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Country rank: 1 out of 2 Places To Visit In Ireland

Sub-Region: Leinster Province


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Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Best time: March - May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Dublin (Check Flights)

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"Heart of Ireland"

Dublin Tourism

The history, the food, the architecture, the stories, and of course the pubs, Dublin is always among the list of favourite cities of people who've ever been there. Being the capital, Dublin is a major global city. It caters to the requirements of all sorts of tourists and travellers, from pubs to castles, and churches to parks, there is something for everyone here.

Dublin is located on Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of river Laffey. It is one of Ireland's oldest cities, the region having been inhabited from prehistoric times. It's architecture is incredibly rich, just like it's history. In modern times, it is the centre of all the commercial activities of Ireland, and also the largest city geographically. Even globally, it is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. Dublin is also the centre of Ireland's tourist attractions. There are plenty of old monuments, none more famous than the Dublin Castle, built in 1204, and new ones such as the Dublin Spire built in 2003. The number of parks laid out throughout the city are countless, such as the Phoenix Park, St. Stephen's Park, and St. Annes Park. The National Museum of Ireland is also found here, and Dublin is also home to many events and festivities throughout the year. And then of course, a visit to Ireland is incomplete without indulging, or even drowning, yourself in the local Irish beer.

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People often get confused between currencies used in the UK and Ireland. Ireland uses the European currency of Euro. No other currencies are accepted in Dublin.

Currency conversion options are many in Dublin. The best option is said to be using ATMs, as they mostly give you the best rates. Apart from that, foreign exchange booths such as those of FCEI.

Dublin, like many major cities of Europe, isn't a very cheap affair. Budget trips to Dublin can be done within EUR 40 - 50. Mid range trips can be take you about EUR 100 per day. On the higher end, you can expect to spend north of EUR 200 on things like 5 star restaurants, shopping, car rentals and so on.

Christianity is the largest religion in Dublin, with Roman Catholics in a majority.

The Irish in general are a welcoming people. Handshakes, as everywhere else, are the common form of greetings and it's favourable to maintain eye contact while doing so. Simple reciprocative behaviour is appreciated, such as returning the favour if someone buys you drinks. Tipping is not considered necessary, however most people prefer to give small tips at restaurants and bars or simply round up the total.

English and Irish are the two official languages of Ireland. French is the major foreign language spoken, along with Polish.

Dublin is a historic city. It has existed since pre-historic times, with settlements dating as far back as 140 AD. However, Dublin came to the fore first as a Viking establishment in the 10th century. The Vikings were overthrown by the Norman invasion in 1169, and then two years later by the king of England. The city was affected greatly by the Black Death, the plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century, and a large part of the population died. The city continued to grow in the centuries that followed, especially in the 18th century when a lot of the city we see today was built. The city did not see too much affect of the industrial revolution, and the government was shifted to London. Ireland has seen a lot of secessionist movements since the 20th century. A lot of the city was destroyed, and subsequently rebuilt. Ireland was partitioned in 1922, and Dublin became capital of the Republic of Ireland. By the end of the century, Dublin began growing at a blistering pace and established itself as an economic centre, and developed most of the facilities we see today.

Nightlife in Dublin is quite famous. It hosts many concerts and also many international artists and DJs do the rounds in it's clubs. If you're confused about where to go, just head to Temple Bar and decide from the numerous options available. Grafton Street, south of Temple Bar, also has many offerings. The nightclubs are usually open till about 2:30 at night, and so do late bars, which are somewhat a combination of a club and a bar. Hotels such as the Shelbourne also have clubs, however these are usually frequented by business professionals and bankers.

Shopping in Dublin caters to all your needs. From the luxury boutiques in Grafton Street to the more modest stores of Henry street, you'll find whatever you're looking for. Shopping malls and other souvenir shops are plentiful in the Irish capital as well.

Local cuisine in Dublin has a lot to do with meat, such as beef or lamb. However, if you're looking for any particular dish, you aren't really going to find it. Of the many available, try coddle, a stew made up of sausages, bacon, potatoes and vegetables. Potatoes are central to many of the dishes in Dublin.


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You can easily get into Dublin by air via it's international airport. Trains from nearby cities run on a daily basis directly to Heuston Station and Connolly station, it's two primary railway stati... (Read More)

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