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The largest and capital city of Ireland, Dublin is a common entry point into the country for foreign travelers. Surrounded by mountains, water and agricultural plains, the city’s region exhibits everything beautiful about the Irish landscape. Because Dublin hotels are quite cheap, it’s a great city to enjoy a casual holiday. Dublin bed and breakfasts are a great way to experience the city’s quaint and friendly charm while meeting locals, though even more luxurious hotels within the city can be affordable for many.
But Dublin has much more to offer than its beauty. The city has rich ties to art and literary history: it’s home to Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and more. Francis Bacon’s artist studio is still open to the public today, providing a candid look into the famous Irish artist’s process. Whether you want to become more cultured tour the famous Guinness brewery or enjoy a drink at an authentic Irish pub, there’s lots to see and do in Ireland’s most populous city.
Where to Stay in Dublin; Dublin Hotels & Cheap Accommodation
The city offers a variety of lodging options to accommodate all budgets, from 5 star hotels in Dublin, budget hotels in Dublin, and the humble hostel. Budget Dublin hotels aren’t very pricey; a 1 star hotel averages to about €32-60 per night. The most affordable luxury hotels can cost around €200, with others extending much higher in price than that. When you visit will determine how much you’ll pay: hotels in Dublin become pricier in the summer than the off-season.
A bed and breakfast in Dublin is a great way to save costs while connecting with locals. These Dublin hotels are known for personalized, friendly service—and are often at convenient locations. Anchor House bed and breakfast in Dublin is regarded as one of the best in the city for Dublin holidays, run by a family in the city centre. Avondale House is another one of the best hotels in Dublin at an affordable price.
One of the best 5 star hotels in Dublin city centre is the Shelbourne. As far as luxury hotels go, its location can’t be beat: it looks out across St. Stephen’s Green and is just steps away from some of the best city attractions. Another of the luxury hotels in Dublin central is the Merrion Hotel. One of the classiest Dublin hotels, it’s right by Merrion Square, Grafton Street and the National Gallery. Mercer Hotel is among the boutique-style hotels in Dublin city centre, though it’s found on a relatively quiet street. This means it’s one of the best hotels in Dublin if you want to be near the action, not the noise.
Luxury hotels dominate the best areas and locations for Dublin holidays and travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a few deals or cheap hotels in Dublin. Portobello Hotel and Kildare Street Hotel are two great mid-range, budget hotels in Dublin central. They feature affordable but cozy, cute rooms in the heart of the city. Who says you have to sacrifice comfort to save money? Handels Hotel Temple Bar is one of the costlier luxury hotels, but has a great location to spend Dublin holidays near the River Liffey.
The most cheap hotels in Dublin you’ll find are hostels, which are perfect for students visiting for Dublin holidays or small groups without too much money to spare. Camden House Hostel provides a variety of room options—in terms of privacy, bathrooms, etc.—which makes it a great alternative to cheap Dublin hotels central. It’s just a short walk from the Temple Bar area.
The Must-See Dublin Attractions
There’s plenty of things to do in Dublin. From passively enjoying the city’s beautiful green space or exploring its historical sites, we’ve got the details on the best things to do in Dublin. If you want to enjoy a sunny afternoon, stroll through St. Stephen’s Green in the city centre. The grass here is green year-round, and is peppered with monuments and memorials paying tribute to the city history. Phoenix Park is another popular attraction, and inside you’ll find a medieval castle and a zoo.
If you love to drink, don’t miss out on the Guinness Storehouse tour. You can explore the (now defunct) brewery to learn how it’s made, then enjoy a free pint. Want to drink some more? It would be a crime to visit Dublin without going bar hopping through its many pubs—so visit Temple Bar to find plenty.
The Best Dublin City Tours
With so many things to see in Dublin, you might feel overwhelmed! Taking a guided sightseeing tour is a great way to ensure you visit all the necessary spots. The Dublin Visitor Centre is a great place to browse for sights if you need itinerary inspiration. The Dublin Discovered boat tour is a fun ride down the River Liffey, showing passengers the beautiful O’Connell Bridge and landmarks like Liberty Hall. It’s a quick, 45-minute cruise through the heart of the city.
Sandemans New Europe offers free walking tours through the city, perfect for if you want a guided stroll around town. Their guides are casual and funny, giving travelers insight into the city. It’s a great way to begin Dublin holidays, as you’ll be able to better orient yourself around town. Finally, explore the countryside with a Cliffs of Moher tour to have a breathtaking view of Ireland’s beauty.
Historical Landmarks and Architecture
This is an old city; just walking about can transport you to another era! City centre around O’Connell Bridge is where you’ll find most historic sights. Historical hotspots include Kilmainham Gaol (an old jail dating back to the country’s fight for independence) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest in the nation and the Church of Ireland’s national cathedral. Dublin Castle in the heart of the city is also worth an exploration.
There are plenty of free museums to explore throughout the city. Bookworms will feel especially at home exploring the Dublin Writers Museum, dedicated to the city’s contribution to the literary canon. The Chester Beatty Library (named after the mining tycoon who made the collection) is home to rare manuscripts and works of art from the far east. The Old Library at Trinity College dates back to the late 16th century, and is famous for housing the Book of Kells. Its 65-meter-long “Long Room” features a beautiful collection of old books and manuscripts.
Art lovers must check the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, which has no admission fee and is notable for its collection of French art. Visitors can view a reconstruction of Francis Bacon’s artist studio. The National Museum of Ireland is a great place to get acquainted with Irish culture, featuring art and objects related to its cultural and natural history.
Finally, the National Gallery of Ireland offers a stunning display of Irish and European art.
Ireland Arts and Music Festivals
Fancy catching a stage show? Visit during the Dublin Theatre Festival, which comprises over 350 shows across more than 20 venues. These are international acts; the festival is known worldwide for envelope-pushing performances that theatregoers won’t want to miss.
The Trinity Summer Series presents performances at Trinity College. Each year, swarms of fans flock to the college grounds to watch big-name performers like the Pixies. Longitude is just outside Dublin at Marlay Park, and in the past has featured acts like The Weeknd and Stormzy.
As far as visual arts go, nothing beats the Vue Art Fair, the premier event showcasing the best of the best in Ireland’s contemporary art scene. Visit to discover forward-thinking and moving works of art by up-and-coming and established Irish artists alike.
The Most Popular Dublin Neighborhoods
The most popular Dublin neighborhood is City Centre. This area is known for its many historic sites and landmarks, with O’Connell Bridge in the middle. There’s plenty of cute shops and cafés here, but you’ll most likely visit for sightseeing or walking along the River Liffey.
Temple Bar is a favorite for partygoers and younger crowds. It’s southwest of O’Connell Bridge and is where many of the city’s best restaurants and pubs are located. Stop here for a bite to eat and a pint to drink, marveling at its old cobblestone and winding streets.
Georgian Dublin, named so for its construction during the Georgian era, is well-known for its cute, old townhouses and beautiful streets. While there may not be many activities or attractions here, it’s a popular and elegant environment for strolling on a nice day.
Dining in Dublin can be more expensive than other cities; a good tip is to explore the area around Grafton Street for early-bird deals. Temple Bar is the epicenter of drinking and dining in the city, so if you’re a foodie, book your Dublin hotels there. La Caverna Restaurant and Wine Bar is a beautiful brick-walled wine bar, perfect for a classy Dublin holidays dinner. FX Buckley Steakouse is a favorite among locals and tourists, featuring Irish and continental cuisine—with gluten-free options available, too.
Stop at the Quays Temple Bar or the Larder Restaurant & Brew House for good atmosphere and even better drinks. When you have nothing else planned, it’s always a great idea to bar hop around the neighborhood and try a little bit of everything.
Shopping in Dublin
There are two major areas for Dublin shopping: Grafton Street and Henry Street. Both located in city centre, strolling through the streets’ many shops is a great way to discover the perfect souvenir for Dublin holidays. Grafton is a bit more commercial, featuring affordable and familiar brands for global clientele. Here you’ll find more than a few buskers performing along the street, making it as fun to people-watch as it is to shop.
Henry Street is also no stranger to buskers, and is home to over 200 shops, including big-name department stores like Arnotts. With a couple shopping centers, it’s a great place for indoor shopping on a rainy day.
With the Temple Bar neighborhood dedicated to Irish pubs, it seems like there’s always places to go and people to see in the city. While you could spend whole nights jumping from pub to pub in this lively part of town, others might seek a more rambunctious atmosphere, whether it be a music venue or night club.
Whelan’s is a famous music venue located close to St. Stephen’s Green, where it’s hosted live performances for 25 years and counting. Whether you’re into alternative rock or bass-heavy DJ sets, you’ll enjoy a nice in Whelan’s parlour room. The city’s most famous club is The Workman’s Club, found along the River Liffey. Dance all night in their main room, or relax in their “Vintage Room,” modeled after the typical grandmother’s living room.