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Dublin destination guide

If you’re thinking of a top European city break, there’s little competition to a weekend in Dublin.

It is of course a popular destination for celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but the city is also the perfect base to explore the countryside and make a great excuse for a last minute getaway.

Check out our Dublin destination guide before you go and if you want to take advantage of the award-winning exchange rates of a FairFX Prepaid Mastercard®, load and spend with your Euro Card.

What to see

As the home of Guinness, any visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Guinness Storehouse. Find out about the origins of the drink and its philanthropic founder Arthur Guinness…all over a pint of the black stuff (or red stuff, as your guide will explain).

The cobbled streets of Temple Bar are also synonymous with the city and are home to some of its most famous pubs. But don’t just stick to Temple Bar if you’re looking to discover some of the best pubs in Dublin.

If you’re in need of some fresh air take a stroll through St Stephen’s Green, a public park in the city centre. Or take a tour of Trinity College, Dublin Castle or Kilmainham Gaol to discover the city’s rich history.

Break from Dublin for a tour of medieval Irish architecture and folklore in Kilkenny and Glendalough. Or jump on the coastal train, the DART, to discover the other beautiful towns and villages dotted along the coast.

Where to stay

Dublin offers an eclectic mixture of accommodation across the different areas of the city.

North of River Liffey
O’Connell Street is the main boulevard of the Irish capital: it’s home to the iconic General Post Office. There’s a mixture of smart boutiques, traditional grand hotels and smaller guest houses in this area of the city.

Temple Bar & Trinity College
In central Dublin, just south of the River Liffey, Temple Bar’s 18th-century cobblestoned streets are alive at weekends. Meeting House Square hosts the weekend food market. West is Christ Church Cathedral, close to where the Vikings first settled.

South Dublin
The best of both worlds is on offer in the south-Dublin districts of Donnybrook and Ballsbridge. This is the city’s embassy belt, home to pretty parks, good eating and drinking opportunities. It’s also home of the Irish Rugby, with the Aviva Stadium situated in this part of the city.

Dublin’s coast
Don’t neglect Dublin’s lovely sweep of coastline, take in the fresh sea air and enjoy the beauty of the coastlines cliffs and beaches. Hotels along the coast can easily be reached with the DART coastal railway.

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Getting around Dublin

You can enjoy most of Dublin’s city centre on foot but there are also plenty of bus services and local taxis to ferry you around the city, and to and from the airport.

To get out to the suburbs you can use the Luas tram system or hire a bicycle at various locations throughout the city. If you’re heading further afield, jump on the DART trains, to discover Ireland’s rural east coast.

You can download the official Transport for Ireland Journey Planner to view all Dublin’s transport options.

When to buy euros

Travel money is often an afterthought when it comes to organising a holiday – that’s a mistake.

With our Euro Card you can lock in an exchange rate when the pound is having a good day. This means you’ll get more to spend on your travels and you’ll avoid being hit by a fall in the exchange rate when you are travelling.

Load a FairFX Euro Card throughout the year and by the time you travel you’ll have squirrelled away the spending money you need for your trip. Or load it on the go through our App when you’re travelling.

Sign up to our Rate Alert service to find out when the exchange rate is in your favour.

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Miles Hobson

Miles Hobson

Miles oversees marketing communications at FairFX. He has a passion for travel and loves to explore new cities on foot to find their hidden gems.

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