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

  • 50%


    Why go to Dublin when the rest of Ireland awaits?

    I don't like Dublin much. I think almost everywhere else in ireland is better, so if you only have a short time in the country, don't waste it in Dublin.

  • 70%


    Dublin - It's Ok

    Maybe I'm just used to larger cities, but I found Dublin a little dull. It's very pretty and easy to wander around, but after a day and a half my friend and I felt that we had really seen everything and ended up taking a day trip outside the city for the last day of our weekend trip. Food was delicious!

    Insider Tip:Temple Bar is the most famous area but incredibly busy at night- don't be afraid to look in other areas for restaurants/pubs

  • 80%


    Delightful Dublin

    We really enjoyed Dublin. There are beautiful, massive churches on every corner! The Kilmainham jail was a great little tour. The hop on, hop off bus is a good investment if you only have a couple of days. Also the charity shops (not the vintage shops) have great deals and there are a lot of them. We enjoyed the traditional music in the pubs. I would definitely return.

    Insider Tip:Go to Gogurty's! It is right next to the famous Temple Bar, but when Temple Bar was playing outdated American rock songs, Gogurty's had a two man band playing traditional Irish folk music. The music was incredible and we danced all night long!

  • 80%


    Very nice city

    Lots of history. Lots of museums and building to see. Also the brewery and distillery are cool. Lots of shopping available.

  • 80%


    Great city!

    Dublin is a very unique and lively city! The heritage is so rich and it is a great city for both tourists and people who are just looking for a great time!

    Insider Tip:Take a walking tour. It helps to learn about the history of the town to truly appreciate it.

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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