Dublin Ireland Overview

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is popular among tourists who are fond of a city bustling with life 24/7. It’s famous for its nightlife and lively Irish locals. The food in Dublin is served in huge portions at a reasonable price.
If you’re in Dublin, walking around the streets, learning about the history, visiting some pubs, and listening to Irish music will make your visit worthwhile.

When to Visit Dublin

Dublin’s weather can be quite unstable and it runs from usually mild to really cold so bring a rain jacket and/or an umbrella. The best time to visit the city is during summer, which is from May to September when days are longer and tourists can spend a lot of time exploring the city. However, the city is a lot more crowded and prices for accommodations are high as well.

How to Reach Dublin

By Plane

Dublin Airport is the main hub for international flights. However, there’s no metro station connected to the airport and the city center but the airlink does go to the city center. Taxis are easy to take from the airport and around the city though fares can be expensive. Uber is available but they are taxi drivers with the Uber app.

By Ferry

Traveling by ferry or cruise is easy because Ireland is an island. The Dublin Port is just minutes away from the city center. Another port called Dun Laoghaire is located 30 to around 45 minutes away from the center.

Travel Tips

Do try local Irish cuisines. Aside from Irish stew and blood pudding, there are a variety of seafood dishes that are a must-try in Ireland. You’d be surprised at the variety of dishes and local beers.

Do have a good time and catch some good Irish music at the pub. It’s nice to have fun with the locals and drink beer at some pubs. Blend in, listen to good music, and have a good time.

Do visit Temple Bar but be mindful of the prices. Drop by at the famous Temple Bar area and have your photos taken outside, listen to music, etc. Drink prices at Temple Bar increase as the sun goes down. If you’re watching your budget, go during the day to avoid high prices.

Don’t try to fit in many things in your itinerary. Dublin is a huge city and a lot of places in one day will usually involve a lot of walking, and it can be exhausting. Plan accordingly.

Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

There’s a wide range of prices for accommodations in Dublin. Hostels or dorms for backpackers usually cost around €10 to up to €80. A budget hotel costs about €70 up to a hundred euros. A 5-star hotel starts at around €200 a night.

Cost of Meal

A budget meal is around €5 to €12. A budget lunch or dinner can run from €6 up to €18. A pint of beer costs €5 up to €6 in bars while it’s only around €2 in groceries. If you want to dine at a Michelin star restaurant you can expect to spend around $150 per person before wine.

Cost for Transportation

Bus is the main means of transportation in Dublin. Tickets run approx. €1.95 but can increase depending on the destination. Commuting via buses can be time-consuming though because of city traffic. There’s no extensive city rail service in Dublin so getting from one point to another by train to reach top destinations can be quite difficult. However, the DART or suburban train system that costs €2 can take you to some of the quaint and beautiful villages North and South of the city. The “Luas” or tram is also another good option to get around the city, a ticket is €1.80. There are loads of Taxis and Uber is technically available, although they are just Taxis with the Uber app. The fares can add up quite though.

Top Places to Visit

the Guinness Storehouse

A trip to Dublin would not be complete without a visit to this famous tourist attraction. Located right at the heart of St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is modeled after a giant pin of the world’s famous beer. There are 7 floors in the building. Each floor explains the steps on how the beer is made. On top of the building is the Gravity Bar where you can sample the beer!

Trinity College

and the Book of Kells

The Book of Kells was written in around 800 AD by Irish monks and contains the Four Gospels written in Latin. The cover is magnificent and seeing such an old artifact is a must. Aside from seeing the famous book, you can go around the college to people watch. A visit to their library or the science center can also be fun.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

A fan of “Gulliver’s Travel”?  Author Jonathan Swift, was once a dean of the cathedral and was buried here. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. The structure of the church is beautiful and it has a lot of character. The church is close to the city center.

National Gallery of Ireland

Aside from its magnificent structure this famous tourist destination houses thousands of important and interesting Irish and European artworks in different forms and mediums. The entrance is free.

Dublin Castle

This was the seat of the UK’s government in Ireland. A trip to the castle would not be complete without dropping by the Chester Beatty Library which contains a collection of Eastern Art. The furniture and decor in the castle are quite amazing as well. 

Kilmainham Gaol

This is a must do to fully understand the history and struggles of Ireland. The only way to view the inside of the prison is by tour which is included in the entry fee and well worth it. 

 

Christ Church Cathedral

This fully operating church, more properly known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, serves as the cathedral for the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. The staff of the cathedral does collect entry and ticketing costs as the church does not receive funding from the government.

Grafton Street

Dublin’s high street is regarded to be Grafton Street and the surrounding area around it. Here you can find many talented street performers. Along with St. Stephen’s Green park, numerous museums, and galleries, this region is home to a plethora of distinctive and reasonably priced stores.