Visitor Information

Welcome to Dublin!

Dublin is justifiably a cultural capital. It is famed for the many brilliant figures in the arts, especially literature, who were born or worked here, including some of the world’s most prominent playwrights, authors and poets. The city has a rich cultural heritage of theatre that is still thriving, both in Dublin and internationally. Early Christian civilisation is strongly represented with treasures such as the Book of Kells at Trinity College, but more recently, the city has come to the fore with its vibrant film, music, visual art and, of course, dance scenes. Most of the city’s museums and galleries are centrally located, are FREE to the public and have the extra advantage of being compact and focused, easily manageable in a single visit. Dublin, as with the rest of Ireland, is famed for its excellent live music scene and lively pub culture – don’t forget to sample some stout or whiskey in one of the city’s traditional pubs for a blast of everyday culture.

GETTING HERE

AIR dublinairport.com
The airport is linked to the city by several bus routes, some express, others regular local services. Taxis are also available.

FERRY irishferries.com / stenaline.co.uk
There are ferry services from Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire, to Liverpool, Holyhead and other UK ports. Stena and Irish Ferries are two of the major ferry services.

TRAIN irishrail.ie
Dublin has two major railway stations to service the rest of Ireland. Heuston Station serves the south-west and west; Connolly Station serves the south-east, north, and north-west. Book tickets in advance online to avail of excellent value special offers and web-only fares. Keep an eye on our News section and DDF’s Facebook and Twitter for details of competitions with irishrail.ie.

BUS buseireann.ie
Bus Eireann is the national bus company of Ireland, providing expressway services between all major Irish cities and towns, as well as commuter, local and school services around the country (outside of Dublin).

GETTING AROUND

DUBLIN BUS (city bus network) dublinbus.ie
Dublin Bus operates an extensive route network covering almost all of county Dublin, and stretching into neighbouring counties. The majority of bus routes operate from 0600 to 2330; from Monday to Saturday. There is also a limited nightbus service. Special value tickets are available when travelling around Dublin. There is now a policy of exact fare on a majority of routes, so it is advisable to have the correct change.

LUAS (Light rail tram system) luas.ie
The Luas is a system of two separate lines: the Green Line running from St Stephen’s Green to Sandyford and Bride’s Glen in south County Dublin, and the Red Line, from Connolly railway station to Tallaght and Saggart in the southwest of County Dublin. Trams run from approximately 0530 until 0030 daily. Tickets are available from vending machines on the platforms. You must buy your ticket before boarding the tram.

DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) irishrail.ie
the DART suburban rail line follows a coastal route, from Malahide and Howth to the north, all the way around the scenic Dublin Bay and through the city centre to Bray and Greystones to the south.

WHAT TO DO

Other Festivals

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival [jdiff.com]
St. Patrick’s Festival [stpatricksfestival.ie]
Dublin Fringe Festival [fringefest.com]
Dublin Theatre Festival [dublintheatrefestival.com]

Cultural highlights

Abbey Theatre [abbeytheatre.ie]
Contemporary Music Centre [cmc.ie]
Dublin Writers Museum [writersmuseum.com]
Dublin Castle [dublincastle.ie]
Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane [hughlane.ie]
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl [dublinpubcrawl.com]
Guinness Storehouse [Guinness-storehouse.com]
National Gallery [nationalgallery.ie]
National Library [nli.ie]
National Museum [museum.ie]
Project Arts Centre [projectartscentre.ie]
Trinity College and the Book of Kells [bookofkells.ie]

FIND OUT MORE

Tourist Information Offices
Arrivals Hall, Dublin Airport
Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

General Information

VisitDublin.com
DiscoverIreland.com
TotallyDublin.ie
Entertainment.ie
GoIreland.com (Dublin Hotel Deals)
Dublin.ie
DublinSightseeing.ie
dublinrocks.com