Dublin mixes its inner-city feel with a cosmopolitan metropolis vocation. The destination’s attractions are comparable to those of large European capitals such as London or Paris, and there is always something new happening in its streets.
Even when the schedule is not so lively, just a stroll around the city shows Dublin’s tourist potential. The colourful Georgian-style doors are surrounded by legends. Some say that they were painted to make it easier to recognize the houses after long drunks in pubs. Others point out that the painting is a protest by the population against a mourning order issued by Queen Victoria after the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Regardless of the true story, they have become an icon and guarantee incredible pictures in virtually any corner.
Another hallmark of the city is its passion for beer and especially for the most famous stout in the world, the Irish Guinness. The drink is taken in a large pint glass, measuring 568ml, of which 500ml are for the liquid and 68ml for the foam. To understand more about the Irish’s adoration for the brand, the tip is to head to the Guinness Storehouse, the homonymous beer museum. Or, who knows, go to one of the Temple Bar pubs, where tourists and locals have fun while enjoying the typical drink of the country to the sound of lots of Irish music.
Music is also the reason why many people visit Grafton Street, the city’s main shopping avenue. On-site, street musicians share the attention with several designer stores. The tradition is portrayed in the film Once (Only Once), which shows the scene of local street performers. Even famous musicians return to Grafton to present their talent to passersby. They say that Bono Vox, lead singer of U2, usually shows up there towards the end of the year…
In the Centre, the Spire marks Dublin’s most common meeting point. The huge needle-shaped monument measures 120 meters high and is considered the largest sculpture in the world. She is not the only one who lives in the city’s imagination. The Molly Malone statue is another monument that is part of local life, although its history is shrouded in mystery, as no one is sure who this woman was or if she actually existed.
Where to stay in Dublin, Ireland
Before deciding where to stay in Dublin, it’s always good to understand how the city’s neighbourhood structure works. The Irish capital is divided into districts, ranging from number 1 to 24. Cut in half by the River Liffey, odd-numbered districts are on the north side, while those identified by even numbers are on the south. As a general rule, the smaller the number, the closer to the centre you will be.
Although Dublin is a very safe destination, neighbourhoods located in even-numbered districts tend to be more pleasant in this regard and therefore have the best (and most expensive) accommodations. Even so, there are more than 500 accommodation options in the city, ranging from five-star hotels to simple hostels, as well as inns that are the pure charm.
The Temple Bar area of Dublin 2 is perfect for backpackers and travellers looking to enjoy the night. With many bars and restaurants, there are always things to do close by at any time of day. In addition, Temple Bar is located in a privileged area – just cross the River Liffey to reach the centre – and close to many public transport options. The location has several hostels and budget accommodations. Staying nearby is also a great way to see many attractions on foot – from the Guinness Storehouse to Dublin Castle.
St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street
A very charming area with a wide range of upscale hotels in Dublin 2. Grafton Street is the city’s main shopping street, home to designer shops and street musicians. St Stephen’s Green Park is located just down the street and offers landscapes that look like something out of a movie. Having all these facilities just a few blocks from downtown is a guarantee of staying in one of the best regions. At night, the area has a few bars and restaurants, but the best option will continue to be the nearby Temple Bar.
In the heart of the city, O’Connell Street is located in Dublin 1 and is considered the main street in the Irish capital. There are many simple hotels, hostels and inns close by, generally offering great prices. Commerce in the surroundings is very busy and public transport options are many, which will facilitate travel to any region. Despite all these benefits, the streets are quite dark and more care may be needed when walking at night. To get the location right, stay between O’Connell and Capel Street and between the River Liffey and Parnell Street.
One of the most sophisticated areas of the city, Ballsbridge is in Dublin 4. It is home to several embassies, consulates and the homes of wealthier families. Tree-lined streets, proximity to the Grand Canal and an atmosphere of tranquillity prevail in the neighbourhood. Obviously, all of this comes at a price – and it’s high. Accommodation in the region is most recommended for travellers who can (and want) to spend a little money, choosing high-level accommodation. Even so, it is possible to find some reasonably priced hotels, as long as the reservation is made well in advance.
Richmond and Camden Street
Although not very popular areas for travellers, these streets are among the best nightlife spots in the city. Full of bars, restaurants and shops, these are popular spots for Dubliners at night – meaning a great alternative to the bars at Temple Bar. The area is just a few blocks from St Stephen’s Green and just 15 minutes by bus from the centre. There are few hotels nearby, but it can be a great accommodation option for those travellers looking for apartments through Airbnb and want to live the routine of the destination up close.
Where to eat in Dublin, Ireland
Irish cuisine combines traditional recipes with the most modern and elaborate dishes, prepared to suit all tastes.
Irish dishes are often hard-hitting and it’s very difficult to get hungry. If you book a hotel with breakfast included, you can try eggs, sausage, bacon and other high-calorie delights to start your day with energy.
It’s always good to have a list of the city’s typical dishes to consult if you have questions about any of the ingredients. Here we leave a list with some typical Dublin dishes:
Irish Stew: Irish stew prepared with lamb, potatoes, onion and parsley.
Boxty: a kind of potato pancake.
Coddle: Sliced pork sausage topped with bacon with sliced potatoes and onion.
Fried potato farls: bread in which the potato replaces part of the wheat flour.
Soda bread: Soda bread contains baking soda in place of yeast.
Blaa: a bread covered with white flour that is usually soft.
Black pudding: chorizo.
Colcannon: mashed potatoes with cabbage, butter, salt and pepper.
Fresh oysters: oysters served over ice.
Champ: mashed potatoes with milk, butter and onion.
Irish coffee: made with coffee, Irish whiskey, lots of sugar and whipped cream.
Stout: a beer made with toasted malt. Its colour is dark and its texture is creamy. Guinness beer belongs to this group.
Lager: golden and low-fermented beer.
Ale: top-fermented beer with a higher alcohol content than lager.
Dublin is a city that has international restaurants, pubs that offer traditional food at affordable prices, fast food places and also luxurious restaurants for the most demanding palates. The choice only depends on the budget and the consumer’s taste.
Eating areas in Dublin
Dublin is full of restaurants, pubs and fast food places, so any area in the city centre is a good option when eating. If you’re looking for traditional pubs with live music, head to the Temple Bar area.
Where to go and what to do in Dublin, Ireland
Although Dublin is a city to explore and enjoy its surroundings, there are certain areas of interest that you shouldn’t miss.
Dublin boasts beautiful parks such as Phoenix, considered the largest closed urban park in Europe. To get even closer to nature, visit the cliffs of Moher, a place that attracts up to 1 million visitors in a year.
Among the historic buildings, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is an indispensable item for tourists. Dating between 1220 and 1226, it is dedicated to the city’s patron and is certainly a strong architectural symbol.
Grafton Street concentrates several stores, including shoes, books and electronics, in addition to having great cafes to take a break from sightseeing. A must stop for music fans is the U2 Wall, a successful Irish band, led by Bono Vox. It is at the address where the band’s greatest hits were recorded, which now has graffiti on its walls with messages and drawings dedicated to it.
Book lovers will be enchanted by the Old Library, formerly Trinity College library, another Dublin tourist spot. There are more than 4 million titles, arranged in an incredible environment!
Nightlife is full of entertainment and bohemian life, starting with the pubs, which are everywhere, with good and cheap food, as well as lots of beer, of course. The Temple Bar area has nightclubs with intense programming, and some have live music. It is on this street that thrift stores, bookstores and art manifestations are still concentrated.
Tourists can easily walk, take trams, buses or bicycles, spread across 40 rental points. Taxis are not the most suitable means of transport due to the price, calculated by taximeter.
National Museum of Archeology
National Gallery of Ireland
Museum of Decorative Arts and History
Hugh Lane Gallery
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Natural History Museum
National Leprechaun Museum
Chester Beatty Library
Monuments and tourist attractions
Old Jameson Distillery
Number Twenty Nine
Christ Church Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Church of St. Michan
Church of St. Audoen
St Mary’s Pro Cathedral
St. Anne’s Church
Church of Saint Teresa
Parks and gardens
St Stephens Green
Merrion Square Park
Garden of Remembrance
National Botanical Garden
Tours and Tours:
Tour the Cliffs of Moher
Discover the Guinness Storehouse
Enjoy the Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour
Explore the Game of Thrones Tour
Visit the Wicklow Mountains
Excursion to Connemara and Village of Cong
Venture on the haunted bus
Take a tour of the Whiskey Museum
Visit Blarney Castle
Have fun in Dublin’s Pubs
Take the Belfast and Titanic tour
Meet Meath County
Explore Dublin via the Hop-on Hop-off bus
Places we visit and our photos:
Park Stephens Green
Beach Dun Laoghaire
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