Dublin is a cultural capital with a rich history. Natives abroad yearn for the pubs and the humour (or "craic") which teem in this ever-growing city. A fascinating place with incredible beautifully preserved mansions and castles, meticulously curated museums, churches, cathedrals, and parks, the city has one foot in the past and an eye on the future.
Dublin's attractions are as diverse as they are plentiful: from the 11th-century Christ Church Cathedral to the Leprechaun Museum, this city has a wide selection to offer. The plethora of literary pubs have earned its status as one of just five UNESCO Cities of Literature on the planet. You can raise a pint to writers like James Joyce and Bram Stoker, or explore the life and works of poet WB Yeats at the National Library.
Dublin is a great city to explore on foot. From the gracious city parks of Merrion Square and Iveagh Gardens, to the grand Georgian architecture and alfresco café culture of South William and Drury Streets, there’s a lot to divert your attention. And don’t forget Temple Bar – a cobblestoned cultural enclave of galleries, restaurants, hopping pubs and the lively Meeting House Square.
Dublin’s streets are a busy mix of past and present. This city has always inspired writers, visitors and political firebrands alike.
To walk these streets is to journey through history, from the city’s Viking roots by the banks of the river Liffey, to its atmospheric medieval churches with their mummified remains and holy relics. More recent architecture includes the gracious Georgian streets, as well as museums, theatres and several parks where one can escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Dublin has an exciting food scene – naturally, there's plenty of Irish fare, both traditional and modern, but you'll also find a tasty selection of ethnic eateries spanning most global cuisines.
Here's a list of the best restaurants in Dublin, Ireland:
The pub is a place dear to the heart of every Dubliner, but you'll find that cafés, coffee shops, and tea shops come in a very close second.
There are hundreds of cafés in Dublin offering the finest coffees and teas from around the world along with a wide selection of delicious food and sweet cakes to accompany them.
Below is a list of the best cafes in Dublin, Ireland:
Dublin offers diverse options for all tastes - whether you're after Waterford crystal, jewellery from a local contemporary designer or even handmade stationary, you're sure to find it here.
High street shopping is focused on either side of the Liffey, while department stores and open air markets also feature. If you want to intersperse your shopping with a little sightseeing, take a stroll down Grafton Street or stop by The Spire that overlooks Henry Street.
Passport / Visa
Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities: if you are a UK citizen, you can just use official photo identification, whereas if you are an EU citizen, you just need a national identity card. Visitors from EU countries (including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, don’t need a visa to visit the Republic or Northern Ireland. South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland visa-free, but they need a UK visa in order to enter Northern Ireland. If you're not sure whether or not to apply for a visa, we recommend you to contact the embassy or consulate in your country.
The Dublin Central Airport is located 10km north of Dublin, in Collinstown (Fingal) with access to a large number of buses, coaches and taxis all allowing you to easily get to/from the city center.
Dublin Bus offers many routes throughout Dublin from the Airport, including the 16 to Ballinteer, the 41 to Lower Abbey Street and the 102 to Sutton Station. Aircoach operates regular services from Dublin Airport to the city centre and to Cork and Belfast.
Address: Dublin Airport Switchboard
Phone: +353 1814 1111
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Dublin is during the summertime (May to August) when the weather is warmer than the rest of the year and you can enjoy numerous festivals. Unfortunately summer season is also the most expensive time to visit. So, if you’re planning a vacation to Dublin but you don't want to spend a fortune, Spring and Fall make for a happy medium with moderate temperatures, less crowded street and lower prices.
Dublin has an extensive bus network but only a few rail and tram lines.
Most of buses are operated by Dublin Bus with some smaller companies operating other routes, most usefully an express service to Dublin Airport operated by Aircoach. If you plan to use buses more than a few times in Dublin, it's well worth getting some type of prepaid ticket or pass, many of which are also valid on rail and/or tram services, such as the Leap Card.
While the rail service is not extensive, a nice way to see Dublin Bay is to take a trip on the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) suburban train and to travel from the city centre as far as Bray. It's not particularly expensive and you get to see some spectacular views of Dublin Bay.
LUAS trams began service in 2004. The Red Line connects the two main railway stations of Heuston and Connolly whici is also the route of the most popular points of interest for tourists.
All taxis in Ireland have a large yellow and blue roof-sign and door signage. Taxis may be hailed on the street, picked up at a taxi rank or ordered by phone.
Phone: +353 6772 222
The General Post Office in Dublin is located at O'Connell Street.
Address: O'Connell St. 56, Dublin
Phone: +353 1705 7000
More Information: Closed on Sunday.
O'Connell Street Lower 55, Dublin
+353 1873 0427
Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 22:00. Saturday 10:00 - 22:00.
Collins Av. E 38, Dublin
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 18:30. Saturday 10.00 - 17.00.
Country Code: +353
Zone Code: 01
230 V/50 Hz.
G Type power sockets.