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|Travel in Dublin Ireland
Dublin, the fair city, capital of the Republic of Ireland is
situated on the eastern side of the emerald isle and offers the
many facilities as any large European city while still
maintaining the most traditional of Irish culture and
Dublin has attractions to suit everyone's taste, from museums to
shopping, from castles to sport centres, from churches to
restaurants, and of course a very special and exciting night
life with pubs, cafés and night clubs. Getting bored in Dublin
is virtually impossible.
Dublin has some wonderful parts to explore, like the River
Liffey that slices the city in half, or Grafton Street, the
vibrant shopping heart of the city, and of course the famous
O'Connell Street, the main artery of Dublin's city centre. The
home of Oscar Wilde, this city will prove a great experience for
anyone, surrounded by music and the hospitality of the Dubliners.
Dublin's centre is compact enough to walk across in half an
hour. City buses are plentiful, the new Luas modern trams run
frequently, and the excellent DART urban railway which hugs the
coastline for miles and buzzes you north and south to suburban
stations and on out of the city in minutes.
South of the River Liffey is the beautiful Georgian quarter and
traditionally the trendiest part of Dublin - especially the
revamped riverside area of Temple Bar with its cobbled streets,
arty venues and smart little eateries and shops. Some find it a
bit contrived, but this is still the trendiest part of town.
Capuccinistas practise their pouts at Café en Seine on Dawson
The gloriously illustrated, 140-year-old medieval manuscript
called the Book of Kells at Trinity.
College is probably the most beautiful book in the world, housed
in the great vaulted Long Room - perhaps the finest interior in
Dublin. Trinity College is also a famous seat of learning and
one of the great universities of Europe. The long list of famous
ex-students includes Samuel Beckett, Edmund Burke and Oscar
Out west of the city centre, the national monument of Kilmainham
Gaol gives you a fascinating and very moving, if chilling,
insight into modern Irish history. This is where the leaders of
the 1916 rising were executed here, radicalizing the Irish
public and marking the beginning of the end of the British
administration in Dublin.
Dublin's pubs are very famous, especially for the 'craic'
(general good-time atmosphere), conversation, music and of
course excellent Guinness. For the black stuff experience, try
Mulligan's of Poolbeg Street. Celebrity spotting takes place in
Doheny & Nesbitt's in Lower Baggot Street near St Stephen's
Three good literary pubs in the pedestrianised streets east of
Grafton Street are Davy Byrne's in Duke Street (James Joyce) and
McDaid's in Harry Street (poet Patrick Kavanagh, playwright
Brendan Behan). For musical pubs try the St John Gogarty on
Fleet Street in Temple Bar, O'Donoghue's in Merrion Row and for
session tunes take your irish drum or 'bodhrán' to Lower Bridge
Street where O'Shea's Merchant and the Brazen Head face each
other, or north of the Liffey to the Cobblestone Bar on North
PoD on Harcourt Street is still one of the trendiest nightclubs.
At the Gaiety on South King Street it's hot salsa on Fridays and
souls and R&B on Saturdays. The Thomas House on Thomas Street
offers techno a-go-go in a friendly club atmosphere. And try The
Kitchen at the Clarence Hotel on Wellington Quay -famous rock
band owners U2 are unlikely to be there, but in Ireland you can
never know what to expect.
In Temple Bar, it's Eden on Meeting House Square for excellent
modern cookery. Poppadom Restaurant on Rathgar Road offers
proper, authentic Indian cookery. Bang Café is a great place
down on Merrion Row. As for seafood - ride the DART out to
Sandycove and taste the flavours fresh out of the sea at
Caviston's Seafood Restaurant.
Other places of worthwhile visit include the National Gallery,
National Museum or Leinster House home of the Irish Parliament.
The Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Whiskey Distillery are
highly recommended, for their regular tours and thirsty visitors
can trace the journey and history of this fascinating world-of
much loved beer and whiskey. The Guinness Store is now Ireland's
number one tourist attraction, after all 14.3 million pints of
Guinness is stored there.
Travel by Bus Dublin has a large network of buses, most of which
are green double-deckers. The majority of the buses commence in
the city centre. Buses travelling to the north of Dublin start
at Lower Abbey Street / Parnell Street area. Those to the west
begin in Middle Abbey Street and in the Aston Quay area.
Routes to the southern suburbs start at Eden Quay and in the
College Street area. Fares are usually very inexpensive and this
provides a cheap and useful way to travel. There are also many
hops on / off tours and shuttle buses, which operate in and
around the city and are an ideal way to both sightsee and travel.
Travel by Taxi Taxis are around in abundance, but the best
places to find cabs are at taxi stands at either train stations,
bus stations or outside some hotels. Prices are based on metered
mileage and there is a minimum charge. There are a whole range
of taxi companies that operate throughout the city. Hackney
cabs, which also operate in the city, do not have roof signs and
are not metered, so it is important to establish the fare
Rules of the Road: The Irish, like the British, drive on the
left-hand side of the road, with their cars having the steering
wheel on the right and gear levers on the left.Seat belts must
be worn by the driver and passengers at all times.
Children under 12 must travel in the back unless riding in a car
seat. Drink-driving laws are strict and Ireland has a
breathalyzer test, which the police can administer if necessary.
Parking can be a problem and signs with the letter 'P' indicate
that parking is permitted. Signs with a line through the letter
'P' indicates that parking is NOT permitted and parking here may
result are a fine, or even getting towed away.
Travel by Car Hire/Rental Motor traffic in Dublin, Ireland has
dramatically increased in the last few years and as a result the
city has become very congested during commuter hours. A car
provides a very easy and convenient way to travel outside of the
city centre. If you do not bring your own car, there is a
multitude of car rental firms to choose from. Car rental can be
quite expensive in the peak summer season and the best rates can
be obtained by booking in advance or online.
To rent a car you must show a full driver's licence and a credit
card in the driver's name. Cars are usually rented to customers
between the ages of 23 to 70 years, although some companies can
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