Dublin Like A Local

I’ve been to Ireland 3 times (so far). I have the good fortune to have some great Irish friends so going to Dublin is not a typical tourist experience. I get picked up at the airport and get driven around town. The trip is largely planned out with pub nights (almost every night), dinners and visits to worthwhile venues. It’s great fun and gives a very local perspective.

As a local, you DON’T go to Temple Bar (“it’s too damn expensive”); you don’t go to the Guinness Storehouse Tour (“I already worship Guinness- every night”); you don’t limit your shopping to Grafton Street (“stay north of the Liffey with fewer tourists”).

As a local, you DO go to your “local” (the pub in your neighborhood where you know almost everyone who walks in the door); you do have your regular shops (like the Bretzel bakery where they know you and your order as you walk in); you do order multiple drinks at last call (because the barman can’t leave or kick you out before you are done).

As a tourist, you might not notice the extent of Ireland’s economic problems. There is job fear at every level. Employers take advantage of workers. Taxes continue to increase on almost everything. You might notice a lot of taxis – there are in fact more taxis in Dublin than in New York City! As a tourist, you should go and see the Book of Kells, Christchurch Cathedral (the basement is spooky), and the Kilmainham Gaol Tour (Old Dublin Jail from the 1800s). Entrance to all museums, including the National Gallery, the National Museum of Ireland and Trinity’s Douglas Hyde Gallery, is free. Dublin is a great town with lots to see and with lots of great people.

Whatever you do, don’t call an Irishman “British” (the Republic of Ireland is not part of the U.K.). And don’t stop for the weather, i.e. rain. It’s either about to rain or will rain later in the day. Bring rain gear and enjoy. It’s all part of Ireland.

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7 thoughts on “Dublin Like A Local

  1. Fluffy Tufts October 8, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Great advice! I would also recommend a visit to the Mummies of St Michan’s Church next time you are here!

  2. lola October 12, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    i want to visit Dublin with locals – JEALOUS!! while i have been to Ireland a few times, i have only been to Dublin once. i did all the touristy things but missed out on the local pub experience. note to self – befriend some Irishmen! 🙂

    • markstraveljournal October 12, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      I have no doubt that you could befriend some Irishmen. The locals would like you for sure.

  3. lacyedney December 17, 2012 / 4:22 am

    I have been to Ireland, but somehow I never made it to Dublin! This post is nice insider look at Dublin. I feel like I need to come see this for myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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