It's a great city, but better not to visit at Christmastime because everything's closed -- even pubs! And Dublin without pubs is not the same. It's a funny city and the Irish are the kindest people I've ever met. Don't miss visit Temple Bar, and if you have time then take a bus to Howth Village and see its cliffs and its lighthouse. It's absolutely fantastic!
I loved Ireland, but especially Dublin!
What a lovely stay it was! Though I was born in Paris and live in the Alps, I found Dublin city as one of the most rocking ever. People simply go there on drinking, talking and get laid purposes...
A french barman
I have not only visited Dublin but I've lived there for a year. And all I can say is: It's a great city! Yes, it is a bit more expensive than other European metropolitan areas, but at the same time you won't find nicer people, more fun and better accommodation anywhere else in the world. The Irish are nice folks; friendly, helpful and easy to talk to. The crime rate isn't higher as in Berlin or in London; just use your common sense and you'll be fine. And the art collections belong to the best preserved exhibitions on the planet. They may not be large, but they are incredibly valuable for any connoisseur. Plan ahead, make sure to have list of places to go, things to do and landmarks to visit and it will be a fantastic trip!
Dublin is a well-known and well-establish tourist destination. It's known for its lively pubs and night-life and wide array of museums and tourist attractions. The city also serves the main entry point to Ireland and has connections to the widest array of regions in rest of the country of any Irish city.
Hostels in Dublin are plentiful, though during peak travel times it can be hard to find beds (Easter, St. Patrick's, and some of the summer). Check out the quality and size of the dorm of your Dublin hostel. There are places that clearly market themselves as party-hostels; these will be fun if you want to really hit the town. If your content with meeting some locals on your own, and a more low-key night out at the pub, check that the dorm isn't huge as many in the city are, since with so many people here to go out, its likely that someone will be a drunken mess and wake you up stumbling in.
Location-wise, its notable that central Dublin is walkable; Dublin is big but mostly suburbs. Most hostels are located in the center and most areas are equally decent. Public transportation is not as thorough as in many European cities of the same size, but the bus network is very good, especially to the airport. Dublin Bus routes 16A and 41 are a bit slower than other routes, but the cheapest options into town at €2 a ride. The city has 24 postal codes, with the lowest ones being at the center. This can help you figure out if a place is central or not.
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