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).
The Spencer has 4 stars. You'll have numerous rooms to choose among here. The famous landmark Custom House is conveniently close, as are Merrion Square Park and O'Connel Bridge. Make your trip especially memorable, visit Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The O2 and St Stephen Green. Conference attendees at International Financial Services Centre appreciate it's proximity to here. Lansdowne Road Stadium is a short distance from the accommodation.
The 2-star Jackson Court Hotel is well-priced for budget travel. The property is only 1.4 km (0.8 miles) away from Pearse Street Station. Nearby museum choices include Natural History Museum and National Gallery of Ireland. Shelbourne Park is an entertaining option for your Dublin visit. Here for business? The International Financial Services Centre is nearby.
Expect a touch of luxury at the 4-star O Callaghan Alexander Hotel. The profuse selection of rooms gives you lots of choices. From here, you'll be conveniently close to Pearse Street Station. The neighborhood's many attractions include Bord Gais Energy Theatre, St Stephen Green and Dublin Castle, all within easy reach. This property is located near Leinster House. An events arena close by is Lansdowne Road Stadium.
You'll find plenty of room options at the sizable Ibis Hotel. Rated 2-star(s), this accommodation is suitable for the traveler on a budget. Nearby Castle Golf Club is an enjoyable diversion. Park West conference attendees will appreciate the short distance from here to there.
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.
Looking for something that's a cut above? You'll find it at 3-star Parnell Square Apartments. With fewer than 20 rooms here, you'll avoid big hotel crowds. The neighborhood's many attractions include Dublin Castle, St Stephen Green and Bord Gais Energy Theatre, all within easy reach. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Dublin Writers Museum and National Gallery of Ireland collections. Plan to visit Shelbourne Park? This property is a good choice! Conferences and other events at Croke Park draw many visitors to this location.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Spencer Dock Corporate Apartments is a good option. The 4-star rating promises an enjoyable stay in Dublin. You can walk to Custom House, Merrion Square Park and O'Connel Bridge from here. The O2, Bord Gais Energy Theatre and St Stephen Green can all be found in nearby. National Gallery of Ireland and Natural History Museum are in the neighborhood of this accommodation. From this location you can easily visit Teach an Chustaim Building, just 1.0 km (0.6 miles) from here.
Crompton Hall Holiday Apartments's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. Book a comfy 3-star room here. The convenient transit hub Heuston Railway Station is not far. Staying here puts you within easy access of The Four Courts, St. James's Gate Brewery and Temple bar. In the accommodation's vicinity, you'll find The Mansion House. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Collins Barracks Dublin and Irish Museum of Modern Art collections.
With its well-earned 3 stars, Adare House B&B is a fine choice. The rooms here are small in number and the hospitality is highly regarded. Transportation is available at nearby Pearse Street Station. If you plan on visiting Herbert Park, The Grand Canal or National Concert Hall, this accommodation is a good choice. Walk to St Stephen Green and Bord Gais Energy Theatre --just a short distance from this location. The young at heart will enjoy Shelbourne Park.
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.
If you prefer a more intimate property, Aishling House Hotel is a good option. Book a comfy 3-star room here. It'll be easy to visit Shelbourne Park from here. Situated near East Point Business Park, this property is ideal for business and vacation travelers.
With no more than 20 rooms, Acara House Hotel is a small boutique establishment. The 1-star rating indicates the price should be right for budget travelers. Connolly Railway Station is the nearest station to this property. Staying here puts you within easy access of National Botanic Gardens, Parnell Square and O'Connell Street. From this location you can easily visit Spire of Dublin, just 1.7 km (1.1 miles) from here. If you're in town for a conference, Croke Park is an easy stroll from here.
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.
Oliver St John Gogarty Hostel & Penthouse Apartments is a 2-star establishment. The property is only 0.5 km (0.3 miles) away from Tara Street Railway Station. Staying here puts you within easy access of Temple bar, Halfpenny Bridge and O'Connel Bridge. Why not stop by Shelbourne Park for fun and recreation. Famous sites such as Spire of Dublin are close by.
Abigails Hostel is rated 2 star(s). Tara Street Railway Station is the nearest station to this property. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Shelbourne Park. This area offers several museums, including the popular Dublin Writers Museum and National Gallery of Ireland. Nearby International Financial Services Centre is a popular site for conferences and events.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Cornerville offers the intimacy of a small accommodation. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. A fun-filled option nearby is ALSAA.
Celtic Lodge Guesthouse - Restaurant & Bar is a 2-star establishment. For a memorable Dublin visit, be sure you see Teach an Chustaim Building. Nearby and easily accessible, you'll find Shelbourne Park. A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby Dublin Writers Museum or National Gallery of Ireland. Conference facilities near the lodging include International Financial Services Centre.
Expect a touch of luxury at the 4-star Waterloo House Hotel. St Stephen Green and Bord Gais Energy Theatre are recommended favorites. Shelbourne Park is a popular attraction you can visit easily from this location. Wandering through Natural History Museum and National Gallery of Ireland, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. In the vicinity of this accommodation is Lansdowne Road Stadium stadium.