Walk or stumble..., Dublin
I always choose to walk in any city, gives me the freedom to stop along the way without any set agenda or schedule. Walking allows me to stop at a cafe, bar, shop and just enjoy the city at a leisurely pace.
Dublin is an excellent city to walk in. The main attractions are within a minutes walking distance from each and I found that the bus service didn't really make sense for exploring a city like Dublin.
Definitely put on some comfortable walking shoes while you are in Dublin and explore this city on foot.
This is a guided tour by Irish actors who perform humorous extracts from Dublins best known writers.
You visit four pubs on the tour and the crawl lasts just over 2 hours,there is also a literary quiz with prizes for the winners.Starting point is upstairs at the Duke,9 Duke street. Doors open at 7 pm.
There are several options when it comes to transportation in Dublin but I found walking to be the most satisfying. You can go at your own pace, change your route easier, and you can see the city from eye level. Great option.
Fortunately, Dublin is a quite compact city, so it can be explored on foot. Most of the major sights are close to each other, as well as the shopping and pub district. In my opinion, you get a better feeling for a city if you do the exploring on foot, and you might discover something you wouldn't if you take a taxi or other public transport.
It seems like the best way to get around and you will always run into somethng interesting or the people.
I don't always follow maps, but we did run into Oscar Wilde sculpture just by walking the city. Off the map and back into the city.
Great fun! Dublin even in January had many, many tourist on the streets.
Let me speak for myself here: as you can see in the map, I had a flight from Amsterdam Schiphol to London Heathrow (always overcrowded with passengers and aircraft) and from London Heathrow to Dublin.
Because the several delays it took quite some time....
Taxis are easy and their prices reasonable, but of course always more expensive than public Transport but.....waiting at busstops in heavy downpours is no fun at all........
I too, rented a car to travel to Northern Ireland, which I had already rented here in The Natherlands at my Travel agency because that is cheaper.....You then get a voucher......to hand over the moment you pick up the car!
In Dublin and other smaller towns and villages: walking in your own feet is the best: my advice!!!
Those of you who have looked at my Rome pages know that I am a big advocate of walking everywhere in every new town I visit or live in.
It's important to get a feel for the place.
Dublin is another easy place to get around by walking. I often walked from Thomas Street over to Temple Bar, across the Liffey and up O'Connell Street, around Parnell St. and then back down to St. Stephen's Green. Ok, well, maybe not often - but at least once or twice, stopping by pubs along the way.
By the end I would be stumbling, but I still managed to find my way home.
Plus, walking around you get to hear lovely variations of the Irish accent - charming, to be sure.
We walked mainly. Taxi's didn't see too expensive either. Dublin is relatively flat and the main things you'll want to see and do aren't all that far from each other. There are pedestrian bridges and sidewalks across the Liffey and the busses seem to be pretty frequent as well. On foot, you will discover churches and get a good view of the lovely Georgian architecture in the east end around the leafy squares, canals and Trinity College. The north side of Dublin by the Liffy affords good shopping as well and views of the historic Post Office where there are still bullet marks from the 1916 uprising.
The busy centre of Dublin around O´Connell Bridge and the river Liffey is best explored on foot. Some important sights like Trinity College, Bank of Ireland and a few museums are located in walking distance to the centre.
Shank's Mare - My favourite way of getting round Dublin. On foot! It's not that big a place and walking is often the quickest method of getting from A to B. It's good for you too! (But be careful on rainy days - for some reason the shorter the individual the more likely they are to use one of those bloody big golf umbrellas with sharpened spikes at the end of the canopy!).
There are many types of transport in Dublin:
These are the modes of transport in Dublin. The car is the most popular and the horse has diminished since the beginning of the Celtic Tiger.
Dublin's traffic is... well, legendary. Let's just say that it's like being stuck in a traffic jam in Los Angelos (USA). :-) I'm sure you're getting the picture now.
Trying to hail a cab on the streets of Dublin may also frustrate you. So, how did I cope with the not-too-good traffic situation + lack of cabs on the streets? I literally memorized the phone numbers of 3 major cab companies here in Dublin. No choice. When you have to rush from one meeting to another, you can forget about calling for a cab at the last minute. Unlike Singapore, London or LA, the earliest they'd arrive at your destination is one hour. There were several occasions when I had to wait for MORE THAN ONE HOUR for a cab to pick me up from the IFSC/Customs House Plaza back to my hotel at the Shelbourne. I almost tore the cab driver's hair apart when he FINALLY arrived. Oh well, I didn't mean to sound that violent. Next time, I'll try walking back to my hotel. People tell me it'd take about 30 minutes to walk from Customs House Plaza to Grafton Street (assuming I don't get lost or kidnapped along the way). :-)
After living in Dublin for the first 2 weeks, I kinda got into the groove of things and anticipated pretty well how to get from one place to another without having to wait for one whole hour. :-) That was when I really started to enjoy this beautiful city.
Walking is absolutely the best way to see this city, especially south of the Liffey River. Don't spend all your time on that overpriced tourbus, get out and explore the streets and alleys.
Is the best way to visit Dublin. Is not a big city as London or Paris where you need use the tube or bus. On Dublin you can reach everything attraction walking is so good for you feet.