Dublin combines a thriving pub scene with historic landmarks such as Trinity College and Dublin Castle. The city, while far from small, is also compact enough to navigate on foot, even if you opt to stay outside of the center. Here are a few neighborhoods to check out on your next trip to Ireland’s capital city.
If you've come to party, Temple Bar is your best bet. This lively area is known for its abundance of pubs and restaurants, and serves as a convenient base for exploring the city; it’s a short distance from the main sights and offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.
St. Stephen's Green Area
St. Stephen's Green is a landscaped public park close to Grafton Street, one of the city’s main shopping areas. The area around the park is home to an abundance of up-market hotels and is a good place to stay if you plan to explore by foot; Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and many of the city's museums and cultural venues are all within walking distance.
The area just north of the River Liffey is a great place to stay for budget-conscious travelers. The Parnell Square area in particular has a ton of hotels that are a better value than what you'd find closer to the main sights, but are still only around a 15-minute walk from Temple Bar.
If you're looking for a quiet place to stay while in Dublin, consider Portobello, just south of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Portobello was once the heart of the city's Jewish community and is home to the Irish Jewish Museum. The neighborhood sits just north of the Cathal Brugha Barracks, which houses a museum and military archives run by the Irish Army.