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St Patrick’s Day, held annually on March 17th, is Ireland’s biggest celebration and one of Dublin’s best street festivals. Held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day as it’s often nicknamed, is the most traditionally Irish day of the year, a national holiday on which huge crowds of revelers take to the streets wearing green clothing (the symbolic color of Ireland), donning shamrocks and downing pints of Guinness.
With its rich history and vibrant arts scene, there’s much more to Dublin than drinking Guinness and spotting Leprechauns, and many travellers only scratch the surface of what the Irish capital has to offer. Not sure where to start? From visiting the top attractions to getting friendly with the locals, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Dublin.
From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.
Ireland might be fiercely proud of its independence from Britain, but there’s one English tradition that the Irish still claim as their own – Afternoon Tea. Beloved by Queen Victoria and 19th-century aristocrats, the traditional ritual remains a popular option for special occasions and meetings throughout Britain and Ireland, with classic English tea accompanied by a decadent spread of cakes, biscuits and sandwiches. Even if you don’t have anything to celebrate, joining your friends for a glitzy tea party is a must for visitors to Ireland, so to get you started, here are some of Dublin’s best spots for afternoon tea.
Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings to a public fireworks display and an enormous music concert, here’s the lowdown on bringing in 2014, Dublin-style.
Whether you’re basing yourself in the capital for an extended trip or you’ve only got one day to spend in Dublin, using public transport is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city. Thankfully, public transportation in Dublin is excellent with a wide network of buses and trains, and reasonable prices. To get the most for your money, pick up a Leap Card from Dublin Bus, a pre-paid travel card that can be use on most buses and trains.
The Dublin Pass made exploring Dublin, Ireland, so simple, starting from the moment I passed through customs. I presented myself at the Discover Ireland Center in the Dublin airport and before long I was situated with a map of Dublin, information for all the sites, my snazzy little plastic Dublin Pass card and detailed instructions on how to get into the city – for no extra cost.
There’s no better excuse for celebration than the start of the Christmas season and as the winter chills set in, Dublin hangs up the Christmas decorations and gears up for another year of festivities. For the most atmospheric surrounds, head to the city’s famous Temple Bar district, where some 30 streets are lit up with fairy lights and O’Connell Street hosts a giant Christmas tree.
If you’ve ever wondered what the streets of Dublin looked like in medieval times, or fancied yourself sailing the high seas as a Viking Warrior, you’ll find the answers to all your questions at Dublinia. With a series of interactive exhibitions focusing on Dublin’s grim and gory history, Dublinia’s emphasis is on the hands-on and there are plenty of fun ways for both children and adults to get involved, while learning about the city’s past.