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What to Expect from a Visit to Dublin


If you have traveled to a few different countries in your lifetime, then you have probably been met with disappointment at a few places. You may have arrived in a city you always wanted to visit only to be unimpressed with what you saw or thrown off by the behavior of people there. It’s not uncommon for travel writers to talk all about the great aspects of every city they cover but miss out on the negative aspects. Or they may simply leave out essential information about getting around. We want to cover a few things that will be important to you when visiting Dublin so that you know what to expect and how to make the most of your time.

Closing Hours

There has been a movement in Dublin to limit the availability of alcoholic beverages. Sure, if you know all the rules, then you know when to stock up and where to get drinks when no one else is serving, but most visitors don’t know those rules.

First off, Sunday is considered a day of rest, so a lot of places won’t be open and those that will be will likely open late. Secondly, you can’t even buy a drink after 10pm any day of the week, even in pubs. On top of that, most places won’t serve

alcohol until about 4pm, and if you plan to do some drinking while in Dublin, you need to be aware of these things.

Transport Options

You may be used to waiting at the bus stop for buses and then having them stop for you. That’s not how it works in Dublin. You have to actively flag them down so they know to stop. Otherwise, they will go right past you. You should also be aware that travelling by train can be very expensive. If you want to save money on this convenient travel option, then you should book

ahead a find online deals. You can save a ton of money this way and ensure you have tickets ahead of time for your trip. When you are booking tickets, it is also a great time to plan your route and ensure that you will get where you need to go.

Prepare for Bad Weather

You just can’t count on the weather in Dublin. Rain and biting winds can come out of nowhere, so you would always have a small umbrella or comfortable coat with you, no matter what time of year it is. You don’t want to be caught in the rain

unprepared or have your trip ruined by a cold you caught while out without a coat. Even if the sky looks clear when you set out for the day, that can change suddenly, and you need to be prepared to protect yourself and not let the weather put a dampener on your plans.

Hopefully, these tips will help you get around easier and level your expectations so that you are not caught off guard by some of the unspoken aspects of Dublin.