Introducing the city

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About Dublin

Attracting millions of tourists each year, Dublin is a vibrant city with an easy charm, embellished with all the baubles of a modern metropolitan city.

Home to Joyce, Beckett and Wilde and steeped in rich heritage, Dublin has an all-encompassing charisma that is impossible to resist. With the next big event always just around the corner and an authentic pub culture that's the envy of the world, it's not difficult to see why so many fall in love with the Emerald Isle.

From world-class museums to a bustling live music scene and burgeoning gastro obsession – modern Dublin really has something for everyone. So grab your leprechauns (sorry, we mean friends) and make for the end of the rainbow; Dublin's a pot of gold and more.

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When Should You Visit?

If you’re considering a trip to Dublin, it’s presumably not the weather that's drawing you in. This is a city of socialites and event junkies, so it’s best to plan your visit around one of the countless cultural festivals that take place all year round.

One of Dublin’s most well-worn mottos is ‘any excuse for a party’, so don’t miss out.

However, on the whole, the weather is more temperate than you might expect. Peak season is June to August when the place really springs to life. Spring time is also beautiful, but far more erratic. Seeing all four seasons in one day is not uncommon, so be prepared for anything. The average temperature during the summer clocks in at 20 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • Duck the tourists at George’s Street Arcade and browse the bric-a-bracs and vintage stalls for treasures in this much-loved market from a by-gone era. When you’re done, slip away into the Market Bar for the most generously portioned ‘tapas’ to be found in the city. Bring your appetite and order the meatballs.

  • Set course for the Dublin Mountains, home to some of the most magnificent hikes the country has to offer.

  • Settle into O’Donoghues pub on Merrion Row for the ‘ceol agus craic’ of the best traditional music session in town – which is a fiercely contested accolade.

  • Steeped in heritage and personality, the cobblestoned streets of Temple Bar provide a quintessentially Irish experience like no other. However if you’re planning to settle in for a drink or two, venture further afield to avoid the tourist tax. George’s St, South William St and Dame St are a stone’s throw away, with an eclectic range of charming bars.

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Food and drink

Main Course £12.59 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £50.37 | 60.00 €

Cappuccino £2.40 | 2.85 €

Beer £4.20 | 5.00 €

The Scene

Dublin has never been known for its food, however, post-recession has spurred a wealth of excellent eateries popping up all over the city with all tastes catered for.

But the star of the show is still Dublin’s legendary pub culture, where the Guinness is great and the craic is mighty. Sink into a smooth pint of Guinness and get to know the local burghers.

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History

Dublin’s Story

The first documented history of Dublin was during the Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries, where a settlement on the mouth of the River Liffey was initially given the name Dubh Linn (Black Pool).

By the 11th century, mainly due to close trading links with England, Dublin had become key town with a population of about 4,000.

The 12th century marked the beginning of 700 years of Norman rule, with the then King of England proclaiming himself Lord of Ireland after Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, won control of the city from the Vikings and the High King of Ireland.

From the 14th to 18th centuries, Dublin was integrated into the English Crown as ‘The Pale’, becoming commonly recognised as the second city of the British Empire.

However dramatic change was brought about by the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War which eventually led to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1949.

Dublin was the setting for many significant events during this time with a number of historic buildings still present today, such as the General Post Office on O'Connell Street, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol.

Language

English

Officially, English is mother tongue to Dubliners. But those in the know will tell you that the local dialect is punctuated with countless lyrical embellishments and unique turns of phrase.

To be sure, to be sure, don't say 'to be sure, to be sure' - same rule applies to 'top of the mornin', we're afraid. Instead, try 'what's the story?' or 'get out of that garden' and see the locals light up in astonishment.

Need to know

+353 Dialling Code
999 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Although Dublin’s main landmarks are best explored on foot, the city also has an extensive bus network and an overground light rail system (LUAS).
  • Tickets for the LUAS can be purchased at any stop. All buses accept cash when boarding, but they don’t give change.
  • Do yourself a convenience and purchase a Leap Card in a newsagent upon arrival. Similar to London’s Oyster, this travel card is the best way to use public transport in the city.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Dublin here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Trinity College

With half a million visitors a year, The Book of Kells is Trinity College's most checked-out book. This illuminated manuscript is of the oldest books in existence today.

2. Merrion Square

Visitors to Merrion Square are met by one of Dublin’s favourite sons, Oscar Wilde. Enjoy the great man’s many witticisms, immortalised on marble columns flanking the statue.

3. The IMMA

Located in Dublin's Royal Hospital of Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art boasts world-famous exhibits, as well as Ireland's next generation of artists.

4. Iveagh Gardens

Lying unabashedly in the middle of the city, the innate tranquillity of the Iveagh Gardens is one of Dublin's many secrets. The perfect retreat after a day of exploration.

5. Home of Guinness

Settling into a pint of Guinness is compulsory during your time in Dublin, and where better to do so than at the home of ‘The Black Stuff’ – The Guinness Storehouse.


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