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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    Three Visits to Dublin

    I really enjoyed visiting Dublin on all three of the occasions that I went. The city is picturesque, with lovely old buildings and plenty of charm. Trinity College is gorgeous, the island of Howth off the coast was so pretty, and everyone I met was very nice. Of course, the pub scene in Dublin is very popular and crowded, which is always a good time. I also appreciate the wide range of activities in Dublin: shopping, museums, exploring, partying, and so much more.

    Insider Tip:Always be prepared for rain, especially if you visit Dublin in spring. And, make sure to take the 20 minute train out to Howth, a really lovely island right near Dublin that has a beautiful waterfront.

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    Dublin is a good city, I was a bit put off by the massive amount of tourist aimed "Irish experience". But when you got down to the actual people, I couldn't have been happier:)

    Insider Tip:After...9pm (I think). Stores lock up their alcohol.

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    Dublin's a terrific city to visit! The locals are friendly and the party atmosphere is fantastic! The temple bar area in the evenings in particular was just a blast. To anyone who is a fan of pub crawls, Dublin is definitely amongst the better cities to do them in.

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    Exciting, Fun City

    On our trip that hit a few different cities in the UK and Ireland, Dublin was by far our favorite. The downtown is very walkable, and just walking around you end up finding random cool things happening like a concert happening in an alley. It was a blast. Also, for not being a huge city there are a lot of people in downtown giving Dublin a very active vibe. It also has a lot of little outlying communities that are smaller, less busy, and very quaint. Definitely go see Dublin.

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    Dublin was our first stop on a month and a half backpacking trip across Europe. Great first place to stay!

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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