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"Heart of Ireland"

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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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Currency in Dublin

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.

Shopping in Dublin

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.

Nightlife in Dublin

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.

History of Dublin

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.

Language of Dublin

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

Dublin Customs

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.

Religion of Dublin

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

Daily Budget for Dublin

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.

Exchanging Money 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.

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How to Reach Dublin

How to Reach Overview

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 stations. Many of the country's highways also lead into Dublin if you're coming via car, and it's also connected to Wales and England via waterways.

How to reach Dublin by flight

A huge number of flights fly into Dublin from all over the world. Aer Lingus is Ireland's flag carrier airline and Ryanair is the other Irish airline. Both are not very expensive and cover most of the major European cities. Other international airlines connect Dublin with the middle east and the Americas as well.

How to reach Dublin by road

Getting to Dublin via car is not a very difficult task with several routes on offer. The M1 through to M9 all have routes leading right to the capital city.

How to reach Dublin by train

Dublin has 2 main railway stations, with trains running to destinations such as Cork, Limerick in the west from Heuston station, and to Belfast and Sligo from Connolly station.

How to reach Dublin by bus

Dublin is accessed by various private bus companies such as GoBus and Citylink. Bus Eireann provides routes connecting most of the towns and cities of Ireland with Dublin.

How to reach Dublin by waterways

There are primarily two routes over water to reach Ireland, from Liverpool in the England and Holyhead in Wales, among many other routes between the two countries. A ferry ticket to Dublin Port will cost you around EUR 38 or GBP 30 from most of the British ports.

Local transport in Dublin

Commuting options in Dublin are aplenty. The most popular of which is the DART, the Dublin Area Rapid Transit connecting a large part of the city. The tram system, called Luas, is also widely used. It has two route lines. However, the oldest and till date the most used mode of transport in the city is the state owned bus system. Exact bus fare is accepted, and change tickets are issued if the passengers overpay, which are redeemed at the Dublin Bus Office. Daily passes such as the Leap Card can be used on the DART, the bus, and the Luas as well.

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What is the best way to reach Dublin?

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 stations. Many of the country's highways also lead into Dublin if you're coming via car, and it's also connected to Wales and England via waterways.
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What are the places near Dublin?

The top places near to Dublin are Galway which is 186 km from Dublin, Edinburgh which is located 350 km from Dublin, Bath which is located 344 km from Dublin, Glasgow which is located 308 km from Dublin, Liverpool which is located 216 km from Dublin

What are the things to do in Dublin?

The top things to do in Dublin are Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Spire of Dublin, Natural History Museum, St. Patrick's Cathedral. You can see all the places to visit in Dublin here

What are the top hotels in Dublin?

There are 911 in Dublin which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Dublin are Cosy Home; Sleeps 10/11. City 15 minutes’ walk, 2 Bed Home near the RDS Arena, 1 Bed Apartment beside Dublin Castle, Spacious Dual-Aspect 2 Bedroom Apartment, 2 Bedroom in Dublin City Centre, Huge 3 Bedroom Penthouse In Center. You can see all the hotels in Dublin here

What is the local food in Dublin?

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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What is the best time to visit Dublin?

March-May during Spring is the best time to visit Dublin. The Irish rain is famous around the world, and most tourists plan their trips trying to avoid it. But since the city sees rain almost all-year-round, it is well equipped to handle it. The crowd is under control, the weather is pleasant, and the hotel prices are yet to rise, making the months of March, April and May the ideal months to travel to this part of the world. The museums and parks have fewer crowds and a lot of time can be spent studying the cultural history of the place. Besides, March is also the month that brings with it the famous St.Patrick’s celebrations, thus making it all the more viable a month for paying a visit to this city in Ireland. Dublin experiences frigid winters from November to February. This is the time when all outdoor activities are put to a hold, making it the worst time to visit this city. Most of the local population nooks up indoors and there isn’t any specific activity in the city during these months.
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