The Republic of Ireland’s largest city and capital is a blend of traditional Irish culture and international influences. Dublin is known for its music and dance, literature, folklore, and of course Guinness. When visiting Dublin, expect to get a taste of the rich history and modern Irish culture. Here’s your one-stop guide to Dublin.
Best Time to Visit
June through August are the best times to visit Dublin since the temperatures are warmer and festivals take over the streets. But it also happens to be the most expensive time of year with the hotel rates and airfare prices being high. Spring and fall are also okay times to visit, with the temperatures and prices being more moderate. Winter in Dublin is harsh, so unless you are okay with frigid weather, avoid these months.
How to Get Around
Since the city is small, the best way to get around is by foot. You can also try the bus and tram systems, which have lines that crosshatch the city. Taxis are also an option, but they are expensive. Uber also operates in Dublin.
Where to Stay
This hotel’s address is one of the main reasons to stay there—it’s next to Dublin’s Westbury Mall near the Trinity College campus, St. Stephen’s Green, and Grafton Street’s pubs. The property has 205 guest rooms that feature marble bathrooms and heated floors and the suites have amenities like private sauna and steam rooms, a personal butler, and a freestanding bathtub.
The Shelbourne Dublin, Autograph Collection Hotel
Travel back in time with the historic décor, deep wood paneling, elegant chandeliers at this charming hotel. The hotel also has modern amenities like marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and Wi-Fi. There’s even a three-floor spa that offers body treatments, massages, facials, and a full-service salon.
The Merrion Hotel
Georgian-style townhouses in downtown Dublin have been turned into The Merrion Hotel, which is known for its first-class style and service. The hotel is home to Restaurant Patrick—the only restaurant in Ireland with two Michelin stars—the Cellar Bar, and No. 23.
What to Do
You can’t visit Dublin without checking out the Guinness Storehouse and taking a tour of the process of brewing the beer and the history of Guinness. At the top floor you’ll get a complimentary pint as well as a great view of the city from the rooftop Gravity Bar.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The largest cathedral in Dublin is St. Patrick’s Cathedral and it’s the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It was erected between 1200 and 1259 and it was built where St. Patrick baptized converts. It’s one of the few buildings that remains from medieval Dublin.
Dublin Castle had a huge role in history as the land was used by Viking to build a fortress in A.D. 930. Throughout the ages, parts of the castle were built and torn down, and the oldest remaining structure, the Record Tower, has been standing since the 13th century.
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Ireland’s oldest and most notable college was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and among those who graduated from there are iconic writers Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Visitors can explore the college’s campuses and head inside the Old Library. The Old Library has an amazing collection of literature including the Book of Kells.
What to Eat
Made with just basic ingredients including flour, baking soda, salt, and soured milk this bread has a crispy crust and tender center. It can be made with honey, sugar, and dried fruits for a sweeter taste or with seeds, bran, and oats for a healthier version.
Irish stew is made in one pot with mutton, onion, potatoes, bacon, carrots, stock, and herbs. Some restaurants are including different kinds of meats and Guinness stout in their dishes.
This dish makes use of potatoes—a plentiful food in Ireland and a staple at most meals. Colcannon includes potatoes, cabbage or kale, butter, and spring onions.