Around Dublin, Dublin
Pubs can get very crowded, especially on weekends. Like any crowded place you need to keep an eye on your belongings to hopefully avoid pick pockets. Thankfully Dublin is one of the safer locals but there is still the occasional unscrupulous character to ruin your evening.
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 person is stealing your cash. Keep you hand over the machine when punching in your id number.
If this does happen call the police or the Irish tourist Assistance Service.
Looking over a map of Dublin's transport network, you might think it would be nice to visit Pheonix park for the zoo, the wellington monument and the other attractions - and it has a handy railway station.
nope, sorry. The station is built on the site of the former racecourse and is nothing more than a commuter station stuck out on the N3. Dozens of tourists get caught out every month..it's a long walk from the station - and there are no signposts or clues to help you.
As you are about to step out in the street, remember the cars come from another direction, unless you are from Britain, Australia, New Zealand or other countries that followed the get off the horse on the left side routine.
Dublin has made it easier to remember this because at almost every intersection there is painted on the roadway sign saying... look right...
Follow it carefully.
There has been quite an increase in the amount of beggars / homeless people in Dublin in the past couple of years and they tend to hit the posher or busier parts of town to beg money (makes sense when you think about it!).
I find that some of them are developing more, shall we say, "in-your-face" methods of begging money, for example: sitting under an ATM, standing beside a vending machine with their hand stuck out, walking up and down Dawson st where all the "posh" bars are shaking their little paper cup in front of the people smoking outside looking for change.... not that they ever seem to get much from what I've seen.
You'll also come across beggars in Temple Bar or on the various city bridges.
You'll also see a lot of little traveller kids (gypsies, itinarants) on Grafton st being egged on by their parents to sing in the street to get money.
It's also been known for skangers ("chavs", "white trash") to pretend they're begging for the day and see how much money they can scab off people.
OF COURSE, there are people who have genuine problems and trying to get back on their feet, but don't feel intimidated by the more aggressive sort is what I'm saying here. If you want to do something, donate money to the Simon Community instead.
The M50 motorway forms a giant 'C' around the Western side of the city. It was built as a giant-by pass for the city, but now acts as a main arterial route.
It was apparantly named this year as the "World's slowest Motorway". Quite how they came to that conclusion ? I'm notsure, but I'm not doubting it.
This means that if tou plan to use the road during peak hours to get to the Airport or the ferryport at Dun Lagonaire, then you could be in for a shock. The Toll bridge over the Liffey is a particular 'pinch point' and could lead to significant stress if you are racing against time - although the new barrier free tolling should cut this problem down to size.
Allow plenty of extra time, and tune into any Dublin radio station for traffic updates.
This is like every other European capital. Extremely expensive. And as such you should be ready to just accept it and have a good time. Drinks as usual will be more pricey in those areas that seem to cater to the tourists but like everything, if done in moderation, you'll have a great time.
Also, of course, because of the weak dollar to euro it is more expensive than it should be.
Watch out when you get around in Dublin, cause, as in every big city, there are pickpockets!! Especially be very cautious when you get around O' Connel St and Henry Street..it's full of pickpockets but they'll just hit on the unware and distracted people! So don't stand there at the phone box with your bag open you'll get their next victim!
I've been reading through the warnings and I must say that most are complete rubbish. I have walked home from the city centre every night after clubbing. I've never had any hassle. Sure we have junkies and beggars- show me a city that doesn't!
People not doing their research and watching "The quiet man" too many times is the reason that they get into trouble.
Stay away from dodgy parts of town at night (I've never followed my own advice!)
Don't walk around looking like an American (Irish people can spot you a mile off)
Act the way the locals do (DON'T stop abruptly in the middle of Grafton St).
Otherwise, if I, or many other Dubs see people looking lost, we will always stop and ask them if they need directions. We may not be the friendly people out of stereotypical Irish films, but we're not that bad.
As for the Northside/Southside thing- that's an ongoing point of contention among Dubliners and everyone who has been told that the southside is safer has, more than likely, been told so by a southsider.
Apologies for the rant but I don't like to see my city being put down.
If you've any questions, just ask!
Dublin may possess many fine streets and squares, but it also contains a range of remarkably ugly buildings that put a blot on the landscape.
My VT description of St Stephen's green shopping centre was "A Marahjah's palace crossed witha tacky cruise line', although a recent newspaper article went with "Like a Mississippi steamboat marooned on the Green'.
Other truely ugly buildings that may offend your sense of calm...
Dublin City Council offices....the bunker
Irish Life insure health....but not beauty
O'Connell bridge house...right in the centre , ugly as sin
Trinity College art's block....how ironic
Airport hotel...truely awful, with its own control tower
Ilac centre...80's kitsh
and the completely awful Busaras...a bus station dropped in from Bulgaria around 1973.
Wow, reading these posts one would imagine Dublin to be a very dangerous place - and it's not! In fact, I feel much safer here than in most cities I've ever visited, but I guess it's more knowing the 'right' areas to visit.
For one, I would recommend staying on the South side of the city - anywhere from Leeson St., Baggot St. out to Donnybrook, or somewhere along the southside Dart line. Otherwise, places like Malahide, Portmarnock are also quite nice. Avoid city neighbourhoods like Christchurch, Rialto, Fatima Mansions - stay away from accomodation on Vicar St. (popular venue for comedy nights/concerts, just don't hang around after),Thomas St. etc. - like any major cities there are places to go, and not to go. Just do your research.
I work with international students in Dublin, and they all agree that Dublin is a safe city.
I was afraid before starting our week journey to Dublin because of the comments I had read in here, I thought I was travelling to the Bronx. The thing is that we are just back from it and all I can say is wonders about Dublin and its people.
I was never afraid or felt insecure in any situation. I saw no beggars or gipsies or anything close (maybe becase of the weather they were gone off the streets, I don't know). What I do know is that Dubliners are the nicest and more polite people I've ever met. (I guess all irish are the same I just didn't meet anyone from outside Dublin). I mean they are completely opposite to english people (no harm here, it is just my experience).
People will stop by you and ask if you need directions or help of any kind. If they step on you or push you they will say "sorry" (this does not happen anymore in places like Paris, London, etc) and whenever they can they say thank you and hello and talk to you but always in a nice way and with a smile on their face. I was just amazed on how nice they are.
So dont be afraid of talking to people on the street, ask for directions or simply what time it is, you will always find your answer and a smile.
However, you do have to take the same precautions you would in any major city around the world. Watch were you walk at night, watch who is coming behind you, dont use your phone unless necessary and everything will be fine. There is bad people everywhere, but in Dublin there is less bad people than usual.
Dublin has become much more violent. Unfortunately it is no longer safe to walk around the streets with a mobile (cell) phone day or night. Be careful that it is not snatched from you. Never ever leave anything on the seats of your car. The windows will be smashed and anything you have will be taken. Be careful if you want to take a walk along the liffey boardwalk, apparently its full of junkies and drunks who's main objective is to verbally attack anyone that walks by. The police are trying to clean this area up but we don't have a huge police force so they are hard to spot.
Please be careful walking around Dublin. If possible run accross the road only at the signal. Crossing the streets in Dublin is a dangerous sport and is not for the faint of heart. If you don't start across the road as soon as the signal begins, you will not make it. Trust me. My friend crossed too late and was inches from being run over. And don't think they won't do it.
Dublin is a dangerous city. Avoid walking around after dark by yourself. The North Side is more dangerous than the South Side, but both are risky. Don't trust taxi drivers too much: if you're a girl, try to get a taxi with a male friend if you can. In the evenings and weekend there are a lot of drunk people around. A drunk once tried to harm me. Stay away from them. Never leave your drinks unattended, as they might get spiked. If you come from a country when they drive on the other side, mind yourself crossing the road!