About Dublin

WELCOME TO DUBLIN
Dublin is one of the top city break destinations in Europe and for atmosphere, night life, visitor attractions, activities and shopping, Dublin has very few rivals. Steeped in history and buzzing with youthful energy, the Irish capital is at the very heart of Irish culture.

Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities and as well as retaining its historical and cultural charms, Dublin offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants and stylish, cosmopolitan shops and hotels. There’s never been a better time to visit Dublin, a city that is rivalling Europe’s elite for hip appeal.

So, why not eat in a Castle, enjoy a night at the dogs, sit back and enjoy a pint of world famous Guinness or enjoy a literary pub crawl around the city, experience a Dublin Bay sea thrill, a boat trip on the River Liffey or enjoy a traditional Irish music session in one of Dublin’s famous Irish pubs. The options are endless and the welcome is always warm. More information on activities for your visit at www.visitdublin.com or call into one of the tourist information offices.


LOCATION
Ireland is an island in North West Europe. Its nearest neighbour is Britain to the east, separated from it by the Irish Sea. To the north, west and south is the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is made up of four provinces which are broken down in to thirty-two counties. Six of these counties are in Northern Ireland and twenty-six are in the Republic. Dublin is the capital of the Republic and is Ireland’s largest city. It is located on the east coast of Ireland, overlooking Dublin Bay.
The Liffey is the main river running through the city. Dublin is split into four administrative units. These are Dublin City, Fingal, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Climate
Dublin’s climate is mild and very changeable. It is influenced by the Gulf Stream. Winter temperatures average 4°C-7°C (39°-44°F) and in summer between 16°C-20°C (60°F-67°F). There are about eighteen hours of daylight daily during July and August, only getting truly dark after 23.00.

Population
The population of Dublin City and County is almost 1.4 million. Language English is the spoken language throughout Ireland. Irish (or Gaelic) is the original native language of Ireland. Place names and signage are usually in both languages.

Currency
The Euro is the only currency that is officially recognised as legal tender in the Republic of Ireland.

Telephone
The international code for Ireland is 00 353. The local area code for Dublin is 01. In an emergency, call 999 or 112. These numbers will alert the appropriate service – fire, police (Gardaí), lifeboat, coastal, mountain and cave rescue services. The numbers for local and national directory enquiries are 11811 or 11850 and for international enquiries 11818 or 11860. The Irish

Tourist Assistance Service is on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and can be contacted on +353 1 478 5295, www.itas.ie. Internet and wifI Access Internet and WiFi access is available throughout Dublin.

Electrical Current
220 / 240 volts (50 cycles) is the standard electrical current throughout Ireland. Plugs are 3-pin flat. Adapters are therefore required for 2-pin appliances.

Post Offices
Most post offices are open Monday to Friday 09.00- 17.30 and some open on Saturdays from 09.00- 13.00. The General Post Office on O’Connell Street in the city centre is open

Monday to Saturday 08.00-20.00. Postal codes in Dublin are presented as ‘Dublin plus number’ – for example Dublin 1, Dublin 2. Odd numbers refer to areas north of the Liffey and even ones to areas south of the Liffey. They spread out numerically from the city centre.

Banks
In general, banks open Monday to Friday, 10.00-16.00, with late opening on Thursdays until 17.00. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Foreign exchange facilities are available in the Dublin Tourism Centre on Suffolk Street.

ITAS
The Irish Tourist Assistance Service is on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and can be contacted on +353 1 478 5295, www.itas.ie.

Business hours
Most businesses are open Monday to Friday 09.00-17.30. Most shops in Dublin are open from 09.00 until 18.00 Monday-Saturday, sometimes later, and 12.00 until 18.00 on Sundays. Shops stay open late on Thursday evenings in the city centre and late on Friday evenings in the suburbs.

Tipping
In restaurants a customary service charge may be added to a bill. If a service charge is included, tipping is not necessary, unless the service received is exemplary. If a service charge was not included, a normal tip is between 10%-15%. With other services from hairdressers to taxi drivers, it is generally not necessary to tip although staff will always appreciate acknowledgment of service.

Smoking
Dublin was Europe’s first smoke free capital city! Since 29th March 2004 smoking is banned in all enclosed places of work in Ireland. This includes banks, office blocks, public buildings, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and cafés. The primary purpose of the prohibition is to give protection to workers and the public who are exposed to harmful environmental tobacco smoke. Exceptions include hotel, guesthouse and B&B bedrooms and private accommodation. Most pubs and some restaurants have installed or extended existing beer-gardens or patios to cater for those who smoke.

VISIT DUBLIN APP. FREE

Visit Dublin App - It's Dublin in your pocket - click here to find out more

Explore, discover, experience and enjoy one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe from the comfort of your home, at 35,000 feet, or the bustle of Grafton Street!

What’s it all About
The Visit Dublin App uses technology allowing you to use directional search to move around Dublin and discover your interests. Simply by pointing your Smartphone (iPhone/Android) you will find rich information about the places you see around you. This powerful pointing technology performs directionally filtered searches so that you get the information you are looking for quickly and easily. To find your way to an interesting spot, you can use the convenient Guide Me and/or Camera View augmented reality features. See how some visitors discovered Dublin using the Visit Dublin App.

Features

  • Audio descriptions, explanations and history for over 80 points of interests around the city
  • 20 Special Offers in retail, restaurants and tours offering you fantastic value and options. Simply show the voucher on your phone and receive the offer!
  • Use the ‘Point to Call’ function to phone a restaurant, tour and make your booking direct. 
  • ‘What's That? / What's Nearby?’ – not sure what that building is in front of you?! Point at the real world point of interest and retrieve information about it! 
  • Daily Bulletin – receive a daily update to your phone on what is happening in Dublin
  • Virtually explore Dublin before visiting. Users can virtually move to locations in Dublin and explore and research in advance of travelling! 
  • Information within the Visit Dublin App is cached allowing the majority of the data to be stored locally on your device thus enhancing search performance and playback
  • The Visit Dublin App can function without any network connection, limiting roaming charges, for example, the Application will work in airplane mode
Search for "Visit Dublin" on Google Play™ for the Android App or the Apple™ App Store for the iPhone App.


THE DUBLIN PASS

The Dublin Pass sightseeing card offers great features in one great package to help you make the most of your visit to Dublin, including discounts on transport, free entry to attractions and special offers.

Get the Dublin Pass at a discount - www.dublinpass.ie/delegate

Dublin Pass


© 2014 DIA