When the capital of Ireland boasts a pub on every corner and Guinness as the national drink of choice, you know that you’re in for a good time when visiting Dublin. Following The Gap Map itinerary you will find yourself in Dublin over the winter period so dress warmly…and pack an umbrella!
Sandmans tour company does a free walking tour around the city which covers all of the main sites with a knowledgeable guide. These tours are great exercise and allows you to see the main monuments in just a couple of hours. Although it’s free you are expected to give a small tip to the guide. Book here
Dublin Castle is now open to tourists after being occupied for 700 years. There are museums, cafes and gardens to explore. Entry is free.
Trinity College is a famous university in Dublin where you can wander and admire the beautiful grounds.
Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green are parks located close to the city centre and are the perfect places to go for a stroll and relax if you are lucky enough to get some sunny weather while visiting Dublin.
Grafton Street is the main shopping strip of the city. Everything from boutiques to big chains and department stores are located here.
The Leffey river runs through the centre of the city with a bridge that allow pedestrians to cross between the two sides that are referred to as Dublin 1 and Dublin 2.
The Guinness Store House tour is a very popular activity when visiting Dublin. You can enjoy a tour of a the brewery and see how the Guinness is made. The 16 Euro ticket includes a complimentary pint. Get the details here.
The National museum is free to enter and has a number of locations and exhibitions on offer. See the details here.
Day trips can be made from Dublin to explore the lush green countryside of Ireland. Wicklow Mountains are just a 40 minute bus ride away from the city centre. Enjoy hiking on one of the marked trails and pack a picnic so you can stop and enjoy the views with your lunch.
Renting an apartment on Airbnb is always a convenient option if you are staying with a group. Get a discount on your booking by using this link.
Courchsurfing is a great way to have free accommodation and meet locals in the city. Sign up here.
There are also plenty of well priced hostels in the centre of Dublin.
Abbey Court has dorm rooms available for 13.50 a night including breakfast and is located just off the famous O’Connell bridge. The hostel is just a two minute walk from the Temple Bar area where you will find all of Dublins best night life.
29 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, Dublin, Ireland
Isaacs Hostel has dorm beds for as little as 13 Euro which includes breakfast and a free sauna. They hold regular events at the hostel including movie nights, BBQ’s and free walking tours making it a great place to socialise and meet other travellers.
2-5 Frenchmans Lane, Dublin 1, Dublin, Ireland
Jacobs Inn Hostel is usually more expensive at around 30 Euro a night for a dorm room but often they have big discounts for early bookings. This hostel has free breakfast as well as a kitchen, common room with games and a lot of organised events and tours for guests. Check out their list of facilities and book here.
21 Talbot Place, Dublin, Ireland
There aren’t many national dishes in Ireland that draw tourists to Dublin for its food scene but a beef and guinness pie should not be underestimated on a rainy day in the city. Pub food is the cure for all of your winter blues. Cheap Eats are all over the place in this city so look out for main meals between 5-10 Euro.
O’Neill’s Pub serves up great pub grub at very low prices. You will eat your fill of burgers, steaks and more for around 12 Euro. See the menu here.
2 Suffolk Street, Dublin.
Duck is the only place to go for your asian fix with tasty meat and rice specials for just 5 Euro at lunch time and a reasonably priced menu full of other succulent roasted duck and chicken dishes. See the menu here.
15 Fade St Dublin.
Green 19 offers main meals like big juicy burgers for 10 Euro, and a lot of appetising starters for even less. See the full menu here.
19 Camden St Lower, Dublin 2.
Cafe Sofia is known for what might just be the best breakfast in Dublin. Eggs, bacon, beans, sausages and more for under 10 Euro.
5A Wexford Street
Bison Bar specialises in American style BBQ and is located very close to the Temple Bar area. Sandwiches packed full of pulled pork, brisket or sausages can be taken away for an irresistible 5 Euro.
11 Wellington Quay, Dublin
Credo does a number of casual style salads, sandwiches and pastas at lunch time for just 5 Euro. Located near St Stephans Green you can even take it away to eat in the park. See the menu here.
19 Montague St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Mezz is a South American restaurant featuring an all you can eat salad buffet at lunch time which includes your choice of one hot meat dish for just 5 Euro.
The Mezz, 23-24 Eustace St, Temple Bar
Pablo Picante definitely takes the cake for Mexican food in Dublin. Their burritos are stuffed full of tasty and well spiced ingredients for just 6.50. There are multiple locations and menus available. Get the details here.
Madina Desi is your stop for cheap curries with big portions. Although the food may not look like anything fancy, these home style curries pack big flavour and will keep you full all day.
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1.
The Pig and Heifer is bringing New York style deli goods and sandwiches to Dublin. Gourmet ingredients and big portions make this a sandwich that is well worth the 5-6 Euro. See the various locations and menu here.
Going out in the city can end up getting expensive. To avoid the horror of seeing an empty wallet the next morning, an easy way to save money is to join a pub crawl. Pub crawls are very common in Dublin. Your ticket includes free drinks and entries into clubs. It’s also a great way to make friends and go out in a group. The best options are Backpackers Pub Crawl and Sandman Pub-crawl which both cost 12 Euro.
The Temple Bar area is the beating heart of Dublins nightlife and gets its name from a very famous watering hole in the centre named The Temple Bar Pub that has been standing since 1840. Here you can find night clubs, pubs and cocktail bars in between.