Shortcut Travel Guide to Dublin [Infographic]

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Dublin is a great destination for travelers, especially from the United States because it’s such an easy destination to travel to. Not only do they speak English as a first language, it’s easy to find a million things to do in the city, and you really don’t need a car to get around.

If you choose to leave the city, be sure to check out these fantastic day trips from Dublin.

Dublin from the street

These are some of the many reasons why people love Dublin. That also means that it can get quick packed in the city. You need to have a good game plan for what you’re going to do and how.

I always recommend getting the Dublin Pass, because it will help you see the most things in the shortest amount of time, and while saving tons of money. Get your Dublin Pass here.

Here is your one-stop, shortcut travel guide to Dublin — all the best hotels, neighborhoods, things to do, and places to eat and drink in this lovely Irish city.

» You might also like our country guide to Ireland. If you’re going to be taking a longer trip around Ireland, also check out our post on the Best Places to Visit in Ireland.

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Quick. Check these necessities off your prep list!

  • Travel insurance: Roam Right has reliable coverage at a reasonable price. You can search for the insurance you need on their website, and filing claims is easy.
  • The right luggage can make or break your trip. These hard-sided suitcases come in 2 sizes, with spinner wheels and TSA-approved lock.
  • Renting a car? The app lets you search and compare offers. Don’t forget to check if you need an International Drivers License.

What to Do in Dublin

Want to plan ahead and book a few of the things we’ve mentioned to do below? It’s always a good idea to pre-book for popular tours. They sell out fast. We’ve included links to a few of our recommended tours below.

  • It’s free to walk around Dublin Castle’s exterior, but there’s a fee of around 4.50 euros to go inside on a guided tour. Tours are held Mondays to Friday between 10:00 and 16:45 and Saturdays and Sundays from 14:00-16:45.
  • The Book of Kells is kept at the Trinity Library. You can go inside to see the book and tour the library. The cost is €13.00 each online. Booking online in advance is a good idea to avoid the line. You’ll get to specify a time to get in.
  • Kilmainham Gaol is an old prison that closed its doors in 1924. You can visit the prison and learn stories about some famous prisoners. You must book online in advance. Tickets can be booked up to 60 days in advance.
  • We love visiting the distilleries and breweries in Dublin. Be sure to hit up the Guinness Storehouse (save money by booking online) and Jamison Distillery. You can book a Jameson’s experience through Viator.

Tours to Book

Where to Stay in Dublin

Since there are many neighborhoods in Dublin where you can choose to stay, it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits-all answer to where to stay in Dublin. That said, we do have a few favorites.

Here are our recommendations for where to stay in Dublin. You can use any of these links to read reviews or book your stay. (They are affiliate links, which help keep this site up. We always appreciate your help).

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Intercontinental Dublin

4-star hotel with a bar, restaurant and free wifi, located in the quiet area of Ballsbridge.

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The Morrison, DoubleTree

Very nice 4-star hotel with free wifi and a bar, in a great location on the river.

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The Marker Hotel

5-star luxury hotel with free wifi and a rooftop bar, located east of Trinity College.

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