Dublin Travel Guide & Information

Dublin, the capital and largest city of Ireland, is as historical as it is contemporary; a cultural center for education, arts, and industry. The most popular destination for international visitors is Dublin, which has gained popularity due to its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions.

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Book flights to Dublin and visit a cosmopolitan, colorful centuries old city. Dublin is split in two by the River Liffey. Central Dublin hosts a plethora of landmarks ranging from ancient cathedrals to gracious Georgian buildings reminiscent of a bygone era. The attractions are not just limited to Central Dublin; both sides of the River Liffey are home to number of gaols and castles, birthplaces of a number of writers, poets and other literary geniuses.

Dublin is over 1,000 years old and is a city rich in history. Throughout the ages, literature, theatre and art has played an important role in its cultural development evidenced in almost all the architectural creations present in the city.


Things to do in Dublin


Dublin is also the focal point for much of Irish Art and the Irish art scene. A visit to numerous museums highlighting this is a "Must Do" while visiting Dublin.

National Museum of Ireland: The National Museum is a premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art:The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national museum for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic program of exhibitions, which includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Departments.

The Bram Stoker Museum: The museum offers a spine chilling, festive experience, featuring many aspects from the lives of both Bram Stoker and Dracula. The visit starts with a trip through the "Time tunnel to Transylvania" and into "Dracula's Castle". Next is the "Blood Laboratory" and "Dracula's Lair".

Must See:

Rooted in ancient history, Dublin has a lot of monuments that showcase the city’s historic pride. The variety in Dublin ranges from historical architecture, al fresco street cafés, outdoor markets and a buzzing nightlife.

Dublin Castle: Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn', originally located on the site of the present Castle Garden. The Castle sits proudly on the ridge at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where it is said, the original fortification took place.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well. Tradition has it, that Saint Patrick was baptized during his visit to Dublin. Today, the Cathedral is open to all people, as both an architectural and historical site.

Temple Bar district: Dublin is also famous for its varied nightlife. You can participate in this quaint, cobbled district, which is filled with shops, traditional pubs, theaters, cinemas and trendy clubs, laid out on pedestrian friendly streets.


Where to Stay in Dublin:

Dublin has cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels, Bed and Breakfasts, resorts and more, there are numerous hotels to choose from.

Temple Bar Area: The Temple Bar Area has evolved. What once was a decaying part of the city is now a thriving commercial center. The area is the city’s bustling cultural quarter. The area is centrally located and conveniently packed with affordable restaurants, cafes and an assortment of multi-priced shopping options.

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Grafton Street Area: The Grafton Street area and surrounding districts of St. Stephen's Green and Merrion Square are home to a fine architectural heritage. Many of the hotels in this area offer impressive views of the city, some overlooking the elegant St. Stephen's Green, while others are surrounded by some of the finest architecture in Georgian Dublin.

Ballsbridge/Embassy District: The area boasts of excellent transportation connections and some of the most exclusive hotels in Dublin. The hotels in the area are particularly popular with business travelers, and offer top notch conference facilities.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

* A passport is necessary, but a visa is not required for tourist or business stays of up to three months.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* You can visit the Embassy of Ireland website for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Dublin.

* The passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of their stay.

* You may also be asked to show proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay and that you have a return or onward ticket.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before Planning your Visit.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Dublin

Dublin experiences all four seasons, summer, fall, winter and spring.

If you are seeking a budget vacation to Dublin, you might want to visit during the winter or early spring. Though, the weather can be chilly and gloomy with shorter days, it’s a great time for discounted airfare and hotels. Plus, there are fewer crowds and shorter lines.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June - August)

Low season: (Mid-November - February)

Dublin Weather

Dublin has a maritime temperate climate, which means mild winters, cool summers and a lack of temperature extremes with moderate rainfall.

* Summers in Dublin are cool and pleasant, temperatures in July peak at around 68°F, the most sunshine is in May and June.

* Winters, apart from being wet, are mild, with rare drops to freezing temperatures.

Currency and Language:


The currency used in Dublin is the Euro or €.

ATMs are available in many parts of Dublin. Ensure that you inform your bank before travelling abroad and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals.


* Dublin has two official languages - Irish and English.

* Dubliners all speak English. However, knowing some travel phrases in Irish might come in handy.