Dublin is really impressive: the history that was created here, the antiquity that is preserved here and the number of drunks that is progressing here. It is these cheerful red-haired revelers that give Dublin a slightly dashing but quite friendly atmosphere and the charm of a kind of “provincial capital”.
Dublin climate and weather
Average monthly temperature, ° C day and night
- January +8 +3
- February +8 +3
- March +10 +3
- April +11 +4
- May +14 +7
- June +17 +10
- July +19 +11
- August +19 +11
- September +17 +10
- October +14 +8
- November +10 +4
- December +8 +3
Despite the general prejudice that Ireland without rain is not Ireland, the east coast of the country (where Dublin is located) is far from the wettest place. It rains here, but not so often, you can catch the sun in autumn-winter-spring with the same probability as rain, ie 50 to 50. In summer and in the capital grace – bright sun and green grass is consistently available.
Transport of Dublin
Dublin’s high-speed rail service (DART) runs between 25 city stations. This mode of transport is very convenient and covers most of the capital and suburbs. Trains run through the stations every 15-20 minutes, starting at 6:00 and ending at 23:45. Tickets are sold at stations. Catching a taxi in Dublin is not a problem, but the prices are very “biting”.
Dublin Bus serves all Dublin County routes. Discounts are available in advance when buying tickets.
Cuisine and restaurants of Dublin
The main gastronomic attraction of the city – Irish stew. Not a soup, not a second course, made almost according to a recipe from the British imperishable “Three in a boat, not counting the dogs” – that is, from everything found in the house (except, perhaps, only a dead rat from a fox terrier Montmorency). One serving is usually eaten for three days.
Shopping: Dublin shops
In addition to buying traditional Irish souvenirs, in Dublin you can arrange a good shopping, which will not hit hard on your pocket. The local Kildare Village opened in 2006. It presents popular European and world brands: Molton Brown, Corso Italia (Cerruti and Valentino), Calvin Klein Jeans, Kenneth Turner, Villeroy & Boch, as well as lesser-known British and Irish.
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and weekends – from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday – from 10:00 to 20:00, Friday – from 10:00 to 19:00. Ghost bus.
The group tour will take tourists through the gloomy world of Dublin ghosts and eerie legends. Along the way, they will see ghost houses, hear about the origins and bloody life (or rather, otherworldly) ways of Dublin’s Dracula – and even be able to shake the mummy’s hand (if they dare). The terrible journey ends in the cozy atmosphere of the Legal Eagle Tavern, where travelers will be entertained by the characters of Dublin legends.
Entertainment, tours and attractions of Dublin
Dublin is one of the most beloved capitals of travelers in the world. Virtually all of Ireland’s major attractions are located either in the country’s largest city or in its immediate vicinity. Moreover, according to the National Tourism Association, half of the paid and popular Irish tourist attractions are located here (the list includes the Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Beer Museum, the National Water Sports Center, the Kell Book at Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Kilmeichen Prison Museum).
As for free seats, the top ten in the capital can be found as many as seven interesting places to visit. Free admission to the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Botanic Gardens, the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, the Farmley estate of the Guinness family, the Trinity College Science Gallery, the Chester Beatty Library, the National Library of Ireland and the Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art Hugh.
Territorially, the central part of the city is divided by the river Liffey into two areas: southern and northern. Most of Dublin’s attractions are concentrated in the area south of the river, which, unlike most urban rivers in the world, is quite clean and rich in fish. One of the main streets and at the same time a monument of the northern district – repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt O’Connell Street. The oldest area of the capital is a maze of streets around the Temple Bar, which has now become the center of numerous restaurants, pubs and fashion stores. The very center of the city is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built on the same place where this legendary saint baptized locals.
The best attractions in the south-east of Dublin
The south-eastern part of the city is not as rich in interesting places to visit as the south-western part. However, there are several interesting places to visit. First of all, it’s Trinity College. Trinity College is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, this complex is famous for its many beautiful old buildings and paved rectangular stone courtyards between the gray buildings of the library (1591). Together with the University of Dublin, it is the oldest and most prestigious higher education institution in all of Ireland. The Kell Book, kept in the local library, brought fame to the college outside of Ireland.
This unique work of Celtic monks dates back to 800 and is considered the most beautiful medieval manuscript. In Dublin, it is convenient and profitable to use Dublin Pass – a discount card that provides tourists with a number of significant benefits. Dublin Pass is designed for one, two, three or six days. Price – from 29 EUR for a one-two-day discount card per adult. A six-day discount card costs 89 EUR. In addition to the possibility of free sightseeing, Dublin Pass offers various discounts in shops, theaters and restaurants. Also included in the discount service is a transfer on a comfortable Aircoach bus from the airport to the city center.
Also, being in this part of Dublin, it is worth visiting two wonderful museums that are in any of the top ten attractions of the city. These are the National Museum of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland. Admission to both museums is free. Schedule of the National Museum of Ireland: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 17.00; on Sunday, from 14.00 to 17.00; on Mondays – closed. Most of the exhibits – a variety of archaeological finds – from the human body of the Iron Age to the beautiful medieval jewelry. Schedule of the National Gallery of Ireland: Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 to 17.30; on Thursday, from 9.30 to 20.30; on Sunday – from 12.00 to 17.30. Lovers of beauty will find a large collection of Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch paintings.
The best attractions in the southwest of Dublin
Dublin Castle is a landmark where the British administration was located from the 12th century until the 1920s (it is located on a hill west of the city). Entrance to the territory – from Monday to Saturday – from 10.00 to 16.45 and on Sunday – from 12.00 to 16.45.
No less interesting to visit are the two cathedrals: Christ’s Cathedral, Dublin’s main cathedral, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest in all of Ireland. The latter became famous for the fact that for some time it was headed by the great writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, familiar to every adult and child from the book “Gulliver’s Journey”, which he authored.
In the southwest you can also find the famous Temple Bar area. Here you can talk, and you can keep quiet, but drinking is a must. These are the local rules of good manners. Ireland has a ban on smoking in public places.
Other attractions of Dublin
61-meter obelisk in honor of the Duke of Wellington and the area of Fifteen Acres, Merriot-Skwe, Eli Place and Fitzwilliam-Skwe. Blackrock House is a picturesque summer residence of the English Viceroy of Ireland. There are many theaters in the city. The most interesting of them are the National Theater of Ireland “Abby” and the State Concert Hall.
Lovers of literature will be interested to walk through places associated with the names of book characters or writers. In particular, in Dublin is the museum of James Joyce, a writer who told about this wonderful city and its inhabitants in his book “Ulysses”. The pubs where the hero of Leopold Bloom stayed have survived to our time.
Dublin Zoo is suitable for families with children. Admission for an adult will cost 15 euros. There are discounts for children and large families.