About Dublin

From the Celts to the Vikings, invaders have tried to tame this wild island. It is a place of legends, traditions, and folklore. Although it is the capital, Dublin retains a village-like atmosphere to this day. Visitors will enjoy a heady blend of arts and heritage!

Ready to dive into this huge melting pot? Start with our FREE Tour of Dublin, which gives you an overview of the city’s history and main attractions.
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Good to know

Airport Transfer

The easiest way into the city centre is with the Airlink 747 bus. It stops at several central places in the city and is only €6 one-way or €10 return.

Currency

No Euros in your wallet? No problem. Dublin airports have currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs.

Public Transportation

A 72-hour pass for the public transport system is only €19.50 and includes not only a return journey on the Airlink 747 bus but also unlimited travel on the Luas, DART and Dublin city centre buses.

Tech & WiFi

Remember to pack or buy a standard three-point UK/Ireland power adaptor to keep your technology powered up! Free WiFi can be found around the city.

Weather

Dublin's weather can be described as moist and interchangeable. Winds and driving rain are relatively normal in winter months. Waterproof jackets (or even better, onesies!), wellies and warm layers such as a fleece. Our advice would be to go in summer when it is more pleasant and you won’t get too wet drinking your Guinness outside.

Safety

Dublin is generally considered a safe city but like most other European capitals, be sure to look after your belongings.

Tipping

There isn't a strong tipping culture in Dublin but if you have had particularly good service  you can leave anywhere between 10-15% of the bill when eating out in Dublin’s restaurants. Take care to check your bill as some places add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), especially if you're in a large group.

Emergency number

112 or 999

Dublin's Top Attractions

1. Dublin Castle
Situated in the heart of Dublin, this was once the seat of the British government in Ireland. Now it is a major Irish government complex, conference destination, film location and music venue.
 
2. The Guinness Storehouse
This building is actually shaped like a giant pint of Guinness! It also offers panoramic city views, daily tours, lots of amazing info about Dublin's famous tipple and of course all the beautiful black liquid your heart desires.
 
3. Christchurch Cathedral
The oldest of the two medieval cathedrals in Dublin, Christchurch Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city. Explore the crypt, marvel at the architecture or experience evensong.
 
4. National Museum of Ireland
Interested in the rich history of Ireland? The National Museum can shed some light on that with more than 4 million items on display! From pre-history to the Vikings to the rising. Irish history comes alive.
 
5. Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park spans three miles and is the largest public green space in Europe. It is the perfect getaway if you need some fresh air.
 
6. Howth
You don't need to spend the day sitting on a bus to see the authentic, rural Ireland! Howth is an ancient fishing village just outside of Dublin, surrounded by nature and steeped in legends. Find out more on our tour around this scenic city.
 
7. Temple Bar
Bursting with restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and attractions – this is where the "craic" is found! Temple Bar is the go-to area for any visitor to Dublin. Countless selfie opportunities can be found here, with many quintessential Irish pubs providing the background.