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"Pubs, parks, and castles"

The capital of Ireland, Dublin, is one of Ireland’s biggest cities. Sitting on the eastern coast of Ireland, Dublin is filled with pubs, shops, and Irish culture. The Temple Bar area has plenty of nightlife and is lined with bars and pubs, while famously known Grafton Street is the primary street performing hub and shopping area in Dublin.

We didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked to in Dublin, primarily because of the cost of living and the timing of our travels. Dublin, and Ireland as a whole, is one of the more expensive european countries. Cheap accommodation can be found at hostels, but hotels and Airbnb’s in Dublin rarely start lower than $60 per night. With nearby countries costing a third of that price for an entire apartment rental, it was hard to justify a long stay.

However, the time we did spend exploring the city was enjoyable, albeit the frequent rain that the UK and Ireland know too well. Dublin is famed for its pubs and nightlife, and it stands up to that honor with plenty of places to grab a pint and have an enjoyable evening.

For shoppers, Grafton street and the surrounding area is a fun place to walk around, though it has become very touristy. Dublin is a great place to start an Ireland trip, though we’d recommend heading to some of the more scenic places like Dingle or Killarney for a more local experience!


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Things To Do

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National Botanical Gardens

Flowers, plants, and greenhouses

Guiness Storehouse

Brewery experience, tasting, and bar

St. Stephens Green

Park near city center

Grafton Street

Main shopping street with buskers

Fitzsimons Temple Bar

Bar and hotel with live music and TV’s

Trinity College

Research university with historic library

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4 Day Cost Breakdown









Note: The figures above represent the costs for two people


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