Where To Stay In Dublin
Factually speaking, Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, but pretty small when compared to other capital cities in the world - it’s certainly not as big as London or Paris! Visitors can cover the entire capital city, no matter where they choose to stay. From the likes of the very centre to the outskirts, there are many choices for business and leisure travelers. The best parts of Dublin to book a serviced apartment in are:
- The Docklands
- O’Connell Street
- Temple Bar
- Southern Georgian Dublin
From a sleepy town to the bustling street where the night never ends, to a place that takes the traveller back to the century-old architectural heritage to the widest urban street in entire Europe, Dublin has it all. However, it is up to the travellers’ choice, based on their purpose of visit and what are they looking for during their stay in this beautiful city.
Facts About Dublin
Dublin, described as a collection of villages, has a history of around 140 AD, where Ptolemy makes a reference to this city in his writings. The famous tourist attraction Christchurch Cathedral was built in the 13th century and the main street layout date from the end of the 18th century and streets of Georgian four-storey townhouses are a distinctive feature of the city’s architecture.
But, it is not just known for its architectural beauty, here are some of the facts about Dublin that are surprising and fascinating:
- Dublin was founded by Vikings, who settled in what they called the “Norse Kingdom of Dublin” in the 9th century.
- Dublin is an Old Irish Gaelic phrase that translates to “Black Pool”
- The famous Trinity College boasts many celebrated graduates, including Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and Bram Stoker.
- O’Connell Bridge is reckoned to be the only bridge in the European continent that has the same width as its length.
- Phoenix Park is the largest in Europe.
- Dublin Corporation planted 43,765 deciduous trees in the Greater Dublin area in 1998.
- It has the youngest population in all of Europe. Approximately 50% of the population is less than 25-years of age.
- It is Europe’s most popular destination with travelling stag and hen parties. There are an estimated six hundred ‘pre-wedding sessions’ every weekend in the capital.
- Dubliners are more likely to buy a stranger a drink than locals from any other area of the country.
A little bit of physical Geography and economics never hurts either. Here are a few facts in these sectors:
- Area of Capital City: 318 km2 (123 sq mi)
- Area of Urban Area: 115 km2 (44 sq mi)
- Population in the capital city: 554,554
- Population Density: 4,811/km2 (12,460/sq mi)
- Urban Population : 1,173,179
- Greater Dublin: 1,904,806
- GDP: €106 billion
- International Airports: Dublin Airport
While there are many facts about Dublin, the only way to discover more about the city is to book a short or long term stay and explore.
Things to Do in Dublin
Since most of the travellers visit Dublin for holidays either with family or friends, the first thing that comes to their mind is ‘what are the things to do in Dublin’? Here are a few lists that can point travellers in the right direction:
What are the most popular things to see in Dublin?
Here are the most popular things to do in Dublin:
- Dublin Castle
- The Irish whiskey museum
- The Guinness Storehouse
- Trinity College and the Book of Kells
- Irish Museum of Modern Art
What Are Some Free Things To Do In Dublin?
Free things to do in Dublin include:
- Explore the iconic brew at Dublin's Guinness Storehouse.
- Join the Dubliners for a pub crawl and discover electric nightlife.
- Dance to Irish music at a traditional Dublin house party.
- Sample Irish whiskey on a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery.
- Cross the border into Northern Ireland and visit sights such as Belfast and the UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway.
- Journey to Ireland's west coast and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher.
- Kiss the famous Blarney Stone on a day trip to Cork and Blarney Castle.
- Escape the city to explore the wild landscapes of Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.
- Learn about Ireland's Celtic heritage with a visit to the Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs.
Where Should You Spend Your Nights in Dublin?
Here’s what the tourists can do at night:
- Take a self-guided night stroll.
- Go on a Ghostbust tour.
- Go on a Temple Bar Pub stroll.
- Head to the Ancient Church.
- Take a night photography tour.
- Catch a play at the theatre.
Places to Visit in Dublin
The city is full of history, culture, plenty of restaurants. But sometimes a bite of the past or an exquisitely drawn artwork can be just as satisfying as a plate of scrumptious food. Here are the places that all guests need to visit on any trip to Dublin.
- Dublin Castle - Book ahead to visit the richly decorated State Apartments or stop by to admire the 13th-century towers and beautiful gardens.
- The Irish Whiskey Museum - This little museum is a homage to Irish whiskey where visitors are taken on an interactive guided tour through the history of Irish whiskey.
- The Guinness Storehouse - Visit the birthplace of Ireland’s favourite beer, learn how to pour a perfect pint, and enjoy a drink overlooking the rooftops of Dublin in the Gravity Bar.
- Trinity College and the Book of Kells - Tour the beautiful university in the heart of the city and its famous library, home to the gorgeously illustrated Book of Kells.
- Irish Museum of Modern Art - Home to Ireland’s national collection of modern and contemporary art, the gallery includes works by Goya, Rembrandt and more.
Places to Eat in Dublin
When it comes to travelling, eating out is inevitable and many foodies would die to taste the authentic dishes of any region, exploring the restaurants and food streets to tingle their taste buds. In Dublin, however, it is not just limited to food, but it is food with beer! Who can leave Dublin without trying the ever-popular Guinness!
What foods should visitors try in Dublin?
Here are 10 foods that every traveller should try:
- Boxy pancake
- Irish Stew
- Black and White Pudding
- Soda Bread
- Irish Coffee
What are the best restaurants in Dublin?
We have jotted down a few best restaurants for the travellers and they are a must-visit.
- The Greenhouse
- Terra Madre Café
- Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
- Fade Street Social
- Richmond Restaurant
- Craft Restaurant
- Assassination Custard
- Fish Shop
What are Dublin’s cheaper dining options?
Read on to find out the best 10 cheap places to eat in the city of Dublin:
- Sano Pizza
- Da Mimmo
- Bao House
- Nut Butter
- Fowl Play
- Kimchi Hophouse
Street Food in Dublin
A vacation is not complete without tasting the street foods in Dublin. Be it a quick bite of an authentic European food or sour kimchi from the far east from South Korea – FOOD IS FOOD! From stews to soups, pizzas to soda bread, Dublin has it all, also don’t forget to have those street foods with a pint of Guinness.
- Temple Bar Food Market
- Grand Canal, Mespil Road
- Spencer Dock Food Market
- Ravens Rock Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate
- Smithfield Outdoor Food Market
- Howth Market
- The Station Buildings, Hatch Street Upper
- Marlay Park Market
- Coppinger Row Food Market
- People's Park Market, Dun Laoghaire
Shopping in Dublin
Shopping is the synonym for the holidays. Everyone, no matter who they are, wants to spend a bit on local gifts, a few more clothes, national treats, and collectibles. And in Dublin, guests can do all of these things and more.
Here a few places for guests to explore and shop in Dublin.
- Claddagh Records
- Avoca Handweavers
- Gutter Bookshop
- Sheridan’s Cheesemongers
- Brown Thomas
- Dublin Food Co-Op
- Lucy’s Lounge
- Winding Stair
- George’s Street Arcade
Transportation in Dublin
Those that like to explore cities on foot, will find Dublin to be the right place to visit, as public transport isn’t needed! However, if guests are travelling with family, then there are options like buses, rails, private taxis (which can be expensive) and of course cycling (which can be taken for rent).
The best way to go around Dublin, apart from walking, is the bus. This uses a Real-Time Passenger Information system, installed at local bus stops, electronically displaying signs relay information about the time of the next bus' arrival based on its GPS determined position.
There is also the city’s DART system, an electric train network that connects visitors to the city and the outside. There's also LUAS, Dublin’s light-rail transit service – a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines.
Weather in Dublin
Dublin, like any European city, experiences long summer days and short winter days. The summers are usually cool, thus making it ideal for business and leisure travellers. The wettest month being October, winters usually starts from November and can go on till early March.
Travelling is not just to enjoy, but to explore the place and oneself. Every travelling experience changes a person’s perspective on everything he/she sees. The cultural difference, language, food, tradition, and clothes not only makes one respect the other mankind but open up a thought process on the history and other aspects of that place.