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I am ultra bias when it comes to Dublin. It may be because I have many great memories there or because the people are so nice and charming; but I love it. Coming from Sydney it's a very different place to stay, the city is about the size of a single suburb in relation to back home, but the people are very chilled, relaxed and the main language is beer.
Dublin is a place for a good time and a long time if you can allocate it. The weather is something you have to consider when visiting Dublin, there is only a few days in the year when the clouds aren't covering the charming city or it's not cold enough for 3 jumpers. So if you're looking to get a lot done in Dublin without the rain or thick clouds, I suggest go in summer or start praying. The average temperture in summer is between 15 and 20 degrees, so it's not hot either. I mainly had light long sleeves and thin trousers on.
Although it being such a small city in comparsion to Sydney there is so many to do in and around the city. I was there for about 4 weeks in total and always had something to do or see. Check out trip advisor or google search some attractions for the city if you're getting a bit stuck. I visited the zoo on my trip last year and that took a couple hours to do properly - i'd reccomend visiting Dublin Zoo if you've got the time and money but wouldn't make it a priority. I would suggest visiting the Guiness Factory - personally I haven't been but its definately on the list, even if you're not a beer drinker its at least a good activity to pass the time. I suggest visiting temple bar - the street is full of bars and pubs as well as really nice boutiques and little clothing shops - I loved Nine Crows which is located in one of the side streets off temple bar.
In 2015 I mainly stayed on the "North Side" of Dublin and to be fair it has plenty to do for a few days stay, it's classifed the 'not so nice' part of the city but in my opinion: if you stay out of trouble and don't venture too far past your surroundings there's no issue at all. O'Connell Street is one of the 3 best places to shop in Dublin. It's in walking distance from the Luas (Tram) on the south side and boasts the biggest shopping names the city has to offer. There are a few cool places to eat so again check out your surroundings but don't be too scared to go a street or two outside the main area. Last year I stayed in an Airbnb in Docklands, which is about a 10-15 walk to "The Spire", you can't miss it, it stands tall over the North Side in the middle of the River Liffey on O'Connell Street, the River Liffey seperates the 'north' and 'south' side, you can't miss that either!
In regards to public transport, there is the Luas (tram) which runs almost everywhere through the city. The Dart (train) also has a long line that connects the north and south side in case you don't want to walk. Bus's also run throughout the city. If you're looking to book a taxi download the "Hailo" app from your app store. Uber does run in the city if you'd rather use that. There is a ferry if you need to connect to over to Wales in the UK as well. There is also a bus for 6 Euro (single way) into the city centre from the airport if you're flying in. Dublin airport is quite efficient if you can fly I'd recommend doing so. If you're leaving out of T1 make sure you swing past the "Marqette", its got good food and that much needed alcoholic beverage before your flight!
This year (2016) the "South Side" was my main centre of attraction. I stayed in a few places but all on the south side, the closer to the city you are, the more you tend to enjoy what the city has to offer both day and night. The Luas was my main form of transport on the south side, I use it when i'm in dublin, its very quick and really easy to use. If you're going to be there for a week or so either pick up a 'Leap' card or a weekly ticket, its the cheapest way to do it! The south side is full of small resutrants, hipster shops and the sea side down the coast is unreal. Check out Trinity College, St Stephens Green, and if you're looking to shop my favourite place was the Dundrum Shopping Centre - its located about 5 minute walk from the LUAS, which you can get from in town by St Stephans Green. Dun Laoghaire is also a nice place for dinner or if you want to check out some of Dublin.
If you get a chance visit Bray, its quite small but the people and the sights are unreal. While your down the coast check out Howth, and Dalkey. There is a market in Howth on some sunday's so check out the openning times online and the food is unreal. It's roughly mid range pricing so not too expensive but not overly cheap either. You can get the dart (train) down for the day or even stay the night so you don't have to rush back after dinner.
I'd love to hear about places you visited in Dublin or places you want to recommend for my next trip over in the comments below!
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