Dublin in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check airline baggage restrictions (for liquids and fresh products in particular).
  • Arrange travel insurance and, if you're from the EU, a European Health Insurance Card.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your travel plans.
  • Check if you can use your mobile phone abroad.

What to Take

  • Raincoat – yes, it will most likely rain at some point
  • Good walking shoes – Dublin is best explored on foot
  • UK/Ireland electrical adaptor
  • A few extra layers – it can get cool, even in summer
  • A small day pack
  • A hollow leg – that beer needs to go somewhere

What to Wear

You can wear pretty much whatever you want: smart casual is the most you'll need for fancy dinners, the theatre or the concert hall.

Irish summers are warm but rarely hot, so you'll want an extra layer for when the temperatures cool, especially in the evening.

Ultimately, the ever-changeable weather will determine your outfits, but a light waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes should never be beyond reach, for the almost inevitable rain.

Advance Planning

Two months before Book accommodation, especially for summer. Purchase tickets for major live gigs, especially big-name touring musicians and comedians.

Two weeks before Secure accommodation in low season. Book weekend performances for main theatres, and Friday or Saturday night reservations at top-end restaurants.

One week before Book weekend tables at the trendiest or most popular restaurants.

Resources

All The Food (www.allthefood.ie) Up-to-date restaurant reviews for Dublin.

Dublin Tourism (www.visitdublin.com) Official website of Dublin Tourism.

Dublintown (www.dublintown.ie) Comprehensive list of events and goings-on.

Failte Ireland (www.discoverireland.ie) Official tourist-board website.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/dublin) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Old Dublin Town (www.olddublintown.com) Haphazard-looking website that's an excellent info resource for this city in flux.

Top Tips

  • The city centre is small enough to be easily walkable, but make sure you have comfortable shoes.
  • If you're going to use public transport, be sure to get a Leap card (from most convenience stores): it's cheaper and much easier than cash.
  • With over 100 public bicycle-rental stations spread throughout the city, Dublinbikes is a convenient way to get around, and the first 30 minutes are free.
  • Book tables at popular restaurants at least a few days in advance if you want to avoid disappointment or dodge the 5.30pm seating nobody else wants.
  • Lunch deals and pre-theatre menus are the best way to enjoy fine dining, even in the very best restaurants in town.
  • If you're looking for an authentic traditional-music session, get away from the pubs of Temple Bar and look for one removed from those cobbled, touristy streets.