A Guide to Dublin
Dublin is one of Europe's most vibrant capital cities, and attracts many visitors throughout the year. It is a chic, stylish city, which has established itself firmly on the cosmopolitan map, whilst retaining all the traditions for which it is so well loved. In Dublin, there is definitely something for everyone.
Getting There and Away
Dublin Airport is located 6 miles / 10km north of central Dublin.
To and from the airport:
- Operates at regular intervals, 24 hours a day.
- Stops at most of the major hotels in central Dublin.
- Cost: Single €7.00, Return €12.00.
- Journey time: 45 minutes.
Airlink Express coach
- Offers 2 services.
- Bus 747 to Central Bus Station and Connolly Rail Station.
- Bus 748 to Heuston Rail Station, Central Bus Station and Connolly Rail Station.
- Runs at regular intervals from 05:45 to 23:30.
- Journey time: 35-45 minutes.
- Cost: Adult €5.00, Child, €2.00.
- Rank located outside arrivals area.
- Journey time: varies from around 15 minutes (off peak).
- Cost: €25.00, but extra charges are incurred depending on time of day, how many passengers and how much luggage, so obtain an estimate from the driver before travelling.
Dublin has 2 ports:
- Located 2 miles / 3km east of the centre.
- Number 53 bus runs to Beresford Place (next to bus station).
- Located 9 miles / 14km south of Dublin.
- DART train runs from opposite the ferry terminal and takes 20 minutes to the centre.
Dublin has 2 main train stations:
- Located centrally on Amiens Street, close to O'Connell Street.
- Also known as Kingsbridge.
- Located 2 miles west of the centre.
All buses to Dublin will terminate at, or very close to, Central Bus Station (also referred to as Busaras) located in Amiens Street, just a few minutes walk from Connolly Train Station.
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Dublin centre is fairly compact, so walking is a good way to get around.
Main provider is Dublin Bus.
- Services operate from 06:00 until 23:30; however there is a limited night service (Nitelink) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Free bus maps and timetables are available from Dublin Bus at 59 O'Connell Street Upper.
- Exact fare is required upon boarding, however if you do require change, the driver will issue you with a ticket redeemable at the Dublin Bus Office.
A range of tickets are available if you do not want to pay per journey:
- Valid for 1, 3, 5 and 7 days (includes Airlink service).
- Cost: €5.00 (1 day), €8.00 (1 day family), €10.00 (3 days), €15.50 (5 days), €19.00 (7days).
- A Handy Pack also available consisting of five 1 day tickets costing €17.00.
Adult Short Hop
- Valid for 1 day.
- Includes travel on all Dublin Buses (excluding Airlink), DART and suburban rail services (between Balbriggan, Kilcoole, Maynooth and Hazelhatch/Celbridge).
- Cost: €8.20.
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit)
- Train service connecting Dublin centre with surrounding commuter towns (e.g. Arklow, Drogheda and Maynooth).
- Runs from 06:30-23:30 at 5 minute intervals at peak times and 20-25 minutes off peak.
- Cost: varies depending on destination but normally between €2.00 and €6.70 (return).
- Short Hop tickets are valid on these services.
- Taxis are most useful for navigating the city late at night, as there is limited late night public transport.
- Taxis are often in high demand, especially at night, so book in advance where possible.
- The main taxi ranks are located in O'Connell Street, Dame Street and Saint Stephen's Green.
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St James' Gate, Dublin 8
- Find out more about the history and production of this famous Dublin drink.
- Enjoy a free pint of Guinness while taking in the panoramic view of Dublin in the Gravity bar.
July and August 09:30-20:00
Child (6-12) €5.00
- Experience castle life through guided tours of the State Apartments, Chapel Royal and the Undercroft.
Monday to Friday 10:00-16:45
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 14:00-16:45
(Guided tours only available)
The Old Library and the Book of Kells
Trinity College Library, College Street, Dublin 2
- Contained in the Old Library is the Book of Kells which dates to 800 AD, and is an excellent example of illuminated text.
- You can also visit the Long Room, which houses 200,000 of the library's oldest texts, and numerous exhibitions along the way.
Monday to Saturday 09:30-17:00
Sunday 12:00-16:30 (October to April), 09:00-16:30 (May to September)
(Under 12s FREE)
Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
Parkgate Street, Dublin 7
- The largest urban enclosed park in Europe.
- Contains a visitor centre and Dublin Zoo, as well as many green spaces to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Main gate is open 24 hours, side gates are open 07:00-23:00 daily
Visitor Centre: weekends only 10:00-17:00 (November to mid March), 10:00-17:30 (midlate March and October) and 10:00-18:00 daily (end of March to September)
Zoo: Monday to Saturday 09:30-18:00, Sunday 10:30-18:00 (Summer), Monday to Saturday 09:30-dusk, Sunday 10:30-dusk (Winter)
Visitor Centre: Adult €2.75, Child €1.25
Zoo: Adult €13.50, Child €9.00 (under 3s Free)
Christ Church Cathedral
Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
- Also known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity.
- The crypt within the Cathedral is one of the oldest structures in Dublin.
Monday to Friday 09:45-16:30
National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
- The main collection contains examples of Ireland's most influential artists, as well as examples of Italian, French, Dutch and British art.
Monday to Saturday 09:30-17:30 (Thursday until 20:30)
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
- The Cathedral was built to commemorate Saint Patrick's visit to Ireland.
- The famous writer, Jonathan Swift, was once Dean here. His grave can be located by the entrance.
Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00
Saturday 09:00-18:00 (March to October), 09:00-17:00 (November to February)
Sunday 09:00-11:00, 12:45-15:00, 16:15-18:00 (March to October), 10:00-11:00, 12:45-15:00 (November to February)
Marino (off Malahide Road), Dublin 3
- Designed by Sir William Chambers for James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont.
- Inside, there are many architectural devices to trick the mind.
- Access is by guided tour only.
November to September, February to March 12:00-16:00 (17:00 in April) Saturday and Sunday only
May and October 10:00-17:00 daily
June to September 10:00-18:00 daily
- Home to the Irish Parliament since 1922.
- It is speculated that Leinster House was influential in the design of the White House in America.
- Visitors have the option to tour both houses, and take a seat in the Public Gallery when the houses are in session.
Tours normally taken Monday to Friday at 10:30, 11:30, 14:30, 15:30.
Additional tours also available on Tuesday and Wednesday at 19:00 and 20:00.
Tours must be arranged prior to arrival either by contacting your local Senator (if resident in the Republic of Ireland), or via your Embassy. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Museum of Ireland
- Archaeology and History, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
- Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7
- Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
- Extensive collections located at 3 points across the city, including some two million archaeological finds.
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
If you are planning a tourist trip to Dublin, then you may wish to consider investing in a Dublin Pass:
- Allows free entry into the majority of the tourist attractions including the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle.
- Free transfers to and from the airport with Aircoach.
- Discounts and special offers in many restaurants and shops and on many bus tours.
1 day Adult €29.00, Child €17.00
2 day Adult €49.00, Child €29.00
3 day Adult €59.00, Child €34.00
6 day Adult €89.00, Child €44.00
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Where to Stay
LateRooms.com has a range of 150 Dublin hotels to offer all over city, whether you are staying for business or leisure there is plenty of choice.
Dublin is a bustling business city and a major tourist hotspot, so expect to pay slightly more for your accommodation, whatever day of the week you travel.
- If you are travelling on a budget why not consider staying in the suburbs? You can avoid all the noise and stress associated with the centre, while still being able to appreciate all that Dublin has to offer.
- If you are travelling with a group of friends or as a family, LateRooms.com has an extensive range of serviced apartments available in Dublin which can be more cost effective than booking a hotel or B&B.
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Where to Eat
Meeting house Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6705372
- Contemporary menu with an Irish influence.
- Average main course for dinner is €22.00, however there is a pre-theatre menu available (18:00-19:00 Sunday to Thursday) for €25.00 and set lunch menu options.
- Open for lunch and dinner every day.
Jacob's Ladder Restaurant
4 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6703865
- Renowned restaurant serving contemporary Irish food housed in a traditional Georgian House.
- Average main course is €30.00, while a set 3 course dinner menu costs €44.00.
- Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, +353 (0)1 6682611
- Popular restaurant which is well established on the Dublin restaurant scene.
- An average main course for dinner costs €24.00, however a pre-theatre menu is available from €20.95 and a set lunch is available at €19.95.
Botticelli Italian Restaurant
13 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6727289
- Offers views of the River Liffey and the vibrant Temple Bar.
- Offers the usual pizza and pasta, alongside an extensive meat and fish menu.
- Average main course costs around €11.00 (meat and fish dishes are slightly more expensive). The lunch menu starts at €8.80 for 3 courses.
- Serves from 12:30 to midnight every day.
22 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6707358
- Varied menu with both Mediterranean, French and Irish influence.
- Prices vary from €7.00 for a sandwich, to €11.00 for a pasta dish and €20.00 for steak dishes.
- Serves from lunch to dinner.
23 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6704899
- Oriental restaurant serving many varied dishes with a children's menu too.
- Main courses cost around €15.00.
- Open for lunch and dinner.
Gallagher's Boxty House
Temple Bar, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6772762
- Offers authentic Irish cooking, its speciality being Boxty (Irish potato pancake).
- A Boxty with a choice of filling will cost around €13.00. The remainder of the menu is similarly priced.
- Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Butlers Chocolate Café
24 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6710591
- Numerous outlets across Dublin.
- The cafés sell a range of chocolate and coffee.
- A basic coffee costs €2.20, while a Chocolate Affogato (2 scoops of homemade ice cream topped with espresso and chocolate sauce) costs €4.40.
- Open during the day only.
Steps of Rome
1 Chatham Court, Chatham Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0)1 6705630
- Popular café serving a wide range of pizza.
- Eat in or take away available.
- Reasonable prices.
- Serves from lunch until late 7 days a week.
19 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, +353 (0) 6777583
- Vegetarian restaurant with an avid following.
- Serves a range of dishes from soup and quick snacks to full main courses.
- Reasonably priced with main courses around €9.00, and soups around €3.00 to €4.00.
- Open from 08:30 until 20:00 (Thursday 21:00).
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Dublin is definitely the place to go if you are looking for a varied, vibrant and buzzing nightlife. Typically, tourists head for Temple Bar, which has become a haven for stag and hen parties. If you want to avoid the tourist hot spots, then the area around Grafton Street is much quieter and attracts a more varied mix of people.
From the traditional Irish pub to a trendy bar or swanky club, you will not be short of places to go.
Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- A tour led by professional musicians who tell the story of Irish music, whilst visiting some of Temple Bar's famous pubs and bars.
- Pub crawl begins in Oliver St. John Grogarty's.
- Contact +353 (0)1 4753313 to book.
- Operates 7 nights a week (April to October) and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only at other times.
The Temple Bar
47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Longstanding, popular pub.
- Serves food.
- Occasional live music nights.
Fleet Street, Dublin 2
- Modern fun pub, plays the latest music at night.
- Food served during the day.
16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
- Brews a selection of its own beer and offers many more as well.
- Live music 7 nights a week.
The Morgan Bar
The Morgan Hotel, 10 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
- Modern bar attracting a cosmopolitan crowd.
- Heated outdoor courtyard.
- Serves a tapas menu.
Grafton Street and the South
21 Duke Street, off Grafton Street, Dublin 2
- Famous Dublin pub associated with the writing of James Joyce.
- Serves good pub food that attracts a busy crowd at lunchtime.
Harry Street, off Grafton Street, Dublin 2
- Late serving bar with a rock bar downstairs.
- Upstairs plays the latest chart hits.
- Outside seating area.
Doheny and Nesbitt
5 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
- One of Dublin's oldest pubs.
- Gets quite busy, especially when the rugby crowd are in town.
1 Dame Court, Dublin 2
- Popular, traditional pub with relaxed atmosphere.
- Offers good pub lunches.
Ron Black's, The Dawson Lounge
25 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
- Smallest pub in Dublin.
- Fairly cheap prices.
- Ron Black's also has a larger venue on Dawson Street, which is massive, but slightly more expensive.
The bar and pub scene tends to prevail in Dublin, especially as most have extended licensing hours. However, there are a small amount of clubs to suit a variety of tastes.
Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Popular club, guaranteed to be busy nearly every night of the week.
- Music is commercial dance.
- Trendy crowd, fairly strict dress code.
Adam Court, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
- Exclusive club, a favourite with celebrities.
- Strict entry requirements.
- Be prepared to splash the cash.
Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
- Name stands for the Place of Dance.
- Live music venue, bar and clubbing space catering for a wide range of crowds.
- Strict dress code.
- Gets very busy, so arrive early.
Dame Court, Dublin 2
- One of Dublin's oldest clubs, but still popular.
- Serves up a mixture of soul, funk and hip hop.
- Range of different nights.
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Theatre & Entertainment
Dublin has a varied theatre and entertainment scene, which is not surprising as it has produced some of the world's most renowned playwrights, such as Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats.
- Home of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
- Host of many big concerts.
Lansdowne Road Stadium
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
- Home to Irish rugby union.
- Hosts many big concerts and sporting events.
North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
- Host many concerts and shows.
Other Theatre Venues
The Abbey Theatre
26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
- Founded by William Butler Yeats, and was the first state-subsidised theatre in the English speaking world.
- Stages predominantly traditional and new Irish plays.
South King Street, Dublin 2
- Stages a variety of well-known musicals, theatre, and operatic events.
National Concert Hall
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
- Showcases performances from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and guest performers, as well as leading vocalists.
6 Pembroke Place, Dublin 2
- Small theatre.
- Offers contemporary and international performances.
The Gate Theatre
1 Cavendish row, Dublin 1
- Shows well known musicals and productions, with the odd celebrity appearances.
- Also showcases new works of Ireland's leading playwrights.
Dublin also hosts a wide range of events which attract locals and tourists alike. The biggest of these is the St Patrick's Festival (around the 17th March) which transforms Dublin into a party capital, and sees revellers hitting the streets for this famous Irish festival.
Temple Bar, despite its reputation for being rowdy and touristy, is home to the annual Dublin Theatre Festival (which usually takes place in September and October). This is the oldest specialist theatre festival in Europe, and has helped to establish Temple Bar as Dublin's cultural quarter. Alongside this is the Dublin Fringe Festival, which acts as a showcase for both new and established performers in all areas of performing arts.
If you are looking for a particular live music night or show, then it may be worth investing in The Event Guide. This is a fortnightly listing which is also available online as well as in most newsagents. There is also In Dublin which is a free 'what's on' guide published weekly.
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For the Kids
There's lots in Dublin for the children to do. If you want a family day out you will definitely find something to suit everyone.
Dublin City Moorings
- Take a thrilling ride on a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), around Dublin Bay.
- Take in the local wildlife and the Bay's history and culture, whilst tackling the waves.
Departure times vary depending on the weather and season.
Email email@example.com for further information.
Party of 1-4 people €30.00 per person.
Party of 5+ people is €25.00 per person.
Viking Splash Tours
64-65 Patrick Street/Saint Stephen's Green North
- Take a fun tour around Dublin's streets by a fully-costumed Viking, before boarding a vintage WWII amphibious vehicle at the Grand Canal Basin, for an exciting water trip.
2nd March to 31st October, daily 09:30-17:00
November, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-16:00
8th February to 1st March, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-16:00
Adult €16.00 (€18.50 in July and August)
Child €8.95 (€9.50 in July and August)
Hey! Doodle Doodle!
14 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Offers adults and children alike the opportunity to paint their own ceramics.
Monday to Saturday 11:00-18:00
Customers must pay for the ceramics they choose to paint and the time it takes to paint them, but other materials are free.
Dublin's Viking Centre
Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Experience life as it was when the Vikings lived in Dublin, with accurate sounds and smells.
- See real Viking houses, as discovered through extensive excavations.
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-16.30
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For those whose passion is shopping, Dublin really is a paradise. As with most things in Dublin, shopping is distinctly split between the North and South banks of the River Liffey. Most of Dublin's major shopping areas are located to the South.
- Location of many of the designer shops, as well as some high street stores.
- Saint Stephens's Green is located at the top of Grafton Street, and contains a shopping complex.
- Contains the 'trendy' shops i.e. unique clothing, music, and craft shops.
- Holds a second-hand book market on Saturdays.
Powerscourt Town House
South William Street, Dublin 2
- Small shopping centre set in a Georgian town house.
- Contains designer shops and boutiques.
Meath Street, Dublin 8
- Popular market with locals and tourists alike.
- Sells a wide range of goods, including clothes, CDs, and antiques.
South Great George's Street
- Home to George's Street arcade, which contains a vast range of stalls, from food to clothes and body piercing.
- Leads to Camden Street where you will find an assortment of craft and gift shops.
Cows Lane Fashion and Design Market
Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Market containing many one-off originals from Ireland's up-and-coming designers.
- You can also find art, crafts, and other unique treasures.
Jervis Shopping Centre
Jervis Street, Dublin 1
- Dublin's largest shopping centre.
- Home to most UK high street stores.
12 Henry Street, Dublin 1
- Largest department store in Dublin.
- Contains a wide range of goods, particularly clothing.
- Home to Clery's, one of Dublin's most well known department stores.
- Has a small variety of other shops.
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Gay & Lesbian
Dublin's gay scene is quite well developed, and although there are only a handful of dedicated gay bars and clubs, there are plenty of gay friendly places and lots of specialised events which cater for the gay and lesbian community.
South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
- Dublin's oldest and biggest gay pub.
- Different themed nights, every night of the week.
78 Capel Street, Dublin 1
- Varied range of events.
- Known for declaring itself straight friendly.
Out on the Liffey
27 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
- Relaxed gay pub serving decent food.
- Saturday night is men only.
33-34 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
- Not exclusively gay, but operates a gay friendly policy.
- Relaxed bar, attracting a smart crowd.
For advice and information, there are a range of places you can go to including:
105 Capel Street, Dublin 1
- Offers a café, advice service, and workshops for the gay/lesbian community to enable them to meet in comfortable surroundings. firstname.lastname@example.org
National Lesbian and Gay Federation
2 Scarlett Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
- Produces the Gay Community News, a free newspaper giving advice and listings.
Gay and lesbian events which are of interest:
Usually every year in June
- A whole weekend of events geared towards the gay community.