Dublin is a modern European capital but there’s certain questions we can address before you arrive. We’ve grouped them into sections below and we also have pages like Getting to Dublin and Relocating for the specifics.
Do I need a visa to visit?
You may need one depending on what country you’re from. Read our section on visas.
How is Dublin for accessibility?
It’s getting better for wheelchair users, visitors with guide dogs and people who may have mobility issues. Most tourist attractions have good wheelchair access and facilities. The majority of the Dublin Bus fleet is equipped with lower floors for wheelchair users, and Irish Rail will do their best to ensure your journeys on their DART, local and national train networks are hassle free.
Where are the tourist information offices?
Fáilte Ireland operate the Visit Dublin Centre located on Suffolk Street. The friendly and professional staff are happy to help you discover Dublin and the many places of interest around the country, including the Wild Atlantic Way. Staff speak a total of 4 languages including: English, French, Italian, Spanish. They’ll tell you about Dublin Pass and you can also pick up a local map and pocket guide for free!
Is there tax free shopping?
Non-EU residents can claim the Value Added Tax (VAT) back on items bought in Ireland during their visit. It’s easy to claim back the VAT (up to 23% of purchase price) on the things you buy in the city. See here for details.
What’s the weather like?
Well, it rains a bit but not as much as you’d expect. Ireland’s climate would be described as mild, moist and changeable. Here’s some average temperatures:
Winter: November to January 7°C – 10C (44°F – 50°F)
Spring: February to April 8°C –12°C (46°F – 54°F)
Summer: May to July 17°C – 20°C (64°F – 68°F)
Autumn: August to October 14°C – 17°C (57°F – 64°F)
In the height of summer, the sun doesn’t set until almost 10pm so there is plenty of opportunity to explore from dawn to dusk!
What’s the voltage for electricity?
The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50Hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three prongs and plug adapters are widely available.
Is the city safe?
Dublin is safe but like any other capital city, it’s always wise to stay alert so that you can enjoy your time here. You’ll find the people to be warm and welcoming but it’s always a good idea to make sure you have your travel insurance organised. In the unlikely event that your belongings are lost or stolen, or if you experience a crime, you can contact the following anytime, day or night:
Emergency Garda (Police) assistance, Ambulance, Fire Brigade: 999 or 112
Store St. Garda (Police) Station, Dublin City Centre 00 353 (1) 661 0562
Tourist Assistance Service: 1890 365 700
What are the national and bank holidays for 2016?
New Year’s Day: Friday 1st January
St. Patrick’s Day: Thursday 17th March
Good Friday: 25th March is not a national/bank holiday but a religious holiday. Pubs are closed on this day.
Easter Monday: Monday 28th March
May Day: Monday 2nd May
June Bank Holiday: Monday 6th June
August Bank Holiday: Monday 1st August
October Bank Holiday: Monday 31st October
St. Stephen’s Day: Monday 26th December
Christmas Day observed: Tuesday 27th December