The city isn't expansive but Dubliners live lives full of tradition and colour. Irish pub culture and that unmistakeable music, enchant visitors anew each time they come.
The many impressive museums, most highlighting the history and tradition of Ireland, and the magnificent Georgian-style buildings do their part as well. Those looking to relax a little away from the crowds and night life in Temple Bar might like to spend time in the wonderful seaside and harbour suburbs nearby like Howth and Killiney, only half an hour away, where visitors can enjoy long walks and get an entirely different impression of Ireland.
Then it's back to the city proper. Spend your evening in a cosy, traditional pub, like the Cobblestone, and enjoy a pint of Guinness, something you would probably seldom do otherwise. Dublin is the perfect place for fashion lovers to find cool and trendy designer clothes as well as retro vintage apparel.
During the day, there's nothing like relaxing and people watching from one of the many beautiful coffee houses like the Queen of Tartes. Dubliners are a friendly, warm-hearted people who welcome visitors. You'll quickly feel at home – and after the first chat with the bartender, the ice will be broken and that Irish music might help you find your dancing legs sooner than you expect.
Capital of Ireland
About 530 000
About 115 km²
- Public transport
Buses, trams and subway network.
Maritime climate with mild winters and not very hot summers.
- Best time to visit
June to August offers the most comfortable temperatures, though it can quickly cool in the evenings, so it's best to wear layers .
- Good to know
It isn't customary to tip the bartender in pubs but buying him a pint is a popular alternative.
- Nice to know
To try the strongest beer in Dublin, go to The Black Sheep pub and order a Sink the Bismarck! by Brewdog with 41 per cent alcohol.
Dublin Airport, 10 km north of the city centre.
The Airlink Bus departs every 10 to 15 minutes for the city centre or you can use city bus 747 or 748. The ride takes about 30 minutes.
You'll find taxi stations in front of the arrivals terminals. The ride to the city centre takes about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic.