and enough hole-in-the-wall places to visit to keep you coming back. The people are incredibly friendly and the bar scene is a blast. So many pubs have live music multiple nights a week, so spending some time in those is a must!

  • 80%


    Dublin: The Night Life Other Cities Wish They Had

    An awesome city for meeting people and staying out any and every night at the pubs. Every street's got at least one place to quench your thirst. Good food all around the city, too, and most of it accessible throughout the night. The city appears to be in slight disrepair, though, excepting the tourist locations. When I stayed at DIH, I walked a lot of the city that most tourists don't see. I saw a lot of public facilities poorly maintained and more trash than I had expected.

    Insider Tip:Stay near the city center and you'll have a party any day every day.

  • 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.

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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