This is the Dublin Travel Guide with the most essential Dublin Travel Tips to read and watch! Dublin is the capital of Ireland located on the east side of the country. The city was founded by the vikings in 841. Nowadays Dublin has around 550.000 inhabitants which is more than a third of the whole Irish population.
Travel to Dublin
The first Dublin Travel Tip is the easiest way to travel to Dublin and that is of course by plane. Because the city is home to Ryanair, the low cost carrier, there are hundreds of inexpensive flights. The airport is located around 10 kilometers north of the city center. To travel to the city you can use the taxi service. A single journey is around 20 to 30 euros. The bus service costs around 7 euros for a journey of 30 minutes.
In the city most sites are within walking distance but if you want to use the public transportation you can buy a card, for example a leap card. This is for all public transportation and one card will set you back around 6 euros for 1 day and 16 euros for 3 days.
Temple Bar (district)
The center of Dublin is beautiful full with history and old buildings. My advice is to take some time to walk around over here. And don’t miss the famous “Temple bar” and that’s in the Temple Bar district.
A popular nightlife area of the city and the district centers around the famous red Temple bar. Inside its fun all day long with live performances.
The historical heart of Dublin is really the Dublin Castle. It was built in the 13th century by king John of England on the site of a viking settlement. You can visit the castle daily a ticket will set you back around 8 euros and 6 euros for students.
The city is split into two parts by the Liffey river. In the past the southern side was for the rich people and there are 24 bridges in the city to cross the river. The most famous one is the Ha’penny Bridge. It’s a kind of landmark in the city just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Every day around 30.000 people cross the bridge. It was originally built by William Walsh in 1816. Therefore there was only a ferry to cross the river from one side to the other. After the bridge was finished people have to pay like half a penny and that’s the reason they call it the Ha’penny Bridge.
Churches and Cathedrals in Dublin
This city is full of churches and cathedrals and let me show you two of them. The first is the Saint Patrick’s cathedral. 43 meters high it was built in 1191 as a roman catholic church. Nowadays this is the national cathedral church of Ireland. The entrance fee over here is 8 euros. You can book your tickets with this link.
It’s just a 500 meters walk to the second one the Saint Christ cathedral and this is the oldest building in town dating back to 1172 a ticket will set you back around 10 euros.
Trinity College – Long Room
Really close to the two cathedrals you’ll find Trinity College. It is considered as one of Europe’s elite universities and nowadays there are more than 15.000 students.
One of the most stunning things of the college is the Long Room. This almost 300 years old library is 65 meters long and that makes it the longest single chamber library in the world and is certainly one of the best Travel Tips for Dublin.
Best time to visit Dublin
When you want to visit Dublin then the best period is the summer. From may till september you can enjoy longer days higher temperatures and less rainfall. I visited Dublin at the end of May and the weather as perfect. Sunny days and 18 degrees celsius. Check the weather today.
Dublin is the Guinness beer city for this reason you must visit a pub and drink a traditional beer. Actually it’s one of the most popular alcohol drinks in Ireland. It was founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759 and now more than 250 years later it is one of the most successful alcohol brands in the world. You can visit the Guinness storehouse. Actually it’s one of the most famous attractions in town.
Here you can learn more about the way this beer is made. You can explore the story of Guinness across the seven floors of this iconic building. My advice is to buy you tickets in advance and the entrance fee is around 22 euros and that includes a beer on a unique location.
Where to shop in Dublin
You will have plenty possibilities but on Grafton Street you’ll find some major brands. This street is also home to Brown Thomas. That is a department store for the exclusive brands.
Don’t miss the George street arcade. It’s a beautiful arcade with some small stores.
If you need some time to relax and chill I recommend you to go to Phoenix park. It was formed as a royal hunting park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747 and this is really one of the largest parks in any capital city in Europe.