Is Dublin Safe?
Dublin, like any city has it’s problems. After reading dozens of articles it seems most of the internet has numbers that are not accurate. You see, most thefts aren’t reported, in fact only about 30% are. So it’s really difficult to get actual figures. Here’s a short few sentences I found on Irishtimes.com “There were 2,353 assaults in public places in Dublin in the seven-month period to the end of July. This compares with 2,429 in the same period last year and 2,535 in 2019, the most recent comparable period before the pandemic.”
So you can see crime doesn’t have a big upward trent in the capital. On top of this Failte Ireland published a 2019 survey which stated 98% of tourists felt safe during their time in Ireland. That’s pretty good if you ask me!
A Local’s Thoughts:
Now, outside of the capital a lot of Ireland is small towns and countryside so naturally crime will be lower, as any seasoned traveller would tell you, just be careful and have your wits about you while exploring the capital and the rest of Ireland. For a general rule of thumb I’ve heard to stay south of the city. We personally stayed in Dún Laoghaire and loved it!
Top Sites to See:
1. Trinity College and the Book of Kells: Begin your journey by delving into the rich history and intellectual heritage at Trinity College. Marvel at the exquisite Book of Kells, an ancient manuscript showcasing intricate artwork and religious texts dating back to the 9th century.
2. Guinness Storehouse: No visit to Dublin is complete without a pilgrimage to the Guinness Storehouse. Discover the art of brewing Ireland’s famous stout, explore the history of Guinness, and enjoy sweeping views of the city from the Gravity Bar while sipping on a perfectly poured pint.
3. Dublin Castle: Uncover centuries of Irish history which symbolises the city’s past. Explore its unique architecture and beautiful gardens, and delve into the castle’s rich heritage through guided tours.
4. St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Immerse yourself in spirituality and architectural splendour at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church. Admire its Gothic beauty, learn about its storied past, and attend a service or concert for an enriching experience.
5. Temple Bar District: Dive into vibrant nightlife and cultural hub at the Temple Bar District. Wander through cobblestone streets with colourful pubs, lively street performers, art galleries, and eclectic boutiques. Enjoy traditional Irish music sessions and savour delicious cuisine in this vibrant neighbourhood.
6. Phoenix Park: Escape the urban hustle and bustle at Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest enclosed recreational spaces. Roam among grazing deer, visit the Zoo, explore historic monuments, or enjoy a relaxing picnic in this picturesque park.
7. Kilmainham Gaol: Delve into Ireland’s turbulent past with a visit to Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison-turned-museum. Learn about the country’s struggle for independence and the lives of its political prisoners through insightful guided tours.
8. National Gallery of Ireland: Art enthusiasts will find solace in the National Gallery of Ireland, home to an extensive Irish and European art collection. Admire masterpieces by renowned artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer in this cultural haven.
9. Dublin’s Coastal Villages: Take a short excursion from the city centre to explore charming coastal villages, such as Howth or Dun Laoghaire. Enjoy breathtaking coastal walks, fresh seafood, and a tranquil ambience away from the city buzz.
10. Ha’penny Bridge and River Liffey: Stroll across the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, a symbol of Dublin’s heritage, spanning the River Liffey. Capture picturesque views of the river and the cityscape while appreciating the bridge’s historic significance.
Where To Stay in Dublin:
Our 5* Pick – InterContinental
Our 4* Pick – Royal Marine Hotel
Our 3* Pick – Haddington House
Our Budget Pick – Blackrock B&B
Food & Drink:
To Eat: Casanova’s Restaurant Stillorgan
To Drink: John Kavanagh’s The Gravediggers
Dublin’s blend of history, culture, and warmth makes it an enchanting destination that captivates travellers from all walks of life. Whether you’re drawn to its ancient landmarks, lively pubs, or serene parks, Dublin welcomes you with open arms and promises an unforgettable experience. Embrace the city’s spirit, immerse yourself in its stories, and create lasting memories in this charming Irish gem.
As you plan your trip to Dublin, remember to embrace the local culture, try traditional Irish dishes, interact with friendly Dubliners, and savour every moment in this captivating city. Dublin awaits, ready to enchant you with its unique blend of old-world charm and modernism. Looking for a location to visit after Dublin? Why not visit Carlow and then head to Killarney.