Dublin has established itself as one of Europe’s nicest capitals, where most feel welcome. You should be quite introverted and social to avoid talking to locals over a pint of Guinness at the local pub, even if you are right in the center.
Dublin has become one of Europe’s most popular weekend destinations, and especially in the Temple Bar district, there may seem to be more Swedes, Frenchmen, Englishmen and Spaniards than Irish.
Dublin is not a particularly beautiful city, although it definitely has its charm. But the city’s main draws are its residents, who are open, talkative and inclusive, just like elsewhere in Ireland. People in Dublin are extremely proud of their city, and don’t be surprised if one of them offers to show you around. Dublin has something for everyone; couples, families and singles will be able to settle here, year round.
Get to know Dublin
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is situated in the middle of the east coast of the island around the outlet of the Liffey River. The city was officially founded in 988 as a Viking settlement, and Dublin became the capital in the 13th century, although Ireland was under English rule until 1921. The Norwegian Vikings have left their mark on Dublin, and you can still see many traces of them. Around 1.2 million of Ireland’s 4.3 million inhabitants (November 2007) live in or around Dublin.
Many people believe that Ireland is an English-speaking country, and that is partly true, even if the official language is Irish, or gaeilge as the real name is. This has little to do with the English language, but only around 350,000 of the country’s inhabitants speak Irish fluently, and most of them live in Northern and Western Ireland. You will probably still come out for the language, since public forms and documents are usually in both languages. Like Norway, the mains supply in Ireland is also 220/230 volts. However, since the system follows the UK with “three-pin connectors”, you should bring an adapter.
Dublin city center is not very large, and most attractions are within walking distance of each other. If you study a city map for five minutes, you may notice some landmarks that make the danger of getting completely lost in the city very small.
You can easily divide Dublin into four sections and use the Liffey River which separates east-west, and the main streets of O’Connell Street and Grafton Street as the axis from north to south. Most attractions, nightlife and shopping areas are in the south, although there are also plenty of good reasons to spend some time on the slightly less expensive north side as well.
- Abbreviation: D
- Country: Ireland
The River Liffey
Liffey is a relatively narrow, shallow and brown-green river that divides Dublin into two geographically and socially. The southern part was traditionally inhabited by the more affluent citizens, surrounded by parks, museums, cathedrals and shopping streets, while the poorer working class lived in the gray area north of the river. The differences have escalated considerably over the past few years, but there are still some ingrained old beliefs.
The southwest part of the city center, that is, south of Liffey and west of Grafton Street, is also the oldest part of Dublin. Here lay the Vikings settlement that you still find traces of, and the original center, surrounded by thick city walls, was here. Here you will also find many of the city’s major tourist attractions, such as Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Viking Adventure.
Also, the area is closest to Liffey Dublin’s premier nightlife area, the famous – or infamous – Temple Bar. Thousands of tourists flock here daily to shop and visit museums, galleries and pubs during the day, and to drink and party at night. Most of the city’s own residents prefer other areas, and see Temple Bar as an over-commercialized district reserved for tourists. In the evenings, things can go really well, with lots of stuffing and stuffing both in the pubs and in the streets.
East of Grafton Street
East of Grafton Street main street you will find many of Dublin’s parks and newer cultural features. Here are the National Gallery, National Museum, St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, National History Museum, Parliament, National Library and Trinity College. Grafton Street and most of the side streets are pedestrian streets, and in addition to all the shops, markets and shopping centers, there are always many street artists and musicians who color the cityscape.
North of Liffey
On the north side of the river it is further between the attractions. At the top of O’Connell Street’s main street is Parnell Square and The Garden of Remembrance, with its Writers Museum, a tribute to Dublin’s many world-renowned writers. Close by is the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. Whiskey enthusiasts can take a trip to Old Jameson Distillery, a huge museum dedicated to Irish whiskey with guided tours, one mile west of O’Connell Street.
While this area is not particularly beautiful, you will find a more traditional and authentic Dublin in the streets around O’Connell Street than you do in the more commercial, restored and tourist-oriented southern Dublin. Here you meet locals at the pubs, unlike Temple Bar, where you meet Swedes and Germans. The northeastern district is more gray and delirious, and not the place for tourists to stroll around in the evenings, though during your stay you may need to visit Connolly Station main train station.
Facts about Dublin
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and naturally also the country’s largest city measured by population. The city is a very popular destination for both young people and adults from the rest of the UK. Nightlife can best be described as lively in Dublin, at least in Temple Bar.
|Population||About. 1.2 million inhabitants|
|Official languages||English and Irish (Gaelic)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic (89%)|
|Time Difference||Ireland is 1 hour after Norway|
|Currency||Euro. ATMs can be found almost everywhere, and the use of credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and Diners is very widespread. Check our currency guide for exchange rates !|
|Tips||If service is included in the bill, it will not be necessary to provide tips. If not, 10% is common. Not at the pub!|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located in Molesworth Street. Tel: +353 1 6621800.|
|Tourist||Dublin Tourism Center, Suffolk Street|
|Electricity||220V. You need an adapter for the UK 3-pin outlet, and these are normally available in stores|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), first Monday in May, June and August, last Monday in October|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap|
|Nearest major cities||Belfast, Cork, Limerick|
|Safety||Slightly violent crime, but some filler and loot, especially in the Temple Bar area at night / night. Also pay attention to pickpockets in crowds.|
List of Dublin Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Dublin is D which stands for Dublin. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Dublin, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.