Welcome to Dublin
Dublin boasts of a rich heritage with its splendid architecture and ancient buildings rubbing shoulders with pubs, eateries and entertainment complexes. Take the time to learn more about the whiskey business at the Jameson Distillery or hear about the history of the Guiness beer. There are several museums to get lost in including the EPIC Irish Immigration Museum and Dublin Castle. This city is not shy when it comes to sharing its very long history or educating visitors about its local pubs and grubs. It is an ideal vacation spot for everyone!

How to get to Dublin

By Air

Dublin Airport (DUB) is located just 11km from the city center. Getting from DUB to the city center is as easy as jumping on any of the 1,000 buses moving from the airport to various parts of the city (starting around 6EUR), grabbing an Uber or Taxi, or renting a car and driving in. However, our pick is the Airlink Shuttle Bus, a special service of the Dublin public bus system that runs express from DUB to the city center.
Other Means

Dublin is well-served by trains, and you can catch any number of services delivering you to Connolly Station on the North side of the city center or Heuston Station on the West side of the city center.

Local etiquette in Dublin

Tipping

There isn't a strong tipping culture in Ireland, but 10% is considered a good tip for exceptional service in restaurants and bars.
Gestures

The Irish are not very physically demonstrative and as a whole aren't super comfortable with public displays of affection.

What's the weather like in Dublin?

The weather is best between July and August with the sunshine lasting between 18 hours. Fantastic months for warm weather and not so many crowds include August and October. The weather in Dublin is fairly unpredictable overall, so dress in layers regardless of season. From Summer to spring, it is advisable to dress light and always carry an umbrella for the unpredictable rains. Towards winter, jackets and heavy coats are recommended.
Spring
54° F (12° C)
46° F (7° C)
Summer
68° F (20° C)
60° F (16° C)
Fall
64° F (18° C)
57° F (14° C)
Winter
43° F (6° C)
40° F (4° C)

How to get around in Dublin

Public Transport
Dublin has an extensive and well-connected bus network, and the Dublin Bus website provides live up-to-the-minute information about bus routes and wait times.
Public Transport
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is an electric rail system following the eastern coastline from Malahide and/or Howth in north Dublin, right through the city centre to southern suburbs like Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire, Dalkey and onwards to the coastal towns of Bray and Greystones in County Wicklow.
Ride Share
Uber and Lyft are both available in Dublin.
Walking
Walking in Dublin is one of the best ways to get around the city and enjoy its top attractions. The whole tour of Dublin's Fair City would take around two and six hours - two hours for energetic walkers and without lingering too long at any place, six hours including stops, the Trinity College tour and a pause or two in a café.

Where should I eat in Dublin?

Breakfast restaurants in Dublin

Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co ($)
American / European

Interliners love the:
Crepes


Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co Website
66 South William St. / 61 Dawson St. Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2
Metro Cafe ($$)
Irish Cafe

Interliners love the:
Breakfast buttie with scrambled eggs


Metro Cafe Website
43 South William Street, Dublin 2
Brother Hubbard ($$)
European / Middle Eastern Cafe

Interliners love the:
Scratch-made world-famous cakes and buttered scones


Brother Hubbard Website
153 Capel Street, Dublin, Ireland

Brunch restaurants in Dublin

Grey Lane's Bistro ($$)
Mediterranean Seafood

Interliners love the:
Apple and cinnamon pancakes, french toast with brie


Grey Lane's Bistro Website
Grey's Lane, Dingle Co Kerry, Ireland
San Lorenzos ($$)
Italian

Interliners love the:
Duck fries


San Lorenzos Website
Georges street, Dublin 2
Pigeon House ($$)
Irish

Interliners love the:
Pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup


Pigeon House Website
11b Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Lunch restaurants in Dublin

Noshington ($)
Irish Cafe

Interliners love the:
Smashed avocado and poached eggs on homemade brown bread


Noshington Website
186 South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Drury Buildings ($$)
Italian

Interliners love the:
Burren smokehouse salmon


Drury Buildings Website
6 Mary's Abbey, North City, Dublin 7
Chapter One ($$$)
Contemporary Irish / French

Interliners love the:
The prix-fixe lunch


Chapter One Website
18 Parnell Square W, Rotunda, Dublin

Dinner restaurants in Dublin

Wagamama ($$)
Japanese / Asian

Interliners love the:
Japanese noodles


Wagamama Website
St Stephens Green Centre, South King Street, Dublin City Centre
Acapulco Dublin ($$)
Mexican

Interliners love the:
Mexican deep-fried ice cream


Acapulco Dublin Website
7 South Great Georges Street
Farm Restaurant ($$)
Irish Steakhouse

Interliners love the:
Locally-sourced steak


Farm Restaurant Website
3 Dawson Street

Other eats and bites in Dublin

Bobo's

Try the Burgers
il Valentino

Try the Cakes and breads

Things to do in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Factory ($18+) Tour the Guinness factory for a day and understand all about how this world-famous brew is, well... brewed. The interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.
Guinness Storehouse Factory Website
Chester Beatty Library ($0+) The museum has an vast collection of religious and artistic items from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe dating back to 2700 B.C. Specialty works include Babylonian clay tablets, the Biblical Papyri and 260 different manuscripts of the Quran. Chester Beatty Library Website
Dublin Castle ($8+) Part of Ireland's history since A.D. 930, located in the center of the city. The castle has an incredible amount of history to be told, from the 1680 State Apartments of the Viceregal court to the 1916 Easter Rebellion. Dublin Castle Website
Jameson Distillery Bow St. ($20+) Enjoy a 40-minute guided tour learning about the history of the Jameson family and their history of creating successful world famous whiskey. Jameson Distillery Bow St. Website
Grafton Street ($0+) The Dublin pedestrian street with shops, cafes, and restaurants that runs from Trinity College to St. Stephen's Green. Grafton Street Website

Dublin festivals and parades

  • Oct
    Oktoberfest
    Held annually from mid-September through early October at George's Dock, Dublin's Oktoberfest hosts brewers and restaurants from around the city.
  • Sep
    Music in Monkstown Festival
    This is an annual music festival held at Monkstown featuring concerts by some of the world's finest musicians: pianists Nathalia Milstein and Barry Douglas, the RTE ConTempo Quartet, violinist Maighread McCrann and the gorgeous harmonies of the boys of the Palestrina Choir

What's the nightlife like in Dublin?

Photo © The Westbury Club
The Westbury Club
(website)
The Westbury is a bar, club, and casino all in one that attracts thousands of tourists each month.
Don't miss:
Join one of the famed Texas Hold'em tournaments, with prize money from EUR 300 - 3000.
Tip:
Photo © The Irish House Party
The Irish House Party
(website)
Enjoy a night filled with traditional Irish music and Irish dancing, with performances by All Ireland champion musicians, dancers and entertaining presenters.
Don't miss:
Tip:
Photo © The Bernard Shaw
The Bernard Shaw
(website)
The Bernard Shaw is one of Dublin's hottest nighttime venues, featuring indoor and outdoor spaces with live music and great cocktails.
Don't miss:
Jump on the Big Blue Bus - an actual bus - for some of the best late-night pizza in Dublin.
Tip:

Dublin hidden gems

The Library Bar
The bar is themed around a library with great seating. An ideal place for business meetings, morning coffee, lunches, etc.
Shrine of St. Valentine
St. Valentine was executed and buried in Rome in the 3rd century but his remains were moved here to Dublin in 1835.
Iveagh Gardens
The gardens were designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 and are located close to St Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin city center. Many of the original landscape features are still in place, or have been restored and conserved since 1995.