Visiting Dublin city center? Let me guide you from my perspective – a newcomer, someone who’s been living in Ireland for the last 6 years. Trust me – this country is one of the kind 🙂 I hiked almost every hill in this country, traveled around Ireland number of times, drove Wild Atlantic Way, cycled Greeway and took different opportunities to explore the country. There are things you will never believe exist any more in any European country, what’s more – in a European capital city. 🙂
Ireland – one of the kind!
There’s lots of things to see in Dublin. But it all depends what are you looking for? Dublin has it’s own charming architecture Hanging around the city will give you a better insight about people’s culture and traditions than any travel guide. How about seeing a guy in a tracksuit riding a horse without saddle in the middle of a European capital city?!! It’s very typical for Dublin to see horses grazing near the houses. Many Dubliners still own them. Couple years ago you could even see a horse head looking out of the window of the apartment! Yesss, for real 🙂
Irish people – whenever they go abroad, they always look for an Irish pub 🙂 A really nice guy told me once that every three times he was visiting New York, he experienced nothing more but Irish pubs and bars! In New York .. imagine that 🙂
First of all – go to the Tourist Information Office for free advice, information and city map. The office is based in the city center in busy O’Connell Street just next to the Spire of Dublin – the high steel spike monument.
Dublin city center nightlife.
You cannot miss the most popular entertainment area of Dublin – Temple Bar. This charming district of cobblestone streets is full of old architecture buildings and galleries. There’s no doubt it’s the most famous street in Dublin, offering a variety of clubs and pubs with live music, and what’s most important a great atmosphere. Don’t count for a seat after 8 pm .. and for a drink after 2.30 am. Yes, in Ireland alcohol is served up to 2.30 (except few clubs). Many clubs charge an entry fee and you shouldn’t be dressed too casual. Can’t miss baby Guinness – the most famous Irish shot. Temple Bar streets are busy, people would be gathering in front of the pubs drinking, laughing and chatting with anyone standing aside.
The Dawson Lounge – the city’s smallest pub (on earth?)
You absolutely need to visit this tiny little place, amazing and unforgettable experience – especially in lady’s room!! Mind your head!! – the ceiling is very low, especially after few pints 🙂
The Brazen Head – officially the oldest pub in Dublin, located 10 min from the busy Temple Bar with a great atmosphere and good food.
Best spots to visit in Dublin city center!
- Phoenix Park – considered to be the largest enclosed city park in Europe. Since the 17th century the place has been home to a herd of wild deer.
- Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin’s oldest building, located in the city center. A piece of great 1000 years old architecture.
- Kilmainham Goal – one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Book tickets in advance.
- The Old Library of Trinity College Dublin – located in the heart of Dublin.
- Street food market – Temple Bar, where you can taste Irish local home made specialities. Opened only Sathurdays from 9 am – 5 pm. There are also other great farmer’s markets in Dublin.