The 5 Best Areas in Dublin for Tourists First Time Visit
1. The City Centre (South – Temple, Trinity College and Grafton Street areas)
The southern side of the Dublin City Centre is full of amazing areas to explore, such as Temple Bar, a tourist hub. Apart from revelling in the nightlife in classic Irish pubs such as Teac Na Ceibe, pay a visit to the Meeting House Square during the day. If you are lucky, you might catch a free concert there.
Trinity College is home to the stunning Book of Kells, the world famous medieval manuscript and one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures. Grafton College is a great place to buy souvenirs due to the numerous high-end street shops.
Towards the north of the City Centre, O’Connell Street is another great place for retail therapy. Apart from shopping, the monuments on O’Connell Street are also fun to explore, from the Spire of Dublin to the Daniel O’Connell Monument, who the street is named after.
Apart from the aesthetic Georgian architecture of Parnell Square, enjoy the cultural offerings as well such as the Dublin City Gallery, the friendly locals and the rich historical background of the area.
Temple Bar District has so much more to offer other than a great night out. The area is also home to high-end restaurants and cafes. Drop in at the Queen of Tarts for mouthwatering cheesecake, and eat tasty chicken wings at Elephant and Castle.
Enjoy indie films at the Irish Film Institute or take in the unconventional art at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.
Not too far from Trinity College, the area around St. Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square is known to have outstanding Georgian architecture. St. Stephen’s Green also has some of the best museums in Dublin such as The Little Museum of Dublin and National Museum of Ireland.
Hotels here are in plenty, offering reliable accommodation and guaranteeing a comfortable stay in the city.
5. Seaside Towns Dublin Bay
Malahide is a fascinating seaside suburb with the feel of an Irish village. Not too far from the city, Malahide is best known for the charming Malahide Castle and botanical gardens.
Howth is a picturesque coastal town, home to the Baily Lighthouse. Take a walk on the Howth Cliff Path Loop while you are here as well. Dun Laoghaire is a harbour town a couple of minutes from the city centre. While you are here, visit the Dun Laoghaire’s Maritime Museum and enjoy a day of shopping on George Street.
Dalkey is a tranquil seaside town where you can catch a ferry to the Dalkey Island, or visit the fantastic Norman Castles. The beautiful Skerries is a coastal town where you can visit the striking Ardgillan Castle as well as a kayak to the St. Patrick’s and Colt Islands.