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Dublin travel guide

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You're Going to Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city is known for its friendly atmosphere and superb scenery and attractions. The birthplace of Oscar Wilde and the home of Guinness, Dublin has something to offer everyone.

Dublin lies on the east coast of Ireland at the mouth of the River Liffey. Cross the river on any of its beautiful bridges to enjoy unique views of landmarks like Trinity College or the Customs House, or explore unspoiled beaches just a short distance from the city center.

Over a third of the population of Ireland call Dublin home. It’s the biggest city in the country and its outstanding colleges and universities attract students from all over the world. The city’s young-at-heart character and friendly locals make it the ideal choice for long vacations or short city breaks.

World-class shopping, dining, and entertainment in and around Grafton Street are just part of the city’s charm. Join in the "craic" at one of the city’s friendly bars and pubs or explore its history and culture in exceptional museums and galleries.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dublin

From nightlife to brewing and from shopping to sightseeing, there are lots of great reasons for a stay in Dublin.

What to do in Dublin

While Dublin really does have something for everyone, there are certain key attractions and highlights that you won’t want to miss.

When to Visit Dublin

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Dublin has a maritime climate with fairly cool summers and mild winters. July and August temperatures of 66°F to 72°F and winter temperatures of 39°F to 46°F mean that it’s always pleasant. The peak tourist season is between May and September and the city is particularly busy from mid-July to mid-August - the traditional annual holiday period for Ireland and the UK. Major attractions can be busy during the summer season and hotel prices reflect the increased demand for accommodation. However, Dublin is a great choice at any time and breaks in Spring, from March to April, or Autumn, from September until late October, mean that you’ll benefit from less crowded streets and beautiful seasonal scenery. Or, why not visit for Christmas and New Year? There are events for all ages throughout the city and you may see Bono and Glen Hansard who often join Christmas Eve buskers on Grafton Street. Adventurous types can even work up an appetite by taking part in the Forty Foot Dip in the sea at Sandycove on Christmas Day.

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How to Get to Dublin

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Where to Stay in Dublin

It’s worth bearing in mind that O’Connell Street is considered the city center and that Dublin is bisected by the River Liffey. The area that includes O’Connell Street is the ‘North Side’ while the part including Grafton Street is the ‘South Side’. Splash out on boutique hotels in the trendy and vibrant Temple Bar district or look for affordable family bed & breakfast accommodation a little further afield in Drumcondra or Clontarf. The city’s large student population means that there is lots of affordable hostel type accommodation for younger travelers near the Busarus station, while luxury 5-star hotels like the Jury’s Inn, Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, and the Hilton Dublin can be found on the South Side.

Popular Neighborhoods in Dublin

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How to Get Around Dublin

The Cost of Living in Dublin

Dublin is a great destination for shoppers and its famous retail streets are well laid out and attractive. Basic goods are more expensive than elsewhere in Europe but non-European visitors may be able to claim back VAT on purchases.

Dublin's Hottest Shopping Streets

Grafton Street is one of the city’s best-known shopping areas - it’s also pedestrianized so you can browse clothes, electronics, jewelry, and homeware at your leisure. From Grafton Street, it’s just a short walk to the Powerscourt Centre where you’ll find everything from clothes and accessories to galleries and cafes in a beautiful 18th century townhouse setting. On the north side of the Liffey, O’Connell Street is home to all the top brands and designers while adjacent Henry Street is the busiest shopping street in Ireland.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Food and basic goods are relatively expensive in Ireland. However, with a choice of supermarket chains like Tesco, Super Valu, Dunnes Stores, and Superquinn to choose from you’re sure of finding all that you need for your holiday rental easily.

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Where to Eat in Dublin

Dublin has lots of terrific restaurants and you can try everything from classic European food to Indian curries and traditional fish and chips. City Centre restaurants tend to be more expensive but there are lots of affordable cafes and small independent restaurants in Temple Bar and in the redeveloped docklands area.

Indian cuisine is extremely popular and some of the best restaurants can be found around South William Street. The street is parallel to Grafton Street and a three-course meal deal for early birds in the Khyber Tandoori on South William Street or Shalimar on South Great Georges Street costs about 15 euros. Vegetarians may enjoy the cheap but tasty Hare-Krishna food served at Govindas on Augnier Street or Surma on Camden Street. Fans of Chinese and Asian cuisine should make their way to Parnell Street while those who prefer more traditional fare can tuck into fish and chips at Leo Burdock Fish & Chips in Werburgh Street.