Dublin Travel Guide
Dublin Travel Guide
Dublin epitomises the Irish spirit of jollity and ancestral pride; it is a fun city with a thousand years of history and culture to explore:
Dublin has a well-earned reputation as a party city, and the nightlife is the greatest attraction for the many party animals that descend upon the Temple Bar District for some raucous Irish revelry. However, there is a lot more to Dublin than Guinness and pub-grub.
The capital of the Emerald Isle is overflowing with cultural and historical attractions and traditional sightseers delight in the city just as much as those who come for the wonderful food, booze and music.
Dublin has a rich literary heritage, having produced some beloved and iconic writers, including James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W. B. Yeats. The city also offers visitors some fascinating museums and tours. Easy to fall in love with, Dublin is a city with unique charm.
Best time to visit Dublin
The summer months, between May and August, are the best time to travel to Dublin. Dublin is a rainy city year-round and seldom gets hot, but the summer weather is pleasantly warm and often sunny. The city is more expensive during these peak months, however, so budget travellers should consider visiting Dublin out of season. A popular time for a Dublin holiday is around St Patrick's Day, at the end of March, when the city is even more festive than usual. Read more on Dublin's Climate and Weather.
What to see in Dublin
-Visit Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Ireland's largest church.
-See the award-winning Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland.
-Explore the National Museums of Ireland, which contain countless treasures.
-Wander around the lovely campus of Trinity College and see the ancient Book of Kells.
What to do in Dublin
-Take a tour of the lavish State Apartments in Dublin Castle.
-Enjoy a pint at the very popular Guinness Storehouse.
-Party in the famous Temple Bar District with its many quality pubs, clubs and restaurants.
-Learn how whiskey is made at the Old Jameson Distillery, founded in the 1770s.
Dublin is a wonderful springboard to the rest of Ireland with many worthwhile attractions, like Clonmacnoise, just outside of the city for those who want to take excursions with Dublin as their base. Ireland is a small country and both Galway and Limerick are easily reached from Dublin.
Dublin International Airport is Ireland's busiest airport and receives flights from the UK and the US. The airport is situated seven miles (11km) north of Dublin, near the M50 and M1 motorways. Get more information on Airports in Dublin.
Did you know?
-It is estimated that about 50 percent of Dublin's population is under 25.
-The Brazen Head Pub in Dublin, established in 1198, is thought to be the oldest pub in Ireland.
-The Carmelite Church in Dublin claims to hold the remains of Saint Valentine.
The Temple Bar pub © Paul Micallef
Cosmopolitan, colourful and over a thousand years old, Dublin presents a fine starting point for visitors to Ireland. This capital city is split in two by the River Liffey, which gives form to the city and has no less than nine bridges spanning it. Easily explored on foot, central Dublin presents a wealth of historic landmarks, from ancient cathedrals to gracious Georgian buildings that pay testimony to days gone by. There are many attractions on both sides of the Liffey, ranging from gaols and castles to museums and the birthplaces of famous poets and writers. Dublin is also famous for its nightlife and the Temple Bar area is the highlight for those seeking out a party.
Not far from the city, in County Wicklow, are the Wicklow Mountains, where hills and glens, forests and waterfalls attract weekend walkers and nature-lovers. Dublin Bay, which lies between the mouth of the River Liffey and the Dalkey headland, is the site of several small coastal towns and the ferry port of Dun Laoghaire. County Kildare is a region of rich farmland and fine reputation for the breeding of thoroughbred horses, while the similar counties of Louth and Meath have evidence of early civilisations and a wealth of castles and monasteries. With all this on Dublin's doorstep the city is a great base for exploration further afield.
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