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10 Things You Need To Know About Dublin

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  • Amy Grange Tuesday, September 29th, 2009, 1:42pm

    Dublin is a fantastic city

  • Peter Lafferty Tuesday, September 29th, 2009, 10:44am

    I\'d highly recommend going to South William Street or Camden street for a night out.

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Fact Sheet

What's in our video about Dublinprint

1. The city is divided into the north and south sides by the River Liffey
The city that divides Dublin into the north and south sides is the River Liffey. Dublin is quite a compact city so you can walk from the O’Connell Street on the northside to Grafton Street on the southside in less than ten minutes. The best known bridges that cross the river are the Halfpenny Bridge and O’Connell Bridge, which is longer in length than it is in width. Some of the best-known landmarks north of the Liffey are The Spire and the Customs House, while those on the soutside include Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral.
2. There are three modes of public transport
Dublin has three main modes of public transport:
  1. Dublin bus: serves most parts of the city
  2. DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit): A light-rail network that goes through the city centre and serves many of Dublin’s coastal suburbs
  3. LUAS: The city’s newest mode of public transport with two lines – Green and Red. The most useful stops are on the Red Line as it serves both Dublin’s main train stations and has a stop at the Museum of Decorative Arts and History.
3. The city’s number one tourist attraction is the Guinness Storehouse
Dublin’s number one tourist attraction is the Guinness Storehouse which is located just outside the city centre at St James’ Gate. It’s a world-class attraction about everything Guinness, and finishes with a pint of ‘the black stuff’ in the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor which overlooks the entire city.
4. There is lots more to see
Other attractions include Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the city’s numerous parks, and Trinity College which is home to the famous Book of Kells.
5. All the city’s national museums and galleries are free
Dublin’s National Gallery on Merrion Square and Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham are both free, as are the national museums – the Museum of Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks and the National Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street.
6. Many of the world’s best-known writers and musicians were born here
James Joyce, Bram Stoker, U2 and other famous musicians and writers were born in Dublin. There are statues of famous writers all over the city, but for more of an insight visit the Dublin’s Writer’s Museum on Parnell Square on the city’s northside.
7. It has some great suburbs
Suburbs mentioned in the video are:

Northside

  1. Howth: Fishing village popular for its coastal cliff walk and wild seals
  2. Portmarnock: Part of Dublin well-known for its beach
  3. Malahide: Full of cafés and restaurants

Southside

  1. Ranelagh: Close to the city centre and full of restaurants, bars and cafés
  2. Dun Laoghaire: Great place to catch a sunset and go for a walk thanks to its long pier
8. It’s great for shopping
The best place for shopping on the northside is Henry Street, while on the southside it’s Grafton Street. For bargains go to shops like ‘Flip’ and ‘Wildchild’, both in Temple Bar. These sell vintage t-shirts among other things.
9. For the best deals when eating out try ‘early bird’ specials
Many restaurants in Dublin promote ‘early-bird’ specials where you can get a starter and main course for between €9 and €20. Keep an eye out for restaurants promoting these on sandwich boards and on posters in their windows.
10. Temple Bar isn’t where all the nightlife is
The best-known part of Dublin for nightlife is Temple Bar but it’s very touristy there. Instead visit strips such as Baggott Street, South William Street and Wexford/Camden Street. And for a proper traditional Irish pub visit Keogh’s on South Anne Street.
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