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On the east coast bay at the mouth of River Liffey, is Dublin. It is both the capital as well as the largest city in Ireland. With well over a million people living there, you can be sure to find some fun to get into while you are in town. Some historic buildings in the city are known for their beauty and age, including the 13th century Dublin Castle. As well, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral was founded in 1191.
But there is more to enjoy in Dublin besides old buildings. The Dublin Zoo is a popular place with tourists and locals alike, as well as the National Museum of Ireland. You will need to drop off your luggage with a Bounce affiliate, so you don’t have to drag it around with you. It’s no fun to have to worry about your bags while seeing the sights. Bounce has many convenient partner locations in the Dublin area, making it easy for you to drop off your things before heading off to enjoy the city.
Don’t lug your bags all over town while you try to see the sights. Bounce is a convenient way to unload your luggage without having to worry about its safety. We know how much better it is to sightsee without the burden of bags. Bounce is easy to find and book online, and belongings are insured for up to $5,000. So, you can run around Dublin without having to think about where your bags are.
Top Things to Do
As the capital city, Dublin is proud of its heritage and history. Whether you are visiting for a night, weekend, or even a whole week, you will find plenty of things to do here. There is so much to do that even locals see their city anew every day. From museums and memorials to restaurants and diners, you can find hundreds of options. And get your shopping fix at some of the many shops and boutiques in the city. Bounce has some suggestions for the top places to see in Dublin.
Dublin has more than 40 museums highlighting all of the city’s important historic events and places. They also have some whiskey and beer museums where you can even have a taste if you are over 21. Here are Bounce’s top three suggestions:
The National Leprechaun Museum: Located in the Twilfit House on Jervis Street in Dublin City Center, the first museum celebrating the world of Leprechauns is fun for everyone. Check out the oversized furniture to find out what it feels like to be a tiny person. Then look for the gold at the end of the rainbow.
Dublin Castle: You cannot leave Dublin without seeing the Dublin Castle. Explore this stunning building on Dame Street built in 1204 where you can explore two museums, the Viking Tower, Bermingham Tower, or take a guided tour of the whole place. They even have a café where you can get a delicious meal.
National Wax Museum Plus: You can find the wax museum in the Lafayette Building on Westmoreland Street. Be prepared for the Chamber of Horrors, where you are sure to get a scare. You can also learn about how the body works and see all sorts of wax sculptures from Spongebob Squarepants to great Irish writers.
You’ll want to grab some souvenirs to remember your trip to Dublin. Luckily, there are plenty of shopping centers and boutiques in the city to choose from. Whether you want something unique for yourself or a trinket for a loved one, you can find it here:
The Ilac Centre: With over 90 shops and eateries, this mall in North City Dublin on Henry Street has a bit of everything. This includes 14 cafés, 10 gift shops, six department stores, and eight health and beauty supply shops. They even have four toy stores and a pharmacy.
Jervis Shopping Centre: Just a short drive away, Jervis has more than 55 stores to choose from. Located on Abbey Street Upper in North City, you can cruise the shops outdoors or inside. Some of the names you may recognize include Vans, Sbarro, Brambles, and Timberland.
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre: Stephen’s has over 100 retailers in a greenhouse-style indoor mall. This unique shopping area is full of light as well as fantastic shops. In the St. Peters area on St. Stephen’s Green and King Street, you can find stores like Dunnes, GameStop, Butlers, and many more.
When your hunger hits, you can choose from hundreds of eateries in Dublin from full-service dining to drive-through fast food shops. Three of Bounce’s favorites include:
Old Mill Restaurant: For traditional Irish food in a club-like setting, this quaint and cozy spot has a plethora of foods to choose from. In Temple Bar Square, the Old Mill has several menus from starters to vegetarian and even an early bird menu for early risers. They have a full menu of craft beers too.
Queen of Tarts: Whether you are looking for cakes, soda bread, Irish ham, or a Queen's frittata, head over to the Queen of Tarts on Dame Street in Cork Hill. They have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and a plethora of sweets for everyone.
The Vintage Kitchen: In the old part of Dublin between the river and Trinity College, you can find this one-of-a-kind BYOW restaurant. In case you don’t know, BYOW means bring your own wine. They also sell arts and crafts from right off the walls and play vinyl records on their record player. You will never find another eatery like this place anywhere else. From cod croquettes to lamb shanks, this is real Irish cuisine.
Dublin - Crime Stats Guide
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Dublin is the capital of Ireland, as well as its geographically biggest and most populated city. By 2016, Dublin’s total population eclipsed 1.9 million citizens. The city takes its name from two ancient Irish words, “dubh” and “lind” – “dark” and “pool,” respectively. Numerous cultures have lived in the area that we now call Dublin for centuries. However, Ireland’s government considers 998 to be the year when Dublin was founded. In the modern world, the citizens of “ The Fair City” both embrace Dublin’s fascinating past as they work towards a prosperous future. Perhaps that’s why so many millions of people call Dublin home, and why so many more visit the city every year.
Naturally, cities that are as large and populated as Dublin experience much more crime than smaller towns. To put things in perspective, we’ve analyzed Dublin’s reported crime statistics as of December 2019. Overall, Dublin’s citizens report relatively few violent crimes. As of 2019, only 2,332 robberies, extortion attempts, or hijackings took place. Conversely, 69,063 thefts and property related crimes were reported. This data suggests that Dublin’s citizens and visitors may need to take extra measures to secure their property. Bounce’s luggage storage services can help protect your belongings. Download the app, book storage, and drop off whatever is slowing you down.
Frequently Asked Questions
“What’s the best way to get around Dublin?”
Dublin’s buses and trains are the best ways to travel for short term visitors. The Luas Tram system is very reliable and affordable. However, long term visitors may want to rent a car, as Dublin’s transit system can get very crowded throughout the year.
“Is public transportation in Dublin safe?”
Yes, Dublin’s public transportation is very safe – thanks, in no small part, to agencies like Ireland’s National Transport Authority and the Dublin Bus company. Both of them have produced several videos that share life-saving safety tips with commuters.
“What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Dublin?”
In many ways, O’Connell Street could be considered the heart of Dublin. Numerous festivals and events take place here year-round, making O’Connell Street one of Ireland’s major cultural and event hubs, not just Dublin. There’s also the Temple Bar area for visitors who are more interested in Dublin’s night scene.
“What are the best museums to visit in Dublin?”
There are almost too many fantastic museums in Dublin to count. There is the Kilmainham Gaol Museum with its breathtaking art pieces, the aptly named Irish Whiskey Museum, and The Irish Emigration Museum, just to name a few venues.
“What’s the best time of year to visit Dublin?”
Spring, specifically sometime in April or May, is the best time to visit Dublin. Ireland's almost perpetually rainy weather eases up during this time of year – as do the crowds of other visitors and the prices of plane tickets.
Where is the best places to stay and eat while in Dublin?
The most popular restaurants to visit are The Church, Bang Restaurant, and Hard Rock Cafe. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Dublin are Holiday Inn Express Dublin, Maldron Hotel Kevin Street, and Ripley Court Hotel. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels in Dublin are Egali Hostel, Isaac's, and Barnacles Hostel Temple Bar.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Dublin?
Dublin offers several scenic parks including St Stephen's Green, Merrion Square Park, and Phoenix Park.
Where can I store my luggage in Dublin?
We've partnered with local Dublin businesses around the city who offer a dedicated storage room or a designated area that's off limits for customers.
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