The capital city of Ireland, Dublin was founded in 841, and was once considered the second greatest city in the world behind London. Much like other cities in the British Isles, Dublin offers an intriguing combination of 18th and 19th century buildings and modern architectural feats. Dominated by Georgian style buildings constructed during the rule of George I, George II, George III, and George IV of England, modern designs are cropping up as well, such as the futuristic Samuel Beckett Bridge.
When to visit
Directly impacted by the moderating effects of the Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Ocean, the climate in Dublin is surprisingly mild. Summer is a popular time of year to visit Dublin, and Ireland as a whole. However, winters in Dublin are remarkably mild and pale in comparison to the inhospitable weather that can dampen continental Europe. Snow does occur during winter, but it is considered uncommon. Most of the winter precipitation comes in the form of chilly rain and hail.
Summer in Dublin is mild, with average highs between late May and early September hitting just 68 F (20 C). Even in the peak of summer, July, temperatures in Dublin are much lower than most American cities. The hottest temperature ever recorded during a Dublin summer was 88 F (31 C). Rain is also infrequent during the summer, with an average of four days of thunderstorms annually.
If you can tolerate the colder temps, Dublin is also a beautiful place during winter. Daytime highs during the winter average 41 F (5 C), with nighttime temperatures hovering just around freezing at 32 F (0 C). In fact, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Dublin was 10 F (-12 C)
You would be disappointed to visit Dublin without touring the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery. Whether you enjoy a drink or not, these are iconic beer and liquor brands (respectively), these are must-do activities. The Guinness Storehouse is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM closing in July and August. The Old Jameson Distillery offers a self-guided tour and is open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
If you enjoy sports, catch a football, hurling, or Gaelic football match at the 82,500-seat Croke Park Stadium. Located in Dublin, the stadium is state of the art and is home to countless Irish sporting activities. For those of you who prefer to shop, visit Grafton Street, Nassau Street, or Temple bar.
A great way for you to enjoy Dublin and see more of it is by taking one of its famous walking tours. Offered in 1-hour and 4-hour excursions, Dublin's colorful tour guides take you through the city's rich history and tell you everything you need to know about the Irish capital. The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl provides insight into the city's cultural, religious, and political life. You'll learn about Irish literature, history, and architecture, while visiting some of the city's famous pubs.
Dublin is also home to countless museums, which include the Dublin Writers Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Museum of Ireland's Archaeology and Decorative Arts & History buildings.
Tips & Recommendations
• Get out of the city to visit Howth, 9 miles (14 km) north from Dublin. Bull Island and St. Anne's Park offers a 3-mile (5 km) beach.
• Watch out for pickpockets around Temple Bar, as it is known to attract countless tourists who are targeted by thieves.
• Traffic is often heavy in Dublin, so you might be better off in a taxi or public transportation compared to renting your own car.
• 112 is a national number for emergency services.
• Avoid the city's central neighborhoods around bar closing time (2:30-3:00 AM on weekends).
Dublin City University is modest and comfortable, with a 2-star rating. You are sure to find a room to your liking, given the vast selection. Dublin Airport is 4.5 km (2.8 miles) from this location. National Botanic Gardens is one of the Dublin landmarks you may wish to visit. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Urban Paintball. You are 1.9 km (1.2 miles) from Morton Stadium when you stay here.
Herberton Apartments has 3 stars. Heuston Railway Station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. You can easily get to Wellington Monument from here. Shelbourne Park is one of the attractions near the property. Museums in the neighborhood include Irish Museum of Modern Art and Collins Barracks Dublin.
Lad Lane Apartments has 3 stars. You'll be completely mobile, with Pearse Street Station connecting you to areas around Dublin. The popular St Stephen Green, Bord Gais Energy Theatre and Dublin Castle are easy to reach from this location. The holiday accommodation is perfectly located for visiting Shelbourne Park. One advantage for business travelers is the proximity of Irish International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Offering an intimate atmosphere, the small-sized Dublin 1 Apartments is a nice place to unwind. Indulge in a 3-star accommodation. You'll be completely mobile, with Tara Street Railway Station connecting you to areas around Dublin. Halfpenny Bridge, O'Connel Bridge and Temple bar are within a short walk from here. It'll be easy to visit Shelbourne Park from here. Wandering through Dublin Writers Museum and National Gallery of Ireland, both a short walk away, is time well-spent.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Annandale Bed & Breakfast offers the intimacy of a small accommodation. Relax, unwind and enjoy staying at this fine 3-star property. Nearby Kart City offers fun and entertainment. Nearby Croke Park is a popular site for conferences and events.
Outstanding Almanii B&B enjoys a 3-star rating. Dublin Airport is close enough for easy access. Highly recommended Kart City is just a short distance from here. Numerous Dublin events take place at Morton Stadium, located 1.5 km (1.0 miles) from this accommodation.
The 3-star rating reflects Abberley House's good quality. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. You'll be completely mobile, with Connolly Railway Station connecting you to areas around Dublin. Nearby Shelbourne Park is an enjoyable diversion. Enjoy easy access to Dublin Writers Museum. This museum is 1.4 km (0.9 miles) away. These accommodations provide easy access to all events hosted by Croke Park.
The 2-star My Place Hostel is well-priced for budget travel. The famous landmark Custom House is conveniently close, as are O'Connell Street and O'Connel Bridge. Teach an Chustaim Building is just 0.4 km (0.2 miles) away. A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby Dublin Writers Museum or National Gallery of Ireland. Need a place close to International Financial Services Centre? This accommodation is just a short distance from it.
Citi Hostels is located close to Pearse Street Station, for convenient transportation connections. A visit to Government Buildings can be a moving experience. Shelbourne Park is an entertaining option for your Dublin visit. From this property you'll be close to Natural History Museum and National Gallery of Ireland.
Outstanding The Cliff Townhouse enjoys a 4-star rating. The number of rooms is low, the quality of personal service is high. In the surrounding area, St Stephen Green, Dublin Castle and Bord Gais Energy Theatre are among the attractions you can enjoy. During your time in Dublin, you might enjoy a trip to Shelbourne Park. From here, devout pilgrims and secular visitors can make a pilgrimage to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Nearby International Financial Services Centre hosts numerous events throughout the year.
The modest-sized Eliza Lodge Hotel offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. Rated 2-star(s), this accommodation is suitable for the traveler on a budget. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Tara Street Railway Station provides public transit connections throughout Dublin. The young at heart will enjoy Shelbourne Park. Nearby museum choices include Dublin Writers Museum and Natural History Museum. Nearby you'll find the Dublin monument Spire of Dublin.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 3-star Ariel House Hotel. Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The O2 and St Stephen Green are all within walking distance. Easily-accessible Shelbourne Park is a fun place to spend some time. Nearby museum choices include National Gallery of Ireland and Natural History Museum. Irish International Convention and Exhibition Centre draws many visitors to Dublin for special events.
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