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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Definitely have breakfast and cake at the bakehouse!!!!! Dublin storehouse was really fun, the hop on hop off was one of the best ones I have done- very interesting facts. We really enjoyed the little museum of dublin! 10/10.
Jaimie
Spain
26 February 2017
8
Very good
Just go to the Little Museum! Best hour I've spent in a long while. O'Brien's on Leeson Street for a pint is just great and if you have a few bob to spare eat upstairs in the Sussex.
martin
United Kingdom
26 February 2017
6
Review score
Guiness tour is very good and good value for money, Temple bar is expensive but a fantastic atmosphere and a good night out, the open bus tours are very good, found the locals not to friendly and a lot of homeless people.
shirley miller
United Kingdom
26 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Been there many times before always like the atmosphere and the friendly people. Lots to do and see and all very interesting. Good eating out. Pubs excellent. All easy access.
Arthur
United Kingdom
26 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Dublin is a fun city to visit. Shopping, eating out and entertainment is great. Toddy's restaurant which is part of the Gresham Hotel offers great food even if it is a bit expensive.
Laurence
Ireland
26 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Dublin

Maldron Hotel Pearse Street

8.1 Very good

Score from 2,661 reviews

£68

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The Ripley Court Hotel

7.6 Good

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£49

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  • “location was great”
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Castle Hotel

8.1 Very good

Score from 4,020 reviews

£63

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Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 4,620 reviews

£91

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Temple Bar Inn

8.5 Very good

Score from 3,894 reviews

£70

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Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 3,616 reviews

£84

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Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

8.4 Very good

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£91

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Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

8.4 Very good

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£63

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Drury Court Hotel

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 2,100 reviews

£59

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Discover Dublin

Popular neighbourhoods in Dublin

Ballsbridge

54 properties

With its grand Victorian houses and leafy avenues, this is the heart of well-heeled Dublin. This is where you’ll find many diplomatic outposts, including the landmark US Embassy, a striking circular building with echoes of Celtic design. For echoes of the sporting kind, just down the road you’ll find Lansdowne Road, the home of Irish rugby.

Temple Bar

54 properties

In the days before the Celtic Tiger economy, penniless artists lived in Temple Bar. Now this web of narrow streets, bang in the city centre, is a mix of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and music venues. Handel’s Messiah was first performed here in 1742. Cow’s Lane has a Saturday fashion and design market – there’s a surprise round every corner …

Saint Stephen's Green

40 properties

If shopping is your bag, start from St Stephen’s Green – and make elegant and affable Shelbourne Hotel your campaign headquarters. Grafton Street has all the luxury boutiques your wallet can bear. Dawson Street adds restaurants. And believe it or not, the Irish parliament, Trinity College and the National Gallery are all in the same square mile.

Parnell Square

22 properties

Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street, which runs all the way to Parnell Square. Here you’ll see monuments dedicated to two very different Dublins: the GPO, with its Greek-style porticos, is where Irish independence was won in 1916; while the 398-foot stainless steel Spire of Dublin was completed in 2003 as a salute to Ireland’s new prosperity.

Drumcondra

19 properties

There’s a lot to see on these classic Dublin suburban streets – including the Gaelic games stadium, Croke Park, which towers over much of Drumcondra. Start at Fagan’s Pub, local haunt of former Taoiseach (Irish for “Prime Minister”), Bertie Ahern. It was here he brought US President, Bill Clinton, in September 1998. See the photo on the wall.

Rathmines

18 properties

Dublin has a plethora of vibrant little village-style suburbs on the outskirts, with a splendid mix of redbrick Victorian and Edwardian mansions and terraces. The “Three Rs” – Rathmines, Rathgar and Ranelagh – are on the south side and rank among the best of them. The majestic Grand Canal flows through all three, less than 5km from the centre.

Clontarf

3 properties

The first thing Dubliners will tell you about Clontarf is that it’s where Ireland’s last High King, Brian Boru, trounced the Vikings in 1014. The second thing they’ll tell you is that the only battle today is for desirable homes – preferably with views of Dublin Bay. It’s also the perfect setting for a walk in St Anne’s Park or Fairview Park.

Local tips for Dublin

The Pieman Cafe
Ben by Ben

Songwriter and musician Ben loves travelling. He's also a huge fan of Italian cooking and cinema.

If you want a quick, hearty snack in Dublin, look no further than The Pieman in Temple Bar! As well as tasty pies, they also serve gourmet sandwiches and Irish craft beers.

  • 14a Crown Alley, Dublin 2 , Ireland
  • www.facebook.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00–20:00.
Viking Splash Tours
Niamh by Niamh

Niamh lives in peaceful County Wicklow, but loves the excitement of exploring lively Dublin city.

I always recommend that visitors take this tour with a difference – you get the chance to explore Dublin on a "viking boat": basically a floating school bus! It’s an exciting journey along the famous Grand Canal, with a Viking guide who fills you in on the city's vibrant history.

  • St. Stephen’s Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • vikingsplash.com
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00–16:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
The Powerscourt Shopping Centre
Bianca by Bianca

Florida-born Bianca loves to explore: she worked in New Zealand before moving to Dublin 6 years ago.

I recommend visiting the Powerscourt Shopping Centre. It’s inside a townhouse which was once the city retreat of Lord Powerscourt, and most of the exterior and interior of the building remain the same. It’s really neat to see little boutique shops where the bedrooms used to be!

  • 59 South William Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • www.powerscourtcentre.ie
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-20:00, Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 09:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-18:00.
The National Leprechaun Museum
Vanessa by Vanessa

Even after 10 years living in the USA and Germany, Vanessa always knew she’d come home to Dublin.

When you think of Ireland, you think of leprechauns, right? The National Leprechaun Museum offers guided tours with fascinating storytelling. It’s a great place to learn all about Irish mythology and folklore (not just leprechauns!)

Iveagh Gardens
Paula by Paula

Dublin native Paula loves living within 30 minutes of both the beach and the mountains!

The Iveagh Gardens are one of the least known of Dublin's parks, even though they’re right in the city centre. They were designed in 1865 and have a real “secret garden” feel, with grottos, waterfalls and a maze – great for a quick escape within the city!

  • Clonmel Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • www.heritageireland.ie
  • Open Monday–Saturday 08.00–15:30, Sunday 10:00–15:00.
Block T
Wayne by Wayne

Wayne has lived in Tokyo, LA, Abu Dhabi and Copenhagen, but says there’s nowhere quite like Dublin.

Make sure to check out Block T, a hub of creativity with studio spaces for artists, sculptors, musicians and designers. The complex also hosts exhibitions of photography, art, woodwork and poetry, as well as hands-on workshops, talks, club nights and local live band performances.

  • 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, ireland
  • www.blockt.ie
  • Open Monday–Friday 09:00–19:00.
Grafton Street
Julie by Julie

Wicklow girl Julie feels lucky to live in the countryside close to Dublin: the best of both worlds!

Grafton Street runs between Saint Stephen's Green and College Green, and is one of Dublin’s two main shopping streets. It’s pedestrianised so it’s a haven for avid shoppers, as well as being a great spot to see talented musicians, poets and mime artists perform in the street performers.

  • Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • graftonstreet.ie
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 09:00-19:00, Thursday 09:00-21:00, Friday-Saturday 09:00-19:00, Sunday 11:00-18:00.
Phoenix Park
Louise by Louise

English-born Louise loves travelling the world but has put down roots since buying a run-down house.

When in Dublin, make sure to take a scenic cycle or stroll through the beautiful Phoenix Park. It's the largest inner-city park in Europe, and is also home to Dublin Zoo and the house of the president of Ireland.

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Olivia by Olivia

Booking veteran Olivia is currently living in Cambridge, but always loves visiting Dublin.

I love going to Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre for fabulous shopping in a beautiful part of the city. It’s situated in a lovely building with impressive architecture, and has a vast array of shops. I even managed to sneak in a beauty treatment last time I visited!

  • Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • www.stephensgreen.com
  • Open Monday–Saturday 09:00–19:00, Sunday 11:00–18:00.
Georges Street Arcade
Sarah by Sarah

Local girl Sarah has just swapped Dublin for London. She loves baking, shopping and partying.

You should definitely visit George's Street Arcade! It’s filled with boutique shops and stalls selling jewellery, souvenirs and other homemade goodies. It’s quite small but it’s perfect for a little wander around, and it’s only a 5-minute walk from Grafton Street and Temple Bar.

  • South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • www.georgesstreetarcade.com
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 09:00-18:30, Thursday-Friday 09:00-19:00, Saturday 09:00-18:30, Sunday 12:00-18:00.
Temple Bar Markets
Diana by Diana

Diana’s originally from Germany but after 8 years in Dublin, she can't imagine living anywhere else.

The Temple Bar markets take place at the weekend in the small, cobbled streets of Temple Bar – one of the oldest parts of the city. There’s a food market, a book market and a Designer Mart that are all worth a visit!

  • Meeting House Square/Temple Bar Square/Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Saturday 10:00–18:00, Sunday 11:00–18:00.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Dave by Dave

Family man Dave is a proud Dubliner who loves immersing himself in the culture of his native city.

It may seem odd to visit a graveyard as a tourist, but Glasnevin Cemetery is beautiful, gothic and intriguing. It’s the final resting place for many of Ireland’s most influential sons and daughters: the on-site museum tells their story, and in the process, the history of Ireland itself.

Ha'penny Bridge
Tom by Tom

Shopaholic Tom enjoys travelling, listening to good music and spending time with friends.

You can’t leave Dublin without a photo of the Ha’penny Bridge, a beloved local landmark. This charming little bridge is especially pretty when lit up at night – you can use it to cross the River Liffey, then head to the Ha’penny Bridge Inn for a pint.

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Recommendations for Dublin

I had two mishaps while in Dublin. One was the loss of my driver's license and credit cards, which I already described. The other was losing my balance and tumbling in a busy intersection, landing right in front of a bus. A number of people stopped to help me up and gather my things, but one young woman in particular took charge of me. She steered me to the nearest coffee shop for a cup of hot tea (Irish panacea). She stayed with me until my nerves were steadier and then walked me to a pharmacy for a few things to take care of my scrapes and bruises before leaving. When I got back to my hotel, the receptionist noticed my bedraggled appearance and asked if there was anything she could do to help. Shortly after I went up to my room, she appeared with a bottle of wine and her wishes that it would give me a more pleasant evening. I think that's amazing treatment from two total strangers!

It sounds obnoxious and annoying, but I purchased my ticket to & from the airport along with a 2 day hop on/hop off bus ride. So touristy, I know - but - it's a great way to spend time seeing the city if you have to wait to check into your hotel/hostel or if you are trying to acclimate to the time difference but are too tired to walk or figure out where to walk on a map. You ride easily into town and then on O'Connell street, change to the hop on/hop off bus, where you swipe your bus card over the reader to validate, grab a pair of headphones (or not) - sometimes it's a live guide - and you get a great lay of the land very quickly. I rode both the city and dockside tours, and then felt I really understood the layout of Dublin for further exploring on foot. It can seem cheesy, but I think it's helpful.

As much as it is heralded, I would avoid Temple Bar. It's not a realistic representation of Dublin nightlife, and you will pay a premium for drinks, with prices in some pubs rising at varying times through the night.

Not on this occasion! ( Have been many times before to excellent productions at The Gate Theater ). Watched 'Romeo & Juliet', dreadful! Left after the interval!!

I like that fact that the clothes are different from what you see in the states. Avoca is one of my favorite stores with wonderful cafe.

The people who know the history and tell you abouut it in an entertaining way.

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Dublin for food?

So many great looking places, anything we ate was of excellent quality

fab city culture, shopping and food

Transport

Dublin transport

Air - Dublin International Airport

Dublin International Airport is less than 15 km north of the city centre and is easily accessible by bus. Aircoach, a 24-hour shuttle bus, costs EUR 7 when paying directly at the bus stop or EUR 6 if booked online in advance. Journey time is approximately 30 minutes. Dublin Bus also runs the Airlink 747 service, which costs EUR 6 and takes about 45 minutes. Tickets can be bought from the Travel Information desk in Terminal 1 or from ticket machines at the bus stops.

Train

Train travel in Ireland is relatively efficient but is limited to major towns and cities. Trains to Cork, Belfast and the west coast originate from Dublin's two main stations, Connolly and Heuston. Connolly Station is also a hub for the DART, a local rail line which runs north-south along the Dublin Bay coastline, carrying a mixture of city commuters and daytrippers heading for the beach. DART tickets cost EUR 1.70–EUR 4.35 and can be bought online or at the station.

Bus

Buses are a great way to move around Dublin, with over 100 routes criss-crossing the city. You can pay directly on the bus (EUR 1.80–EUR 3.05 depending on destination, exact change only) or buy a pre-paid ticket offering unlimited travel within 90 minutes, 1 day, or several days. Tickets and Leap top-up cards are available from newsagents all over the city: the Leap Card entitles you to discounted fares and automatically calculates the cheapest ticket for you.

Taxi

Taxis in Dublin are safe and efficient, though not particularly cheap. They're clearly marked with a yellow and blue sign on the roof, and can be hailed in the street, found at a taxi rank or ordered via phone or app. All taxis use the same metered prices: you should find cards in the seat pockets detailing the pricing scale. Initial fares range from EUR 4.10 to EUR 4.45, with an extra charge added for each additional passenger. Payment is generally cash only.

Tram

Luas is the Irish word for 'speed' and these trams are a speedy way to move around Dublin, with two lines spreading out from the city centre to the southern suburbs. Single tickets range from EUR 1.70 to EUR 2.90 depending on distance travelled. If you’ll be travelling frequently, pick up a Leap top-up card and you won’t pay more than EUR 6.40 per day, no matter how many journeys you make. Make sure to check in and out using the card readers at the tram doors.

Bicycle

Dublin is ideal for cycling: it’s small, flat and has extensive cycle lanes. Grab a bike from one of the many Dublinbikes stations situated throughout the city – bicycles are available between 05:00 and 00:30 daily, and can be dropped off at any time. To use the service, you’ll need to buy a Dublinbikes access card from the card machines found at selected bike stations. A 3-day ticket costs EUR 5 and the first 30 minutes of each journey is free.

Car

Dublin is a small city and is best explored on foot, by bike or using the extensive public transport network. If you do decide to drive, keep in mind that there are lots of one-way streets and that street signs are often hidden away on the corners of buildings. Parking spaces are at a premium: illegally parked cars will quickly be clamped or towed away. It’s also worth noting that petrol stations may not be as easy to find as in other similar-sized cities.

Food in Dublin

Top restaurants in Dublin

Good value
Cafe
Lotts Cafe Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
Grill
The Parnell Heritage Bar & Grill
  • 72-74 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–23:30.
  • 00353 18783380
Good value
Bar bites
J.W. Sweetman Craft Brewery
  • 1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 10:30–23:59, Thursday–Saturday 10:30–14:30, Sunday 11:00–23:30.
  • www.jwsweetman.ie
  • 00353 16705777
High-end dining
Irish
The Winding Stair
Good value
Italian
Taste of Emilia’s
  • 1 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Tuesday–Saturday 11:30–22:30, Sunday 12:00–22:00.
  • 00353 18788188
Good value
Vietnamese
Pho Viet
  • 162 Parnell Street, Dublin Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 12:00–22:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–23:00.
  • www.phoviet.ie
  • 00353 18783165
High-end dining
Cafe
The Church Bar
  • Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Thursday 10:30–00:00, Friday–Saturday 10:30–02:30, Sunday 10:30–00:00.
  • www.thechurch.ie
  • 00353 18280102
High-end dining
Local
The Hot Stove
  • 38 Parnell Square West, City Centre North, Dublin
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–21:30, Saturday 17:30–22:00.
  • 00353 18747778
High-end dining
Bar bites
Vintage Cocktail Club
  • 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Thursday 17:00–22:30, Friday 17:00–23:00, Saturday 12:30–23:00, Sunday 12:30–22:30.
  • vintagecocktailclub.com
  • 00353 16753547
Cheap 'n' tasty
Irish
The Temple Bar Pub
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
O’Reilly’s Sub Lounge
  • Tara Street Station, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Friday 16:00–23:30, Saturday 17:00–03:00, Sunday 17:00–23:00.
  • www.oreillys.ie
  • 00353 6716769
High-end dining
Irish
Gallagher’s Boxty House
High-end dining
Irish
Chapter One
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Candy Cafe
  • 1 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Friday 06:00–18:00, Saturday 08:00–18:00, Sunday 13:00–16:00.
Cheap 'n' tasty
Irish
Brother Hubbard
Good value
Bar bites
The Liquor Rooms
Cheap 'n' tasty
Japanese
Musashi Noodles & Sushi Bar
Cheap 'n' tasty
Grill
Bison Bar & BBQ
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Lovinspoon
  • 15 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Saturday 07:00–18:00.
  • 00353 18047604
Cheap 'n' tasty
Desserts
Gino's Gelato
Good value
European
Fallon & Byrne
  • 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–15:00, Sunday–Tuesday 18:00–21:00, Wednesday–Thursday 18:00–22:00, Friday–Saturday 18:00–23:00.
  • www.fallonandbyrne.com
  • 00353 14721010
Good value
Japanese
Ukiyo Bar
Good value
Japanese
Yamamori Izakaya
Good value
Bar bites
The Dingle Whiskey Bar
  • 44 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Open Monday–Thursday 10:30–23:30, Friday–Saturday 10:30–00:30, Sunday 10:30–23:30.
  • www.facebook.com
  • 00353 16774180
Good value
Bar bites
Mary’s
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