No matter where you visit, be it the enormously populated London, or Valetta, Europe’s smallest capital city, your first real goal is to find the easiest way around, so let me help you go about navigating Dublin.
With a population of slightly over 500,000 people in Dublin city and roughly 1,800,000 in the wider Dublin area, we are a relatively small city compared to other capital cities in Europe. This, and throw in the much known friendliness of our people, makes for the warm and intimate culture that we are renowned for. It also makes it quite easy to find your way around.
Having worked in a hostel for going on 4 years now, I have become quite accustomed to giving directions around the city. I am most thankful for the infamous ‘Spire’ located on O’Connell street.
The Spire is a large, stainless (despite the many attempts testing this), pin-pin like piece of steel that was completed in 2003. It stands at 121.2m and is said to be the tallest sculpture in the world.
In simpler Dublin terms, it’s a useless big needle that defines the over spending during our economic boom. It does however serve brilliantly for helping tourists (and drunk locals like myself) find their way in Dublin. It can be spotted from nearly everywhere in the city and lights up at night.
Other ways to navigate the city without looking too much like a lost tourist would be the Luas line which is our tram service. The Luas has two lines, red and green. The red line operates from ‘The Point’ on the North East side of the River Liffey to Saggart in the South West. The red line is more central and is a great way to navigate your way around the North side of the city centre, leading across to the South side of the river towards famous attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and Jameson Distillery
The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is ideally located for people staying with us in Isaacs Hostel as Connolly Station is only a 2 minute walk away. You can take the DART to places like Malahide, Portmarnock, Sandymount or the absolutely beautiful Howth where you can spend the day hiking, walking along the pier, feeding the seals or enjoying some of Irelands best fish and chips. Connolly station is also where Northern trains take off to Belfast, Sligo, Drogheda and Skerries amongst other worthwhile places to visit.
Bus Éireann run buses that travel nationwide and their main station Bus Aras is located only seconds from the hostel. You can also pick up the Airlink 747 bus to the airport from here (we have tickets available for this bus at reception for €5. Dublin Bus run all buses travelling within Dublin although we do have a strange knack of asking you to walk 15 minutes to catch a bus that travels for 10 minutes, you’ll soon realise what I mean!
The beautiful River Liffey which divides the North and South of the city is an obvious way to navigate and my favourite of all, talking to locals! Most of our locals are willing to help you if you are lost (I’ve even heard stories of tourists asking locals for directions only to be brought for drinks).
If all else fails, ask our lovely receptionists here in Isaacs hostel for help!