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Dublin Highlights

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     The combination of music, beer, history & culture 

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     Short daylight hours in the late fall and winter 

  • In a nutshell
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     Plenty to keep you busy 

Dublin Things to Do

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  • Kilmainham Jail

    Kilmainham Jail or Kilmainham Gaol as it is known in Ireland is a former prison where the main rebellious leaders of the Irish Revolution were incarcerated. There is a small museum where you can look at various artefacts from people who were imprisoned. Unfortunately you are not allowed to wonder around the prison on your own, you must take a group...

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  • Guinness Brewery

    The Guinness Factory was really interesting, it is a self tour so you can take it at your own pace. They have lots and lots of signs, boards, things you can read and it makes your tour really long. So if you are planning on taking this tour and others in the same day, then just make sure you are paying attention to the time. They have about 7 or 8...

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  • Trinity College

    Created in 1311, this ever since has been Dublin's largest college. For the tourist its famous as the home of the medieval manuscript, "the Book of Kells", one of the best preserved medieval manuscripts.

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Dublin Hotels

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Dublin Restaurants

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  • Leo Burdock Fish & Chips

    Fish & Chips... if you want to experience what Dubliners have been eating for years on end, check out Leo Burdocks in Werberg Street. This is a landmark where there is always a queue and well worth the wait. It's a take away which means basically no sitting down. However if you go towards Christ Church and on the left of that you will find a small...

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  • Bewley's

    We walked and hunted for a coffee house as our feet were dying from walking all day going from one place to another. Finally....Bewley's appeared before us and we went in to enjoy a rest, great coffee, and cake. They have many choices, we tried carrot cake and lemon pie.. both perfectly made. While there we sat and enjoyed the big stained glass...

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  • Gallagher's Boxty House

    Incredibly disappointed. I'm allergic to spinach - a weird one I know, but as soon as I eat it, I get really sick. I said this to my waitress upon ordering. However, my salmon and brown bread starter arrived with a salad garnish including spinach. This was sent back and arrived back out with salad removed. Main course was black pudding salad. Once...

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Dublin Nightlife

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  • Clubs

    My sister and I were severely ridiculed by the door men at The Everleigh Garden last night. We were respectfully dressed, stone cold sober and more importantly well mannered. After my sister being refused entry by a doorman she was ushered out of the queue immediately as if she was causing trouble. When I approached the doorman and calmly asked...

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  • Temple Bar Area

    Dublin is one of the places in the world with the liveliest nightlife. Temple Bar is an area where the bars and restaurants are side by side, the choice becoming very difficult. We wanted live music, and that narrows the options. A little bit... only a little bit!

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  • Gay / Lesbian Bars

    Located just across the river from Temple Bar, on one of the city's happening strips stretching from Parliament Street to Capel Street, Panti Bar is one of Dublin's most hilarious bars. It began life as a hot spot on the Northside for clubbers gearing up for a night of dancing over the weekend but a few years ago the bar was relaunched as a...

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Dublin Transportation

  • To and From Dublin Airport

    I am really impressed by these folks. They have a ticket counter right in front of the airport and are really friendly. You can buy online before, at this ticket counter or from the driver at any stop. I bought it from the counter when I arrived and had some time before my bus was due to leave. The gentleman at the counter offered to hold my bags...

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  • DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit)

    If you are in Dublin without a car then using the DART is a good option to see the city and its surrounds. DART stands for Dublin Area Rapid Transit and the line travels from Malahide and Howth in the North of Dublin through to Greystones in the south. Much of the 33 miles of line especially south of Dublin city runs along the coast and the scenic...

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  • Dublin Bus

    You can buy a 'family rover' tocket from Dublin bus for just 11.50 Euro. As this covers two adults and 678 children (ok thats bit is a lie). Rather suprisingly it covers the 747 route from the airport to town which is usually 6 euro per adult to start with. It also covers the bus to the port. It can be bought from dublin bus office on o'connell...

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Dublin Shopping

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  • Shopping Centres / Malls

    This building originally was the city mansion of Viscount Powerscourt and was built in 1774 with granite from the Powercourt county Wicklow estate. In 1981 it was turned into an upmarket centre with galleries, antique shops, restaurants, independent fashion shops with upmarket clothes. The building retains its old character and the original grand...

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  • Shopping / Streets / Areas

    Lush store concept is truly unique. The hand-made natural soaps are shaped like foods such as cakes, fudge, cheese slices, very cute. Entering Lush store is just like entering your local delicatessen, except that it smells strong perfume. I have never tried its products, but I think they are worth trying. I found the store for the first time while...

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  • Irish Goods

    This tip is offered with tongue in cheek...but when I visit another country I have to make a stop in the grocery store to see what things I can bring home for my kitchen. Maybe you do the same... Rhubarb, yes they have it in the Spring, and we brought some home to Italy as Italians don't have a clue as to what rhubarb is. Rubabaro... Chedder...

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Dublin Local Customs

  • Drinking

    There is a famous saying that god created alcohol so that the Irish won’t take over the world. Indeed, some of the most popular sights in Ireland are alcohol-related such as Whiskey tasting or a visit to the Guinness storehouse. Lorcan (the guy who runs the 1916 rebellion walking tour) said that Dublin’s coat of arms should contain leprechaun hats...

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  • General Information about Dublin

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!! REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • Smoking

    I am SO glad they've outlawed smoking here. Makes for a much nicer time in the pubs and restaurants. I know everyone claims business will be lost when these bans go into effect but place after place is finding out business will expand after the initial decline.

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Dublin Warnings and Dangers

  • Around Dublin

    Use caution when you're withdrawing money from ATM machines. Crime, like any city is rampant in Dublin especailly when it comes to withdrawing money from cash machines. Make sure no one is peeping over your back or if you're in the middle of withdrawing cash don't fall for someone tapping you on the shoulder and whilst you look around another...

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  • Drinking

    Back in 2010 Dublin residents were presented with the surreal sight of a real live penquin walking around the streets of the North inner city. Whilst some might have passed it off as an hallucination following a drop or two much of the black stuff the night before it was alive and well. The bird had been taken from Dublin morning at 8.30 the same...

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  • Driving / Walking

    I picked a hotel in Ballsbridge, southeast of the city center, specifically so we wouldn't have to drive through central Dublin but then we listened to the Dan Dooley representative who said that it was easiest to go right through the center of the city, during rush hour no less. We were going along fine until we got to the Liffey River, the...

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Dublin Tourist Traps

  • Temple Bar

    Nice area with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants but definitely aimed at tourists & hence pretty expensive. Go & see it but if you want souvenirs, food or drink there's plenty of other places to choose from!!! The side streets between Grafton Street and George's Street offer main smaller shops and restaurants without the crowds of Temple Bar...

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  • Guinness Brewery

    So before i visited the brewery i read lots of fellow VT'ers opinions on it. I have to say for the most part they were correct. Altough there were a few intresting things to see and you get a "free" pint of guinness, there is nothing great about this place. As you have undoubtable read it has not been a working brewery in a long time. So you do not...

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  • Book of Kells

    I do not know if it is a usual practice, but we arrived 20 or so minutes before the Book of Kells exhibition closed and were let in for free. With that behind us, we were rather impressed. I agree with previous tips that the Long Room was more interesting than the book. I found 20 minutes to be plenty. I fear I would have felt very very...

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Dublin What to Pack

  • Rain and wind gear

    Irish weather is very changeable so you need to be prepared for all eventualities!!!! You can get all four seasons in one day at times ........ The easiest thing is to bring layers & include something waterproof!!! If you do get caught out in a shower in the city then a branch of Dunnes or Pennys is your best bet for a reasonably priced umbrella.

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  • Packing List

    Bring a Bag for shopping. They do not give out plastic bags, only paper. These will not hold up after a whole day of walking around. I would bring a cloth bag with handles, so that those souvenirs will find a comfy place. Temple Bar streets are not the cleanest, so shoes that can be cleaned in the wash are best. band aids for blisters from walking ...

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  • Luggage

    For both luggage and a bag to carry with you around Dublin, do as you would for any other large city. Make sure you keep hold of your things, and for women who carry a purse, sling the shoulder strap across your chest and take the type that zips shut. Sounds silly, but shoes that are not only comfy but sturdy are a good idea - cobblestone streets...

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Dublin Off The Beaten Path

  • Howth

    I saw this place at all possible weather conditions. My favourite thing about it - well, there is a hill there which you have to climb. Once on top of it you can see the sea on one side, Dublin on the other and a golf course below you. Its really nice. Getting up there is a bit slippy, a bit up hill (naturally) but definitely worth it. Think this...

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  • Glendalough

    Glendalough is an amazing valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, formed during the last ice age by a glacier. Today it is best known for its spectacular greenery and the renowned Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century. This place has magnificent views, fresh air and everything an outdoor enthusiast dreams of! It has many...

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  • Killiney

    Dalkey and Killiney are two suburban areas in South Dublin. Between Dalkey and Killiney Dart Station lies Dalkey Hill, Victoria Hill and Killiney Hill Park. From Dalkey Station walk cunnigham road and dalkey avenue up the hill until you see the entrance paths to Dalkey Hill. The parks features a few benches, an obelisk (Mount Mapas Obelisk), a...

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Dublin Sports & Outdoors

  • Gaelic football

    Croke Park was named in honour of Archbishop Croke - one of the GAA's first patrons. Over the next 40 years Croke Park was developed as finances allowed. The Railway End, also known as Hill 16 was constructed from the rubble left in O'Connell Street after the 1916 rising. This is where most of the craic is and the cheapest tickets. The first Hogan...

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  • Horse Racing

    Ireland is famous for its horse racing. We have 4 race courses near Dublin and two types of racing. Flat racing which runs from March to November and National hunt (jump racing) from November to to April. The four race courses are Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Punchestown and the Curragh. Leopardstown is easy to get to by by bus its about 7 miles from...

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  • Hurling and Camogie

    Hurling is a field game played with a small leather stitched ball. The players carry's a long stick called a silotar. The ball may only be collected from the ground with the silotar and then may be carried or struck with the silotar. Protection gear is needed for the head. 15 a side which is the same for camogie, similar game but for women. Also...

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Dublin Favorites

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  • Off the beaten track

    Visit Howth Learn how to SAY 'Howth' like a local! Do the Guinness thing (and taste the black stuff!) Talk to locals. The Abbey Tavern is, of course, the main reason anyone who is a beer drinker visits Howth. It's easy to get to Howth - you can take the DART or a bus from Dublin City Centre. I recommend the train - it's quick and simple, and...

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  • Tourist Information

    Location: Europe Local Time: GMT From 25 Oct 09 to 28 Mar 10 GMT From 28 Mar 10 to 31 Oct 10 GMT +1 From 31 Oct 10 to 27 Mar 11 GMT From 27 Mar 11 to 30 Oct 11 GMT +1 Capital City: Dublin Population: 4 million Area: 70,282 square km, 27,136 square miles. Language(s): English, Irish Dialling Code: 353 Emergency: Police, Fire & Ambulance: 999 or...

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  • General Comments

    Southern Ireland Immigration website tells, If you are living in UK on a long term visa category you do not require a visa to travel. We (Me and my family members) made all arrangements and went to the airport on travel day. We were advised by airlines that in our visa page it is written as Entry rather than Visa and we cannot go. We wrote to the...

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