Thinking of enjoying traditional Irish dishes? Want to kick back and relax with a pint in an Irish pub? Then Dublin is the place for you!

Explore the wonderful Irish capital safely with our helpful guide!

Dublin is a warm, welcoming city full of extremely friendly people. The city is home to millions and welcomes several tourists with open arms!

The lovely city has a range of tourist attractions, traditional pubs and many more interesting things to do.

You will not want to miss out!

Where to Stay in Dublin for a First Time Visit? An Insider's Guide (with map)Our guide will take you through the top places to visit, some great recommended places to stay and our top safety tips ensuring your time in Dublin is well spent.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated October 2020.)

But, first things first:

Question: Where to stay in Dublin for a first-time visit?

Answer: My rule of thumb for first-time travelers is always STAY CENTRAL!

We even included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families, and friends.

The very city center includes:

  • Drumcondra
  • Smithfield
  • North Wall
  • Ranelagh
  • Inchicore

Check the map below to get a better idea.

Why do I recommend these areas?

Within the city center, you will be able to have access to almost everything. Less transportation and maybe more walking around.

Tourist destinations and famous restaurants would be more likely to be found in the city as well. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun it has to offer.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

We highlight the districts, main tourists sightseeing in Dublin and our handpicked accommodations.

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Dublin

As mentioned, the city center of Dublin is the perfect place for first-time visitors.

I also understand that different travel styles match different needs. I created an overview of this.

You will notice some areas are excluded or added to the previous recommendation.

Let’s see handpicked hotels.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

These areas are family-friendly, filled with suitable activities for all ages and is home to the following great hotels.

Luckily, we’ve done the leg work for you and tracked down the best family-friendly places to stay in Dublin.

  • Drumcondra
  • Smithfield
  • Ranelagh

This map shows you the areas recommended for families:

Handpicked accommodations for families

Figure out what’s most important for your family before booking. Would it be useful to have a kitchenette in your hotel room?

Are playgrounds nearby imperative? Are children too young to make public transportation easy?

Make a list of must-haves and narrow down your accommodation search from there. Here are some of our favorites:

Hampton Hotel

For somewhere snazzy to stay, why not try the elegant 4-star Hampton Hotel? The stunning well lit hotel is filled with spacious rooms and super comfortable beds.

The Hampton Hotel staff are super helpful and welcoming. You are sure to have an enjoyable stay.

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The Hendrick Smithfield

Situated in Smithfield is The Hendrick Smithfield, a comfortable place to stay while exploring Dublin. If you stay here, you will be surrounded by an array of places to shop and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on somewhere to unwind and drink.

The Hendrick Smithfield also offers free Wi-Fi and is family-friendly! The attractive interior and chic style will make you never want to leave.

Also, the spacious rooms are great to enjoy no matter if you are traveling with others or alone. Looking for something to do within the area? Then visit the 13th Century Dublin Castle might just be for you!

Located a short while away from The Hendrick Smithfield, here you can view the stunning medieval building and gain a deeper insight into its rich history.

Book The Hendrick Smithfield here

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1.2 Couples

Dublin will surprise you with things you didn’t expect. It has more to offer romantically for all the traveling lovers out there.

And one thing is for sure, your trip to Dublin would be amazing because you’re sharing it with someone special.

The best areas for couples to stay in Dublin are:

  • Portobello
  • Drumcondra
  • Ranelagh

This map shows you the areas recommended for couples:

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Traveling as a couple who wants to spend time together, you need a more intimate accommodation.

That is why I would recommend staying at hotels during your trip.

What is better than simply enjoy Dublin, no worrying about cleaning or cooking?

Portobello Hotel

For another hotel choice, why not stay at the Portobello Hotel? The modern, high-quality hotel provides a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere ideal for all guests.

The lovely views of the capital can be seen from the hotel rooms giving guests an all-round worthy experience.

Book Portobello Hotel here

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Croke Park Hotel

The amazing service, relaxing atmosphere and suitable location in Croke Park Hotel will make staying at this hotel a memorable experience, also why it is a top choice!

The hotel has a modern bistro, fitness center and a business center making it a good choice for a variety of people. The fresh, leafy filled bistro offers delicious meals with a selection to choose from.

The menu includes freshly prepared soup, classic caesar salad, and homemade beef burger. Many people praise the hotel for its spectacular service, friendly, warm staff and delicious food.

Book Croke Park Hotel here

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1.3 Luxury

Speaking of luxury, you can expect to spoil yourself in Dublin with high-end restaurants, luxury shops, and wonderful sites to visit.

Aside from these,  Dublin has elegant accommodations and 5-star hotels for you to indulge.

The best areas for luxury travelers to stay in Dublin are:

  • Drumcondra
  • North Wall

This map shows you the areas recommended for Luxury Travelers:

Handpicked accommodations for luxury

Fancy rooms, sophisticated restaurants, and chic designs – all these you can find in Dublin luxurious hotels.

And lucky you, we have listed down great luxury hotels for you to choose from.

Dublin Skylon Hotel

Dublin Skylon Hotel is a luxurious hotel that is super affordable and conveniently situated a short 5-minute drive from the city center and a 10-minute drive from Dublin Airport.

The hotel provides stunning views, a cozy fireplace in the lobby, a restaurant for your convenience and many more services.

Dublin Skylon Hotel is very family-friendly and also offers complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests. The comfortable, vibrant rooms and helpful staff will allow your stay at Drumcondra to be truly enjoyable.

For a high-class experience at a price that won’t break the bank, Dublin Skylon Hotel is the ideal place to go.

Book Dublin Skylon Hotel here

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Marker Hotel

For somewhere upscale to stay, the Marker Hotel is a top choice. The luxurious hotel has a range of relaxing, spacious rooms and is situated in an unbeatable location!

Relax and unwind at the spa and enjoy a fantastic meal. The family-friendly hotel even has a kids menu so there really is something for everyone.

The five-star experience you are sure to have at the Marker Hotel will be enhanced by the outstanding service, high-quality hospitality and several amenities offered. The stunning hotel is suitable for everyone! 

Book Marker Hotel here

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1.4 Design

You can find plenty of design hotels around Dublin. But if you’re looking for the great ones, we have just made all the work for you.

We have summed up the best design accommodations.

This map shows you the areas recommended for Design Lovers:

  • North Wall
  • Ranelagh

Handpicked accommodations for design

I have looked all over the place and tested several central design hostels in Dublin. Here are the two favorites I enjoyed most.

The Mont Hotel

Find comfortable beds and well-designed rooms in The Mont Hotel. It’s a four-star hotel nestled right in the city center.

And if you’re up for a pizza, you’d be in heavens in the hotel. That’s because they feature a wood-fired pizza restaurant.

What’s more exciting is that you will be able to meet their hotel dog which is very very cute. If you’re a dog lover, that is.

Book The Mont Hotel here

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Dylan Dublin

Find chic, stunning rooms that boast opulent furnishings that come with Italian marble bathrooms in the Dylan Dublin.

You will also find an iPod filled with historic Dublin walking tours. Rooms come with luxurious beds and memory foam mattresses. You can also watch movies right in your room.

On the other hand, the Dylan Bar serves cocktails and wines where you can enjoy the wonderful terrace that overlooks the neighborhood.

https://www.booking.com/hotel/ie/dylan.en-gb.html?aid=1928014&label=owi_staydublin

Book Dylan Dublin here

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1.5 Groups

Traveling in a group is much different from traveling solo. You have to consider everyone’s opinion and take into consideration.

To keep everything on a budget, staying central would be best. Where everything is within distance and taking transportation is not too much.

That includes these neighborhoods:

  • Ballsbridge
  • Rathmines

This map shows you the areas recommended for groups:

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Depending on the group size, apartment-style accommodations could be the best option for groups. And you can also consider cooking for yourselves in your own personal kitchen.

Herbert Park Hotel

Get comfortable in the stylish, polished Herbert Park Hotel and unwind in their fitness center.

Herbert Park Hotel also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and is situated near public transport making connections to the city easier than ever!

Book Herbert Park Hotel here

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Ballsbridge Townhouse

Another affordable accommodation choice is Ballsbridge Townhouse.

Another place close to public transport links, this guesthouse offers a selection of comfortable, cozy rooms fitting for those traveling alone or in a group! 

Book Ballsbridge Townhouse here

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Uppercross House Hotel

A top pick for accommodation is Uppercross House Hotel. They offer a selection of delicious dishes including a freshly prepared breakfast each morning.

Have a furry friend? This hotel is also dog-friendly! As if it could not get any better,  hot and cold breakfast is served so the choice is truly yours!

Another great thing about the Uppercross House Hotel is how close it is to Dublin’s city center. Whether you are traveling solo or with a group, Uppercross House Hotel can accommodate you!

Book Uppercross House Hotel here

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1.6 Solo Travelers

As a solo traveler, you would want all the involvement you can get from the city of Dublin.

From the city’s beautiful sites and exciting tours to the engaging accommodations, we have it all here for you.

That includes these neighborhoods:

  • Ranelagh
  • Portobello

This map shows you the areas recommended for Solo Travelers:

Handpicked accommodations for solo travelers

What would be better than an Airbnb where you can meet a local in one of the hippest and centrally located areas of Dublin.

Here is my personal AirBnB recommendation.

But you can find many others. We even wrote a guide on 43 alternative websites to Airbnb.

Just make sure you read the comments of the person so you have an idea about their taste, and send them a personalized message for better connection during your trip.

You can use this Airbnb discount code to get 35€ off.

More the hostel type of person? Check out these 3 best hostels in Dublin.

The Devlin Dublin

Another choice is The Devlin Dublin. This 4-star hotel also has a lot to offer.

From a rooftop restaurant to a stylish, vibrant bar on the ground floor, this hotel is somewhere to visit for an enjoyable evening in Ranelagh, Dublin. If having the hotel food is not something you fancy, The Devlin Dublin is located in a suitable place.

Right outside the hotel, you will be surrounded by a variety of choices of food and drinks. The welcoming staff will be sure to make your visit to The Devlin Dublin one to remember!

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Harcourt Hotel

Another choice is the Harcourt Hotel. The ideal combination of value and comfort truly can be experienced here, making it a top pick.

The friendly, welcoming staff ensure your experience is one of a kind!

Also, the Harcourt Hotel is suitably situated near a range of delicious places to eat and drink!

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1.7 Nightlife Seeking Traveler

Searching for an amazing nightlife in Dublin will not be a problem. We have it covered for you.

There are plenty of clubs, discos, and pubs across each neighborhood. I am sure you will find your perfect night plan.

If you are interested in party and nightlife, then I recommend you the following districts:

  • Portobello
  • Smithfield

This map shows you the areas recommended for nightlife:

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

If you’re afraid to sneak in after a great night out, or too cautious to wake somebody up, it is best that you find the hotel with a nightlife to offer itself.

As they say, if you cannot beat them, join them. So here the best accommodations that offer a great night to conquer and remember.

Iveagh Garden Hotel

The Iveagh Garden Hotel is another choice if you’re looking for somewhere great in the area to stay. Another fantastic 4-star hotel that is located close enough to the stunning Iveagh Gardens mentioned previously.

This hotel makes having a stroll in the park that bit more convenient. The Iveagh Garden hotel also offers a host of comfortable, spacious rooms and is situated close to Camden Street.

Camden Street is a vibrant, fun area full of a range of bars. Why not pop into one of them for a drink?

BONUS: Want to visit somewhere peaceful to relax in the area?

Then Iveagh Gardens is the place for you. The calming waters and stunning fountains add to the stunning scenery. The breathtaking views are ideal for those who want to experience a more tranquil side of the city.

Up for an activity? Then try tackling the maze! The Yew maze situated in the gardens is great fun and adds a lovely addition to the area.

It is no surprise Iveagh Gardens is an award-winning space, winning the Green Flag Award! Conveniently, Iveagh Gardens is located within St. Stephen’s Green.

Book Iveagh Garden Hotel here

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Temple Bar Hotel

And if you’re looking for accommodation that you’ll not need to go out and have fun, the Temple Bar Hotel will definitely keep you sitting on its bar.

Aside from the beers and cocktails, the hotel bar also features live sports. You will also find two restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Plus, the hotel is located just a few steps away from Grafton Street and Henry Street – Dublin’s two main shopping streets.

Book Temple Bar Hotel here

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Generator Dublin

Are you after some shopping? Then the Smithfield market is another place to go within the area.

Generator Dublin is situated near even more places to shop, amazing restaurants and funky bars and pubs which are all reasonably priced. Generator Dublin is an extremely affordable choice of accommodation as it is a contemporary party hostel.

Book Generator Dublin here

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1.8 Budget Traveler

Traveling in a budget? That’s not a problem!

You got a long list of budget hotels and accommodations to choose from. But the question is, what is the best budget hotel?

Here are some of our favorite budget hotel areas:

  • North Wall
  • Smithfield

This map shows you the areas recommended for budget travelers:

Handpicked accommodations for budget

Traveler’s tip: The farther from the city center, the cheaper the accommodation. As long as you’re near a metro station, the city is at your fingertips.

Isaacs Hostel

Affordable, well-preserved hostels are not that hard to find in central Dublin. Isaacs Hostel is proof of this! The award-winning 4-star hostel hosts visitors from all across the globe and they sure do a great job!

The hostel has a spa and pool great for winding down and enjoying some relaxation time. The hostel also has an event calendar with an array of activities and information for tourists to be kept updated with what goes on in Dublin. 

Book Isaacs Hostel here

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Abbey Court Hostel

Additionally, Abbey Court Hostel is situated right by the River Liffey in Dublin. The hostel provides complimentary Wi-Fi and free breakfast to its guests. The convenient location so close to the city center makes this hostel a true bargain!

You will be spoilt for choice with places to dine and shop. The friendly staff can suggest some activities and interesting things to do as well as ensure your stay at the hostel is pleasant.

Abbey Court Hostel is a short walk away from iconic places such as O’Connell Bridge.

Book Abbey Court Hostel here

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Garden Lane Backpackers Hostel

Garden Lane Backpackers Hostel is a modern, relaxed accommodation located in the area Merchants Quay. The hostel is a short distance away from the notable National Gallery of Ireland.

Garden Lane Backpackers Hostel also offers free WiFi and free breakfast for guests who decide to stay with them!

The hostel is surrounded by various things to do, see and places to eat so you will never be bored staying in this area!

Book Garden Lane Backpackers Hostel here

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Four Courts Hostel

Another choice is the Four Courts Hostel.

Also, well suited near the bustling city center Four Courts Hostel is filled with vibrant rooms, freshly prepared breakfast and is an affordable place to stay.

Book Four Courts Hostel here

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2. Top 10 Sights (and their locations)

A trip to Dublin gives you so much to look forward to. There are numerous sites you can visit that are worth to be on your list.

But if you’re traveling in a limited period of time, we have narrowed the list down to the top 10 sights you need to see before you leave Dublin.

We’ve created this useful map with our top 10 sights of Dublin.

It shows you the locations of the 10 top sights in Dublin so you can save and use it during your Dublin trip.

The top 10 sights in Dublin are:

  1. St Patrick’s Cathedral Park (Skip-the-line-ticket)
  2. Marsh’s Library
  3. The Little Museum of Dublin (Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour)
  4. River Liffey (Boat Tour)
  5. Christ Church Cathedral (Entrance Ticket)
  6. Oscar Wilde House (Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour)
  7. Nassau Street
  8. The National Gallery of Ireland
  9. Statue of Wolfe Tone
  10. Dublin Zoo

Tickets you should buy before (Must Read)

Read this section carefully! It will make a difference.

Whenever possible, skip the lines and buy your tickets in advance.

Unfortunately, with Dublin being a major tourist city, the lines can get intense. As soon as you’ve chosen your travel dates, book your tickets online.

We promise it will be well worth it to avoid the hours of waiting in line.

Here are the tickets you should buy beforehand:

2.1 St Patrick’s Cathedral Park

Enjoy some greenery and have a relaxing stroll in St Patrick’s Cathedral Park. Situated in a park right outside a cathedral (hence the name), St Patrick’s Cathedral Park is a great outing for a warm day.

It is a great place to meet up with friends, take the dog for a walk or simply relax and soak up the sun. You can also wrap up warm in winter and enjoy the frosty scenery by taking a stroll along the park too!

The park is conveniently located in the city center which makes it a great stop-off point during a busy day in Dublin.

St Patrick’s Cathedral Park also has a snack cafe within the park, great to pick up a little treat to make your time there that bit more enjoyable.

2.2 Marsh’s Library

Why not visit the archaic Marsh’s Library? Founded in 1701, the carefully preserved library is one of Dublin’s most stunning tourist attractions.

Did you know it is where Braum Stoker studied?

The library is home to numerous great literary works and includes a range of interesting collections. Whilst there, you can learn more about the late Renaissance as well as the early Enlightenment period.

What makes this spot so great is that it has been completely unchanged, giving you the entire authentic experience! Over at Marsh’s Library, a variety of exhibitions are held, making this a great educational and fun place to visit.

The library is located within Wood Quay, a riverside area of Dublin and can be easily accessed by train, bus, and tram (also known as luas).

2.3 The Little Museum of Dublin

Another great tourist spot for you to visit in Dublin is The Little Museum of Dublin. Here you can gain a much deeper insight into the rich history of Dublin and its discovery.

The extremely helpful, friendly and engaging tour guides will ensure your experience is worth every second. You will learn about a variety of great historical Irish moments.

You can discover the history and impact of women in Dublin, enhance your knowledge on the formation and development of the world-famous group U2 and much more over at The Little Museum of Dublin.

The museum can be found easily and is just a three-minute walk away from St. Stephen’s Green. The Little Museum of Dublin is a great experience to enjoy with family, friends or even alone!

2.4 River Liffey

Up for some water activities and exploring more stunning views that Dublin has to offer? Then visiting River Liffey may just be for you.

The river flows throughout the center of Dublin and is pretty much the main water supply.

You can stroll by and enjoy the scenes of Dublin, or get really adventurous and go kayaking! You can walk through the city and discover more places in-depth, experience new places and simply enjoy the grand scenery Dublin has to offer.

This suitable outdoor activity is one you do not want to miss!

2.5 Christ Church Cathedral

Another well preserved archaic attraction Dublin has to offer is the Christ Church Cathedral. It is over 1,000 years old and is known as the spiritual heart of Dublin.

Discover several preserved artifacts, statues and sometimes events at the stunning cathedral. There are options to have a self-guided or fully guided tour to explore the entirety of the building.

The choice is yours!

There is also a choir within the church. The choir sometimes performs free lunchtime concert allowing you to experience their stunning voices over delicious food.

You can find Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin’s Wood Quay area.

2.6 Oscar Wilde House

Want to gain a deeper insight into one of the greatest Victorian playwrights?

Then visiting Oscar Wilde’s House could be a great idea! Learn more about where Oscar Wilde spent some of his years. The Georgian architecture was not only home to Oscar Wilde but also brought the family some business as Oscar Wilde’s father practiced medical care from the family home.

There are tours available to guide you through the house, giving you a deeper insight into the residence. Located at 1 Merrion Square, Oscar Wilde’s house is easily accessible and is suitable for people of all ages.

2.7 Nassau Street

This one is for all the art lovers. A stunning Irish mosaic can be seen if you walk along Nassau Street. The eye-catching piece was created in the 70s by artist Desmond Kinney.

The mosaic is believed to depict a story of tragedy, violence, and revenge. The mural has been visited by numerous tourists and is certainly a great spot for some striking photos! This is certainly a place to tick off the checklist.

Visit alone, with friends or family, the experience is one not to be missed!

2.8 The National Gallery of Ireland

For more art, The National Gallery of Ireland is a fantastic place to spend part of your time. The gallery holds various exhibitions throughout the year available to all.

A visit to this national gallery will certainly broaden your knowledge of Irish and European art. The grand National Gallery of Ireland is situated in the heart of the capital and timeless art pieces such as The Kitchen Maid, Man Writing a Letter and Christ in the House of Martha and Mary are included.

This gallery is one not to miss!

2.9 Statue of Wolfe Tone

The statue of Wolfe Tone is another top spot to visit in Dublin. The statue of the revolutionary Irish public figure who passed in 1798 will give you a deeper insight into his work and influence on Dublin over the years.

He has even been considered the father of republicanism in Ireland! Located a convenient three-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Green, it’s definitely somewhere to add to the itinerary.

Learning more about Wolfe Tone through this visit is a suitable activity for all ages and can be quickly added to your travel plans.

2.10 Dublin Zoo

In the mood for a fun day out? Want to see some animals? Then visiting the Dublin Zoo should be on your list.

Located very close to Phoenix Park, the must-see zoo is an experience suitable for all. Learn about a wide variety of animals from all over the world! Exploring the entire zoo takes around three hours and can be enjoyed with additional stops for picnics in the spring and summer.

Their world-class animal habitats will allow you to see the happy, healthy animals clearly. If you do find yourself visiting, remember not to feed any of the animals!

BONUS: Grand Canal Dock

If you want to see the modern, high-end, recently redeveloped part of Dublin nearby, then a visit to the Grand Canal Dock may be for you. Located on the south side of Dublin, Grand Canal Dock is where a range of notable buildings are.

This stunning view of the area makes the Marker Hotel a top pick. These include the Factory, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and the Marker Hotel. The factory is an Irish film and television network which has produced a range of series, movies, and music videos.

For something fun to do, watching a show at the Factory, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre might be something to consider. Aside from the grand, eye-catching exterior, the shows are truly spectacular!

There are a variety of performances being held there throughout the year including musical theatre hits like The Sound of Music and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

What is more, for an enjoyable evening in the Grand Canal Dock area, having some dinner by the waterfront could be the way to go. Ryleigh’s Rooftop Grill is a rooftop restaurant with stunning views, delectable meals, and stunning interior design.

The comfortable leather booths and a relaxed atmosphere make the dining experience here second to none.

Another great thing about Ryleigh’s Rooftop Grill is the fresh air flooding the room in conjunction with the amazing scenery. Their extensive menu includes an array of choices including a set menu, brunch menu and more.

Some delicious meals included in the set dinner menu are chargrilled steak with salad and fries as well as pan-fried cod with vegetables and lemon butter. Fancy a healthy brunch option?

You can choose a flavor-filled citrus fruit and pineapple salad with coconut sorbet or organic homemade Irish porridge.

Merrion Square

For fun in the fresh outdoors, a trip to Merrion Square is a must-do. The stunning 11.7-acre park includes several sculptures of well-known people including playwright and poet Oscar Wilde and political leader Daniel O’Connell.

On a warm day, Merrion Square Park is a great spot for a picnic, a bit of relaxation or simply a stroll admiring the wonderful nature. The beautiful, well-maintained park is also a great place for striking photography.

Thursday afternoons are particularly popular for the fresh food sold in the food market. There are also coffee shops within the square, perfect to quench your thirst during your adventure!

3. Neighborhood guide (to understand the different areas)

As mentioned in the prior sections, central is best when visiting Dublin. As a tourist, you’re looking to see, do and experience as much as possible and your time is valuable.

Save yourself the hassle of trucking in and out of the city and stay within the first 10 neighborhoods.

Here is a breakdown of the best neighborhoods in Dublin:

3.1 Ranelagh

Ranelagh is a safe, residential neighborhood filled with great food, traditional Irish pubs and more. There is something for everyone in this friendly neighborhood and it is great for a first-time visit.

What makes Ranelagh such a top pick is the chance to take part in the sight jogging Dublin tours. A fun mix of exercise and sightseeing!

3.2 Rathmines

Rathmines is an interesting area you must go to visit in Dublin for first-time visitors, solo travelers, and couples because of the various tourist attractions and activities there.

The transport links are superb with accessibility to several other great areas in the Irish capital. Rathmines is home to several stunning landmark buildings from churches like The Holy Trinity Church to pubs like the famous Slattery’s.

3.3 Ballsbridge

Ballsbridge is another safe, fun neighborhood to visit whilst there.

This dynamic village is located in the South Central area of Dublin. Ballsbridge was developed in the Victorian era and is only a stone’s throw away from the city center! The affluence of this area makes it a must-visit place in Dublin.

There are a few things to do in Ballsbridge. If you are after watching some live sports, then a trip to Aviva Stadium is the place to go! Check-in advances for some tickets on their event calendar and enjoys a world-class experience.

If you are just after the views, then an Aviva Stadium tour can also be arranged. The magnificent stadium seats 50,000 people and sports held there range from rugby to football. The guided tours are fun, enjoyable and ultimately unforgettable.

It would be a great experience to broaden your knowledge of the iconic Irish establishment.

3.4 Portobello

Another pleasant area to stay in Dublin is Portobello.

The suburb is located in the southside of Dublin and is very close to the vibrant, upbeat fun of the Irish capital.  The cosmopolitan suburb is a short walk away from the city center, making it a great location to enjoy the heart of the city.

Whilst in Portobello, the electric, vibrant Grafton Street is the ideal place to go for shopping, a quick bite in a cafe or restaurant, or some great entertainment.

The picturesque street has an array of Christmas decor put up during the winter, making it an even more special must-see location. The mixture of traditional, local Irish stores and usual high street retailers makes this part of Dublin popular amongst tourists.

You can pick up some iconic Irish chocolate as a tasty souvenir and a sweet treat!

3.5 Smithfield

Smithfield is another notable area to stay in Dublin. This area also has some popular tourist spots to visit including the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery where you can take a tour and possibly try some traditional Irish whiskey!

Another spot to visit is Smithfield Square, home to a great choice of live music and vibrant outdoor fun, making this area a top choice for somewhere to visit.

After some shopping? Then the Smithfield market is another place to go within the area Places to stay include Generator Dublin which is situated near even more places to shop, amazing restaurants and funky bars and pubs which are all reasonably priced.

Another interesting tourist attraction to see in the area is the Spire. Situated in the middle of the busy city center, the 390-foot monument is a great place to get a few unique photos.

Further along the Spire on O’Connell Street are several statues and monuments available to see. They can be read to brush up your knowledge on notable, historic Irish figures.

Some statues include that of Sir John Gray and Charles Stewart Parnell. Viewing the statues is a great outdoor activity that is cheap and cheerful for all!

3.6 Drumcondra

Drumcondra is another residential area in Dublin to visit during your time there. The area is scattered with traditional bistros, bars, and restaurants, making it a great place to go for a pint and some dinner.

There is the main railway station along the main road making transport links in and around Dublin no problem. Restaurant 104 is a great choice for dining.

The traditional Irish bistro serves a variety of delicious meals from seasoned Irish steak and beef burgers to superb seasonal salads. They open seven days a week and the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere makes it a great place to go with others or for some quality time alone.

Having a picnic in the notable Phoenix Park is another fun activity to do near Drumcondra. The gigantic park stretches across roughly 1700 acres and is also a great place to go for a stroll, run around with little ones or even play some sports!

The urban park is also dotted with several monuments to see during your time there. There are numerous fun, active events held throughout the year at the park from men’s football training to a weekly Monday run.

This park makes Drumcondra somewhere you must visit!

4. Safest area to stay in Dublin

Although Dublin is generally a safe place for tourists, like anywhere, it is important to take sensible precautions to ensure maximum safety during your stay. Safeguarding yourself will allow you to have a much more enjoyable experience.

Following these tips will ensure you are extra cautious whilst in Dublin.

1. Know the nearest Police Station

A handy thing to note is where the nearest police station is to your accommodation or wherever you plan to stay for a long period of time.

This could be done by simply asking around, checking maps or even researching on the internet before traveling. This way, if something were to happen, you would know where to go to easily report it.

2. Always be alert

Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. No matter if you are in a restaurant, bar or a popular tourist spot, it is vital that you are alert.

Being safe this way will allow you to avoid anyone who may see you as a target due to being too distracted. Try not to get too engrossed in the wonderful sights!

3. Do not carry TOO MUCH

When exploring the wonderful Irish capital, it is important that you do not carry many (if possible, any) valuables. Even before traveling, try and only take essential valuables with you.

Think passport, phone and the like. If there is a sentimental, highly expensive piece of jewelry you own, maybe pass on taking that along with you on your travels.

It is better to be safe than sorry!

4. Be extra careful during the night

If you plan to go out at night, it is important that you take extra precautions to stay safe. Whether it be visiting a bar, pub or simply sightseeing, be cautious.

Always keep track of where you are to avoid getting lost. If you are alone, make sure you have a fully charged phone and you have your evening planned out from leaving your accommodation to your return.

5. Keep your belongings on sight

When you are out and about, make sure the bag you are carrying is secure and always in your view. Try and avoid keeping your important valuables in a backpack or in pockets where they will be easily visible to the public.

There are many places to get extra secure bags and jackets or coats with inside pockets. Try and stick to these for extra security whilst in Dublin.

6. Find secured parking spaces

If you happen to drive whilst you are in Dublin, ensure you are parking in well-lit places. Additionally, if you are planning on keeping some things in the car, make sure you do not keep any valuables in the car.

If you have to keep things in the car, ensure they are tucked away in the boot, under a seat and are generally not in eye view.

7. Beware of pickpockets

When out and about, beware of pickpockets. Try and not make yourself an easy target. As previously mentioned, keep valuables out of sight, but still in a safe and secure place.

If something makes you uneasy, try and avoid the situation. Many pickpockets operate differently, so by reducing the likelihood of being targeted, you will be able to stay safe.

8. A copy of your passport

Another safety tip to consider when visiting Dublin is to make a copy of your passport. This can be helpful if you were to lose the original.

Even if it is just noting down your passport details, it is better to keep a copy of your passport details to help if anything unfortunate were to happen to your original one.

9. Have cash available

Although using cards seems to be the easiest, most convenient payment method for a majority of people, try and keep some cash somewhere very safe in the case.

Cards can easily get lost, stolen or even not work at some points. Having cash available too can be a great help, especially when out and about.

10. Keep your loved ones updated

Of course, as anywhere you travel, it is important to let your loved ones know where you are. Giving them (or at least one person back home) a copy of your itinerary and updating them of any changes that may occur to your plan during your time there is also very important.

This way, someone will always have information on your whereabouts, should something happen.

11. Stay careful when drinking

Finally, if you are planning on going out, perhaps to bars, clubs, and pubs, be cautious especially if you will be walking.

Try and stay in well lit, busy, tourist-filled areas. If you will be having any alcoholic drinks, be mindful and keep track of your alcohol intake. Never leave your drink unattended to ensure maximum safety!

All in all, Dublin is a very safe, fun, family-friendly place to visit. Similar to any city, it is important to know the safety tips to take to ensure your experience is enjoyable.

Try and explore the city during the day and stick to walking on the street and exploring during sociable hours. If any unfortunate incidents do happen to occur, be sure to approach the police who will be more than happy to help!

Summary where to stay in Dublin

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Where to Stay in Dublin for a First Time Visit? An Insider's Guide (with map)