Country: Ireland
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Peak Season: June-August
Shoulder Season: November-February
Median Temperature: 9.46 C / 49.028 F
Main Languages: Irish, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Train, tram, taxi
Recommended Duration of Stay: 3 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $160.00/day
Tourist Passes: Dublin Pass
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Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a relatively quaint vibrancy despite having a stellar economic status—the favored operational headquarters of renowned corporations. Dublin is particularly famous for St. Patrick’s Day Parade and pubs serving the Irish medicinal beer, Guinness. The laid-back culture, plus the pub and shopping circuits makes Dublin endearing to younger tourists who want to get away from it all, but don’t want to sacrifice too much. Centuries of warfare and rebuilding have probably made the Irish deeply appalled with monarchy, eventually becoming a catalyst in the formation of the Republic of Ireland. However forced to align with the modern landscape, Dublin still prides in retaining the pubs and simple-yet-functional architectural hues that exudes its distinction over other European cities.

Dublin is one of continent’s costliest cities, which has proven to be an impediment for tourists’ duration of stay. However, many companies offer beeline tours for its number of historical landmarks. Otherwise—for those who prefer to follow guidebooks—there is an array of uncrowded parks and leisure spots. Nightfall spells lovely walks along its many pub-filled streets. If insistent on arts and drama, there are plenty of performance theatres displaying baroque affinity. Rugby is the favorite pastime, followed by football which actually compliments the toughness Irish folks are famous for. Dublin is slowly becoming a multicultural, multiethnic fair—the fair climate, the career opportunities magnetize people all over the world to come visit.

Packing List

  • Credit cards for emergency shopping; most pubs accept credit, but it’s also ideal to shell out some cash for unhonored establishments
  • Decent, fashionable clothing; Dubliners are not particularly fond of skimpy dresses; you should also bring a variety of clothes and raingear to suit the schizophrenic weather
  • Essential medication and toiletries; staples, clothes, medications and almost every good are ubiquitous, so forget bringing shampoo and soap
  • A decent camera, efficient batteries and a lot of film/memory for the historical attractions and outskirts
  • Driver’s license, passport and other forms of valid documentation to act as verification; Dublin authorities and establishment owners are usually mindful of tourists

Things to Do

  • Seeing how Dublin’s favorite beer is made inside the Guinness Storehouse; grab a complimentary mug of creamy Guinness at the Gravity Bar (7th floor), overlooking the entire city
  • Visiting Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university; its library is the largest in the country, famously housing the Book of Kells—the most complex, iconographic book of the Four Gospels
  • Entering St. Michan’s Church, whose haunting exterior is made even more eerier by its resident mummies; an active place of worship nonetheless, tourists are still advised to tour by group
  • Listening to Irish folklore and lifestyle at the Brazen Head, conducted by an expert storyteller; you can also choose to visit many Irish pubs for either hard-nosed or subtle socialization
  • Entering Dublin Castle, now a government complex but once the seat of Irish monarchs and their treasure; the castle is unorthodox: no moat, drawbridge, keep or any torturous mode of defense

DON'T

  • Associate Dublin (or the country itself) with the UK and don’t call the locals “British”; The Republic of Ireland has been free from monarchial reins since 1921
  • Attend St. Patrick’s Parade if you’re not used to vomit and genitalia being brandished everywhere; if revelry is your thing, St. Patty’s is the next best thing to Brazil’s Mardi Gras
  • Delve too much into the historical side, except if that’s really the purpose of your stay; there’s lots to do in Dublin other than reading the Book of Kells and Viking exhibition halls
  • Rent and steer a private car, unless you’re used to driving on the right; additionally, the roads are dominated by rogue drivers, so also watch out when crossing streets
  • Arrive late at bars—pubs close as early as 11:30pm; you’ll need to work on your socialization skills in order to hitch entry to a house party that lasts until dawn