Visiting Dublin: Everything You Need To Know Before Your Trip

visiting Dublin

Thinking about visiting Dublin?

We think that’s an excellent choice!

You’ve got to go at least once…

It’s one of the funnest cities you’ll visit!

And we’re going to tell you why…

In this article, we’re going to talk about:

  • Getting around Dublin
  • Top things to do in Dublin
  • Where to Stay When Visiting Dublin
  • Best Time to Visit Dublin

So if you’re here to learn more about visiting Dublin…

Keep reading below to help plan your trip!

Getting Around

The Dublin Bus system provides an easy way to get around the city and areas surrounding the city.

The buses normally run daily from 6:00 AM until 11:30 PM.

The DART system is an electric rail system that provides quick transportation between the center or Dublin and the coastline.

The LUAS light rail system is very similar to a metro tram found in other major European cities.

There are over 50 stops in the surrounding Dublin area between the Red and Green Tram lines.

The trams typically run between the hours of 5 AM and 12 AM.

Feel like exploring?

You can always rent bicycles at the Coca-cola Zero dublinbikes rental system and pedal your way through the heart of Dublin.

Flying in to the Dublin Airport?

The airport is only 10 KM from the city center options of car, bus and train for transportation to and from the city center.

Currency

Dublin currently uses the Euro as its form of currency. Make sure to check the exchange rate before your visit.

The Dublin Pass

We recommend purchasing The Dublin Pass if you plan on visiting Dublin for more than one day.

It will give you the most bang for you buck.

Here are some things the pass includes:

  • Free admission to over 25 of Dublin’s most popular attractions
  • Discounts at 20 other attractions and venues
  • Free Bus Tours for sightseeing
  • Free guidebook to plan your visit
  • It also includes transportation from the airport!

Go here for more information on what’s included in the Dublin Pass and how it works!

Tops Things to See in Dublin

St. Patrick Cathedral

St. Patrick Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Dublin and it’s the national cathedral of Ireland. The cathedral has several tombs, gravestones, monuments, and chapels.

Built between 1220 to 1259, the cathedral lies on the site where St. Patrick baptized coverts for over 600 years.

It has a unique Gothic architectural style with thick walls and heavy buttressing .

The cathedral has an amazing choir that performs daily. Check the choir out if you get the chance to!

Some of the most popular features include The Lady Chapel and the Lives Remembered exhibit.

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland has an extensive collection of European and Irish art.

The exhibits feature painting and sculptures, prints, drawing, and work by:

  • Van Gogh
  • Caravaggio
  • Jack B. Yeats
  • many other French Impressionists and Irish artists.

The best part is admission is free!

If you get hungry, you can eat breakfast or lunch at the Wintergarden Cafe.

The Gallery also has a gift shop that sells prints, books, toys and stationery.

St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green is a scenic park that is free to visit.

The parks’ features include:

  • over 18 monuments of important figures in Ireland’s history
  • exquisite gardens
  • a playground for children
  • gazebos
  • walking trails
  • duck ponds
  • shade trees
  • The Three Fates fountains

Visitors enjoy the many interesting historical sculptures found throughout the park.

Grafton Street

Grafton Street is a street designed for tourists that love shopping.  It has small quaint shops and several malls with different types of merchandise and souvenirs for purchase.

Some of the items you’ll see are:

  • arts and crafts
  • clothing
  • jewelry
  • housewares
  • toys
  • computers

There are restaurants, cafes, and pubs to eat at and enjoy a drink during the day or evening.

At night you can unwind and watch a movie at the nearby movie theater.

Or you can go hangout at the clubs if you feel like parting!

Trinity College

Trinity College is the oldest college in Dublin.

The school’s towering gothic-style halls are what makes the college stand out as an architectural beauty.

The most popular attraction of the college is The Old Library.

Visit the library to see one of the oldest and largest collections of literature that you’ll ever see!

Another popular tourist stop is the exhibit for the Book of Kells. However, this historic artifact might not be worth the fee for admission to some travelers.

If you’re looking for something free, check out the Science Gallery. This gallery is full of fun and contains exhibits anywhere from live art to material science.

The gallery is constantly changing the exhibits, so we encourage you to go again if you’ve already seen it.

You can also find a cafe in the Science Gallery that serves breakfast and lunch items.

Guinness Storehouse

Any beer lovers need to visit the Guinness Storehouse.

Even if you don’t like Guinness (most say it taste’s better in Ireland).

The brewery is open 7 days a week and offer tours to all of its visitors

It has interactive and multimedia exhibits that explains the brewing process of Guinness beer.

Tours include a complimentary beer at the end of the tour for adults.

They have a Brewers Dining Hall, 1837 Bar and Brasserie  that serve appetizers, beer, dinners and platters.

After the tour, shop at the Guinness Retail Store or learn how to pour a beer at the Guinness Academy.

This is definitely one of the funnest places for adults to visit in Ireland!

Temple Bar Food Market

Temple Ben Food Market is a market held every Saturday and Sunday in the center of Dublin at Meeting House Square.

Here you will find:

  • fresh produce
  • Irish cheese
  • baked breads
  • oysters
  • olives
  • food trucks
  • gelato
  • vegetarian food

It’s a  small market with a fun atmosphere and food options for everyone.

At night, Temple Bar Square turns into Dublin’s famous party center. Make sure to plan an evening to visit this area for some pints and live Irish music.

Dublin Zoo

The Dublin Zoo is in an area called Pheonix Park. It’s an excellent option for anyone traveling with kids.

The zoo is home to a variety of exotic animals that include Asian elephants, tigers, lions and more.

You can find over 600 species in this 70 acre park!

Some popular attractions at the zoo include the Gorilla Rainforest and the Asian Forest.

Where to Stay When Visiting Dublin?

You should learn about the neighborhoods in the city before you book a hotel. Try to find one that has attractions, shops, and restaurants that meet yours style.

Enjoying the area you stay in and being comfortable is an important part of travel. There are many different neighborhoods to choose from for your stay in Dublin.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the tourist hub of the city and has art galleries, cafes, bars, and cultural attractions.

Meeting House Square often has free concerts, and film screenings. Check out the Irish Film Institute and the Temple Bar Gallery and Studio.

Temple Bar is a lively area packed with restaurants, clubs, bars and discos.

It’s definitely a neighborhood designed for the younger crowd. So you might want to avoid this neighborhood if you’re bringing young children.

Grafton Street

Grafton Street is the wealthy section of town where you can find some upscale hotels.

Here you’ll find:

  • St. Stephen’s Green
  • unique shops
  • art galleries
  • historical museums
  • a variety of restaurants

City Centre

City Centre has a mix of shopping, restaurants, hotels and historical sights.

This is the place to go if you’re looking to take a tour of Dublin. It has many walking, bike, and bus tours of historical and cultural sights. The Historical Walking Tour of Dublin is a great place to start.

North Quays

North Quays is near Phoenix Park, in the hub of Dublin’s shipping industry. The area recently went through a remodel to add upscale hotels, clubs, and restaurants.

Dalkey

Dalkey is a seaside town along the coast. Take in the sights at Killiney Hill and tour Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center.

If you’re looking for party spots, this area has a vibrant night life. Dalkey is full of pubs, delicious seafood restaurants, and shops.

O’Connell Street

O’Connell Street is the area where political strife once lived. Its recent renovations provided this area with new hotels, restaurants and four theaters.

Best Time to Visit Ireland

The weather in Ireland is consistently chilly no matter what time of year it is.

I was once in Ireland during June and the temperatures were in the 50’s (F)

So you should always bring a light jacket just in case!

June through August is the busy tourist season.  Expect to see large crowds and higher hotel prices during this time of year.

When you want fewer tourists  to compete with visit in spring or fall.

During this time the weather is colder but the prices for hotels and airfare are lower.

Make sure to check what dates the festivals take place so you don’t get surprised by a spike in hotel rates.

Some popular festivals are:

  • The Dublin International Film Festival takes place in the Spring
  • The Dublin Festival of History, Dublin Theater Festival, and Oktoberfest Dublin take place in the Fall.

Conclusion

It’s hard not to have a good time while visiting Dublin. The city has a very unique city with a fun atmosphere.

There are options for travelers that love learning about history and taking in the sights.

And there are options for people that like to drink beer and party like a local!

Have you been to Dublin before?

What was your favorite part about the city?

We would like to hear about your time in Dublin in the Comment Section below.

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