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Accommodation in Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin is the capital town of Ireland. Its night life and tourist attractions are famous and it is the most favourite gateway point for international travellers to Ireland. It's disproportionately spacious for the size of Ireland with almost two million in the Greater Dublin Province - more than a third of the Republic's population! The heart of town is, nevertheless, relatively little and can be navigated by foot or bike, with the majority of the population living in residential areas. Dublin has it all: a beautiful blend of ancient, Georgian and contemporary design, fascinating past, a famous literary heritage, plus all the metropolitan thrills of a bustling capital town. Town is served by a 2 air-ports about ten kilometers north of the town centre.

Home to one of the youngest populations in this part of World, modern Dublin is awash with upscale clubs and upmarket dining establishments, while several of the rundown districts have been given a swanky makeover. For all the talk of spent Celtic Tigers and Eurozone woes, the town remains affluent in culture and art, and has an equally abundant past to match. A brief stroll via the heart of town is enough to remind you of all three, regardless if it's mediaeval palaces and cathedrals or the places that honour Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce.

The town swarms in museums, with the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library, the National Gallery and the cute Small Museum of Dublin one of the most attractive. All this is backdropped by the bulk of the 13th century Dublin Castle which, while constructed by the English, is now as Irish as anywhere else in the town.

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Dublin was previously among World's most costly capitals to sleep in and hardly offered any value for money. No more. The town's hotel managers have been forced to scramble in the face of the financial crisis, and their primary response was more affordable rates - as much as 35% less expensive in the middle and upper brackets - as they desperately sought to guarantee their hotels' futures, so many that were built or redesigned during the course of the expansion at monumental costs. Even though it is complicated to predict what will happen, it is crystal clear that not each and every hotel will survive the lean years. Which isn't bad news for you, as everyone competes for your dime and is willing to try practically anything to make sure that you dribble on their pillows.

Main sights in Dublin, Ireland

  • Guinness Storehouse: The most popular visit in city is this multimedia homage to Guinness, among Ireland's most enduring symbols. A transformed grain storehouse is the just part of the 26-hectare brewery that is open to the public. All around its 7 floors you'll uncover every thing about Guinness before getting to taste it in the top floor Gravity Bar, with its breathtaking sights.
  • St Patrick's Cathedral: Ireland's biggest church is St Patrick's Cathedral, built in 12th century on the site of an earlier church that had stood here since the 5th century.
  • Museum of Natural History: Dusty, weird and utterly compelling, this window into Victorian times has hardly changed since Scottish explorer David Livingstone opened it in 19th century - before disappearing into the African jungle for a meeting with Henry Stanley. It is a exquisitely maintained case study of Victorian charm and scientific wonderment, and its enormous series is a testament to the abundant variety of the natural world and the skill of taxidermy.

Climate

Being subject to the moderating effects of the Atlantic Ocean, Dublin is well-known for its comfortable weather. Contrary to some popular perception, the town is not rainy. Snow does occur, but it is not very frequent, and most of Dublin's winter rain comes in the form of a cold rain and hail. Summer months in Dublin are as well mild. Overall, the town's climate is really moderate but would be considered drier and chillier than western and southern parts of Ireland.

Pubs in Dublin

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one of its many pubs and bars. Beer is moderately priced by comparison with some European capitals like Stockholm, London and Madrid: a pint of beer costs from €4.00 and up! Pubs serve beverages till 24.00 with some drinking-up time allowed. Several clubs have late licenses allowing them to serve up to 04:00, even though this normally implies a cover charge or price increases after 24.00.

Smoking has been illegal in Dublin pubs (as well as all indoor workplaces) since March 2004. Beer tends to be more costly around the Temple Bar area, as a result of the increased tourist flow, and will be more affordable in classic styled pubs. There are pubs in Dublin providing affordable beverages, if you are willing to go off the beaten trail or ask other patrons for suggestions.

Driving in Dublin

Driving in Dublin is not to be recommended for much of the day, especially in the heart of town. Traffic can be heavy and there is an extensive one-way system, which some say is explicitly designed to make it very complicated for vehicles to enter the town centre. There are a variety of bus lanes (only buses, taxis and bikes are permitted - others are promptly fined). It is legal to drive in bus lanes at certain off-peak times; these times and days are clearly signed. If you really must drive into the town centre it is highly recommended to do research and to find appropriate car parking in advance.
 

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