Hello, my wonderful friends. I hope you are having a fabulous day!
When the weather starts to turn in autumn, I look for a place to party. No place on earth is as much fun as Dublin Town in the Irish Republic. Partying is a national pastime in Dublin, and more than 50% of the city’s 2.1 Million residents are under the age of 25, so you won’t celebrate alone!
Dublin Castle is a landmark in Dublin Town
The Beautiful Book of Kells
Gaelic Football is cool at Croke Park!
Here’s a pro-tip: Guinness tastes different in Ireland compared to anywhere else in the world. The stout beverage is cold-filtered in Dublin to give it the proper taste without heating. This gives Guinness a smooth and pleasant taste that I’ve never experienced outside of Ireland. Export products must be pasteurised by law. So, if you’ve found Guinness bitter or too heavy before, try it in Dublin!
Dublin wouldn’t be the same without Guinness!
Another must-see is the Irish Whiskey Museum which is conveniently located on Grafton Street. Did you know that the Irish taught the Scots how to produce large volumes of whiskey during the early 20th Century? It’s true and the Irish whiskeys are excellent. You can sample a huge selection at the Irish Whiskey Museum and there is live music to enjoy on the weekends. Irish Whiskey Distilleries are an important tradition in Dublin and they produce tasty and potent brews!
I recommend Grafton Street and Henry Street for a bit of retail therapy. These are the traditional shopping districts in Dublin. Grafton Street is my favourite because of its cool shopping and frequent cafes and pubs. Many of the pubs and bars offer live Irish music to accompany your pint and whiskey! The Moore Street Fruit and Vegetable Market is right off of Henry Street and is fun to browse in the early morning sunshine.
Irish Whiskey will enhance your mood at Temple Bar!
Visiting Dublin is easy with its recently renovated airport. The airport is situated just north of Dublin Town, near the interestingly named village of “Swords”, and hosts many world-class airlines. Because Ryanair is based in Dublin, the price of tickets from any place in Europe is inexpensive and even long-haul flights are reasonable. You can take a bus, taxi or ride-sharing service into Dublin Town easily from the airport.
Here’s another pro-tip: Dublin is one of the few overseas ports that has USA pre-clearance. This means that instead of standing in a long line in a place like New York or Chicago where lots of flights arrive at the same time, you can have a much smaller line in Dublin and then arrive at a domestic gate in your US destination. This is a great time saver when travelling to the States!
Hotels in Dublin are at a great price almost all year round and provide all levels of comfort and convenience. While the big chains have great properties in Dublin there are also low-priced hostels because of the thousands of young visitors to the city. I prefer the quirkier boutique hotels that are locally owned. These include the beautifully presented Shelbourne Hotel, the Roxford Lodge in Ballsbridge, the Morgan Hotel and, my personal favourite, the Clontarf Castle Hotel.
Dublin is also renowned for its food. Irish cuisine is hearty and satisfying. I love The Ivy on Dawson Street because of its tradition and service quality. Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath on George Street is one of my favourites because it offers the best seasonal ingredients. The Legal Eagle is a fantastic gastropub and 1900 Bar & Restaurant on Harcourt Street provides a modern twist on traditional Irish food. You won’t go hungry or thirsty in Dublin!
Here’s a final pro-tip: about 6% of commuters in Dublin use bicycles to reach work. In fact, during rush hour, about 10% of the traffic is bicycles. This is a commendable statistic but it is also something to consider when you are trying to reach the airport for a mid-morning flight. Bicycle traffic is slower than other forms so give yourself a bit more time if you’re travelling by car.
I hope you visit Dublin and have a fantastic time. It is the perfect place to have fun!