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.
Whether you’re pushed for time or just want an easy way to cruise around the sights, Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours have become a popular way to explore Dublin, with local guides providing plenty of entertaining facts and background history along the way. Open-top double decker buses are the vehicle of choice, with the high vantage point offering some great views of the capital.
With almost as many museums in the city as pubs, Dublin’s reputation as a cultural center remains secure, but the best thing about the city’s impressive art and science exhibits is that a huge number of them are absolutely free.
With its rich literary history, landmark architecture and vibrant pub culture, Ireland’s capital has plenty to entice visitors to its shores, but with prices on par with the rest of Western Europe, a trip to Dublin can soon run up a hefty bill. Don’t be put off if you’re on a budget, though; with some careful planning, a little money can go a long way. Here are a few tips to get you started.
As a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin has long nurtured its reputation for inspiring writers, playwrights and poets. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett have all called the Irish capital home, and the city’s rich literary history has set the scene for an impressive array of independent bookstores. Whether you’re looking to pick up a bargain, hunt down a rare find or purchase a classic novel, here are five of the best places to start looking.
With its long and illustrious history, Dublin has enough haunted sights to keep your hair raised long after Halloween. Ghost tours have become a popular way for visitors to get their kicks. Walking tours take in some of the city’s spookiest sights, like Dublin Castle, where the souls of those beheaded there are said to haunt the hallways, St Michan’s Church, where the remains of 800-year-old bodies lie in the crypt and the ghost-ridden Malahide Castle. Keep a look out for ghosts along the way, like the Green Lady of St. Audeon’s church, the mysterious black ghost cat of Killakee house or the spirit of a little girl who stalks guests at The Shelbourne Hotel.
With its rich, religious history, it’s unsurprising that the Irish capital is home to some fine churches. Walking tours are also becoming a popular way for visitors to experience the city’s impressive religious architecture.
Ireland might be better known for its national brew than its cuisine, but the Irish capital has come a long way since the days of corned beef and cabbage. A wide range of restaurants now line the capital’s streets, serving up a variety of international fare, but if you’re looking to sample some authentic Irish dishes the best place to go is the local pub.
Rainy days are part of the package when it comes to holidays in the UK, but there’s no need to let a few showers stop you from exploring the city. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy when it’s wet outside.
1) Visit the city’s museums
Dublin has a plethora of museums to keep you entertained while sheltering from the downpours and the National Library, National Museum of Archeology and National Museum of Natural History are just a short dash from each other.
You might be more concerned about how to get to the sights or where to enjoy your first pint of Guinness, but for those visiting the Emerald Isle for the first time, here are a few things to consider before hitting the streets of Dublin.
1) Take the bus
Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing buses are nothing new, but if you’re short on time or just want to save your feet from blisters, Dublin’s open-air tour buses make a handy way to get from A to B and beyond.