This great city of culture, once home to literary legends like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging and interesting capitals.
The historic city of Dublin – capital of the Republic of Ireland – sits on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of Dublin Bay, clustered around the River Liffey. With a population just shy of 1.5 million, Dublin is not a large city, but it does pack a mighty punch.
Dublin is a lively, energetic city that always seems to be in a good mood. Over the years, many literary and cultural luminaries have thrived here: Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker are just a handful of University College Dublin’s most famous alumni.
In more recent years, parts of the city centre have had a modern facelift. Today, glitzy new hotels, shopping malls and a state-of-the-art tram system sit side-by-side with the city’s historic cathedrals, churches and castles. Dublin is perfect for exploring on foot, with many of its most popular monuments and attractions – old and new – located in the compact city centre.
Dublin’s rich cultural and literary heritage forms a large part of the city’s appeal, and there are many places to visit where you can learn more, including the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dublin Writers Museum. Other historic attractions include the 13th-century Dublin Castle, now an Irish government building, the former prison at Kilmainham Gaol and the medieval Christ Church Cathedral.
Two of Ireland’s most famous alcoholic exports, Jameson’s and Guinness, both have production centres in Dublin that offer tours. Don’t miss the chance to visit the famous Temple Bar, renowned as the best place in Ireland to enjoy a pint of Guinness!
Traditional Irish dishes that are popular in Dublin include Irish stew (usually made with beef or lamb), boiled bacon and cabbage, boxty (potato pancakes), and colcannon (mashed potato with kale or cabbage and butter). Soda bread and smoked salmon are also popular. That being said, international cuisine is very popular in Dublin, particularly Chinese, Italian, Thai and Indian.
Guinness (a dark, Irish stout) is a popular alcoholic drink in Ireland, along with Jameson’s (blended Irish whiskey), both of which have a brewery and a distillery, respectively, in Dublin.
First trip to Dublin? Here are a few questions you might have.
As a country, Ireland has a just reputation as being one of Europe’s most expensive: according to a 2019 study, was the fourth-most expensive country in the European Union. That being said, it is still possible to visit Ireland, particularly larger cities like Dublin, on a tighter budget by booking an escorted tour with included meals and accommodation.
The best time to visit Dublin is between March and May, when it’s not as crowded as it is in peak summer. September to November is also a good time to visit, before the cold of winter, but with fewer crowds.
According to a 2020 scientific study, Guinness tastes better in Ireland than anywhere else on earth. Of all the places in Ireland, the Temple Bar in Dublin has earned a reputation as being the best place in the country for a pint of Guinness, known locally as ‘the black stuff’.
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