This delightful city, originally a Viking settlement, is the raucous capital of the Republic of Ireland. You will find it located in the province of Leinster, on Ireland’s central east coast, right at the mouth of Ireland’s main river, the River Liffey. Weather-wise, Dublin is relatively chilly for the majority of the year, with the warmest temperatures reaching to an average of 20 degrees. 

Like any capital European city, you will discover that Dublin is rich with culture and history, and you have copious amounts of wonderful sites and activities to fill your visit. Grow jealous of the beautiful houses lining the Georgian streets, or gaze upon the impressive sights of the 19th Century neo-classical government buildings of the Republic, or maybe have a wander around the medieval Dublin Castle, built eons ago in 1204. Interestingly, this castle was inhabited right up until 1922, when the Irish Republics managed to overthrow British rule. 

You’ll find that Dublin is divided into various interesting quarters, making your job navigating around the city much easier. Which sector to explore is dependant on your interests, but all are well worth your time. Perhaps a visit to the gorgeous St Stephan’s Green, located in the Georgian Quarter, is up your alley, or maybe the Dublin Docklands, found in the Docklands Quarter. Each quarter has its own purpose and personality, so if you have time to visit all of them, do not hesitate to do so!
 
But these are only a smidgen of what Dublin has to offer. See landmarks such as the 120m-tall Spire of Dublin, the intricate details of the facade of Trinity College, or the simplicity of Ha’penny Bridge. You can also travel the breadth of the streets of Dublin in numerous ways, whether using the city’s tramlines or the Dublin-bikes. 

Dublin provides a plentiful Irish palette of traditional dishes. Two dishes for you to try in particular: Irish Stew, made up of mutton, onions, potatoes and carrots, and Molly Malone’s famous cockles and mussels. The Guinness factory is also an absolute must in Dublin. 

All those who have partied in Dublin have said it’s one of the best nights out you will ever experience. With plenty of traditional Irish pubs, and umpteen nightclubs, bars and restaurants, paint the night green and make sure you take the chance to try a genuine pint of Guinness, or warm yourself up with an Irish coffee!

Overview

The fantastic city of Dublin is the capital of Ireland and has been inhabited since the 9th century. It was founded as a Viking settlement and its name means ‘dark tidal pool’, referring to the city’s location. Dublin is situated on the eastern coast of the country, at the mouth of the River Liffey

Dublin is the largest city in Ireland and has a huge reputation for partying and traditional Irish hospitality. It is famous for its pubs, of which there are more than 1000 to choose from. Among the most popular local products is the world renowned Guinness beer and Dublin is also the home of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The capital of Ireland features many museums, galleries, medieval castles and churches. One of the most important attractions of the city is the Book of Kells, which is an illustrated manuscript from 800 AD, and is found in the library of Trinity College. The Spire of Dublin (also known the Monument of Light) is made of stainless steel and at dusk it appears to merge into the sky providing a truly spectacular sight.

Dublin also boasts a world famous literary history and in 2010 it was named a UNESCO City of Literature. Many great writers and poets have lived in the capital of Ireland including George Bernard Show, Samuel Beckett and William Butler Yeats.

Key Facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: English, Irish
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 1 hour
    Time zone: GMT +1

Great For

Cultural adventure: The capital of Ireland is great for city breaks and for those who want to learn more about the Irish culture and history. Dublin is also renowned for its Georgian architecture. The St. Patrick’s Cathedral is amazing and Dublin Castle houses museums and beautiful gardens.
Inspiration: Dublin was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010 and many well-known poets and writers have lived here. So there is no doubt that Dublin is an ideal place for inspiration.
Whiskey tasting: Irish whiskey is one of the symbols of Dublin. At the Old Jameson Distillery visitors are able to sample some of the best whiskeys of the country.

Dublin Zoo

Located in the centre of Dublin, the Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the Irish capital. The zoo was opened in 1831. Covering 28 hectares of land, it is home to more than 400 animals. Visitors can expect to see species like elephants, wolves, penguins and giraffes.
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
Opening hours: open every day except Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. January: from 9.30am to 4.30pm, February: from 9.30am to 5pm, March – September: from 9.30am to 6pm, October: from 9.30am to 5.30pm, November – December: from 9.30am to 4pm
Entry cost: daily ticket is €17 for adults, €12.20 for children aged between 3 and 16 years. Tickets are also available online.
Official website: http://www.dublinzoo.ie/

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is a must visit attraction during your stay in Dublin. It was officially opened in 1864 by the Earl of Carlisle and in 1968 it was extended by Frank DuBerry. Nowadays the gallery displays thousands of beautiful paintings including the world famous The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio and The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Burton. Guided tours are also available at the gallery.
Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Wed and Sat: from 9.15am to 5.30pm, on Thursdays: from 9.15am to 8.30pm, on Sundays: from 11am to 5.30pm
Entry cost: free, donations are welcome
Official website: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/

The Old Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery is situated on Bow Street in the centre of Dublin and offers an unforgettable experience. The guided tours give an insight in to the history of the renowned Jameson Irish Whiskey and there is even a chance to taste it.
Address: Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7, Ireland
Opening hours: it is open every day except Good Friday. Monday – Saturday: from 9am to 6pm, on Sundays: from 10am to 6pm. The last tour of the day is at 5.15pm.
Entry cost: guided tour is €16 for adults, €8 for children under 18 years, €13 for students and seniors. Group and family tickets are also available.
Official website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/uk/visit-us/oldjamesondistillery

Farmleigh Estate

The Farmleigh Estate offers a great day out for the whole family. It has an area of 78 acres and is located to the northwest of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Originally Farmleigh was a small Georgian house built in the 18th century and was extended by the Irish architect, James Franklin Fuller in the 19th century. Nowadays the house of Farmleigh consists of a ballroom, a dining room and many other ornately decorated rooms.
Address: Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Ireland
Opening hours: every day from 10am to 6pm, last admission is at 5pm
Entry cost: free
Official website: http://www.farmleigh.ie/

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

The Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin and is dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint. It is the Church of Ireland’s national cathedral and was built in the 12th century. This cathedral boasts ancient architecture and stunning stained glass windows, making for a fascinating visit even for none religious guests.
Address: Saint Patrick's Close, Dublin 8, Ireland
Opening hours: March – October: from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, on Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, on Sundays from 9am to 10.30am, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and from 4.30pm to 6pm; November – February: from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, on Sundays from 9am to 10.30am and from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Entry cost: ticket is €6 for adults, €5 for students
Official website: http://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/index.aspx

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