Dublin might be a relatively small city but it thoroughly deserves its big reputation. In amongst its cobbled streets you’ll find fascinating history, legendary hospitality and Georgian charm. And, of course, the numerous pubs which are at the heart of Dublin community life.
Although there are seasons in Ireland, it is almost as likely to rain in the summer as it is in the winter. Should the heavens open, just find the nearest pub, get a pint in and sit by the fire.
The weather is a little warmer in the summer, from June through August. This is also the season for festivals, when the streets come to life with music and food.
Of course, like most places, prices for accommodation and tickets to Dublin can spike in the high tourism season. This is especially true during school holidays when it fills up with visitors from the UK and Europe. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, visit in spring or fall.
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There are numerous direct flights to Dublin from US destinations.
The city of Dublin is served by Dublin Airport, located around five and a half miles outside of the city. The airport has been growing year on year, with around 30 million passengers flying in and out each year, putting it inside the top 15 in Europe.
Ground transportation options include rental cars, with the M1 and M50 motorways located nearby, as well as a large network of bus and coach routes. More than 700 buses a day service the airport, going both to and from the city and around Ireland. There are also taxi stands located outside both terminal 1 and 2, and rail services are close by.
You can fly to Dublin with a number of different carriers.
As a relatively small city, Dublin can be easily navigated on foot, especially if you are staying in the central part of the city.
The Luas tram system is fairly reliable and regular, with two lines (red and green) traversing the city. Tickets can be bought on the platform or you can purchase a Leap card, which gives you access to this and other public transport options. This includes a good bus network, with over 200 routes covering all of the city. And with more taxis than New York, you can find cheap and regular cabs at any hour of the day.
Dublin has more than its fair share of historic buildings, including Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the General Post Office. Top museum options include the Chester Beatty Library, the Dublin Writers Museum and the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Museum, where you can learn more about the city’s past.
Take in a hurling or Gaelic football match at Croke Park stadium, one of the biggest in Europe, for a real slice of Irish life. Or head over to Leopardstown Racecourse where there are regular meets throughout the year.
Visitors from the US won’t need a visa to travel to Ireland. As part of the Eurozone, Ireland uses the Euro as currency and non-European Union visitors can enjoy tax free shopping. You can claim back these taxes at the airport on your way home.
A bit of breaking news: It rains in Ireland. Often. It's the price of seeing rainbows over the country's supernaturally green hills. In the spring, summer, and early fall, expect a chance of rain every day. Yet also expect outbreaks of gorgeous sunlight each day, too.
Rain on the island is a thesaurus entry brought to life, appearing in subtle gradations from soft mist to light lashings. Just as Irish personalities tend to be less brash and extreme than American ones, Irish rain tends to be less brash and extreme, too. You'll almost never see hard sheets of torrential downpours in Ireland as you might in many parts of North America (except during the winter or along Ireland's western coastline). So don't be put off by the talk of wet weather, because it is less disruptive than you might think.
Our advice: No matter when you visit, always pack an umbrella, a rain-resistant windbreaker jacket, and many layers of clothing, which you can change as conditions warrant.
Summer is peak tourist season in Dublin. Daytime highs are in the high 60s and low 70s, making it a great time to visit. It’s also when the prices of flights and hotels are at their highest. But people are willing to pay for the hope of good weather.
May and September make for fine shoulder seasons because they are historically the driest months, and it stays light from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., with temperatures averaging in the low 60s during the day. Shoulder-season lodging prices also tend to be discounted by about 20 percent off summer highs.
Winter usually produces bleak skies, strong winds, and chilly temperatures down to the freezing point. Many bed-and-breakfasts are closed this time of year.
Festivals and holidays happen year-round. In March, St. Patrick's Day is the obvious choice, with a parade of bands and floats that winds its way down O’Connell Street and around the entrance to Trinity College. Parade-goers are encouraged to wear costumes as well.
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