Discover the Irish capital Dublin
Your travel guide to Dublin
Welcome to the capital of Ireland! From fascinating history to unique cultural experiences, there is something for everyone to discover in Dublin, the heart of the Emerald Isle.
Dublin was founded around 988 during the time of the Vikings and has developed into a lively city that has retained its old-world charm. A wealth of fascinating history, culture and architecture awaits you.
In this guide you can read when it is best to visit Dublin, which activities we recommend and which sights you should visit.
How do you get to Dublin?
The capital Dublin is located in the east of Ireland. With DFDS you can visit this vibrant city via our crossing from Dunkirk to Rosslare. Once you arrive at Rosslare harbour, it is approximately a 2-hour drive to Dublin. You have the choice between the M9 motorway and the M11 to Dublin, which runs a little closer to the coast. Both routes take you around the Wicklow Mountains National Park, which is definitely worth a stop to visit.
The charming capital of the Emerald Isle is a fascinating destination all year round. However, the best time to visit Dublin depends on your personal preferences.
If you want to enjoy mild temperatures and lively terraces and immerse yourself in Irish nightlife, May to September is the ideal time to explore the city. Autumn, on the other hand, brings a fascinating palette of colors and cultural events, while winter transforms Dublin into an atmospheric, festive destination.
Discover what to do in Dublin
These experiences in Dublin are not to be missed! Music lovers can take an unforgettable tour of the Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Here, in the heart of Dublin, some of the world's biggest hits were recorded. The studios are legendary and offer visitors the chance to take a look behind the scenes.
For whiskey lovers, the Old Jameson Distillery is an absolute must. During a tour you will have the chance to observe the production process of the famous Jameson whiskey and taste the "water of life". For beer lovers, the Guinness Storehouse is an absolute highlight, where you can learn everything about the history of the famous Guinness on seven floors.
Finally, the Irish Emigration Museum is definitely worth a visit. Here you can take an impressive interactive journey through the history of Irish emigration abroad, from the past to the present.
Sights in Dublin
Marvel at the city's history with a visit to the Marsh Library, Ireland's oldest public library. The collection of rare books from the 15th century is a paradise for history buffs. Also visit Trinity College, home to the famous Book of Kells, a beautifully decorated manuscript from the 9th century.
Don't forget Dublin Castle - once the seat of the British rulers and today a testament to the architecture and history of that time. Also impressive are Dublin's two cathedrals. You can visit Christ Church Cathedral, where the Irish bishop is also located, or the larger St Patrick's Cathedral, the patron saint of the Irish of the same name.
Would you like to rest after a day full of sightseeing? Phoenix Park is the perfect place for this. In addition to extensive greenery, the park is home to Dublin Zoo!
Restaurants and pubs in the trendy Temple Bar district
Dublin's trendy Temple Bar district is a must for any visitor to the Irish capital. There is a lively atmosphere here that can be felt in every alley and on every corner. With so many bars and restaurants to choose from it's often difficult to know where to start. Be sure to visit the Temple Bar pub for an authentic Irish experience. Drink a pint of Guinness and try the traditional Irish stew. For a slightly fancier experience, dine at the Quays Restaurant and end the evening with a drink at the Vintage Cocktail Club. This bar serves delicious cocktails in a stylish environment.
Hotels and accommodations in Dublin
When you visit Ireland's capital, Dublin, you have many options for where to stay. The city is known for its hospitality and there are many hotels that can offer tourists wonderful accommodation.
The Temple Bar district is especially recommended - this is where the heart of Dublin beats and there are many beautiful hotels in the area. The city also offers an abundance of bed and breakfasts, hostels and guesthouses, many of which are an excellent option for budget travelers.
Whatever you choose, Dublin has accommodation for tourists from all over the world to suit their budget and needs.