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Transport

Dublin city center is compact and many of its main sites are within walking distance of each other. However, there are many options for traveling from place to place.

Dublin Bus services provide an extensive network of buses reaching across the county.

The DART is a coastal train line which stops at seaside towns from Greystones in the south, to Malahide and Howth in the north.

There is a light rail system, the LUAS, with the Green Line heading south from the city to Bride’s Glen (though work on an upgrade is in progress) and the Red Line heading west to Saggart.

DublinBikes, the most successful citywide bike hire scheme in Europe, is loved by the locals.

Car rental options are also plentiful, and taxi services are easy to avail of on the street or can be booked in advance using companies like Lynk, or MyTaxi.

If driving/cycling in Ireland, please take note that we drive on the left side of the road.


Local Tips

Dining

For some delicious dining options in the vicinity of Dublin Castle, we recommend the following restaurants…

Rustic Stone, 17 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.

Odessa, Odessa Club and Restaurant, 14 Dame Court, Dublin 2.

Market Bar, 14A Fade Street, Dublin 2.

The Bank on College Green, 20-22 College Green, Dublin 2.

Umi Falafel, 13 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Bars & Pubs

A visit to Temple Bar is a must when visiting Dublin, but for those looking to experience Dublin’s pub scene like a local, we recommend…

The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2.

The Bar with No Name, 3 Fade Street, Dublin 2.

The Library Bar, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

The Long Hall, 51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Sightseeing

As Ireland’s capital city, Dublin is brimming with fascinating museums, historic buildings and unforgettable sights.

For history buffs, we would recommend that you consider visiting the Trinity College Library to marvel at the ancient Book of Kells, or pay a visit to the National Museum of Ireland. For those particularly interested in Irish history, Kilmainham Gaol Museum and the Little Museum of Dublin are must-sees.

For nature-lovers, witness a beautiful sunset atop Howth Hill, wander through flowery paths in the National Botanic Gardens, explore the rugged trails of the Dublin Mountains Way, or spend a lovely afternoon in one of Dublin’s many peaceful parks.

For the bookworms among you, you are in luck – Dublin has a very rich literary heritage and is the birthplace of James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde to name but a few. We highly recommend trying the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl or the James Joyce Walking Tour.

To experience some authentic Irish culture, visit a traditional Irish pub, Dublin Castle, and the National Leprechaun Museum, or walk through some markets in the streets.

And lastly, for those who just want some fun with a tinge of malt barley brewed alcohol, or for a 360 degree satellite view of the city, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must.

Safety Precautions

Dublin prides itself on its low crime rates, though as with all capital cities it is important to be wary of your surroundings, especially late at night. If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of a crime you should contact the Garda (Police) immediately.  For emergency police, fire or ambulance services call 999 or 112 for free.  You may also want to contact your embassy or consulate. There is also a government-funded agency to assist tourists who are affected by crime on their visit.  The details are:

Irish Tourist Assistance Service, Block 1, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 478 5295; Fax: (01) 478 5187 Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm, Sundays and public holidays 12.00 – 6.00pm Website and email, click here.

Weather

Ireland experiences very unpredictable weather, and during the winter time the temperature can often range roughly from between -3 degrees Celsius (26 degrees Fahrenheit) and 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit). We advise to pack for cold weather; hats, scarves, gloves and umbrellas are advised – though we assure you that it won’t be difficult to find shelter and a hot whiskey in one of Dublin’s many cosy snugs.

Customs

Tipping culture is not as strong in Ireland as it is in other countries – any tips are at your discretion. However, it is commonplace to tip when eating out at restaurants or taking taxis, in which case a 10%-12% tip is customary.

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