Dublin, Ireland

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    TravelingDushi
    06 May 2020
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    When you visit Dublin, I recommend a day trip to Howth which is a beautiful village outside the city. It is about a 30 min train ride away from Dublin (6.25€ return ticket). Both times I have visited Dublin, I made sure to carve out a day to explore Howth. You can hike the Howth Cliffwalk and enjoy the amazing views, explore the little village and its harbor or eat great seafood at the restaurants. It is definitely worth it!

    There are many other things to do in Dublin but my favorite thing is listening to live music in any pub in the Temple Bar Area. I love the atmosphere in these pubs especially The Quays Bar! Everyone is singing, drinking and dancing together like you’ve known each other for years.

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    15 Mar 2020
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    The people of Dublin are awesome. They welcome you with open arms and are very helpful if you’re having any trouble navigating the city. The nightlife is great! The pubs are always packed and provides live music for entertainment. You can also check out the nightclubs for more fun.

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    MaryB
    03 Feb 2020
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    Dublin was such a beautiful city and the people, incredibly nice. I think having a ethnic minority mayor who identifies with the LGBTQ community has increased the level of tolerance and diversity there. I travelled with my sister who wears a hijab so traveling while black, female and visibly Muslim is always an interesting experience for us. We stayed in the Generator hostel which was good value for our money. It was located in a renovated church so there was stain glass from the original building. I would say Dublin is the perfect blend of old and new, progressive and preservation of culture.

    The hostel offered a free walking tour and discounts to major site of interest: Museums (National Gallery is a must see), Trinity College (buy tickets online for the Library and skip the line), Temple Bar (DO NOT do the bar hop there, its steeply overpriced, you can do it for another area just ask your hostel where locals actually go), St Patrick’s Cathedral (you can make your own souvenir with rubbed copper, so cool!) The city is walkable but the above ground tram boasts huge windows that allows you to take in a lot of the city if you prefer not to walk.

    The food is super affordable and diverse, be sure to visit the oldest pub in Dublin. The Brazen head; for great folklore music (for free) visit “Bar with no name”.

    The little museum of Dublin is a hidden Gem: its all relics from locals (its also ran by locals) showcasing local culture.

    Depending on how much time you have on the trip, day trips to The cliffs of Moher with Paddy Wagon. For $45 it was a full day trip, with 4-5 stops including the service station dedicated to Former president Barack Obama! Its extremely windy at the cliffs so be sure to come prepared with a proper jacket and hiking boots( its muddy). The alternative is to head North and visit the causeway and port where the Titanic left, there is a new tribute museum located there.

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    Miss_Prii
    02 Feb 2020
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    Oh Dublin ! What great craic it was :D
    I was lucky enough to have spent NYE with a friend in Dublin. Their place is in Swords which is right by teh airport and about a 40 minute bus ride from Dublin city centre. It was really great to be able to see the city from a locals perspective. Dublin is fairly wet, it rains a bit more than the UK but it’s not that much colder. The people are so so friendly and this makes the whole experience all the more enjoyable. I never felt out of place in the city, and there was never a time when I felt that people were staring at me or anything like that,
    Dublin is a bit more cost;y than some UK cities and your’re looking at paying about 5 euro and up for a pint of beer. The transport system wasn’t terribly costly and it seemed fairly simple to get around the city either walking or using the bus.

    THINGS TO DO ;
    1. Guinness Storehouse – Even if you aren’t a big beer fan like myself , this place is still worth the visit as it is huge and there is so much to see and learn about the whole process. The panorama view bar at the top is great and on a clear day you get an amazing view of the city. I would advise booking your ticket online beforehand as queues for tickets can get quite long.

    2. Graften Street – the famous shopping street is quite beautiful in December with all the Christmas lights up. You can find tonnes of stores there selling just about everything which is great if shopping is your thing.

    3. Steven’s Green – really great park which is beautiful in the spring time. Although, be prepared for the rain.

    4. Temple Bar /Temple street – a famous bar that is mostly frequented by tourist. This area has tonnes of great bars and restaurants and it makes for a great night out.

    5. Dublinia – the viking museum. A really interesting preview of the ancient Vikings and the history of that time.

    6. Famine Statues – These statues are located along the docks by the national famine way and are put up in remembrance of the 1847 famine which occurred in Ireland. If you keep walking that way down the docks you will pass lots of pretty buildings including the house of courts.

    7. O’Connor Street, the GPO(General Post Office) and the Spire – all 3 are within the same vicinity. The GPO was important during the Easter Rising of 1916 and you can still see the bullet holes in the pillars. It’s a great symbol of Irish nationalism.

    8. The Church – it’s an absolutely bizarre concept, but nevertheless definitely worth visiting. It is a bar and restaurant located within a church. The original pillars and organ pipes remain so it is definitely a sight to see.

    9. Ha’Penny Bridge – not really much to do,it’s just a pretty bridge to get a picture on.

    10. Dublin Castle – although you do have to pay to enter the castle you can still walk around and explore the gardens outside for free. You can get some great pictures of the castle from the back as well as the beautiful cathedral part attacked to the front of the castle.

    11. Molly Malone Statue – a visit to Dublin is not complete without a picture at the statue. Don’t forget to rub her chest for goodluck!

    Overall Dublin was a great city to visit. The people were great and things were busy yet laid back. Had some awesome wings at a place called Wishbone which is just off of Harcourt street. If you’re near you’ve got to try them out. Some typical Irish food to get is fish and chips or beef stew. Dublin has quite an amazing nightlife, so if you’re out to have a great time then Dublin is a great place to be.

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    Khadraaaaaa
    14 Nov 2019
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    I went on a 10 day trip around Ireland. My trip started in Dublin. I was there for two days but was ready to leave. My idea of Ireland is greenery and animals. Dublin is a busy city where the pubs are all overcrowded and the taxis are hard to come by. We had to walk around for hours looking for where we could catch a taxi and it was just a drinking scene honestly. I don’t drink so I got bored.

    But the smallest town we went to was Killarney and it was amazing. The night scene was shockingly good. We went to a pub called Killarney Grand. The front of it is a typical Pub and in the back it’s a very lit club Like they played current Hiphop and in the pub area they play that stereotypical music you imagine you would hear in Ireland.

    The Irish are very welcoming so I didn’t feel uncomfortable being black and traveling there.

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    Nandieeheart
    13 Oct 2019
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    After my studies i went to Ireland for a 6 months work experience. I landed in Cork, a beautiful coastal city in the sud of Ireland (3h from Dublin) . I loved the culture where the pub is an institution. I remember going with all my colleagues and boss to the pub every Friday nights…if you go there you have to visit Kinsale, the cliffs by the sea are breathtaking. Travelling while black was fine, i have met really nice people.

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    Kiki_nomevz
    02 Oct 2019
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    Dublin is known for its nightlife and pubs on pubs!
    Pubs: For an irish pub experience head over to Temple Bar , its basically where all the tourist go so ofcourse tourist prices! The famous Temple Bar is there and some of the oldest pubs in Dublin are there. Another place to go would be Hogans and Markets Bar which has alot of expats that have after work drinks.
    Nightclubs: Harcourt street is on the tram line so pretty easy to get to and has a number of clubs including Diceys garden (this is an outdoor vibe really cool and during the week they have 2 euro drink specials!) and Copper Face Jacks Night Club (this one gets wild)
    Hip Hop: Kystle basement and Twenty Two night club play some good jams.
    Bars: Sams Bar and Cafe en Seine are favourites and thats where you will get more of your young professionals and expats vibe. Odeon is also a good bar, luckily all these are not too far from each other so bar hop away!

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    marcusmeetsworld
    23 Jun 2019
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    Took a Ryanair flight down to Shannon Ireland and rented a car to go see the cliffs of moher. Heads up drones can’t be flown here and there are signs to stay away from the edge of the cliff but the views are so breathtaking you can easily spend 2-3 hours here going to both sides of the from the entrance. But you could spend a good amount of time just reflecting and enjoying the views

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    Shanell5169
    30 Jan 2019
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    Dublin was a random and spontaneous trip that me and my friend went on, and out of all my trips this was my least favorite honestly. When we arrived we took a taxi to a hostel that we stayed at the taxi cost about 40 euros. The hostel we stayed in was called the generator, to me it was alright I definitely stayed in way better hostel I honestly didn’t like the service both at the front desk and the restaurant no one acknowledges you or offer to assist you when you walk in. We went in September which was warm in the states but pretty cold over there so make sure you have your winter coats. When we arrived we were asking people what are the dishes we should try most people didn’t know what we were talking about, some recommend their shepherds pie and corn beef I don’t eat red meat so those were dishes that I wasn’t able to try. During my stay there I mainly had American food. There is this really good burger place right across from the temple bar. The temple bar is a very popular tourist site me and my friend went inside but didn’t by anything were not really beer drinkers but most of the drinks there were way over priced to me. The street are beautiful though and lots of street art. When we asked people directions to certain places many of them didn’t know the directions. They have a lot of shopping places for those who love to shop. Also getting around is fairly easy we’re we stayed was only about a 20 min walk from the center of the city. We checked out the Jameson and Guinness distillery if your interested in the making of beer and whisky you’ll definitely enjoy it, I personally had more fun at the Jameson than the Guinness. If you do decided to go you can buy your tickets the day of just be prepared to stand in a line. We also walked to these places they were close to our hostel. They do have a train system we didn’t need to use. The nightlife consisted of a lot of bars and bar hoping, we mainly just had drinks at the hostel we stayed in. We did visit a medieval castle which was pretty cool also read a lot about the history of the city. As a black female visiting Dublin it wasn’t the best experience we received a lot of stares, and we only had one person who was willing to help us out and she was a lady from Milwaukee that teaches at a university there. When we walked into most of the bars they were always packed and most people just looked at you instead of assisting you, when we did try to get a drink it took forever to receive it. If you love to bar hop drink beer and whisky you will probably enjoy Dublin a little more than I did, it was definitely a culture to say the least.

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    agoode
    26 Nov 2018
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    Also, the city is not overcrowded during the winter months for obvious reasons but it was still a fun place to visit!

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    agoode
    26 Nov 2018
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    I stopped here for a 20 hour layover. Nightlife in Dublin is LIT!!!! There are so many bars to hop around. and enjoy food and drinks. If you want some decent food with a bar feel, go to the The Church: Bar, Restaurant and Cafe (I loved their Whiskey Sours).
    It is safe to walk around at night and bars around the Ha’Penny Brodge are relatively close to each other. On a Saturday Night, I went to The Temple Bar and it was definitely crowded. No one approached me negatively. Everyone was having fun with their drinks and their friends.
    Tip: If clubs are your things, the rows of bars is go to! If you are looking for more a chill vibe, go to the Church Bar.

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    Sydney Thames
    01 Oct 2018
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    If you are looking for a city to visit for the nightlife, this is it! I visited Dublin in April with a friend and we were surprised with how lively it was every night.

    Friday night we went out in the Temple Bar area, and while there were a lot of tourists, we had a great time! Additionally, a lot of the tourists were from nearby European countries, so still a different experience for us. We hopped around from pub to pub, and the music was a mix of Irish, American, and live music.

    Saturday night we went to Harcourt Street to Copper Face Jacks and had a BLAST! Copper Face Jacks was a mix between a bar and a club– the music was good, it was multi-leveled. The bar on the first floor was packed all night, the basement was much bigger and gave you some breathing room with still being very busy, and the roof had smoking areas and a little more space.

    On Monday night, we decided to go out for our last night despite being a Monday. I am glad we did because the Temple Bar area was almost just as lively as Friday. We walked into a bar with a gentlemen playing live music. He was INCREDIBLE. He took song requests and got the crowd energized (on my IG story for Ireland @thefourthofseptember). Before we knew it, it was past 1am and the bar was still packed as they tried to close down.

    Note to women: The men we came into contact with in Ireland seemed to be more a lot more sexually forward, in a way that was not invited. This did not stop us from having fun, but is a heads up!

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    Jetsetjeli
    10 Aug 2018
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    It was so green & beautiful! This trip I planned less than 3 hrs before I arrived so I didn’t have anything set up. I wandered the streets of Dublin and was pleasantly surprised. Ireland, by far has the nicest people in Europe. Everyone was so friendly! My Airbnb host went out with me, but if he had not I still would’ve felt totally safe. I did a tour to Giant’s Causeway. It was at least a 2 hour drive outside of Dublin but it was such a beautiful ride. We ended up in Northern Ireland which is actual apart of the UK so it was cool to finally see the red telephone booth lol. I would recommend that tour as well as the Cliffs of Moher. In Dublin, there were bars galore! Jameson and Guinness are manufactured there, so those are other cool options. Overall, I enjoyed the city and would recommend it to all sorts of travelers, especially people traveling solo for the first time.

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    Jojo0310
    05 Aug 2018
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    Ireland is wonderful…I visited both Waterford and Dublin.I am absolutely glad I did..A must see is the Waterford Crystals and the Guinness Stockhouse in Dublin..We did the Big Bus tour which was amazing and affordable. We stayed at the Fitzwilton in Waterford..Beautiful and affordable…In Dublin..we stayed a bit outside in Tallaght..it was wonderful there..they have a bowlung alley near by..a mall…and a nightclub..Irish peaople are the friendliest…It was an amazing trip.

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    20 Jun 2018
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    Dublin Ireland (the hub of Europe). What I love most about Ireland is that you can get nearly anywhere in Europe for 100 or more Euro! Since getting to Ireland (if you plan it right) can be under 400 RT from the east coast and sometimes LAX, you are in for a treat. My first visit to Ireland was the first leg of a 4 country trip! I spent 2.5 days in Ireland and I didn’t sit down once! From Trinity College tours, Guiness Store House, to the Dublin, to checking out Brazen head (one of the oldest pubs if NOT THE OLDEST) in Ireland, there is an adventure everywhere. It was quick to adapt, as I took the bus from the airport with a leap pass for only $10 Euro (which lasted me the whole 3 days). Only downside about Ireland is the weather which is highly unpredictable. Everyone says we lucked out when we went (last week in May) as the weather was in the 70s and no rain. Ireland is like Seattle (IT IS ALWAYS RAINY)!

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    AngelMarie36
    04 May 2018
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    I had a 14 hour lay-over in Dublin. I only got a quick glance at this city, but what I did see was nice. The people are friendly, the Irish accents are fun to listen to, and the city is clean and easy to get around. We did a tour of the Guinness Factory in Dublin. Probably the best option of things to do if you have a short layover in this city. Book online in advance on their website to save money. If you’ve tried Guinness before and did not like it, be sure to give this Guinness a try. It taste so much better. This is coming from someone who doesn’t really like beer lol.

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    ELIJAHS WORLD
    01 May 2018
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    Dublin is LIT!!!! for sure one of the best kept secrets of Europe, so much to do, so many great people. The Nightlife is to die for, it’s seriously unlike any other European city. The rumors about the Irish being the hardest drinkers is 100% FACTS! It’s a nonstop party, Temple Lane is most popular for all of the bars. But there’s so much more than just Temple Lane, Nassau Ave and George Street are dope areas too. Especially for shopping and a more romantic evening. Temple Lane is for the hardcore party animals, It’s like the Bourbon Street of Ireland. I had a complete Ball! I can’t wait to go back. The live music in the pubs was awesome, there’s a lot of talent there! The people are one with their music. The dancing, all the variety of beers are refreshing as well. I didn’t want to leave the city at night, even though it’s still pretty cold in May, it was definitely great energy! The Guinness Brewery is awesome it’s set up as a museum of Beer, there’s also this whiskey factory that you can literally sample 100 different whiskeys. There’s a lot of great energy and surprisingly a Ton of black people, from so many different countries. I am so in love with Dublin.

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    Kendria J.
    24 Apr 2018
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    I loved Dublin! The locals were very friendly and welcoming. I stayed in an Airbnb right in the heart of Temple Bar, a block from the river. There were sooo many bars, restaurants with great food, shops, and pubs in walking distance. I was perfect! I also went on a tour of the Guinness Brewery. So much history. I was set up like a museum. After the tour we went up their sky bar where they gave us a complementary pint of ice cold Guinness. The sky bar is circular in shape with wall to wall windows, giving guests amazing views of Dublin for miles! Definitely a must see! I also visited the Cliffs of Mohr, witch was breath taking. It’s definitely a great outdoor experience in Ireland. Amazing views at all angles!!!!

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    Benni
    17 Apr 2018
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    Dublin is truly a bustling city. It’s full of life; rich with history and culture, tons of pubs with live music and street performances. There’s just so much to see. And Irish people are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met (must be all the whiskey).
    I highly recommend starting with a free walking tour. They’ll take you around the city centre and point out the highlights, teach you some Irish history and suggest the best pubs and food in town.
    There’s also a pub crawl every evening that takes you around the Temple Bar area to see live music, dance, and of course, take shots of whiskey.
    The Guinness Storehouse is a great place to get landscape photos. Trinity College has a beautiful campus in the centre of the city. And definitely check out the Irish Whiskey Museum if you want to learn a bit of history while doing a whiskey tasting.

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    06 Apr 2018
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    This city is one of my favorites in Europe. It has amazing culture, cosmopolitan vibe, lots of history, and friendly people. The city is very compact and easy to walk around, especially around Temple Bar and Grafton St. The food was excellent hearty comfort food (I.e. braised lamb, potatoes). Must visit places include Phoenix Park, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Guinness Factory. Outside of town is a peaceful lake called Glendalough. I was there for only three days but the locals were super friendly and would strike a conversation with me anywhere. I would definitely go back.

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    24 Nov 2017
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    While in Dublin Ireland I visited the wax museum and the national history of Ireland museum, drank and made some friends in a lot of local pubs surrounding my hotel (Datacnt) although the weather was cold the scenery was beautiful, air was so clean and the people seemed to be in good spirits I enjoyed walking and my little hikes there I recommend the capital Dublin for folks who simply just want to relax and eat great food in a country filled with history and culture.

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    10 Nov 2017
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    I loved Ireland! It is rich with history and outdoor adventure! I visted the Cliffs of Mohr, Castles, City of Galloway, seen waterfalls, and hiked! There were many cute boutique tea cafes and awesome bars to visit! I truly enjoyed my time!

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