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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Friendliest People the Irish

    I've traveled a lot and the friendliest people I've ever met were the Irish. Dublin is a beautiful city not because there is great shopping or great food, but it is because of the people that make it so wonderful. I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Insider Tip:Be open to just saying yes! Go to pubs with the locals and see what life is like in Dublin outside of the Temple Bar.

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    Anonymous

    Dublin in January

    Dublin in the winter is pretty windy and cold! The weather is extremely unpredictable and changes really quick. Rain storm, sun, wind and snow in one day. The city's architecture is not so impressive, churches and cathedral are made of grey stone, and the city centre is relatively new so not many historical places to visit. In the winter where the weather doesn't allow you to enjoy much walking through the city, touristically speaking, The Guinnes factory is the only attraction.

    Insider Tip:Don't go in the winter, for tourism don't spend more than one day in Dublin city, rent a car and visit the countryside.. it is beautiful.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    My motherland

    Love Dublin, will tell everyone I know going to Europe to make it to Dublin. Best pubs and potatoes in the world ( seriously their chips are incredible at every single store) although we did encounter a few bad meals. Dublin has the greatest nightlife I've ever seen. Most pubs open from 11am to 3am and have live music on every night. The vibe of the inner city was unlike any other and the parks and castles were absolutely stunning. Cannot wait until I can get back to Dublin

    Insider Tip:The teeling distillery is an absolute must. Have a tasting selection for all levels of whiskey lovers, great value and really interesting tour that you will love. Definitely try to stop at their bar afterwards to try some of the house cocktails - you will thank me

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Nice weekend trip

    Dublin is very cool, but it is dominated by people on a weekend drinking binge. I was there for a cultural trip, and I wasn't disappointed. Very interesting, walkable, but can be done in a couple of days.

    Insider Tip:Take a day trip up to Belfast! You won't regret it!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    lovely city

    Dublin is amazing beautiful views but it can be dangerous at night since there are drunk people close to the bars

    Insider Tip:be careful in the street close to the bars since many drunk guys are cursing and I saw that they throw the alcohol bottles, don't miss guinness storehouse best attraction in the city

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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