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The pub remains the alpha and omega of social interaction in Dublin. The city’s relationship with alcohol is complex and conflicted, but at its very best, a night out in the pub is the perfect social lubricant and one of the highlights of a visit to Dublin.

Dublin’s a cool, open and creative city. It’s also a globally connected tech hub that’s fast and energetic with a can-do attitude, strong sense of community and a huge appetite for fun!

Where to stay?

The Gate Hotel (80 – 81 Parnell Street, D1, Dublin) is a family-run establishment is just off O’Connell Street and 5 minutes’ from fantastic shopping at Henry Street. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, rooms with en suite bathroom, and home-cooked breakfast.

Rooms at the Gate Hotel all feature en suite bathrooms, as well as cable TV, a telephone and a hairdryer.

Traditional Irish breakfasts are served each morning and there is regular entertainment in the bar. Also Connolly Street Station and the vibrant Temple Bar district are both within a 10-minute walk. Dublin Castle, Trinity College and Croke Park are all close by. There is a bus stop just 200 yards from the hotel, which has regular services to the Dublin Airport.

Where to eat?

Fire Restaurant and Lounge (The Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2; +353 1 676 7200) is a multi award winning venue located in the heart of Dublin city centre, in the popular Dawson Street and St Stephens Green Vicinity.

FIRE’s dining room was originally built in 1864 as the Lord Mayor’s ‘Supper Room’and features incredible vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and a beautiful terrace overlooking the Lord Mayor’s Garden. Today it is the most historical and impressive dining room in Dublin.

They offer an array of dishes to make your mouth water, ensuring that you will find something to please your palette. Their signature dishes of Wood Fired Jumbo Tiger Prawns, and our succulent Irish Hereford Prime Steaks come highly recommended.

What to see?

Guinness Storehouse (St James’s Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8; +353 1 408 4800) located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure.

The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that’s our kind of higher educatio

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum (CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1; +353 1 906 0861) is Dublin’s newest museum and tourist attraction. EPIC tells the story of the 70 million worldwide who claim Irish descent. This privately funded museum is both a commemoration and celebration of the story of Irish emigration. The family-friendly state of the art museum is suitable for all ages. Cutting-edge interactive technology brings visitors on a journey through the Irish emigration experience, acquainting them with the influence the Irish have brought to bear worldwide in the areas of sport, culture, art, politics, activism, charity, science, and many more. The exhibition is made up of twenty galleries which are each individually themed

The unusual?

Kilmainham Gaol (Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8; +353 1 453 5984) is a former prison and now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British. The imposing gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.

Bike hire?

Bike Hire Dublin (33 Bachelor`s Walk, Dublin; +353 89 226 4618) is the easiest and most centrally located bike rental option in Dublin. We take particular care about our visitors, offering them professional service and unforgettable adventure. 

With two strategic locations, it’s never been so easy to rent a bike in Dublin! Our mission is to provide everything you need to have a safe and comfortable time while cycling our bikes. 

With original cycling routes, free maps and plenty of first-hand tips we consider it a waste of time not to cycle.

From 15 Euro per 24 hours

Daily bike rentals are between:
9.00am and 6.00pm (not applicable to long term rentals)

Bikes returned after 6.00pm will incur a 10€ deduction per bike from the deposit and insurance coverage

Guests must leave ID or Passport

A 50€ deposit to Dublin Bike Hire is required, in the case of damages made to the bikes or equipment, as well as the collection of damaged bikes.

Getting there? 

The following airlines fly to Dublin Airport ( from the UK: Aer Lingus (; Ryanair (; Flybe (; CityJet (; and British Airways ( Aer Lingus is based at Terminal 2; all other airlines use Terminal 1. Dublin Airport offers a full range of car hire facilities, and bus and taxi connections into the city.

The distinctive blue Aircoach ( offers services between both terminals and to/from a series of points in the city and southern suburbs. All coaches stop in the city centre at O’Connell Street and Trinity College. Follow the signs from the arrivals halls in both terminals. Fares €7 single/€12 return (€6/€11 if booked online). Airlink 747 ( offers a loop service between the airport terminals and a variety of city centre stops. Fares €6 single/€10 return

Dublin is a busy ferry port – and arriving by ship from Holyhead is a good option if you have some time at your disposal. Irish Ferries ( and Stena Line ( sail from Holyhead to Dublin Port.