Welcome to Dublin
Located in east-central Ireland, Dublin sits on the River Liffey. To the north and west is farmland and to the south lies low mountains. The city is split by the Liffey and the east side is divided even more by smaller rivers. There are also two canals – the Grand Canal to the south and the Royal Canal to the north.
The climate is temperate with warm summers and cool winters. The temperature is never too extreme in either direction. Don’t expect a lot of rain in Dublin – because of its sheltered location, it’s one of the driest places in the country.
Historically, the river divided Dublin culturally and economically with the Northside being more working class and the Southside a bit wealthier. Today, it’s divided into districts for tourism and real estate purposes. The Medieval Quarter, the Antique Quarter, the Georgian District, the Tech Quarter, and the Cultural Quarter.
The Medieval Quarter is the oldest part of the city and was part of the original Viking settlement. It’s home to Christ’s Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and Dublin Castle. Stop by Burdock’s Fish and Chip shop which has seen a lot of celebrity guests since it first opened its doors in 1913.
Next to the Medieval Quarter and along the Francis Street area, you’ll find the Antique Quarter. Here, you can shop for everything from souvenirs to classic paintings and stop for a bite to eat in one of the many cafes.
If you’re into architecture, you have to visit the Georgian District. Dublin has some of the most beautiful Georgian buildings in the entire world and this is one of the best places to see them.
In the Tech Quarter, see how Dublin is stepping up in the digital age with tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter sharing office space in this once run-down area of the city. The area has been revitalized and is now home to delicious restaurants, fancy hotels, great coffee, and even a place where you can paddle board.
In the Cultural District, you’ll find hip music venues, bars, restaurants, markets, and second-hand shops. There’s even a 1920s-style speakeasy at the Vintage Cocktail Club.
Lastly, there’s the Dame District, which links the Cultural, Medieval, and Georgian quarters. Buzzing with shoppers during the day and full of nightlife and energy at night, no stop in Dublin is complete without some time in the Dame District.
There are also plenty of outdoor adventures to be had throughout the city, including guided outdoor tours, kite surfing, and sailing. There are also plenty of self-guided walking tours throughout the different parts of the city as well as guided hikes through mountains.