Dublin Basic Information
It’s easy to fall for Dublin’s charm and relaxed city culture. The Irish capital sits on the east coast of the country and is engulfed by a large port that connects the city to the UK through shipping routes. The large town atmosphere is pleasant making visitors feel at ease and further encouraging tourists to visit attractions such as the National Museum, Dublin Castle and the iconic Merrion Square.
Australian passport holders looking to visit the Republic of Ireland for no longer than 28 days do not require a visa. If you are planning on staying longer than 28 days, or looking to study or work in Ireland, then you will need to apply for a visa before you travel. Your type and length of study or work will determine what type of visa you can apply for. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Ireland.
The currency used in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro, which is also used in most European Union countries. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or prepaid travel money card with you.
Gastropub grub is the popular choice in Dublin with heaps of Victorian pubs all over town pumping out traditional meals and ale. Sample a hearty homemade lamb and Guinness pie at a local pub along with a draft beer that was brewed and kegged just metres away. Being located on the edge of a major port also means fresh seafood is a very popular delicacy in Dublin with top restaurants in the city centre keen to show off their culinary skills. Most of the stylish seafood eateries are located near the Grand Canal. Take a walk over to the River Liffey’s north bank to find hidden restaurants, some of which serve up freshly homemade pasta and bread in small, family owned Italian venues.
The theatre industry in Dublin is currently thriving and has been further boosted by the opening of the recently built Grand Canal Theatre (otherwise known as Bord Gáis Energy Theatre) with a range of shows on a nightly basis. Traditional music echoes from traditional wooden pubs through the city, particularly specialising in ye olde fiddle and pipe compositions that seem to chop and change each and every time a set is played. Just like any large capital city, Dublin also has a pumping club scene, which is mainly centred on Fleet Street.