Dublin City Guide 2017

Dublin City bridge view

Explore the best things to do in Dublin for 2017

Dublin city center has so much to offer, the city has a blend of old and new Dublin things to do all in one location. With historical locations spread across the city, you will always have something to do.

Here is the 2017 Dublin City travel guide with the things you need to know and discover the best things to do and places to eat.

The need to know information

Dublin Ireland weather

When visiting Dublin at any time of the year, be prepared for unpredictable weather – sun / rain. There is no extreme harsh climate. Bring a rain coat and you’ll be sorted.

Warmest months in general would be between July and August with long day light hours. Check the Dublin weather forecast before you arrive, this will help in your packing.

When to go

As there are year around events, there isn’t a perfect time of the year to visit Dublin. The summer months is the high season which means inflated rates for accommodation.

Dublin Map

Use the free Google map of Dublin and zoom in areas you are interested in visiting

Transport in Dublin City

Public bus

There are local buses that will take you around the city and with a tourist leap card it gives you the benefit of getting an all day travel for as little as €5/$7. Do bear in mind that bus drivers cannot give change. Visit website.

Sightseeing bus

There are a couple of sightseeing buses that you can purchase a Dublin pass to hop on & off the bus all day. This is a good way to get your bearings around the city and with this you will able to visit a lot places in a day.


There are regional and local trains in Dublin if you are looking to travel to other cities like Cork, Galway or Belfast. There are generally affordable and depending on where you want to go the train service can be every half hour or every hour. Visit website


Tourists can stay in Dublin without taking a Taxi; the reason for this is because buses are available everywhere and very affordable. However if you find yourself paying more €30 for your travels on the Taxi you should consider getting a bus


The Luas/Tramline has made travelling across Dublin city much easier and with them you can do very quick stops across the city center. The tramline doesn't go across all the tourist destinations but they are very convenient get around the city center very quickly. Visit website

Dublin Bikes

Dublinbikes is a public bicycle rental scheme which has operated in the city of Dublin since 2009. You can purchase a 3 day ticket from any terminal points beside the bike stations. The first half hour is free. Visit website


Dublin Airport is 12km north of the city and there more than 4 airports in Ireland, the best way to get from one airport to the other is by scheduled buses between Dublin and Shannon airport. To get to Cork airport you would need to get to Cork city and board a 226 to Cork airport.

For more information on Dublin Airport, visit this airport guide

Dublin's Point of Interests

 Museum Ireland

Dublin isn't short of things to do and there are many places to visit catering for different interests. All these top tourist attractions have something unique to them and some of the best around Dublin city are:

Free entry attractions in Dublin

For more information on free Dublin upcoming events, visit this useful Dublin Event Guide website.

Paid entry attractions in Dublin

For top 10 things to do, read this Places to go in Dublin guide.

Dublin Restaurants Guide

Eating out in Dublin can be catered for every budget and taste, the city has seen new global cuisine pop ups over the years, each adding their own flavors to the melting pot. Some of the best around Dublin city are:

Chapter One
The Greenhouse

For more restaurant guides, visit our eating out guide.

Dublin Day trips

view of Newgrange UNESCO site

Within an hour from the city takes you to some of fantastic places, see below.


Howth is an 35 minute drive or one hour by train to the north of Dublin. A lovely fishing place and with great cliff top hiking trails or a short pier walk with views of Ireland's eye. For more information on things to do in Howth, visitIreland's sights page.

County Meath

Navan takes you north of Dublin and it is one of the closest counties to Dublin, it is approximately 40 minutes' drive. While in Navan, you can visit the Hill of Tara, Newgrange UNESCO site, Hill of Slane and Slane castle. These sites are part of Ireland's Ancient East.

County Kildare

Kildare is an approximately the same journey time as Navan but it is to the East of the city. While in Kildare, you can visit the Maynooth Castle, Castledermot Abbey, Burtown House, Donadea Forest Park, Castletown House.

County Wicklow

Wicklow is approximately 1 hour drive from Dublin city center, driving south from the city center will get you to Wicklow. While in Wicklow you can trek the Wicklow Mountains or Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk

County Louth

Louth this is easily a 45 minutes' drive from Dublin once you get on the M2 motorway, follow the signs to Louth until you see signs to the counties most popular town which are Dundalk and Drogheda. While you are in any of these towns you can indulge in activities such as walking in Bellurgan Park, or visit the beautiful Knockabbey Castle and Gardens.


There are lots of beaches in Dublin city for you to enjoy fine walks and have a refreshing time while to visiting Ireland here are some of the beaches in and around Dublin:

Killiney Beach, Dublin North & South Beaches, Skerries, Silver Strand, Ladies’ Cove, Greystones, Tower Bay, Portrane, Loughshinney, Velvet Strand, Portmarnock and Dollymount Beach.

Dublin Ireland Hotels

Dublin is rich with accommodation in city for backpackers from b&bs to hotels, you will always get the type of accommodation to suit your budget.

Backpackers' accommodation: Backpackers Citi Hostel, Sky Backpackers, Garden Lane Backpackers, Paddy’s Palace and much more. For more information on these hostels, visit this link

Bed and Breakfast (B&B): Castle Lodge Bed And Breakfast Dublin, Ashling House Bed and Breakfast Dublin, Heatherview B&B and others.

Hotels: for some of the best hotels in Dublin; Hilton Dublin Airport, Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport and Regency Hotel Dublin. There are other hotels that would suit your budget and if you are looking a local host, you can look into lodging in an AirBnB property for the duration of your holiday.

Car rental Dublin

Car Rental Ireland offers Car Hire Dublin City at their rental office in the heart of the Dublin, the rental address is 1 Mark St, Dublin 2.

To hire a car in city center, all you have to do is have your details available and find our city center depot. Walk in customers are welcomed by our friendly agents.

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