A Local’s Guide to Dublin

Located by the sea with accessible sprawling hills to the south and dreamy green fields to the north, Dublin is an oft-overlooked city.

The locals may say it as well be in Timbuktu, Dublin is, in fact, a nicely tucked away gem of attractions and banter. 

And you’ll soon see why.

Being the capital city of Ireland, it naturally has that bustling feel inherent to metropolitan cities.

As a pint-sized city, it’s easily walkable and you’ll rarely need to use to the transport system unless you wish to visit attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or Phoenix Park. Even then, they are within close proximity to the City Center.

How to Get Around Dublin

The Luas (Irish Gaelic word for speed) is an over-ground metro system and is useful if you wish to travel to other Irish cities from Heuston station.  

Its tracks cover the suburbs of Dublin if you are seeking to venture out of the city lines. Dublin Bus is a tricky system – racked with bus numbers and routes. You may want to learn the number and fee of where you wish to visit prior to your departing.

Nightlife and Pub Culture

You’ll definitely want to try out the pubs and clubs. You may hear words of caution about the famous Temple Bar. Don’t heed the rumors, at least one night there is worth it. Central, lively, fun, and with all the trappings of a true Dublin experience – it couldn’t hurt to try. 

If you’re looking for an alternative, laid-back atmosphere then check out The Grand Social. You’ll find the classic O’Donoghue’s near the history-rich St. Stephen’s green where you’re likely to hear live Irish music playing into the wee hours of the night. 

There are literary tours available throughout the city pubs if you wish to discover where some of the greatest Irish authors pondered their work. 

With such a rich and varied pub/nightlife culture, you’ll never be at a loss for some delectable ‘pub grub’, refreshing drinks, and a story well told. 

Accommodations in Dublin

Temple bar is a hotspot of accommodation due to being next to completely central. 

There are cheaper alternatives that won’t eat into your wallet, even less on transport due to Dublin being a walkable city. So, do not hesitate to venture farther when looking for a place to stay. 

If you wish to travel far and wide across Dublin, I recommend The Ashlington hotel. Looking for a luxurious stay? Check out The Shelbourne Hotel.

With hostels abound, you’ll not have to dish out to sleep soundly. I recommend the Abbey Court Hotel on the Bachelor’s walk as a suitable hostel.

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Dublin Attractions

Now that you know your way around, and have a place to lay your head, you’ll be ready for action. The botanical gardens are full of exotic and fascinating fauna.

If history is your thing, there are museums throughout the city pertaining to art, natural history and the elaborate past of the Irish. 

There are more modern attractions available such as The Leprechaun Museum. Here you get the chance to experience life from the perspective of a leprechaun!

If you ever get lost, look for the 393.7ft spire standing out among the skyline from every part of the city – or just ask a Dubliner for directions.

With a helping and friendly hand on every corner, you’ll never be lost or lonely for long in this beautiful city.

Is Dublin on your list of places to visit? Have a suggestion for what to do in Dublin? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Comments

  1. September 18, 2019 / 7:50 am

    I would love to visit Dublin! It looks like a fabulous place and I will be adding it to my travel bucket list.

  2. Delia Atenea
    September 18, 2019 / 11:33 am

    It sounds like such a great place! Is Dublin as rainy and as cloudy as everyone always says?

  3. September 18, 2019 / 9:09 pm

    I’ve literally ALWAYS wanted to visit Ireland, because it’s such a huge part of my heritage! Dublin sounds utterly fantastic, and the idea of clubs and pubs is super appealing. Plus – comfy hostels? Yes please!

  4. September 18, 2019 / 9:49 pm

    I have always wanted to visit!! Definitely have it on my list, sounds like so much fun!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  5. September 19, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Oh man, I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland!! Dublin would be cool to go to, but I’m not really a pub/nightlife person, so I think I’d like to just walk around instead!

  6. roxyturtle
    September 19, 2019 / 11:06 am

    Oh Dublin how I love thee! I worked in Temple Bar for a Summer when I was in college, one of the best Summers of my life! This is totally a super helpful post for anyone thinking of visiting. I agree that the city is very walkable! And generally the people there love Americans.

  7. September 20, 2019 / 8:34 am

    This looks AMAZING. I would love love love to visit.

  8. Ifeoluwa Anani
    September 21, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    The Leprechaun Museum. Sounds interesting! I’ve never heard that before! Can’t wait to visit Dublin sometime.

  9. September 23, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    Dublin is one of my favorite cities! My best friend is from there and i had so much fun visiting him! I think we hit up most of the places you mentioned!

  10. September 24, 2019 / 8:58 am

    This makes me sooo happy! Dublin is by far one of my very favorite places I’ve ever been. In fact, I always say that I don’t want to go the same place twice, but I totally made an exception for Dublin because I love it SO much.

  11. September 25, 2019 / 4:42 am

    Dublin is high on my wishlist and therefore this guide is very useful for me. Thanks for sharing.

  12. September 26, 2019 / 8:20 am

    Never been to Dublin but it’s on my list! Looks so picturesque and a fun place to visit.

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