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Dublin is a walking paradox. It’s a city with no skyscrapers and the accents change every three miles. Mind you – our universal truth: you’ll never have a warmer feeling than when stepping into the pub, out of the rain.

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If you’re thinking of visiting Dublin, this guide will help you scope out the best neighborhoods to stay in, as well as the top hotels, B&B’s, and short-term rentals. Looking for luxury hotels? Check out our top Luxury hotels in Dublin!

Top Dublin Neighborhoods We’ll Cover:

  • Portobello
  • Ranelagh
  • Merrion Square
  • Temple Bar
  • The Liberties
  • Smithfieldand Stoneybatter
  • Dublin Docklands

Where to Stay & Best Hotels in Dublin


Portobello dates back to the 1880’s when housing was needed for Jewish refugees fleeing massacres in Eastern Europe. An anchor for many then, and for many now, especially writers, actors, and artists. The neighborhood is currently experiencing its first wave of gentrification, so you’ll find plenty of up-and-comers on streets lined with graffiti. A hotspot for this type of thing is on “Camden Street,” a mile-long strip of trendy bars and restaurants. Another popular area is “Harcourt Street,” where all the clubs pop off.

To boot, there’s a big coffee culture in Portobello. My favorite is the secondhand bookstore, “The Last Bookshop,” which has a tranquil café out the back. You can eat a sambo [sandwich], read a book, and sip on a cappuccino without city noise.

The edge of Portobello’s district runs parallel to the “Grand Canal,” which connects Ireland’s East with rivers of the West. People love to sit by the canal bank and have drinks among the swans and barges. It’s an idyllic location for young creatives who have a bit of money to spend, a desire to eat well, and the motivation to party hard.

Why I Love Portobello:

  • The social buzz on the canal in the evenings, people chattering and “drinking cans”
  • Awesome art murals on buildings, street corners and electrical boxes
  • Tons of coffeehouses and bookshops
  • Basement clubs in unassuming Georgian buildings
  • Pubs with creaky, wooden floors dating back to the 17th Century

Attractions Near Portobello:

Best Restaurants in Portobello:

  • Las Tapas De Lola
  • Brother Hubbard South
  • Locks Windsor Terrace
  • ALMA
  • Assassination Custard
  • Franks
  • Delahunt
  • Hang Dai
  • The Cake Cafe

Best Hotels in Portobello:

The Dean Dublin

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€€€ | 4 Star | Boutique | Modern | Panoramic Rooftop Bar

The Dean is a slick boutique hotel with moody interiors and pop art touches. The hotel lies on Harcourt street, which is Dublin’s main district for clubbing and nightlife. Furthermore, it’s just minutes by foot to high-end shopping on Grafton Street.

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Camden Court Hotel

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€€ | 4 Star Hotel | Family Suites | Pool, Sauna and Gym

The Camden Court Hotel is a basic but reliable hotel with lots of facilities – even a hair salon. The rooms range from standard singles to large family rooms with sofa beds. This is a popular choice for families and business groups.

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Ranelagh is an affluent suburb on the South side of Dublin. You might look at the map and think it’s too far away from the city center. However, like most Dublin suburbs, the neighborhood is just a 30-minute walk from the nucleus that is Temple Bar.

The architecture of Ranelagh is accredited to British colonial days, so you’ll see rows and rows of redbrick Georgian houses in the area. Public gardens like “Mount Pleasant” and “Dartmouth Square” offer a quick escape to nature, as well as the grassy pathways of the nearby Grand Canal. I would say Ranelagh’s main appeal, however, is the top-notch gastropubs and restaurants in the village.

Why I Love Ranelagh:

  • Off-the-beaten path restaurants and gastropubs
  • Away from tourist traps but still within a 30 minute walk to the city center
  • Welcoming community (block parties often held here during the Summer)
  • Family friendly area

Attractions Near Ranelagh:

  • Public parks: Ranelagh Gardens, Dartmouth Square and Mount Pleasant Square
  • Stella Cinema (1930’s cinema and cocktail club)
  • Leinster Cricket Club

Best Restaurants in Ranelagh:

  • Host
  • Nightmarket
  • Rita’s Pizza
  • Dillinger’s
  • Bunsen Ranelagh
  • Kinara Kitchen

Best Hotels in Ranelagh:

The Devlin Dublin

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€€€ | 4 Star | Boutique Hotel | Modern | Rooftop Bar

The Devlin is sister to the aforementioned Dean hotel in Portobello. It boasts the same slick and moody interiors, except it ebbs more on the mid-century modern side. Guests have access to a rooftop bar, 1930’s cinema, coffee hatch, and cocktail bar. You also get a 99 ice cream on arrival!

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Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The postcode of “Dublin 2” is crazy desirable, particularly the quarters surrounding Merrion Square park. It’s a well-appointed location that tourism boards want visitors to stay in. Lots of upscale hotels, but few residential areas.

If you’d prefer to be away from the crowds and shouty party-goers, then any of the streets surrounding Merrion Square will be a safe haven for you. There’s plenty to do in the area, such as art museums, impressive government buildings or visiting a “dead” zoo. Authentic Irish pubs like O’Donoghue’s on Baggot Street are also a hit with celebrities. Rihanna once had her thanksgiving party there.

Why I Love Merrion Square:

  • Packed with cultural attractions and museums
  • A sense of opulence and grandeur from government buildings
  • The ONLY part of Dublin that has barely any traffic and wide roads (Irish politicians hate a long commute…)
  • Frequent concerts, food markets and art stalls at Merrion Square

Attractions Near Merrion Square:

  • National Concert Hall
  • The National Gallery of Ireland
  • RHA Gallery
  • National Museum of Ireland (“dead zoo”)
  • MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland
  • O’ Donoghue’s pub on Baggot Street
  • The ‘Seanad Éireann’ and ‘Department of the Taoiseach’ (Irish government buildings – equivalent to Capitol Hill in D.C.)

Best Restaurants in Merrion Square:

  • Cirillo’s
  • Bloom Brasserie
  • L’Ecrivain
  • Blazing Salads
  • The Commons at MoLI
  • Suesey Street

Best Hotels in Merrion Square, Dublin 2:

Number 31

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€€ | 4 Star | Luxury Townhouse | Classic Design in a Historic Building

Number 31 is an eclectic townhouse that has been lovingly redesigned with respect to the Jazz Age. The interiors are a mix of art deco and mid-century modern, particularly the 70’s conversation pit in the lobby. This would be the first port of call for design lovers and those in need of a recharge.

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The Merrion Hotel Dublin

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€€€€+ | 5 Star Luxury Hotel | Georgian Architecture | Pool, Spa and Gym

The Merrion Hotel is unequivocally “extra.” Case in point, their regency-style rooms with low hanging chandeliers and plush bedding. This is the ultimate display of self-indulgence. One would say the only thing missing is being mouth-fed grapes by a member of staff.

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Temple Bar

The district of Temple Bar was a number of things before it became a tourism hub. In 1599, it started as a settlement for wealthy English families. A Century later, the city built upon it a customs house to process imports and exports. Nowadays, the main pull of Temple Bar is for boozy bachelor parties and the “plastic Paddy” experience. You’ll find Dubliners are the first to knock the area because it doesn’t represent an “authentic” Dublin, but say what they will. It’s charming and full of excitement. Arriving to Dublin and not going to Temple Bar would be like going to Venice and not taking a gondola.

Stereotypical Irish pubs and a central location should be enough to book a stay in Temple Bar, but the bits less realized, for example, the wonky cobblestones and the talented buskers – they are all intrinsic to Dublin’s character.

Why I love Temple Bar:

  • The cobblestones, which are part of Dublin’s history and character
  • Getting to watch visitors experience Dublin with fresh eyes
  • Independent vintage clothing stores like Tola, Nine Crows and Siopaella
  • Pubs and clubs that have a mix of locals, expats and visitors (Bad Bobs, Anne’s and Button Factory)
  • The street buskers

Attractions Near Temple Bar:

Best Restaurants in Temple Bar:

  • Vintage Cocktail Club
  • The Stage Door Cafe (for breakfast)
  • Piglet Wine Bar (nice side street away from the crowds)
  • Bottega Toffoli
  • Elephant and Castle (but only for the chicken wings – best in Dublin)
  • Rosa Madre
  • Gallaghers Boxty House(for traditional Irish “Boxty”)
  • The IFI café
  • V (vegan)

Best Hotels in Temple Bar:

The Fleet Hotel

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€€€ | 4 Star Hotel | Cozy & Comfy | Luggage Storage after Checkout

The Fleet Hotel has all the glitzy bells and whistles of a 4-star hotel but goes for comfort and warmth in the bedrooms. It’s located on Fleet Street, which is dead center of Temple Bar (but on the quiet side). A logical choice for visitors who want to see the mainstream attractions.

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Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle

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€€ | Self Catering Studios | Modern | Multilingual Staff

Staycity aparthotels bridge the gap between hotels and studio apartments. This means more facilities at your disposal like microwaves, sinks, toasters, office desks… There is a communal area and a helpful 24-hour reception desk out front. Great spot for business trips or young couples on a budget.

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The Westin Dublin

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€€€€ | 5 Star Luxury Hotel | Iconic & Classic | Historic Building in Former Bank

The Westin is an institution for high-class travelers who want immaculate service and repose from the noise of Temple Bar. Guests love the atrium lounge for afternoon tea and reading the papers. It’s a fitting choice for older couples who enjoy a neutral color palette.

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The Liberties

The Liberties is the oldest part of Dublin, established in Anglo-Norman times over 1,000 years ago. The name comes from King Henry II of England, who gave monks in a nearby monastery certain privileges, or “liberties” to control trade in the area. It has since become a focal point for tourism, old man pubs and flea markets – where vendors regularly sell their wares for the price of “two for a yordo [euro]!” Furthermore, all of Dublin’s main breweries and distilleries are situated in The Liberties, including the legendary Guinness Storehouse.

On the main streets, people will find a few things to pique their interest, most commonly the Gothic-inspired Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (which has a medieval crypt). Architecture in the area is also 80% Victorian redbrick, which sets The Liberties apart from any other Dublin neighborhood. In terms of retail, “Francis Street” has dozens of antique stores. You can find anything from Persian rugs to retro Guinness merchandise.

Why I love The Liberties:

  • Real Dublin accents and personalities
  • Young men using the roads on horse and cart
  • The unique Victorian architecture and tree-lined streets
  • The offbeat coffee shops, bars and restaurants – the old mixed with new
  • The Music scene (intimate concerts in Vicar Street or jazz gigs in Arthur’s Bar)

Attractions Near The Liberties:

Best Restaurants in The Liberties:

  • Two Pups
  • The Fumbally
  • Variety Jones
  • Coke Lane Pizza at Lucky’s Pub
  • D-8TE (high-end food trucks with seating at Roe and Co Distillery)

Best Hotels in The Liberties:

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

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€€€ | 4 Star Hotel | Chic | In Oldest Part of Dublin

Hyatt Centric is an ideal destination for romantic breaks or girls’ getaways. The interiors are minimalist, feminine, and paired back, with a touch of Scandinavian design and “hygge” lighting. The hotel is a short walk to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Smithfield and Stoneybatter

So, technically this is cheating, seeing as Smithfield and Stoneybatter are two separate neighborhoods with very different communities. However, they are both side by side, and I feel like a visitor would benefit from staying somewhere in the middle. The Smithfield neighborhood, in particular, has undergone serious regeneration over the last decade. There’s a modern plaza to host outdoor markets, but the “Industrial Revolution” look of Smithfield has been preserved, which feels aesthetically similar to UK cities like Manchester or Birmingham.

Stoneybatter differs in the sense that it’s more homely. There are more “bockety” Irish pubs, matchstick houses, and artsy types. Both Smithfield and Stoneybatter have a great food scene (the latter, more so) and the Jameson Whiskey Distillery is what attracts people from out of town. The highlight is the nearby Phoenix Park, known as the largest public park in Europe. You can rent a bicycle at the entrance and cycle to see the wild deer. Dublin Zoo is also based on these grounds, as well as “Áras an Uachtairain”, which translates from Irish as “the president’s house.” Sometimes you can peer into his back garden and if he’s home, he’ll let you take a selfie with him.

Why I Love Smithfield and Stoneybatter:

  • Impressive large scale art murals
  • 10 minute walk to the city center and well connected via The Luas tram and city buses
  • Sustainable clothing shops like Dublin Vintage Factory
  • Weekly flea markets in Smithfield Plaza
  • Restaurants and cafés that are ahead of the curve

Attractions Near Smithfield and Stoneybatter:

  • Dublin zoo
  • Phoenix Park
  • Áras an Uachtairain in Phoenix Park (equivalent to The White House)
  • Token (a retro arcade with food and drinks)
  • The Jameson Whiskey Distillery
  • The Cobblestone pub for live Irish music
  • James Joyce Bridge

Best Restaurants in Smithfield and Stoneybatter:

  • Oxmantown
  • Vegan Sandwich Co
  • Proper Order Coffee Co
  • Fish Shop
  • L. Mulligan Grocer
  • Vietnom in The Glimmer Man pub

Best Hotels in Smithfield and Stoneybatter:

Luxury Smithfield Apartment

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€ | Private 2 Bed Apartment | Fully Equipped Kitchen | Wraparound Balcony

This sixth-floor apartment is typical of most Irish homes built within the last two decades; not much in the way of personality, but it has all the furnishings to live comfortably. This apartment is a fantastic option for two couples, a family with kids, or a group of friends who want to split costs.

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Generator Dublin

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€ | Upscale Hostel | Clean | Modern | Dorms & Private Rooms

The Generator is an industrial-style hostel right next to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. There’s a 24-hour reception, a late bar and they also run socials like table quizzes and movie nights. This is a low-maintenance choice for people in their 20’s who want to drop off bags and explore. It’s equally suitable for solo travelers looking to make friends.

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Dublin Docklands

Dublin Docklands is an area that’s situated at the neck of Dublin port, which opens out onto the Irish sea. To make sense of the geography, there are five distinct zones on either side of the dockland quays – the main ones being Spencer Dock and Grand Canal Dock. Most people view the area as a financial quarter due to the various offices and international trading centers. So much so, that The Republic of Ireland’s tallest building is hunkered down at the port’s edge. 23 floors!

If you’re traveling for pleasure, the docklands bring forth all kinds of activities. Those with Irish ancestry will be especially interested in EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, as well as the profound famine memorial and the Jeannie Johnston famine ship. Thrill-seekers can enjoy water sports at Surfdock on The Grand Canal, and if you take a €5 taxi to Poolbeg lighthouse and pier, you can walk two miles deep into the middle of Dublin Bay.

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Why I love Dublin Docklands:

  • Windier and colder than the rest of Dublin city – great for sparking energy
  • Surrounded by water, boats, seagulls and sea smells
  • An architect’s playground (lots of gravity defying bridges and buildings to admire)
  • Good cycling infrastructure (which is not found everywhere in Dublin)

Attractions Near Dublin Docklands:

  • EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum
  • The Jeanie Johnston (Irish famine ship replica)
  • The famine memorial sculptures
  • Poolbeg lighthouse and pier
  • Surfdock Watersports
  • Red Sticks at Grand Canal Dock

Best Restaurants in Dublin Docklands:

  • Charlotte Quay
  • As One
  • Chaska Indian Dining
  • Dosa Dosa food truck at Grand Canal Dock(Saturday and Sunday 1-8 pm)

Best Hotels in Dublin Docklands:

The Marker Hotel

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€€€ | 5 Star Hotel | Modern | Gym, Pool, Spa, and Rooftop Bar

The Marker hotel is conveniently located beside the Bord Gáís Energy Theatre and IFSC (International Financial Services Centre). The lobby has a dome-like concrete ceiling, which feels like the lair of a billionaire Bond villain. Concert goers and business folk would do well to book here.

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The Mayson Hotel

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€€ | 4 Star Boutique Hotel | Stylish | Great for Social Media

A testament to the quality of a hotel is when the locals go there to staycation. The Mayson has achieved this because of its novelty offerings (in-room copper bathtubs, Smeg mini-fridges, sauna, outdoor pool, Netflix, and more). Couples of all ages love it.

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What part of Dublin is best to stay in? ›

The 7 Best Neighborhoods in Dublin for Tourists
  1. Trinity College, Grafton Street & St. Stephen's Green. ...
  2. Merrion Square. ...
  3. Temple Bar. ...
  4. Docklands. ...
  5. Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty & Dublin's Cathedrals. ...
  6. The Northside. ...
  7. Guinness & Kilmainham Gaol.
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How many days in Dublin is enough? ›

Three days in Dublin is the perfect length of time to enjoy the sights, soak up the culture, the cathedrals and the castles. You'll also have plenty of time to explore the pubs and bars the city is so famous for and enjoy the craic.

Is 2 nights in Dublin enough? ›

2 days in Dublin is enough time if you just want to see the city's main highlights. However, if you want to see some of Dublin's lesser known sights and hidden gems, or if you want to go on some day trips to other parts of Ireland, then you'll want to extend your trip by at least another 2 days.

What is the poshest area in Dublin? ›

Ranelagh. Ranelagh lies in Dublin 6, which all locals know to be an upmarket area.

What is the main strip in Dublin? ›

Camden Street is Dublin's main strip of bars and clubs.

Is Dublin a walkable city? ›

Dublin is a walkable city. It's flat, compact, and friendly. It's an old city, built around the designs of a medieval town where walking and travel by horse and cart were the only modes of travel.

Can you get around Dublin without a car? ›

There are plenty of options for getting from A to B in Dublin. It is a fairly compact city, which means walking and cycling are viable options. You can walk from many of the city's outlying districts to its centre in around 30 or 40 minutes. But the public transport in Dublin is pretty good too.

How much is a taxi from Dublin Airport to the city Centre? ›

The price of a taxi to Dublin City from Dublin Airport is not predetermined at the starting point and journeys are metred, but it generally costs around €25.00 - €40.00.

Is Dublin hop-on hop-off worth it? ›

Considering that hop-on-hop-off bus tours offer stops at or near the most popular areas of Dublin, this is actually a great way to get around the city. As the name implies, these bus tours allow you to jump off and explore various areas of Dublin at your own leisure.

How many nights should you stay in Dublin? ›

As Dublin is relatively small, you can definitely see most of the famous, notable sights in the city centre in just 2 days, but if you want to get off the beaten path and explore some different areas around Dublin, 4 days is definitely ideal.

What is the cheapest way to travel in Dublin? ›

Leap Cards: the cheapest way to travel in Dublin

You can buy tickets for Dublin's trains, trams and buses at individual stations or on buses. However, it is cheaper to use a 'Leap Card' to travel around Dublin on public transport. This is a smartcard ticket which saves you up to 31% on your travel.

Where do rich people go in Dublin? ›

Dublin is the booming and bustling capital of Ireland. Though small, this city packs quite a punch and offers endless options on the social scene.
The 10 poshest bars in Dublin
  • 37 Dawson Street.
  • Zozimus Bar. Pin. ...
  • Sam's Bar. Pin. ...
  • Vintage Cocktail Club (VCC) Pin. ...
  • Coppinger Row. Pin. ...
  • NoLIta. Pin. ...
  • The Blind Pig. Pin. ...
  • Lemon & Duke. Pin. ...
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Where do rich Irish people live in Ireland? ›

The highest concentration of property millionaires is in Dalkey with 643, followed by Ranelagh (305) and Ballsbridge (235). House prices are growing by 3.5 per cent year-on-year and in 2020. By location, the most expensive markets are all in Dublin.

Where do the rich live in Dublin? ›

The highest concentration of property millionaires is in Dalkey with 643, followed by Ranelagh (305) and Ballsbridge (235), all more or less in the Southeast of town. Blackrock (Eircode area A94, also in the Southeast) has the highest average residential property price of €610,000.

Where to not stay in Dublin? ›

Dublin West, which comprises Finglas, Clondalkin, Lucan, and Blanchardstown, also has a high crime rate. For this reason, some of the city buses have changed their routes to avoid driving here. Finglas regularly features in the Irish newspapers for crimes such as murder, weapons, drugs, and more.

Which side of Dublin is better? ›

Today, with the River Liffey acting as the dividing line, the two regions colloquially known as Northside Dublin and Southside Dublin are primarily differentiated according to economics – the north is generally considered underprivileged, the south overprivileged.

What is the best part of Ireland to stay in? ›

Ireland's Top Travel Destinations
  • Killarney, Co. Kerry – south west of Ireland.
  • Westport, Co. Mayo – west of Ireland.
  • Valentia Island, Co. Kerry – south west of Ireland.
  • Kinsale, Co. ...
  • Dublin City – east of Ireland.
  • Galway City – west of Ireland.
  • Tralee, Co. ...
  • Inishowen, Co Donegal – north of Ireland.

What is the most famous shopping street in Dublin? ›

Grafton Street is the hub of mainstream shopping south of the Liffey, with a good mix of high street chains, department stores and independent boutiques.

Where do people go out in Dublin? ›

Temple Bar, which is famously associated with Dublin's nightlife, is located right by the river on the south side. Here, you'll find lots of pubs and restaurants lining the cobbled streets. This area is particularly popular with tourists, so many of them serve the likes of Irish coffee and Guinness stew.

How long is the Hop On Hop Off Tour in Dublin? ›

Dublin's No. 1 Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour allows you to experience all the history and culture of Dublin in one visit. The City Tour Route - 1 hour 45 minutes and 25 stops visiting all the city's top attractions.

How do I not look like a tourist in Dublin? ›

22 Essential Ireland Tips to Not Look Like a Tourist
  1. Don't plan on only staying in Dublin. ...
  2. Don't be afraid to hire a car. ...
  3. Don't forget the Irish drive on the left side of the road. ...
  4. Do use discretion with the speed limits. ...
  5. Don't always trust your hire car's GPS. ...
  6. Don't use unregulated accommodation services such as Airbnb.
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Is 5 days in Dublin too much? ›

Five days in Dublin is enough time to get a feeling of a city and visit some of its major sights. If I could do it again, I would definitely add one more day of visiting the rest of Ireland. It's a beautiful country with such a great spirit, personality and people.

Is it hard to get a taxi in Dublin? ›

It is very easy to get a taxi in Dublin as there are over 14 000 cabs roaming around the city. You can either hail or find an official Dublin taxi at the ranks around the city or airport. Or you can order a taxi online or by phone, from the many different operators available.

Is tram in Dublin free? ›

You may travel free on Luas if you have a Free Travel Pass. If you have a Free Travel Pass, you do not need to get a ticket for Luas. However, you must produce your pass on the tram if requested to do so by a Luas Customer Service Officer or Inspector.

Is the bus free in Dublin? ›

The TFI 90 Minute fare (TFI 90) now applies to most journeys in the Dublin area and is only €2.00 for adults, €1.00 for young adults (19-23) and students, and €0.65 for children (up to and including 18 years).

Are taxis in Dublin cash only? ›

Cashless Payment in Taxis

From 01 September 2022, every taxi in Ireland must accept credit and debit card payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) as well as cash – it's the passenger's choice. Drivers may not charge surcharges on any card payments.

How long does it take to get from Dublin Airport to the city Centre? ›

📍 Dublin Airport is located 15km (9 miles) from central Dublin. ⏱️ The journey from Dublin Airport to Dublin takes 23-45 minutes by taxi or bus (heavy traffic increases the average). 🚖 Taxi ranks are located outside both terminals.

How far is center of Dublin from airport? ›

Dublin Airport is located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre.

Do you need a Covid test for Dublin Airport? ›

In all cases, departing passengers must check the COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements for entry into the destination they are travelling to. Randox is the COVID-19 test supplier on-site at Dublin Airport.

Where is the hipster part of Dublin? ›

Stoneybatter is Dublin's hip hub

Where working-class Dubliners share streets with hipster newcomers, Stoneybatter in Dublin 7 has become the 'gaybourhood' of Dublin (though there's a rival claim from the larger Dublin 8 district on the other side of the river).

What should you not forget to go to Ireland? ›

Don't Forget Travel Insurance!
  • Down Jacket.
  • Cashmere Sweater.
  • Smart Wool Long-Sleeved Shirt.
  • Rain Jacket.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Leggings for Women.
  • Quick-Dry Convertible Cargo Pants for Men.
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Is Dublin a cheap city to visit? ›

Yes, Dublin is an expensive city both for tourists and expats. It is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. The average cost of visiting Dublin for a day ranges from €65-€140 per person. The average cost of living in Ireland for one person per month is €2,500+ (including rent).

What is the best month to tour Ireland? ›

The best time to visit Ireland is between March and May, and September to November, when it's not as crowded as it is in summer, or as cold as it is in winter. That said, Ireland has a mild, temperate climate and although it's rainy at times, you can visit all year round.

What is the best way to tour Ireland? ›

The best way to travel around Ireland is by car, without a doubt. You are free to do things at your own pace, avoid tours, see sites when there aren't crowded and get everywhere in the country. What is this? It's important to note that many in the cars (including rentals) in Ireland are manual!

What to do in Dublin for 5 days? ›

5 Day Itinerary
  • Sip & Savour – Tantalising Temple Bar has it all. ...
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells. ...
  • Dinner at Café 1920. ...
  • Explore and Experience a world of Irish history and the great outdoors – all on your doorstep. ...
  • GPO /O'Connell Street. ...
  • Guinness Storehouse. ...
  • Phoenix Park & Dublin Zoo. ...
  • Dinner in the Temple Bar Quarter.

What is the cheapest month to go to Ireland? ›

High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is February. Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Ireland flight deals.

What is the easiest way to get around Dublin? ›

One of the best ways to get around Dublin is the city's commuter rail network. Like the intercity trains, this network is operated by Irish Rail. Known as Dublin Area Rapid Transit, or DART for short, the network serves 31 DART stations, from Malahide in the north down to County Wicklow in the south.

What is the best time to go to Dublin? ›

The best time to visit Dublin is June through August when temperatures are warm (for Ireland anyway) and festivals fill the streets. This also constitutes the most expensive time to visit, with high hotel rates and airfare prices.

What celebrity lives in Dublin? ›

From poets, musicians and playwrights to actors and even one loveable lion, Dublin is home to some truly extraordinary individuals.
  • Colin Farrell. ...
  • Sinéad O'Connor. ...
  • Oscar Wilde. ...
  • Phil Lynott. ...
  • Samuel Beckett. ...
  • The MGM Lion. ...
  • James Joyce. ...
  • Maeve Binchy.

Where can I meet successful guys? ›

Savvy places where you meet a successful, rich, and/or high-caliber man.
  • Wealthy, Affluent Neighborhoods. ...
  • Exclusive Gyms. ...
  • High-End Spas. ...
  • Tennis Clubs and Golf Courses. ...
  • Fine Dining Establishments. ...
  • High-End Grocery Stores. ...
  • Local Farmers Markets. ...
  • High-End Boutiques and Luxury Department Stores.

Where do most Travellers live in Ireland? ›

Dublin city and suburbs had the largest number of Irish Travellers with 5,089 persons. This was followed by Galway city and suburbs with 1,598 persons and Cork city and suburbs with 1,222.
Irish Travellers in cities and towns.
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Do any celebrities live in Ireland? ›

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is also known for making Ireland his second home. The My Left Food actor has a home near the village of Annamoe, Co Wicklow where he lives with his wife Rebecca Miller and their children.

Should I live in Dublin or Galway? ›

Choosing where to live and visit depends entirely on what you're looking for out of your destination. For those who want a great balance between nature and city life, Galway will be the perfect option. Meanwhile, those who want to fully embrace life in a modern Irish city will feel right at home in Dublin.

Where is the happiest place to live in Ireland? ›

Fermanagh and Omagh were on top spot as the happiest place overall to live in Northern Ireland, according to the research. The area scored 7.8 out of 10 in 'Life Satisfaction' and took the top spot for the overall best place to buy a house in the country – scoring 83 out of 100.

What part of Dublin should I stay in? ›

In short, the best area to stay in Dublin, Ireland for first-timers is the city center. Anything close to O'Connell Street will do! This is the main road in the city, so you'll be close to all the landmarks and places you'll want to visit.

What's the poshest part of Dublin? ›

Ranelagh. Ranelagh lies in Dublin 6, which all locals know to be an upmarket area.

What is the cheapest place to live in Dublin? ›

Affordable Areas in Dublin City
  • Ballyfermot. A suburb that's just 7km from the city centre, Ballyfermot is a great place to call home if you want to start a family. ...
  • Finglas. ...
  • Clondalkin.

Which is better north or south Dublin? ›

While Dublin's southside has its fair share of attractions, scenery and bits to do, many are of the opinion that northside of the city will always reign superior. Why is that? Well, there are a myriad of reasons. From nature to restaurants to things to do, the northside of the Liffey will just always be better.

What is the city Centre of Dublin called? ›

Old Dublin

This area to the West of St. Patrick's Cathedral and up to Meath Street and Thomas Street is the ancient heart of the city.

What is the safest part of Dublin? ›

Dublin City Centre

Areas such as Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Trinity College, and St Stephen's Green are all great options as you won't have far to travel from the city's main attractions. These areas always tend to be busy, so you won't have to worry about travelling down quiet streets.

What is the friendliest city in Ireland? ›

Voted the Friendliest City in the World

The Condé Nast Traveler magazine has also voted Galway among the top six friendliest cities in the world. Every year, Condé Nast Traveler asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the globe in its Readers Choice Awards survey.

What is the difference between Dublin 1 and Dublin 2? ›

Dublin 1 – City centre North – This is the area around the Spire, the big metal pole/needle on O'Connell street and the Red Tram Line ( Red LUAS) serves this area. Dublin 2 – City centre South – This is the area right after crossing O'Connell street and coming onto the South Side.

Is it walkable in Dublin? ›

The good news for tourists and residents alike is that Dublin is a walkable city. In fact, Dublin is one of the most walkable cities in Europe. The flat, compact nature of the city lends itself perfectly to getting around on foot.

Is 4 days in Dublin too much? ›

As Dublin is relatively small, you can definitely see most of the famous, notable sights in the city centre in just 2 days, but if you want to get off the beaten path and explore some different areas around Dublin, 4 days is definitely ideal.

Do you tip in Ireland? ›

It's normal to leave between 10-15% of your bill as a tip after dining in Irish restaurants, bistros, cafés or pubs. Leaving a tip higher than 15% of your bill after dining in Ireland is really only given for outstanding service.

What is the downtown area of Dublin? ›

Downtown Dublin includes Historic Dublin, Bridge Park, The Dublin Link and Riverside Crossing Park. We invite you to visit -- come, see, taste, walk and enjoy. Click here to download a printable walking map of Downtown Dublin.

What is the best month to go to Ireland? ›

The best time to visit Ireland is between March and May, and September to November, when it's not as crowded as it is in summer, or as cold as it is in winter. That said, Ireland has a mild, temperate climate and although it's rainy at times, you can visit all year round.

What is the most beautiful part of Ireland? ›

  • The Wild Atlantic Way, West Ireland. ...
  • English market, Cork City. ...
  • Brú na Bóinne, County Meath. ...
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park, County Wicklow. ...
  • Portsalon Beach, Donegal. ...
  • Lough Gill, County Sligo. ...
  • Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny. ...
  • Ross Castle, County Kerry.
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What is Ireland's number 1 tourist attraction? ›

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone

Possibly Ireland's best-known attraction and one it's must-see-castles, the Blarney Stone sits high on a tower of Blarney castle, not far from Cork.


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