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I’ve written about why Dublin is a great place to celebrate New Year, and I’ve put together a little city guide to Dublin to help you get started in the capital, but sometimes pictures are better than words, so here’s a selection of some of our favourites from Dublin. Most were taken around the picturesque Temple Bar area, which is a dream for Instagram addicts (like me).
Steve looking at home on the streets of Temple Bar.
An iconic Temple Bar pub.
A dash of the bright and modern.
The streets of Temple Bar are filled with boutiques, cafes and pubs.
Ulysses Rare Books is a must for lovers of Irish literature. It’s filled with first editions and there’s a bargain basement too.
There are reminders of Joyce all throughout the city.
Me outside the Blooms Hotel, named after the hero of Joyce’s Ulysses.
I couldn’t stop taking photos of the pretty architecture around Temple Bar.
The St John Gogarty bar and hotel is an famous sight in Temple Bar, but also somewhat of a tourist trap.
Dublin definitely knows how to do cosy and the pubs are wonderfully inviting.
Exploring the streets of Dublin; one of my favourite pastimes in the city.
It pays to get off the beaten track – you never know what might be around the corner.
2015 was the year that Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage – well done!
Georgian architecture on Henrietta Street on the city’s northside.
Looking down into Henrietta Street.
The Bank of Ireland.
Colourful Dublin rooftops.
Dublin may have a reputation for being rainy, but here’s proof that the sun can shine too.
George’s Street Arcade
The Irish Whiskey Museum.
Learning to pull a pint at the Guinness Storehouse. I was over-enthusiastic and, moments after this photo was taken, I overfilled the pint and sent Guinness flying everywhere!
Better pints than mine at the Guinness brewery bar.
Busker on Grafton Street, the street made famous for busking in the film, Once.
Banging a giant drum on O’Connell Street as part of the New Year Festival.
Don’t forget to look down! There are lots of plaques commemorating famous Irish people all over the city.
More on Ireland
We talk about all the places shown here in our Dublin city guide, which includes things to do in Dublin, as well as places to eat, drink and be merry. Here’s a guide to things to do in Dublin with kids. And if you want to extend your trip around Ireland, try this 7-day Ireland itinerary.
Where to sleep
On a budget
An award-winning hostel right next to the Jameson Distillery. Dorm beds can be booked for as little as £8. Search prices and book here.
Housed in an atmospheric 200-year-old wine cellar and close to the bus staion, Isaac’s is one of the city’s most popular hostels. Bunks start at around £10. Search prices and book here.
Friendly boutique design hotel above Hogans Bar in the centre of Dublin. Rooms start around £60. Search prices and book here.
A hipster hotel, loved by Instagrammers and featured on Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List. Rooms start around £100. Search prices and book here.
Cosy guesthouse in two Victorian townhouses. A stone’s throw from the centre. Rooms start at £85. Search prices and book here.
Quaint centrally located hotel, close to the National Museum and St.Stephen’s Green. Rooms start at £108. Search prices and book here.
Opulent boutique hotel within walking distance of the main sights. Rooms start around £150. Search prices and book here.
Modern luxury hotel on St.Stephen’s Green. Rooms start at £190. Search prices and book here.
Stylish hotel in the Docklands area. Rooms start around £200. Search prices and book here.
Top class hotel with a 2-star Michelin restaurant and beautiful landscaped gardens. Rooms start around £200. Search prices and book here.
I also always recommend checking our Air BnB for something a bit more personal. (By the way, if you join AirBnB, you can use our referral link to get a discount.)
Planning a trip?
If you’re planning a trip soon, be sure to have a look at our travel planning pages, including tips on how to save money travelling, how to choose travel insurance, and how to take care of your health when travelling.
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