Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland.
Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before n 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of Ireland.
It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.How to get to Dublin
Dublin Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, with hundreds of daily flights providing a huge range of options to reacdh Dubln.
Direct flights are available from most major cities in the UK and continental Europe, several hubs in North America, and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Connecting hubs hook up with further flights from all over the world, providing for easy access to the Irish capital.
Dublin Airport is 10km from the city. A range of transport options connect directly with the city centre and suburbs. Aircoach, Airlink and Dublin Bus provide bus services from both terminals, and metered taxis are also readily available. There is currently no direct rail link between airport and city.
For a more direct journey into the city centre, you can use the Airlink or Aircoach bus services (tickets can be bought on board the bus).
How to get around Dublin
The Leap Card is the answer to convenient travel, and the perfect companion for any first time visitor to the city. This handy pay-as-you go smart card means you save money on travel and you don't have to carry cash! You can buy a Leap Card straight off the plane in the Dublin Airport Arrivals Hall, and for less than €20 you can have 72 hours of unlimited travel sorted.
Use your new Leap Card on the 16, 41, 102 or 747 routes and travel directly into the heart of the city from Dublin Airport. Your return trip to the airport is also included in the price of the card.
DART and Rail
The capital's iconic DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) system is a fast and frequent way of travelling in the city. DART is an electric rail system following the eastern coastline from north Dublin, right through the city centre to southern suburbs.
Trains run regularly both on and off-peak, have free Wi-Fi and provide one of the fastest ways to transport you around the city.
Dublin has an extensive network of public bus routes. Visit the Dublin Bus website. Its route, timetable and fare information make it easy for visitors and a real time information service shows when buses are due to arrive at stops.
Luas is Dublin's light-rail transit service - a swift, reliable tram system crossing the city on two lines. Tickets for Luas (the Irish word for 'speed') can be purchased at street side vending machines. They're available for single/return journeys or as flexi-tickets covering travel for seven or 30 days. Check the destination on the front of the tram before boarding. More information here.
Bicycle and motorbike hire
Dublin is one of the top ten bicycle-friendly cities on earth. 120km of cycle lanes, city bikes and a choice of cycling tours has made it easier than ever to enjoy Dublin on two wheels. Dublin Bikes are custom-designed for city cycling. Car hire/rental
Car hire is widely available. Meet and greet services can be arranged for ferry ports in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire too. If you're unfamiliar with the city highways and byways, it's a good idea to book a navigation system (especially for visitors unfamiliar with driving on the left).
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What to see
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle
Dublin's Phoenix Park is one of the largest and most magnificent city parks in Europe. A lively and entertaining exhibition on the history and wildlife of the Phoenix Park is on display in the Visitor Centre.
Malahide Castle and Gardens
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. A feature of Demense is the Talbot Botanic Garden
Skerries Mills, in North County Dublin, is a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with associated mill pond, mill races and wetlands. This industrial heritage centre is an ideal place to visit on a day trip.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and is where the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments part of the Viceregal court.
The National Leprechaun Museum
The National Leprechaun Museum takes visitors deep into Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind tales of leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold.
Dublin Discovery Trails
The Dublin Discovery Trails are all connected by the Dubline. Extending from Kilmainham Gaol through to Trinity College and Parnell Square the Dubline is an orientation route that connects places, people and stories. Along the route, discover the stories that shaped Dublin and trace the timeline of our city from its origins to the present day. Explore at your leisure the hidden gems along the way.
Download the Dublin Discovery Trails app here.