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Top things to do in Dublin
Dublin offers plenty of opportunities to escape the bustle of the city and see the “real” Ireland – the rugged cliffs, wild landscapes and beautiful nature of the country’s less inhabited regions.
Take a trip to the “Wild” West Coast and you’ll feel a million miles away from civilisation; no more so than in Connemara, one of only two places in Ireland where sheep have the right of way over cars on the road!
If getting out in the open is your thing, visit the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most famous natural wonders and full of beautiful flora and fauna that only grow in this special ecosystem.
There’s no escaping the Irish cultural stereotype of enjoying a “jar” or two, and there’s nowhere you can find out more about this national sport than the original home of Ireland’s best-known export; The Guinness Storehouse
One sight you definitely can’t miss while visiting Dublin is the famous Giants Causeway – According to legend, the remains of a causeway built by a giant; actually the extraordinary result of volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Dublin’s past is a fascinating and sometimes gruesome one, and there’s no better place to hear about it than in the city itself! On a Dublin Ghost Tour you’ll experience what life was like in the city 600 years ago, when Dublin was ravaged by the plague, complete with ghastly tour guide!
Sightseeing made easy
There’s so much to see and do in Dublin, it can be a little hard to find the best way of fitting it all in. Taking a Dublin CitySightseeing Bus will get you to all the city’s major landmarks and attractions with minimum fuss and without resorting to google maps!
Kids will especially love the Viking Splash Tours - sightseeing that’s half on dry land and half on water – and all in the same amphibious vehicle!
Dublin – Quick Facts
- Dublin airport
- The temperature in Dublin averages 16°C in July and August, and 5°C in January
- Country code: +353
- Emergency Services Number: 999 or 112
- 230V AC, 50Hz
Getting Around in Dublin
This private coach service runs from the airport to 18 destinations throughout the city, including the main streets in the city centre.
Coaches run every 10 - 15 minutes between 6am and midnight, then hourly from midnight until 6am.
Transfers from Dublin airport by Aircoach is included with the Dublin Pass
Dublin has 2 main railway stations, both served by Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann)
- Connolly Station on Amiens Street is on the north side of the city centre, about 1km from O'Connell Bridge and serves the North, North West and South East of Ireland
- Heuston Station on St John's Road West is about 3km west of the city centre and serves the South and West of Ireland
The main bus company in Dublin is Dublin Bus
Bus stops within the City Centre are divided into six areas:
- St. Stephen's Green Area
- Nassau Street Area
- Trinity College Area
- The Quays
- O'Connell Street Area
Fares on the bus differ depending on where you want to go. The driver will tell you how much your fare is.
If you’re planning to get the bus, make sure you have some loose change, as all services are exact fare only and the driver cannot accept euro notes or give change.
Every accessible bus has one priority space for a wheelchair user, which may also be used for a baby buggy.
It’s pretty easy to get a taxi in Dublin, with over 12,000 licensed taxis working the area. The only times you may have trouble is when traffic is particularly heavy or late at night during the Christmas season.
All taxis in Ireland have a large yellow and blue roof-sign and door signage.
Taxis can be hailed on the street, picked up at a taxi rank or ordered by phone.
All taxis are metered. There will be a fares sticker on the dashboard and fare cards in the seat pockets which explain the fares.
The choice of things to do in Dublin will cheerfully exceed your expectations every bit as much as the famed Irish hospitality does!
A trip to Dublin city can be whatever you want it to be, with a cultural character that’s recognised across the globe, a fascinating history and brimming with vibrant nightlife.
Ireland’s capital will leave you captivated, whether you’re hankering after a weekend getaway, a week of partying or a short break discovering the food, architecture and stories that make up this charming city.