Fly To Dublin, Ireland
The capital of Ireland otherwise known as Dublin, is a city that has a lot to offer. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Dublin is the birthplace of literary greats James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Storytelling, folklore and fairies are a deeply ingrained part of Irish culture, and Dublin’s imposing castles, ancient libraries and brooding ocean vistas lend a definite plausibility to the magical tales.
Whether you’re embarking on a cultural journey or planning to explore this city's history Dublin has plenty to keep you entertained. Places like the Brazen Head -a bar that was founded in 1198, and the old favourite St. Patrick's Day Festival are firm favourites that attract thousands of tourists every year.
Prepare to be charmed by the Irish culture of Dublin through unique experiences like visiting the Leprechaun Museum, or playing Gay Bingo at The George. Begin your journey to the fun-loving city that is filled with adventure, many people call this place home and it is not hard to see why.
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Why visit Dublin?
- Dublin boasts beautiful sights from the Georgian architecture, to the National Botanical Gardens and Killiney Beach it is not hard to see why it is the most attractive capital city in the world!
- Seeking adventure? Then The National Aquatic Centre is the place to go to, with extreme thrills and raging water adventures it is the most innovative water park in Europe!
- Dublin-Europe's fourth most popular city break destination is said to be one of the friendliest cities in the world with the most lively and exciting atmospheres!
Dublin is known for their mild temperature climate. The best time to visit Dublin is also the least expensive months to visit Dublin which is from September till May. This is the time when you will find discounts on airfare, hotels, and packages. The peak seasons begin in June till August, places generally become overcrowded and slightly over-priced.
- Guinness produces 10 million pints of beer daily in Dublin.
- Dublin might be a small city but it is home to the largest enclosed city park in Europe-Phoenix Park.
- The designer of the Oscar award in 1928 was a Dublin born gentleman by the name of Cedric Gibbons.
Being the capital city of Ireland-Dublin is a place where you are able to find many of the nation’s treasures. Beautiful architecture fills the streets of Dublin with the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle and the St. Patrick's Cathedral and simple things like taking a walk in the city become a completely breathe-taking experience.
Dublin's history dates back to thousands of years making places like the famous Trinity College where you are able to see the famous Book of Kells from 800AD, and the notorious Kilmainham Gaol so fascinating if you want to learn more about this magnificent place.
If you love the outdoors then Dublin is definitely a place that you would fall in love with, wandering through St. Stephens green, a visit to the famous Dublin Zoo,or taking in the scenic views at Portrane which is one of the four Blue flag beaches in Dublin.
This city is filled with charm and the following attractions will leave you captivated by the beauty that this place has:
- Guinness Storehouse
- Dundrum Town Centre
- Ashtown Castle
- The Dublin Writers Museum
- The Old Jameson Distillery
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Dublin Castle
- Temple Bar
- The Little Museum of Dublin
Irish cuisine has evolved from centuries of social and political change which caused the mixing between different cultures predominantly English and Irish. Irish traditions of growing and making your own produce is a tradition that is still thriving in cities like Dublin today.
Some of the most loved dishes in Dublin include the most obvious Irish stew, Dublin coddle, chicken Kiev, Boxy, and Champ which is mashed potatoes and chopped scallions with butter and milk. For those adventurous individuals, black pudding is a must, it is generally made from pork fat or beef suet, pork blood and a relatively high portion of oatmeal.
The best restaurants to find traditional Irsih cuisine include:
- Sister Sadie
- Coppinger Row
- The Camden Kitchen
- Locks Brasserie
- The Bernard Shaw
- Dax Restaurant
- Bloom Brasserie
- Mulberry Garden
- The Vintage Kitchen
The most dominant religion in the Republic of Ireland is Christianity with the majority of Christians being of the Roman Catholic denomination.
Dublin can be considered to be less of a conservative city although when it comes to religion it is best to not bring up those topics in discussions, it is the safest way to not offend anyone.
The culture in Dublin can be experienced through the many festivals, pubs and artwork especially the literature that originated there. From old folk tales to Irish whiskey, many locals will tell you that this is how to endear yourself with the Irish.
Dublin is characterized not by religion but by the people who are the friendliest individuals you will ever come across, the pub culture, traditional Christmas swim, and the many festivals are ancient practices that have been going on for decades. The Irish culture has a global reach, festivals like Saint Patrick's Day, Halloween, and The Twelfth of July are now celebrated all over the world.
This is a very safe city, but Dublin has grown so much it has become one of the top destinations in the world. With this title there have been an increase of problems like pick-pocketing and theft. This is nothing to be afraid of, but you should be vigilant at all times especially if this is a new place for you, new travellers tend to stand out more.
South African Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Dublin, or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland, for up to 90 days.
You do need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. Contact the embassy of Ireland (Telephone: (+27) 12 452 1000) for more information, in addition to visa applications.
Address: 2nd Floor, Earlsfort Centre
Phone: + 353 1 661 5553
Fax:(+353) 1 661 5590 (+353) 1 661 5582
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|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 83.62|
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|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 20.91|
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Dublin Airport is an international airport that serves Dublin. It is the busiest of the state's airport with regards to the total passenger traffic.
Food and Beverage: Terminal 1: Starbucks, Butlers Chocolate Café, Refuel Café & Bar, and Soho Coffee Co. Terminal 2: O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar, Irish Meadows, and the Chocolate Lounge.
Exchange currency: ICE Foreign Exchange is the forex partner at Dublin Airport and has various Bureau de Change outlets in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. You can pre-order forex online and nominate any outlet from which to collect, or use their bureaus as normal.
Lost luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or left at the airport itself can be reported to the Dublin Airport Police at their Public Office located in the Airport Police Station, Arrivals level, between 07 00 and 22 00.
Airport hotel: None on site. Nearby: Radisson Blu, Clarion, Carlton, Hilton, Metro, Bewleys, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Travelodge.
Car hire: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Dooley, Enterprise and Sixt.
Airport hub:Aer Lingus, Air Contractors, CityJet, Orbest, Ryanair and Thomson Airways.
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