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 2018?
New Year’s Day: Monday 1st January
St. Patrick’s Day observed: Monday 19th March
Good Friday: March 30th is not a national/bank holiday but a religious holiday.
Easter Monday: Monday 2nd April
May Day: Monday 7th May
June Bank Holiday: Monday 4th June
August Bank Holiday: Monday 6th August
October Bank Holiday: Monday 29th October
Christmas Day: Tuesday 25th December
St. Stephen’s Day: Wednesday 26th December