Dublin Travel, Ireland

A modern confession Box in Dublin, Ireland

A modern confessional in Dublin. Photo by psyberartist.

Why Dublin travel?

An architecturally striking city, Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and boasts a dramatic history full of extraordinary personalities – many of them engraved in stone or bronze and scattered around the streets. Dublin has recently reinvented itself as a chic urban space – in places – and has frequently been voted the friendliest city in Europe. It is this mix of grand old, funky new and eternally amiable that makes Dublin such an attractive, lively destination. The craic is mighty, to be sure, and not just in the city. Visitors who wish to explore a bit of the Irish countryside won’t have far to go as Dublin is surrounded by parks, harbours, beaches and mountains.

Dublin, Liffey River walk, Ireland

Bachelor’s Walk promenade over the Liffey River. Photo by Jean Housen.

Dublin weather

Best: April – August, the sunniest monthsbut the temperature range is narrow, so it’s never over-hot in the summer with average highs of around 20C/68F. Winter highs reach up to 10C/50F with lows rarely below 4C/39F. They say that the only way to tell if it’s winter or summer is by the temperature of the rain!
Worst: January – March, cold, dull, rain, dull, wind, dull, rain, but rarely below freezing.

Things to Do

Ha'penny bridge, Dublin, Ireland

Ha’penny bridge. Photo by psyberartist.

• The architecture for which the city is most famous is its numerous Georgian squares and streets, including Stephen’s Green square, Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square.

• Trinity College Dublin (photo below) dates from Elizabeth I and is a must for architectural students – don’t miss the Book of Kells when you’re there – as is the Four Courts and The Custom House.

• When you need a break, head for the best known meeting place in Dublin – Bewley’s Café in Grafton Street.

• If you need some green, try Phoenix Park, one of the largest city parks in the world, along with its deer, zoo and houses of the rich and famous.

• Don’t leave Dublin without visiting the cast-iron Ha’penny Bridge (photo below) over the River Liffey and taking in a tour of the nearby Guinness Brewery.

• And if you’re interested in history, the Viking Centre is not far away, along with two 11th century cathedrals.

The Book of Kells

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells. Photo by psyberartist.

Also known as the Book of Columba this is thought by many to be Ireland’s finest treasure. It’s an illustrated Christian manuscript that represents the best Western calligraphy ever seen. Created by Celtic monks in AD 800, it comprises the four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin with much elaborate and vivid ornamentation including humans, animals and strange creatures.

Short Trips out of Town

• Dublin or Wicklow mountains.
• huge sandy beaches at Howth or Brittas.
• the ancient burial mounds at Dowth, Knowth and Newgrange.
• Dun Laoghaire, a nice little harbour town to the south.

A beautiful, Irish track, Wicklow Way, Ireland

The Wicklow Way walking trail in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Photo by Joe King


March 17, St Patrick’s Day

June, Organ and Choral Festival

June, Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, mostly Dublin, plus counties Wicklow and Kildare. Excellent.

June-August, Contemporary Arts Festival, Temple Bar.

First 2 weeks of October, Theatre Festival.

End September – mid October, Fringe Theatre Festival

For some precise dates or more information see: European Festivals or Arts Festivals.

Arts and culture

A blue themed Dublin street scene, Ireland

A Dublin street scene. Photo by psyberartist.

The city is famous for its theatres. The Abbey, the Gate and the Gaity are the best known and show a great variety of modern and classical theatre.

Museums and Galleries

The Natural History Museum will keep the kids happy for hours and the National Museum has wonderful artefacts from Ireland’s Celtic past.

The Hugh Lane city Gallery of Modern Art is justly famous.
You must see the extraordinary, illustrated 8th century Book of Kells in Trinity College Dublin.

The Chester Beatty Library houses a great collection of oriental art.

The National Gallery is worth a visit. If you like Turner water colours, it opens its magical, gem-like collection only once a year, on New Year’s Day.

Nights Out

The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

The Temple Bar. Photo by psyberartist. Temple Bar is also the name of an ancient, southern district in Dublin.

Dublin is a sensational place for drinking, clubbing and wild weekends if you don’t mind spending time with seriously inebriated folk. Many people go to Dublin for stag and hen nights. There is a thriving pub culture, with attractive drinking dens everywhere, many of them providing live music and staying open late.


More famous for epic drinking, this is not a city renowned for gastronomic delights, but over the last few years Irish chefs returning from abroad have triggered a taste renaissance with modern Irish cuisine, featuring plenty of organic produce and seafood.
Traditional Irish cooking is based on potatoes, cabbage and fat bacon and is best avoided.


St. Stephens Green Shopping Center, Dublin, Ireland

St. Stephens Green Shopping Center. Photo by psyberartist.

Grafton Street is a pedestrian shopping street with the usual chain stores; Brown Thomas as the most glamorous.
The St. Stephens Green Shopping Center and the Powerscourt Centre at the top of Grafton Street are the best known shopping centres in Dublin.


Irish crystal is expensive but gorgeous, as are Irish woolens.
Wild Irish smoked salmon is delicious and reasonably priced.
Irish whiskey and Irish silver are, of course, world renowned.
You will also find a large number of different items, less well known, sporting tiny green men in pointed hats. You need at least one of these in addition to a hole in your head.