Dublin has been one of the most important cities in the British Isles almost since its birth back in the 8th or 9th centuries. With its excellent links to western cities in England, major trade has been the big thing for Dublin over the years, in products like wool and linen. With that, Dublin grew from meagre roots to a bustling town, but overpopulation brought with it disease and poverty, knocking Dublin back with it. Despite this, Dublin has managed to pull itself out of demise and thanks to an economic boom it stands proud as one of the most vibrant cities in Ireland. Popular Attractions
Dublin has a wide range of different activities and attractions for tourists of all tastes. Always on the top tip list is the National Museum of Ireland, which showcases exhibitions about archaeology, natural history, and even decorative arts. This could be a good place to start if you want to find Ireland’s roots on which you can build during the rest of your stay. The National Gallery of Ireland is where art lovers can get their fix in Dublin, perusing through paintings from Picasso, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, and Monet. Those leaning towards more architectural artistry will want to check out St Patrick’s Cathedral, an impressive structure that dates back to the 13th century. Last, but by no means least, you have to visit the Guinness Storehouse while visiting Dublin. Here you can learn all about Ireland’s favourite tipple and then sip on a (free!) pint in the bar while you take in the views over the city. Food
Aside from Guinness (it’s not the only thing Irish people consume, we assure you) Ireland has a rich and hearty food scene. Main meals typically of a combination of meat and potatoes, with chunky vegetables and more often than not there is gravy involved. That said, contemporary Irish cuisine is a lot more than this, and influences for dishes are taken from all over the world. Transport
Dublin airport runs good connections to Europe and some to the Middle East and North America. If you’re outside of these areas, take a look into flying to London and grabbing a connecting flight to Dublin, an inexpensive option. Tips for Travelers
Dublin is a very bikeable city, and one of the most cost-effective ways of biking around Dublin is using the city bikes. Three-day tickets of unlimited use cost just €5, and an annual subscription is €20. Whatever you opt for, the first 30 minutes is free. Dublin is one of the most expensive cities in Europe, but that’s not to say that you can’t visit on a budget. Use the locals around you and recommendations from your hotel to find affordable things to do, see, eat, and drink in the city. You may have heard that Irish weather consists of lashings of rain, and for the most-part that assumption is correct. That said, when the sun shines in Dublin, it really shines. Make sure you carry an umbrella with you because the weather can turn suddenly here, and make the most of the sunny days when you see them. Fun Facts
Handel’s Messiah was first performed in 1742 at Temple Bar in Dublin, to 700 people. When we say Dublin is a very bikeable city, we really mean it – there are 120 miles of bike lanes here. Around 3 million pints of Guinness are brewed at St James’s Gate Brewery each day, and almost 1 in every 2 pints consumed each day in Ireland is Guinness.