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Travel guide – Dublin

Arguably the most well­known city in Ireland, Dublin is a high-tech city with a historic feel. Home to over half a million people, the capital of Ireland is a renowned hotspot for history, nightlife and beautiful surrounds. Let the Finnair travel guide to Dublin give you some inspiration for what to see and do in this vibrant city.

Dublin has a long history so there are many interesting historical sights to see from various eras in the city’s existence. For a glimpse of medieval times, visit Dublin Castle, an icon of the former British rule of the country. Christ Church Cathedral has been standing in place for almost a thousand years, visit it and see the underground crypt. Moving to the modern, Dublin has some impressive sights such as the Spire, a needle­like tower piercing skywards at over one hundred metres tall. The Samuel Beckett Bridge reaches out over the river Liffey like a large flowing branch and is sure to please those looking for modern architecture. A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn about the history of this world­famous brew and also enjoy a pint in the upstairs bar. If that doesn’t quench your thirst, head out to Temple Bar, the well­known nightlife district home to countless pubs, bars and clubs. Don’t be afraid to wander down the streets off the main thoroughfares to find the venues locals enjoy – there are a lot of them!

Belfast – Northern Ireland’s sometimes troubled past need not stop you visiting Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Largely safe today, there is plenty for the visitor to see both historic and modern. Less than two hours away by car.

Cliffs of Moher – Spectacular cliffs that drop sharply to the sea below are only three hours away by car. Stunning views to the open Atlantic are yours for the viewing.

Blarney Castle – Kissing the stone bestows the ‘gift of the gab’ and it also comes with a beautiful ruined castle and rolling green scenery for miles.

The Giant’s Causeway – Three hours from Dublin, seemingly impossibly­perfect hexagonal columns of basalt spread for miles at this UNESCO heritage site by the sea. Though they may appear man­made, these structures are entirely natural.

Various shopping areas can be found throughout the city from the design shops of the centre out to the suburban malls.

Henry Street and Grafton Street – Packed with chain brands and department stores these streets should look familiar to anyone who’s familiar with a European high street. Come here if you want to spend some serious time shopping as you’ll find everything you need.

Saint Stephen’s Green shopping centre – Right in the city centre on Grafton Street this mall fits in so well with the surrounding architecture you could miss it. With over one hundred stores and many big­name brands you can drop in here for your shopping fix.

Shopping arcades – Branching off the main shopping streets you’ll find the small clusters of independent shops offering a more individual shopping experience, from custom outfits to design goods to local produce.

Brown Thomas – The fanciest department store in town, this is where you’ll find designer brands if that is what you seek, along with everything else high end.

While Ireland might not be known as a culinary destination, there are many local dishes just waiting to be tried.

Colcannon – A mashed combination of potatoes and kale, usually flavoured with spring onions. There are so many varieties to choose from, pick your favourite.

Irish stew – Though it comes in many forms, the basic recipe is the same – meat, usually mutton, stewed for hours with vegetables and potatoes in a rich brown sauce.

Soda bread – An Irish staple, delicious buttermilk based bread served a variety of ways but almost always with a slathering of butter.

Boxty – One of several takes on serving potatoes. Grated and boiled, the patties are then sliced, diced and fried or served as pancakes, depending on who’s cooking for you. Served with all sorts of sides, this is comfort food.

Beer – It goes without saying that Guinness is the marque most well­known in Dublin, so do try it but don’t forget the wealth of other brands just waiting to be tried – from hardy Irish ales to lagers to everything in between.

Barmbrack – A fruity loaf served at tea­time, smothered in butter of course.

Getting around Dublin is quick and easy thanks to its modern transport network. A rechargeable Leap card is a great way to get carefree access to all modes of transport across town.

Luas – The city’s tram system, two lines (red and green) cross the city and provide easy access to most sights of interest to tourists.

DART – Light rail will take you to locations further out of town into the suburbs.

Bus – Serving both the city centre and the suburbs there are many routes in the bus network. Pay with coins or tap on with the Leap card. The final destination is shown on the bus display.

On foot – Dublin is a foot friendly town, especially in the city centre. Pedestrians are well catered for and there are some pedestrian­only malls such as Grafton street.

Currency – Euro

Electricity – 230 volts, 50Hz, type­ G plug.

Tips – Not generally required but welcome.

Payment/card – Cards are widely accepted, cash is sometimes required.

Time zone – Dublin (Ireland) UTC/GMT +0 hours

Water – Tap water is safe to drink.

Dublin Airport (DUB)

The airport is located 8,5km north of Dublin.

  • Finnair flights: Terminal 1
  • Check-in opens 2 hours before departure.
  • Check-in closes 45 minutes before departure.

Always remember to check your airline’s terminal and check-in times.

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