Accommodation & places to visit in Dublin

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
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    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.
  • Weather
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    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)
  • To Do
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    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.
  • To See
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    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
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    • 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).

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