Intimate as a village, sophisticated as a metropolis, friendly as a pub, the capital city of Ireland is a centre of infinite interest and activity. Dublin embodies two very distinctly different features - its rich and varied history and cultural inheritance which integrates harmoniously with the ever changing, vibrant beat of contemporary life in Dublin today. Whether you are travelling in a group, as a family, individually or on business, you will find that Dublin has something for everyone. The city is bursting with colours, music, sights and scenes which provide the irresistible backdrop for exploring the magic that is Dublin City and its beautiful surrounding County.
One hour in Dublin and you'll be high on the 'craic' - its explosive mixture of energy and warmth, music and style. Not to mention a mind-blowing collection of 1,000 pubs.
RESTAURANTS, CAFÉS AND PUBS
Dublin is a great place to visit if you enjoy eating out. Whether you're enjoying a relaxing lunch in a comfortable Dublin café, dining out with friends in one of the city's fine restaurants, or enjoying a pint in a Dublin pub, you'll feel like you never want to leave.
Whole areas of the city, like Temple Bar, buzz with energy and creativity. Just walk around the streets and you'll see the diversity; cool bars, all pale wood and aluminium, alongside traditional old pubs complete with the snug for secrecy; the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingling with the distinct smell of hops from the Guinness brewery; traditional craft skills wrought in a thoroughly modern and stylish way; fine dining worth every single award, good old-fashioned fish and chips, sushi bar and Victorian tea-shop - they're all here! www.visitdublin.com/foodanddrink/
One thing that you won't be short of in Dublin is entertainment. Dublin is a small city and no one is anonymous. People pass the time of day and talk as if they have known you all their lives.
The traditional diet of Irish and international classics at the 'establishment' theatres is now spiced by experimental or fringe programmes at newer, smaller venues, where tickets are cheap, and drama is accessible and popular. Whatever aspect of theatre you enjoy, there will certainly be something to interest you while you are in Dublin.
Music in all its forms is very accessible in Dublin and often experienced with its natural accompaniment - dance. The recent popularity of "Riverdance" has re-ignited interest in traditional Irish dancing, which visitors can try their hand at in numerous venues around the city and county. Or if this is not to your taste, why not dance the night away at one of the many trendy nightclubs that carry on well into the morning hours?
Traditional music is what a lot of people want to hear when they visit Dublin and there is ample opportunity. The traditional music scene has flourished in recent times and today it is played and listened to with enthusiasm all over the country. The most common place to hear live traditional music is in a pub, but you should also check any of the regular listings in the newspapers and events guides. Seisiuns (sessions) means more or less an impromptu evening of music and song, and it usually takes place in a pub. The instruments can be anything from a fiddle to a bodhran, an accordion and often the spoons. Many pubs have sessions, some of which are genuinely impromptu, although enough regulars turn up to give some coherence to the scene.
Rooted in traditional Irish music, Ireland's characteristically anarchic, driven rock musicians have made a huge contribution on the world stage. Success stories such as The Cranberries, The Corrs and Westlife have joined bands like U2 on the international scene. Dublin's rock scene has always buzzed with new and upcoming bands, performing in a range of venues all over city and county.For the most up-to-date listing of events in Dublin - www.visitdublin.com/events
Dublin has a population of just over 1.1 million.
Dublin has a mild, temperate climate. Showers can occur at any time of the year, but usually pass quickly. Average temperatures in summer range from 16-20°C / 60-67°F and in winter, from 4-7°C / 39-44°F.
Entry and Customs
Passports are not required by British citizens born in the United Kingdom and travelling from Britain, although identification may be needed. Citizens of European Union states and Switzerland may use a passport or national identity card. All other nationalities must have a passport.
The currency is the Euro (€). Banks are open Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 with late opening on Thursday until 17:00. Most bank ATM machines in Dublin accept the 'Plus' or 'Cirrus' symbols and credit cards are widely accepted. Personal cheques from British banks are not accepted anywhere in Ireland.
English is the spoken language in Ireland. Irish, or Gaelic (Gaelige), the ancient Celtic language of the country is also spoken by about 5% of the population.
Shops generally open from 09:00 - 18:00, Monday - Saturday with late opening on Thursday until 20:00. In the city centre many shops open on Sundays from 12:00 - 18:00 and some of the larger Shopping Centres open late during the week. For those outside the European Community there is a tax refund scheme in operation for purchases in some shops.
Dublin was Europe's first smoke free capital city! Since March 29, 2004, a smoking ban in the work place has been in force. The primary purpose of the prohibition is to afford protection to workers and the public who are exposed to harmful environmental tobacco smoke. Dublin pubs, night clubs, restaurants and cafés are now smoke free zones. You can still smoke out of doors, in your hotel room, or in private accommodation.
There is a wide choice of local and international car rental companies in Dublin. You will find details of the major companies listed below. During high season it is generally recommended that you ensure that your hire car is booked in advance.
- Avis Rent A Car, Dublin: +353 (0)1 605 7500
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car Locations: Airport: +353 (0)1 844 5848 Russell St: +353 (0)1 836 6577 Swords: +353 (0)1 840 4315 Finglas: +353 (0)1 834 0738 Castleknock: +353 (0)1 838 3300 Naas Road: +353 (0)1 450 3150 Dun Laoghaire: +353 (0)1 284 7204
- Hertz Rent a Car, Dublin 8: +353 (0)1 709 3060
- Argus Rentals, Dublin: +353 (0)1 490 4444
- Atlas Car Rentals Ltd., Dublin: +353 (0)1 862 0306
- Belgard Motors/Belgard Self Drive, Dublin 24: +353 (0)1 404 9999
- Budget Car Rental, Dublin Airport: +353 (0)90 844 5150
- County Car Rentals, Dublin: +353 (0)1 235 2030
- Dan Dooley Car Rentals, Dublin Airport: +353 (0)1 844 5156
- Dollar Thrifty Car Rental, Dublin Airport: +353 (0)1 844 1944
- Liberty Limousines, Dublin 22: +353 (0)1 413 6888
- Murrays Europcar Ltd., Dublin 4: +353 (0)1 614 2888
- Sixt Car Rental/Irish Car Rentals Dublin Airport: +353 (0)1 844 4199
AIRPORT AND AIRLINECheck out www.visitdublin.com/travel/airlines.asp for airlines that fly into Dublin. Dublin International Airport is about 12km north of the city centre and is well serviced by buses and taxis. The Airport is managed by the Dublin Airport Authority (+353 1 7044507). For information on Dublin Airport phone +353 1 8141111, or log on to www.aer-rianta.ie
TRANSPORT FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT TO THE CITY CENTREA taxi to the city centre should cost from approximately €15 to €20. There is a taxi rank outside the Arrivals concourse. There are regular bus services operating from directly outside the terminal building. Dublin Airport is serviced by the following routes: 16A | 230 | 41 | 41B | 46X | 58X | 746 | 747 | 748. Airlink Number 747 will bring you to the central bus station (Busaras) from which coaches depart to all parts of the country. www.dublinbus.ie Aircoach, a private operator, runs its distinctive blue air-conditioned luxury coaches between Dublin Airport and Ballsbridge, via the city centre, servicing many hotels and B&Bs. www.aircoach.ie
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Getting around DublinBus
Bus services in Dublin city and county are provided by Dublin Bus. They operate from 06:00 - 23:30 on weekdays with a limited late night bus service (Nitelinks) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday departing the city centre every 20 minutes from 00:30 - 04:30. Timetables for buses, including details of various money-saving commuter and tourist tickets, are sold in retail shops and other stores throughout the Dublin region.
The Dublin Bus Information Office is located at 59 Upper O'Connell Street and there is also a Dublin Bus desk in the Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2. www.dublinbus.ie
Bus Eireann operates bus services from Dublin to the rest of Ireland. Busaras, the central bus station, is located on Amiens Street. www.busireann.ie
DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport)The DART suburban rail service operates between Malahide at the northern most tip of the scenic eastern coastal strip and Greystones to the south. Enquire at any of the 25 stations along the route about train times and the variety of travel ticket options available. www.dart.ie
Trains serving all parts of Ireland are run by the State transport company, CIE. There are two main train stations in the city, Connolly and Heuston. Visitors travelling from the South and West will arrive at Heuston Station, a short hop from the centre by bus or taxi. Those arriving from the North, North West and the South East arrive at Connolly Station, which is a short walk from O'Connell Street. www.irishrail.ie
The Dublin Luas tram system is a state-of-the-art Light Rail Transit system. Luas connects you to Dublin city centre with high capacity, high frequency, high speed services. There are convenient stop locations and excellent levels of comfort and safety with easy access at all stops. www.luas.ie
Taxis can be hailed, hired at taxi ranks or booked by telephone. Three of the main taxi ranks in the city centre are located on O'Connell Street, Dame Street and St. Stephen's Green.
EMERGENCY SERVICESDial 999/112
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