This article contains 10 good tips about life in Dublin, Ireland. Have a look through them. They can seem rather random, but they are good to know for newcomers to Dublin:
- Dublin Bus does not give change. Have exact fare ready. If you do not have exact fare you will be given a refund voucher that can be exchanged for cash at the Dublin Bus office on O’Connell Street, close to the Spire.
- On a sunny afternoon you can have Bavaria beer for €2.50 on a beautiful terrace in Pavilion Bar on the Trinity College campus. The only requirement is that you join some Trinity students, who can show student cards if asked for.
- A safe place to park your bicycle at night is in front of Parliament on Kildare Street. There is always Garda (Police) guarding and bicycles are not stolen from here.
- Are you looking for a low budget hike? Take bus 16 to Marlay Park in Dublin south. This is where the Wicklow Way begins. It will lead you trough Wicklow Mountains on a 7 days hike, a total of 127 km. If you do not want to sleep in hostels, you can sleep over night in shelters placed on the trail.
- If you want to experience a traditional live Irish music and dance show without having to pay an expensive meal or entrance, then do not worry. Go to the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar on Lord Edward Street. To watch the show you do not have to have the meal, just enter the Legends Bar, have a pint and watch the show for free.
- Most Thursday evenings Woodsey plays his guitar and sings on Porter House in Temple Bar. This is an unforgettable experience – an amazing, wild and uncontrolled one-man-and-his-guitar show.
- Are you interested in the history of Ireland? Visit Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) to get an interesting tour and lean about the hunger strikes, etc. Entrance for students is only €2 and for adults €6.
- Would you like a free visit to a swimming pool with spa and sauna? Well, yes, it is possible. Many fitness centres offer free trials. Call beforehand, tell the receptionist that you are interested in joining the gym and ask for a free trial. They will give you free access to all facilities including the swimming pool.
- Are you lost walking around in Dublin? There is no reason to worry. If you look around you will most likely be able to see the Spire – a pin-like 121,2 metres high monument located on O’Connell Street. When you see it you will immediately know in what direction the city centre is.
- When an Irishman asks you: “What’s the craic?!”, he/she is not referring to drugs. Rather “craic” is an Irish word meaning fun/enjoyment. ‘Bhi craic agus ceol againn’ means: “We had fun and music.” Fun doesn’t really cut it though. General banter, good times had by all. Also, a person who is good fun or great company. “It was great craic.” “She’s great craic when she gets going.” “He’s great craic when he has a few pints on him.” “How’s the craic?” “The craic was mighty.”
I hope you found some of the tips useful. Dublin is a wonderful city.
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