A Quick Guide to Dublin

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The capital city of Ireland has always been a popular pitstop for travellers visiting Europe, particularly for its famed annual St Patricks Day in March. With its many pubs, clubs, and thriving music scene, there is much to be seen and enjoyed in a limited amount of time, so here’s everything you should see and do with a few days in Dublin!

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Population: 527,612 +
City Motto: ‘obedientia civium urbis felicitas’, meaning: “The citizens’ obedience is the city’s happiness.”
Climate: Mild, moist, and above all changeable!

A Quick Guide to Dublin

Prior to Arrival

As Dublin is a part of the EU, visas aren’t required as long as you are visiting Europe for stays of under 90 days. When packing, be sure to include layers as Dublin is infamous for its mild climate and constant rain showers (hence why it is so green)! When booking flights from outside of Europe, Aer Lingus offers the best connections as the national carrier. Within Europe, budget airline Ryan Air is a good choice and has direct connections with Paris, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Madrid, and Frankfurt.

On Arrival

When landing in Dublin, there are a number of ways to reach the city. The blue Aircoach is perhaps the most convenient option, leaving every 15 minutes with drop offs at the city centre and major hotels. The price is €9 single or €15 return. A cheaper option is Dublin bus, which stops only in the city centre and at the bus station, for €6 single or €10 return.

Getting Around

The best way to explore Dublin is on foot as the city centre is where all of the main attractions are located and the city is relatively flat to walk around. Dublinbikes are another great option and available for rent based on how long you take them from the various bike stations around the city.

What to See

St Patrick’s Cathedral – Dating from 1220, this cathedral is one of the most visited sights in Dublin.

Dublin Castle – If you like castles, this is a pretty centrally located sight offering insight into the history of Dublin dating back centuries when the castle was built.

Trinity College – If interested in university history or school life in Dublin, then make a quick stop at Trinity College for a look around the grounds. Tours are also available for those really interested in learning more!

Guinness Storehouse – The famed guinness-themed attraction where you can sample what all the Irish supposedly drink as well as enjoy a great view over the city!

Kilmainham Goal – This former prison now operates as a museum and is a very popular attraction for visitors to Dublin.

Old Jameson Distillery – Enjoy whiskey? Then chances are you’ll enjoy this attraction! Located off smithfield square.


Grafton Street – Arguably the most popular shopping street in Dublin, always thriving with locals, visitors, and many buskers throughout the day.

The Loft Market – Located in Powerscourt Centre, the loft market is a fun offbeat place to find trinkets and vintage goods.

Nassau Street – Running alongside Trinity college is Nassau Street, where you will find many souveniers and touristy trinkets.

What to Eat & Drink

While restaurants in Dublin are expensive by European standards, there are some great cheap eats to be found in Dublin, particularly if you enjoy pub food!  Popular choices for pubs include O’Neills Bar & Restaurant, The Brazen Head, and the Stag’s Head, but you will find no shortage of options once you arrive.


Get Out

The best way to see more of Ireland is by renting a car and hitting the road. Some popular nearby day trips include Howth, Math and Wicklow. However further afield you can find some great towns and cities to visit including Galway, Cork, the Cliffs of Moher, and much more! Don’t forget you will need your passport to cross over into Northern Ireland as it is a part of the UK, not the EU.

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    February 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Been to the north many times and never had to show a passport!

    Clipping Path Service
    November 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Wow ! so nice and wonderful post about a quick guide to Dublin it’s also very helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this with us……

    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    October 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    How cute! I just love the aesthetic of Dublin 🙂 need to go asap!

    September 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been to Ireland 4 times so far and each time it gets better and better! My dad was born and raised there and my mums parents are both from there (even though she’s from England), so I’ve been lucky enough to travel around a lot of the country. Dublin is where one of my nan’s live and it is amazing! So much touristy stuff to do and see. My other granny lives in Dongeal which is so so picturesque and peaceful. Northern Ireland is also lovely. I always feel really safe and at home in Ireland. Everyone is very friendly.

    September 22, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Dublin looks so amazing! I would love to go there if I ever go abroad xx

    September 21, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Can’t decide between Dublin and Edinburgh on my next trip to the Isles!
    Dublin seems so, so cosy though!

    September 18, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Dublin is very nice to visit, especially the atmosphere in the pubs is great! We went for a day with the local bus to the countryside and its still something I want to explore more.

    September 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Brooke! I think this post needs to be amended slightly – Northern Ireland is part of the UK and of course, part of the EU. The whole of the UK is part of the European Union.

    Blondes & Bagels
    September 17, 2015 at 5:13 am

    The Guinness Storehouse is totally a must see on any trip to Dublin, however the lesser known well kept secret of the Storehouse is the Connoisseur Experience (a VIP experience at a secret private bar hidden in the Storehouse). The extra cash for the special tour is totally worth it what with the semi private bar, extra special Guinness tasting, and the opportunity to get behind the gorgeous bar to pour your own pint.

    September 17, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Dublin is one of my favourite capital cities in Europe! It’s really charming and people are very open-minded! Love it!!!

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    Laura Mareno
    September 16, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I went to Dublin a year agoo!! And I loved it so so much!! I have to go back 😀

    Elizabeth | Something Saturdays
    September 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Newgrange is an amazing day trip out of Dublin! It’s a burial tomb that dates back to before Stonehenge!

    September 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Dublin! Hopefully next year 🙂 will refer back to this post as some great suggestions! x

    September 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that UK is a member of the European Union and thus Northern Ireland is as well (since it is a part of UK). It is the Schengen area that UK does not belong to, and neither does Ireland. Stating that Northern Ireland does not belong to EU is incorrect and could confuse readers. All but six EU-members are a part of the Schengen Area. The four EFTA-members are also a part of the Schengen Area but not of EU, thus it is crucial that you state what you really mean so as to not arise confusion. The Schengen Area is, for those who do not know, a common border between EU-countries through which EU-citizens do not need passports to travel.

    September 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Dublin is so high on my list, I can’t wait to go there! 🙂

    September 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Ireland seriously just calls to my heart!

    The whole culture just seems amazing. I think I’d be happy to sit in a pub, listen to Irish music and drink lots of Guiness and Beer.

    caroline nolazco
    September 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I have that exact same photo of the houses with ivy! I loved watching the wind ripple the leaves around in giant waves. Dublin was nice… but it can’t beat that countryside!

    Marie C.
    September 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Wow photos look great! I would really like to visit Dublin/Ireland someday 🙂

    Celestial Traveller
    September 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

    O’Connell Street, Temple Bar and Guiness/Smithwick all the Way! (KILKENNY!)
    And don’t forget The Dubliners for quality Irish music 😉
    Safe travels everyone!

    September 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I have been to the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara near Galway this year and I LOVED it!! 😉 And I also really loved the neighborhood Temple Bar in Dublin 😉

    Xx, Lis

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