Beneath the hustle and bustle generated by Ireland's flourishing economy, Dublin remains an intimate capital that mixes elegant Georgian buildings, wrought-iron bridges, an army of booksellers, and more than 1,000 pubs.
As you travel north from Dublin city centre, your guide will take you through sets from the popular Game of Thrones® TV series, adapted from George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Highlights include a photo stop at the place where, in Season 1, Episode 10, Catelyn and Robb hear terrible news from King's Landing and Robb's bannermen pledge loyalty to him as “the King in the North.” A total of 9 Game of Thrones® film locations are on site, including: a 15th-century Tower House (the Towers of Walder Frey's Twins and the location of Robb's Camp); the spot where Brienne of Tarth dispatched three Stark bannermen and the Battlefield of Baelor; and the courtyard of Winterfell, where you can partake in activities like archery.
Few cities wear history on its sleeve like Dublin does! The Historical Walking Tour has been acclaimed as a must-do tour for any visitor to Dublin and starts at Trinity College main gates. It takes in the grounds of Trinity College, Old Irish Parliament, Dublin Castle, City Hall, the Medieval and Viking quarter centered around Christ Church Cathedral and finishes in the old port of Temple Bar on the banks of the River Liffey.
Drift down the River Liffey on a leisurely 45-minute cruise from the heart of Dublin. With a local guide providing professional commentary, your all-weather, purpose-built vessel can accommodate up to 48 passengers, offering maximum comfort and safety. The boat is wheel chair accessible and suitable for young and old alike.
Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin with this fast-track entrance ticket and enjoy this seven-floor, immersive experience at leisure! Breeze past any wait lines and go straight inside to discover the story of Guinness, perhaps the world's favorite Irish brand. Learn about its 1759 origins at the adjoining St James's Gate brewery; discover how the iconic, black and creamy stout is brewed; and taste some variants. Then, finish with a free pint of Guinness at the seventh-floor Gravity Bar as you drink in spectacular views over Dublin!
Explore Dublin's historic buildings and vibrant nightlife with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Valid for 2 consecutive days you have plenty of time to see the sights of Dublin as you hop-on and hop-off 28 stops around the city on 2 different routes.
Sit back and relax on this combined rail and coach day trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland. With all your travel arrangements organized for you, you'll see Belfast and visit the famous coastal landscape known as the Giant's Causeway, with its stunning basalt columns.
Discover the capital of Northern Ireland on the Belfast Day Trip from Dublin! Combining guided tours with independent sightseeing, you'll gain an understanding of Northern Ireland's complex and fascinating history. Visit the historical town of Dundrum, a Norman castle, and the resting place of Ireland's patron saint.
No visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to Blarney Castle! On this full-day trip from Dublin you'll kiss the famous Blarney Stone, walk through the castle grounds and hear the moving story of Ireland's emigrants at the Queenstown Story in Cobh. Traveling by train and coach, you'll take a journey through Ireland's rich history and scenic countryside.
Explore Connemara and Galway City on a full-day trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll discover this unspoiled area of natural beauty on Ireland's dramatic west coast. See the majestic Kylemore Abbey, take a boat cruise around Killary Harbour (Ireland's only fjord) and soak up the bohemian atmosphere in Galway City.
Immerse yourself in Dublin's rich literary heritage and enjoy a few pints along the way on a literary pub crawl through Dublin. This walking tour is a wonderful introduction to Dublin's literary past and exciting pub culture.
It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter or transit through each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.
Shopping in Dublin is centred around the two main pedestrian streets of Grafton Street on the Southside and Henry Street on the Northside. The two streets are just either side if the river, a few minutes walk apart, but somewhat different.
Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green, has fashionable stores such as Brown Thomas, the department store showcasing both foreign and local designers, Dublin’s leading and most exclusive jewelers, Weirs, and the most popular of the famous Bewley’s Cafés. Other principal shopping streets in the area include Wicklow Street, Dawson Street, and South Great Georges Street. The nearby Powerscourt Towncentre is one of the nicer, albeit smaller, shopping centres in the city. Also close by is The Georges Street Arcade, an indoor market well worth a visit.
Henry Street has department stores such as the popular Arnotts, and an assortment of popular clothing and footwear stores. The ILAC shopping centre, the newer Jervis Street Shopping Centre are both here. The well-known outdoor food market of Moore Street is always full of bargains. The nearby O’Connell Street , Dublin’s main thoroughfare, is home to the excellent Clery’s Department Store and Eason’s Booksellers, as well as several other shops.
The currency in Ireland is the Euro.
Banks in Ireland generally open from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; open until 5 p.m. on Thursday. ATMs are located at most banks and accept most credit and debit cards.
It’s common to tip up to 10% of the total bill. Some establishments will add a 10-15% service charge on top of the obligatory 13.5% VAT, especially for larger groups. If a service charge is levied, a tip is not normally left, unless to reward exceptional service.
Electricity supply in Ireland is 220 V, 50 Hz. A square three-pronged adapter plug and/or electric converter for appliances is required.
English is the official language of Ireland. Gaelic is the second language and is spoken in rural Ireland, which is also known as the Gaeltacht, areas where Irish is spoken daily. However, wherever you go everyone speaks English.
It's a good idea to always get an estimate of the fare to your destination before you get in. If you can, try to avoid travelling during the morning and evening rush periods (8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.). Lunchtime can get pretty busy too.
Dublin has an excellent network of buses that provides frequent, reliable and cost effective travel throughout the city and region. There is also a number of high quality, private and independent bus operators throughout the city.
Dublin's two main train stations, Connolly Station and Heuston Station, are vital hubs for the city, transporting thousands of commuters and visitors around the city everyday.
Intercity services run from Dublin's Heuston and Connolly Stations to the major towns and cities in the country.
Commuter rail covers commuter routes to Dublin, and the DART serves the towns along Dublin Bay.
Dublin is also served by LUAS, a state of the art light rail transit system. The LUAS provides a valuable rail link for commuters and visitors from Sandyford and Tallaght to the city centre as well as linking Connolly and Hueston Rail Stations.