See & Do

Explore Dublin

Essential Information

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Visa information

Travelling from the EU & European Economic Area

You might already know that if you’re travelling as an EU citizen, you don't need a visa to visit Dublin. You are also covered if you are from the other countries in the European Economic Area, so if you're travelling as a citizen from Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you don't need a visa either.

Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme

The Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme was introduced in 2011 and covers 17 different countries. It means that if you are from one of these countries and have a short-term visa to visit the UK and Northern Ireland, you don't need a separate Irish visa to hop across the water to Dublin, or to travel from Northern Ireland to one of Europe's great cities. This scheme runs up until 2016, but keep an eye out for any extensions or changes after that date.

Do I need a visa?

The best way to find out if you need a visa to travel to Ireland is to check the details and requirements with your nearest Irish embassy, consulate or other Irish diplomatic representative before you leave home. An Irish visa is a certificate put on your passport. It means you are permitted to land in the country as long as all other conditions are fulfilled. You will have to go through immigration control and once you clear immigration, you're ready to soak up everything Ireland's capital city has waiting for you.

Getting here and around

Accessibility in Dublin

Dublin is becoming more accessible all the time; for wheelchair users, visitors with guide dogs and people who may have mobility issues. Most tourist attractions have good wheelchair access and facilities. From taxis to buses and trains, Dublin is always working on improving accessibility to ensure that all visitors can enjoy the city fully.

Dublin Bus operates many low floor buses which have priority areas for wheelchair users, and Irish Rail will also do everything they can to make sure your journeys on their DART, local and national train networks are hassle free. 

Tourist information offices

Whether it's your first or one of many visits to Dublin you'll receive a wealth of information and advice from our tourist office teams. From cultural hotspots to festivals and events, our multilingual staff will make sure you are in the know! Pick up a free map and Dublin Pocket Guide and allow the staff at the Discover Ireland and Visit Dublin Centres help you make the most of your city break!

My Dublin Map

Be an expert in your new city. My Dublin Map gives you a way to plan your trip online. How does it work? Just type a location (your accommodation for example), click on the anchor symbol and your map will always be centred there. As you browse Visit Dublin's listings of pubs, eateries, attractions and more, pin them to My Dublin Map. Easy! We’ll even suggest some places we think you might like based on your choices. You can share your newfound knowledge of the city with your friends and they can interact with My Dublin Map too!

Tax-free shopping

Non-EU residents can claim the Value Added Tax (VAT) back on items bought in Ireland during their visit. Dublin has everything to offer the discerning shopper, from high end brands in our world famous department stores, to unique crafts in Irish design centres and one-off collections in quirky boutiques. It’s easy to claim back the VAT (up to 23% of purchase price) on the things you buy in the city.

Accommodation

Follow the Shamrock symbolThe best advice is to 'Follow the Shamrock' symbol. You’ll see this above the door of all quality-assured accommodation. It means that the accommodation has been awarded the Fáilte Ireland seal of approval. It’s easily recognisable and you can use as a quick guide to discover good places to stay.

What’s the weather like?

Did you know that the hourly rainfall amounts in Ireland are less than in the tropics and that in May and June there’s an average of six to seven hours of sunshine a day?

  • Winter: November to January 7°C – 10C (F – 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 Dublin from dawn to dusk!

Electricity

The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50Hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three prongs and plug adapters are widely available. Check that your appliance supports dual voltage and frequency.

Being safe

Dublin is a safe city, but just like in any other country, it’s always wise to keep alert so that you can enjoy your time here. You’ll find Dublin to be a warm and welcoming city with helpful locals, but when out and about, keep an eye on your belongings and follow all the normal rules that you would at home. It's always a good idea to make sure you have your travel insurance organised before you make your trip to Dublin.
 
In the unlikely event that your belongings are lost or stolen, or if you experience a crime, it’s good to know that that you can contact the Tourist Assistance Service anytime, day or night.

Emergency numbers                                               

  • Emergency Garda (Police) assistance, Ambulance, Fire Brigade 999 or 112
  • Irish Tourist Assistance Service 1890 365 700
  • Store St. Garda (Police) Station, Dublin City Centre 00 353 (1) 661 0562

Genealogy

If you plan on tracking down your Irish heritage or just finding out a little more about your name, there are a range of places you can go. We’d suggest the National Library Genealogy Service as the best starting point. Happy hunting!

National and bank holidays in Ireland 2015

  • New Year’s Day: Thursday 1 January
  • St. Patrick’s Day: Tuesday 17 March 
  • Easter Monday: Monday 6 April
  • May Day: Monday May 4
  • June Bank Holiday: Monday June 1
  • August Bank Holiday: Monday August 3
  • October Bank Holiday: Monday October 26
  • Christmas Day: Friday December 25
  • St. Stephen’s Day: Saturday December 26