The Statue of Molly Malone stands outside the Dublin Tourism Center on Suffolk Street at the heart of Dublin's city center. This tourist office was one time St. Andrew's Church. Besides finding accomodations and information on Dublin, there is a great Tourist literature and book shop which is open all year round.
While waiting for your enquiry number to be called, the visitor can relax in Fionn McCools Sandwich Bar.
address: Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Fondest memory: I'll miss the friendly banter and Irish lilt of the voices when they're giving you you don't understand.
for addresses to all the tourist offices check on this website:
AT&T direct service is the easy way to call the USA while travelling overseas.
* dial the AT&T DIRECT access number of the country you are in
* At voice prompt: to call the US dial area code + number
to call other countries dial 01 + country code+city code+number
* At tone: enter your AT&T calling Card of credit card number - they now cost the same...
If you are calling collect (US only) hold for the AT&T Operator.
Fondest memory: How very necessary it is to go to the Tourist Office and/or your hotel immediately after arrival: they will be able to give you a little folder with all you have to know about calling!
From USA: 1 - 800 - 222 - 0300
From overseas: ask AT&T operator for Customer Care
Dialing tips and special features:
* from hotels get an outside line; from pay phones a deposit may be required for dial tone
* to place additional calls, don't hang on, just press #
* to correct a mistake while dialing, press*
* calling US 800 numbers, may be toll-free or AT&T direct charges
* to set up conference calls, dial 800 232 1234 (one conferee must be in the US)
* to leave a message if busy or no answer, dial 1 or dial AT&T messaging at 800 562 6275
* european pay-phones with the 3C symbol connect to the AT&T direct service. Just dial *60 (in France dial M60
* UK and German pay phones with the New World symbol connect to the AT&T direct service. Just press the AT&T button.
When in Dublin, you should experience:
+ Guinness Brewery - After touring the brewery, you get 2 free glasses of Guinness straight from the source.
+ Trinity College & the Book of Kells - visit while school is in session to get a feel of the buzz of the place.
+ O'Connell Street - this area is lined with touristy stores and businesses. Photo op at the O'Connell Bridge and Liffey River.
+ Grafton Street - Dublin's main shopping area full of specialty stores. This is mainly a pedestrian area so parking is very limited.
+ Temple Bar area - the heart of Dublin's pub crawling nightlife. Filled with pubs, trendy shops, restaurants, and other cultural activities. Check out the Bad Ass Cafe.
+ St Stephen's Green - great park to relax, meet people, read, etc.
+ St Stephen's Green Centre - Dublin's largest shopping mall. Resembles a giant greenhouse with Victorian style ironworks.
Dublin is an absoultely beautiful place for both young and old.Like all major cities you must be careful.Overall ,Dublin is a safe city and is Irelands party capital.Also if you are a student and have a valid USIT student card you get discount in accommodation,restaurants and shopping.This also apply's to the rest of Ireland.Just make sure you ask before you pay if they are accepted.
Fondest memory: The after party of the MTV Europe music awards in The Temple Theatre Nov 1999.It was brilliant,all the big names in R&B and Hip Hop were there.
Dublin lies on the east coast of Ireland, about 53° north of the equator, and is divided by the River Liffey. Greater Dublin sprawls around the arc of Dublin Bay, bounded to the north by the hills at Howth and to the south by the Dalkey headland. Greater Dublin is in the administrative region of County Dublin, which is bordered to the north and northwest by County Meath, to the southwest by County Kildare and to the south by County Wicklow. Postcodes are divided evenly between north and south of the river; all odd numbers are to the north, all even ones to the south. The postcodes for central Dublin are Dublin 1 immediately north of the river and Dublin 2 immediately south. The upmarket Ballsbridge area, which has some of the city's best B&Bs lies to the southeast of the centre in Dublin 4.
Dublin airport is 10km (6mi) north of the centre and public transport options between the airport and city consist of two bus services or taxis. The Airlink Express Coach, operated by the Dublin Bus company, runs to/from Busaras (the central bus station) every 20-30 minutes. The journey takes about half an hour. Alternatively, there are the slower buses, Nos 41 and 41A, which make a number of useful stops on the way to the city and terminate near O'Connell St. The trip can take up to one hour, but they are cheaper, operate longer hours and run more frequently than the express bus. Taxis are subject to all sorts of additional charges for baggage, extra passengers and 'unsocial hours'. A taxi between the airport and the centre usually costs about US$15. There's a supplementary charge of 80p (US$1) from the airport to the city, but this charge does not apply from the city to the airport. Make sure the meter is switched on, as some Dublin airport taxi drivers can be as unscrupulous as some of their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
Visit a pub. You won't have any problem finding one either. There's quite a few. A lot of visitors like Guinness. I'm easy on this drink. I like imported beers from Germany & Czech Republic.
Fondest memory: My favourite pub is 'The Porter House' in Parliament Street. This is a micro Brewrey which brews it's own beer - several varieties. Ironically it does not sell Guinness, but it's own beers are excellent and leave nothing to be desired. It also sells a very extensive range of imported beers (you would never have guessed, would you?). Very popular and well worth trying.
General tip? Get straight on a bus or train and escape. No just kidding, there are still quite a few places around Dublin worth a visit. Besides the usual sights within the city centre (most of which can be viewed quite comfortably from atop a doubledecker tour bus - quite a few tour operators in this field these days), a relatively cheap DART ride (electric train) will bring you out to Howth, a lovely fishing village just ten miles north of the city and festooned with great restaurants, lovely walks around Howth Hill and a lively pub scene.
As Dublin city centre is quite compact a good historical or literary walking tour can be more rewarding than you might imagine - just be wary of those 'guides' who may have rewritten history somewhat to ensure that they can incorporate as many pubs as possible, and despite what you may be told it's not every pub has a literary past. In fact most of the city centre pubs nowadays don't have a past that extends beyond the big development boom of the early 90s! If you're into the Irish music and don't like being sucked into tourist traps try Hughes pub behind the Four Courts any night of the week - it's where musicians go to swap tunes and there's a session every evening (sometimes very good ones too!).
Anyway back to the plot. You could do worse than spend a quiet hour or so people-watching in Bewley's Coffee House on Westmoreland Street, or try this - take a number 3 bus out to Ringsend (10mins) and locate the start of the South Wall, a three mile long stone jetty that defines the southern approach into Dublin harbour. You'd be brave to do this in a gale force wind, but on a calm day you will pass one nature reserve, three lovely beaches, a swimming area and eventually arrive at a lighthouse, from which you will have a unique view of the city. (I won't mention the power station and sewage treatment plant you also pass at the start).
Fondest memory: The ready, witty, unthreatening, impulsive conversationalists that prop up nearly every bar in the town. It pays to brush up on your philosophy, social history, archaeology, mythology, sport and whatever you had for breakfast as you'll meet an expert on all these subjects (and more) no matter where you go (and often the same person!).
PS - the photo up above is of the Rotunda Ballroom (aka the Ambassador Cinema and now a nightclub), famous for many reasons - but important to me as it's where I came into the world. Not in the ballroom I hasten to add, but in the adjoining Rotunda Maternity Hospital!
I've included most of my 'musts' in the information below.
Whilst in Dublin, you'll come across all different types of people, some will stop you in the street to talk, and others look through you as though you don't even exist!
You've got to sample the traditional Irish pub, and take in some of that there Irish Music!
The whole place steadily picks up throughout the day, people moving, and traffic halting. This city is definitely alive, and is the place to be!
Dublin - The Emerald City, home of Guinness, Baileys, and Hangovers!!!
Enjoy her like all who have been there before!
hop onto one of these horse carriages for a brief tour around the city center. Very nice! Unfortunately, I didn't find enough time to do this. :-( By the time I finish work, it's usually almost time to scoot off to dinner with my buddies. Duh.
You can find many of these horse carriages parked along St Stephen's Green. (see pic above).
Ferries To Ireland
1.Irish Ferries have two Routes from England.
From Pembroke - Rosslare, or Holyhead -Dublin.
They also have a Route from France.
2. Stena line to Ireland. Holyhead - Dublin
3. P&O Ferries. This may be the same link as stena.
If you need any other information do let me know, I'll help in any way I can. Have a wonderful time, and make sure you hit the west of Ireland too.
Go on a sightseeing tour around the city, it is the easiest and cheapest way to see everything and you can hop on and hop off at certian stops, and it is only £7.50 for the whole day
Fondest memory: The beautiful architecture in the city and strolling around the city centre.
Dublin has become an incredible hustling, bustling place. Irish history and lore is so rich and varied, and Dublin has been around a LONG time. If I was taking someone to Dublin who'd never been before, I'd have to start on O'Connell street. It's 'the main drag' in Dublin City, and along its wide expanse you'll find the GPO (or General Post Office, where the Easter Rising of 1916 was fought), Trinity College, where you can see the Book of Kells, and the impressive Bank of Ireland. Of course there's the O'Connell Street Bridge over the River Liffey, which runs through Dublin, west to east, as well as many other bridges crossing the waterway. You'd have to have coffee in Bewley's Coffee House, listen to the beeping traffic lights, and make sure you notice the way the arrows point, so you won't be run over by the heavy traffic coming from the 'wrong way'.
Dublin is fun, friendly, busy, and full of life and history. People there never met a stranger, and anyone will help you if you ask. The hard part may be finding an Irish person, as Dublin has recently become a huge tourist attraction.
Fondest memory: I miss the water, the mist, the brilliant sunrises and the cloudy days. The rain that springs up suddenly and then is gone in a burst of sunshine and rainbows. I miss the lilting voices, and the 'full Irish breakfast'. I miss the signs on the city streets that tell you how many public parking spaces are currently available in the city!! I'd go back in a minute if I could. Go to Dublin and lose your heart!!
My fondest memory of Dublin was in June of 1998, when I visited there for the first time. I met up with several on-line friends and we joined together to attend Michael Flatley's last three performances in 'Lord of the Dance' at the RDS (the Royal Dublin Society, where the National Horse Show is held). It was a magnificent, magic week there, and the friendships I made then are still flourishing two years later!
Favorite thing: The Dublin Tourism Centre is located just past Grafton Street on Suffolk Street, here you can pick up free information leaflets and get personal advice on: things to do, what's on, places to visit and to eat and drink. Browse the shop for a wide choice of local books and maps, postcards, prints, gifts and souvenirs.
Favorite thing: Here's a small one to help you out finding some of the places mentioned on this page. Dublin is quite spread out, but the city centre is small enough and contains all the major sights.