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Dublin Tourism: Best of Dublin

A cultural powerhouse live with history, artistry, and spirit to spare
Dublin brings to mind literary giants, Georgian architecture, and Guinness galore. Nights here are alive with pub crawls and spirited music. But the days are also full of revelry, with enchanting architecture, tucked-away bookstores, and singular museums like the Chester Beatty. Green spaces abound, such as the St Stephens Green or Iveagh Gardens. And no trip is complete without a tour of a local distillery, where you can sample local spirits like Jameson or Teeling.

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Essential Dublin

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Dublin Is Great For

Epic bar and pub crawls

Soul-stirring live music

Distillery and brewery tours

Dublin Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Dublin

Mark K
Talk to everyone. Irish people like to talk.
Mark M
Irish people are friendly and open, so ask questions. People are more than willing to help. Just be aware a long conversation may ensue!
Buy the three-day (72-hour) Freedom Ticket for great-value, unlimited travel on Dublin buses. And, do not confuse Ireland and the UK, or you may offend some locals.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

Dublin is a city that has it all, including very charming locals. There is a huge variety of restaurants for all budgets, the bars are always great and have a good vibe, best to experience the ones away from Temple bar if you want a more economic authentic experience although Temple Bar area is a must when in Dublin. There is a good public transport system but we usually like to just wander around, stopping for a coffee or a Guinness while soaking up the fab atmosphere or just stroll around the shops but for the history buffs there's so much to see. The choice is yours but Dublin has it all for me and is never a boring place to visit.
Catherine J
Dublin is a family-friendly city with plenty to interest all ages. There is a wide and varied choice of free & paid attractions plus an endless selection of high-quality places to eat. As the song goes, "Dublin can be heaven, with coffee at eleven, and a stroll through Stephen's Green...."
My favorite things are to walk along the river, see temple bar area (go for live music and some beers if time), Guinness warehouse, St Patrick's cathedral.

What is the best way to get there?


Ireland’s capital is served by Dublin Airport. The express AirLink service connects the airport with the city center from early morning until late in the evening.


There are three major rail hubs in Dublin: Connoly, Heuston, and Pearse stations. These stations provide intercity services to cities such as Belfast, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Kerry, and more. See the rail map for more information.


Ferries arriving from four main ports in England, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man dock at Dublin Port, around 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the city center.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting from Dublin overseas, see if you need a visa using the following resource.

When is the best time to visit?

Summer: Dublin is prone to rain regardless of what time of year you visit. However, to lower your chances of showers, visit during the summer months of June, July, and August, when the weather is generally warm and sunny. May and September promise the fewest crowds and mildest weather.

But to experience Irish hospitality at its best, visit Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, which honors the patron saint of Ireland. The city comes to life with colorful parades and street parties and embarks on a two-day long celebration that features plenty of whiskey and Guinness.


Dublin has an extensive bus network that services both the city center and the suburbs. Check out timetables and routes here.


Dublin’s DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) electric railway transports you from the city center along the Irish Sea coast to both suburbs and coastal towns.


There are more than 70 tram stops in Dublin’s city center. For routes and timetables, see the following link.

If you’re planning to combine different modes of public transport, save money with a LEAP card. You’ll find more info here.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Western European Standard Time (WET), which is the same as GMT.
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in Dublin is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. The associated plug type is G, which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.
What is the currency?
Euro (EUR)
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Is it easy to find a bank?
Is tipping expected?
Tipping is not obligatory in Ireland, however, a tip for exceptional service is always appreciated.

Are there local customs I should know?

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.
The basic greeting in Ireland is a handshake, even with older children.

For more information on local customs and Irish culture, check out the following link.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dublin

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Dublin, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Dublin between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.