Since being founded by the Viking beginnings over 1,000 years ago, Dublin has been home to literary geniuses, elegant Georgian architecture, magnificent public museums and splendid cathedrals. The city’s famous pubs are a necessary sojourn for any visitor, least to enjoy a Guinness and a hearty pub lunch.
Dissected in two by the Liffey River, Dublin’s compact, crammed central business district is packed full of cafés, bars and plenty of intriguing side streets. For visitors, it’s easy to explore on foot, with plenty of bridges crossing the river to connect the various neighbourhoods. Dublin also boasts more green space than any other European capital and enjoys a mild climate throughout the year.
Alexandra Quay is located on Ireland’s east coast on the north side of the Liffey River, 2 kilometres east of the city centre. As well as freight services, Dublin Port at Alexandra Quay provides port services to more than 1.76 million tourists each year. Passengers on smaller ships will disembark at the North Wall Quay extension, which is a 10 minute walk from the city.
Both Dublin Port and North Wall Quay extension have limited passenger facilities. Taxi and bus services can easily be accessed from each. Both long-term and short-term parking facilities are available. The nearby Alexandra Quay complex has ATMs, currency exchange and a coffee shop.
How to Get Around
Even though Alexandra Quay is relatively close to the city centre, walking is not recommended due to the traffic and lack of pedestrian access. A taxi or bus from outside the port area is therefore the best way to get into town.
Once in town, getting around on foot is relatively easy. A guided walking tour is one of the best ways for visitors to orient themselves while receiving a short overview of the city’s history. Dublin also has a comprehensive single and double decker bus network where day tickets can be purchased for €6.80.
The Luas tram (light rail) system travels through the city centre. All rides within the central zone are €1.50.
Travel times from the port:
- It is an 11 minute journey to O’Connell St shopping district
- It is a 15 minute journey to Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral
- It is a 12 minute journey to Dublin International Airport.
- Currency - Dublin uses the Euro. Coins are available in denominations of €0.01, €0.02, €0.05, €0.10, €0.20, €0.50, €1, and €2. Bank notes in €5, €10, €20 €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations are also used. All major credit cards are widely accepted.
- Time Zone - Ireland uses Irish Standard Time (IST) during the summer months and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during winter. Irish standard time is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) is the basis for the world’s civil time.
- Weather - Dublin experiences a maritime climate, with moderate temperatures throughout the year. Winters are cool but mild compared with much of Europe. Summers are comparatively mild in contrast to mainland European capitals. The average July summer temperature is 20.2 degrees Celsius.
- Dublin Castle - Built in the 13th century, the Dublin Castle was an important fortress that housed the Irish Crown Jewels and was the seat of British rule in Ireland for 700 years. Tours through the palace and staterooms are available. Dublin Castle is not the only castle to have stood on this spot. A medieval castle was established there in 1228, but only the Record Tower remains standing (it was incorporated into the 13th century rebuild). The castle is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4:45pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4:45pm.
- Grafton Street and O’Connell Street - Grafton and O’Connell Street are Dublin’s major grand thoroughfares with traditional cobblestone and colourful shopfronts. Both streets offer some of the city’s best shopping, food and pub options.
- Trinity College - Opposite the Irish Houses of Parliament stands Trinity College, Ireland’s most prestigious university. The college has expansive, expertly landscaped grounds and dramatic Georgian architecture to be explored on a leisurely walk. The Old Library features a stunning 65 metre-length room that houses the Book of Kells. Alumni of Trinity College include Jonathon Swift and Oscar Wilde.
- Guinness Storehouse - In famous St. James Brewery is the Guinness Storehouse, a museum and tourist attraction featuring a massive glass atrium shaped as a traditional Guinness glass. Various interactive displays and advertising campaigns from the past are on display. Visitors can pour their own pint in the Perfect Pint Bar and enjoy a restaurant menu with several dishes all featuring Guinness. Admission for adults is €18.