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Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Dublin, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Dublin.


Good welcome. Great location in Temple Bar.
We stayed only one night. But the staff was helpful. Clean room with bathroom. Simple breakfast.
Fantastic 9.6
La parte nueva un 10,la parte sin reformar un 3
Para mi la parte nueva me encanto. Perfecto todo.
Fantastic 9.7
Good facilities, friendly staff and the location is good
Fantastic 9.1
Feeling of confidence from the reception and throughout the stay
From the reception we feel like with friends, the sets of paint put a dynamic atmosphere, perfect bedding The labyrinth effect is very well taken into account with signs everywhere, impossible to get lost. Only downside is the low number of restrooms in a small space The radiators heaters -towels in the shower block are appreciated :)
Fantastic 9.6
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Welcome to Dublin

What’ll it be? Pint of the black stuff? There’s no denying it – a lot of people who book a Dublin hostel are in it for the craic. Famous for its best-in-the-world Guinness (well, the brewery is around the corner) its talkative locals, its traditional pubs and its huge student population, this is a hell of a place for a lost weekend. Or week. Or month. You get the idea. But as you stagger out of your hostel dorm and the fog of the night before clears, you’ll find yourself in a potted history of Ireland: Viking relics, winding medieval streets and elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doors. Plus, of course, all the shopping, culture and great grub you’d expect from a thriving modern capital. Sound good? Then check out the range of hostels: cheap hostels, backpacker-friendly hostels, city centre hostels, downtown hostels – take your pick and get booking. We’ll be waiting at the bar.

Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Leave the dorm behind and head to picturesque Dublin bay to catch four days of racing. Irish and international teams battle it out on the water, and there’s plenty of entertainment on shore too. The event takes place from the 9th – 12th July 2015.


District: Southside

O’Connell Street

Or visit O’Connell Street, the main thoroughfare in Dublin and a great area to look in if you want a downtown hostel. It’s one of the widest streets in Europe and it’s populated with statues to notable Irish folk heroes and historical figures. The famous GPO sits on this street too.

District: O'Connell Street

Free Museums

There are plenty of museums that budget-conscious backpackers can visit for free. The Natural History Museum on Merrion Street is popular, but if you’re a design fan you can’t beat the Decorative Arts and History Museum on Benburb Street.

Dublin Zoo

One of Dublin’s most popular attractions, the zoo is full of animal life from all corners of the globe. Visit them at Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. Adult tickets cost €16.80. Check the website for group prices and concessions.


Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

District: Cabra

Phone: 01 474 8900

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Visit the soaring spires of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Situated at St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8 this ancient building is worth a visit. Tickets cost €5.50 for adults, and €4.50 for students.


Address: St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

District: South-East Inner City

Phone: 01 453 9472

Natural History Museum

Step out of your hostel dorm and into the past. This grand building contains a collection of Irish artefacts that offer an insight into how the beautiful island developed. Located at Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2. Admission is free.


Address: Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2

District: South Georgian Core

Phone: 01 677 7444

Dublin Castle

Now an Irish government building, Dublin Castle was the headquarters of British rule until 1922. Situated on Dame Street close to the favourite backpacker haunt of Temple Bar, the historic site has two museums, cafes, and gardens. Adult tickets cost €4.50.


Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2

District: South-East Inner City

Phone: 01 645 8800

Kilmainham Gaol

A former prison, now a museum, you can find this historic building at Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Cost of admission is €7 per adult, only €3 for students.


Address: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

District: South-West Inner City

Phone: 01 453 5984

City Centre

The heart of the Dublin experience. Situated around the River Liffey, the area provides excellent eating and nightlife options as well as great shopping - particularly on the bustling Grafton Street, just south of Trinity College grounds.

Stores Restaurants Central

Georgian Dublin

For travellers looking for a quintessential taste of Dublin, there are a number of streets to the southeast of the city centre to explore. Baggot Street, Merrion Square, and Fitzwilliam Square contain elegant townhouses with brightly painted doors.

Parks Walking streets Beautiful Buildings

Temple Bar

Known as the capital’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar is defined by its cobbled streets, and its historical Dublin experience - it’s the Dublin many backpackers come to see. There’s a food market held on Saturdays, and you can find jewellery and clothing stalls along Cows Lane, just off Lord Edward Street.

Flea Market Artsy Bars

Dublin International Film Festival (March)

There’s loads of variety at this film festival. From independent features to major blockbusters, Dublin hosts an influential festival that grows bigger each year. It takes place in March.


Address: City wide

Saint Patrick’s Day

Perhaps the most famous Irish export, Saint Patrick’s day takes place on March the 17th. Book yourself into a Dublin hostel to experience the event properly. There’s colourful pageantry, bands from around the world, and streets overflowing with celebrations and booze.


Address: City wide

The Festival Of Curiosity

From the 23rd – 26th July 2015, Dublin hosts the Festival of Curiosity. It’s an eclectic event that encompasses science, arts, and culture. The event has grown to become one of the most innovative festivals in Europe. Keep an eye on their website for more details and ticket prices.


Address: Various venues

The Big Grill Festival

Forget that hostel pub crawl - The Big Grill is a whole other level. It fills Herbert Park in Ballsbridge with BBQ, craft beer, live music and cocktails. Tickets for the whole weekend cost €45 but you can buy individual day passes.


Address: Herbert Park, Dublin, Ireland

District: Pembroke


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Dublin Writers Festival

Add some culture to your hostel experience with this major literary event, which takes place at a variety of venues throughout June. Over fifty writers and poets from all over the world congregate in Dublin for readings, discussions and debates. Don’t miss the Rattlebag poetry slam.


Address: City wide

Guitar Festival Of Ireland (July)

If you love guitars, book your hostel in the first week of July - this festival is all about them. There are plenty of genres to enjoy, including bluegrass and traditional Irish folk music.


Address: Various venues


Sound familiar? Longitude is the Irish sister to England’s Latitude festival, and it’s every bit as cool and eclectic. It’s based a little way south of Dublin, but there’s no camping, so expect hostels in the city to book up fast!


Address: Marlay Park Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Bluefire Street Fest (September)

This is free festival offers a day of live music, art and entertainment, with graffiti artists painting live. Find it at Smithfield Square, Smithfield, close to the city centre hostels of North Inner City.


District: Smithfield

Phone: 0 834998882


This is easily the cheapest place to feast on a curry in Dublin, frequented by locals and backpackers alike. You’ll get change from a tenner with meals costing as little as €7.


Address: 60 Mary Street, Dublin 1

District: Henry Street Core

Phone: 018726007

Kanum Thai

If you’re after a takeaway then this is the place to go. Every night of the week Kanum has a special for just €9.99. They chuck in rice and a bottle of water too. There are two locations, but Mespil Road is the more central.


Address: 77 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4

District: South-East Inner City

Phone: 01 660 8616

Fish Shop

Serious about fish and chips? So you should be. These guys are too, and their meals cost under €7 - you can get a drink too and still be heading back to the hostel with change from a €10 note.


Address: 6 Queen Street, Dublin

District: Smithfield



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Gerry’s Coffee Shop

For €6.50 you can tuck into a great fry up from Gerry and stagger back to the hostel absolutely stuffed. Consistently turning out tasty, hearty food, Gerry’s is very cheap and very cheerful.


Address: 6 Montague St, Dublin

District: South Georgian Core

Phone: 01 478 3524

Green 19

For €10 you and your fellow backpackers can get a whole roast dinner at Green 19. It comes with all the trimmings, and there’s no skimping on quality - it’s seriously good stuff.


Address: 19 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

District: South Georgian Core

Phone: 01 478 9626


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Right in the heart of Dublin’s backpacker-friendly cultural quarter, Alchemy blends style with contemporary tunes. Find it at 13 – 17 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, D2.


Address: 13 – 17 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

District: Temple Bar

Phone: 01 612 9241

The Wiley Fox

Stocked full of craft beers and pulsing to the best live music, The Wiley Fox is an excellent all-round venue that also serves up great pizzas and pies. And it’s right round the corner from several city centre hostels.


Address: 28 Eden Quay

District: North Inner City

Phone: 1 878 3075

Fibber Magees

Dublin has a pretty high concentration of swanky cocktail bars, but sometimes you just need to rock out. Fibber’s buzzes with live bands and a cool, alt crowd. Backpackers fit right in.

Address: 80-81 Parnel Street, Dublin

District: North Inner City

Phone: 01 8722575

Club M

Club M is all about good, uncomplicated fun – it’s a popular club that plays an eclectic range of dance and pop. Head to 2 Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 for a great night out.


Address: 2 Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

District: Temple Bar

Phone: 01 671 5622

Soder + Ko

A Scandinavian-Asian fusion? We’re in - and we suspect most backpackers will be too. Come for a classy Swedish cinnamon bun in the afternoon, or dumplings and delicate broths in the evening - followed by dancing into the small hours.


Address: 64 South Great George’s Street

District: South Georgian Core

Phone: 01 478 1590


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Waterways Visitor Centre Market

Head over to the Waterways Visitor Centre Market at the Grand Canal Dock for tasty food at a great location. It runs every Wednesday, with stalls selling everything from fish to falafel.


Address: Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre Grand Canal Quay, Dublin

District: South-East Inner City

Temple Bar Market

The market at Temple Bar has a great city centre location and some amazing budget eating options. The stalls and the buzz generally spill out onto the surrounding streets. Open on Saturdays from 10:00 – 16:30.

Address: Meeting House Square, Dublin, Ireland

District: Temple Bar


Bring some creativity to your hostel experience with Makeshop, attached to Dublin’s Science Museum. Aimed at budding ‘makers’ and experimenters, it sells everything from craft supplies to 3D printers.


Address: 4 Lincoln Place, Dublin

District: South Georgian Core

Phone: 01 662 4416

Avoid St Patrick’s Day

However tantalising Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin is, it can be an expensive time to travel. If you’re looking to get the best deal it’s probably best to book your hostel another time of the year.


Consider picking up a Leapcard. It can make travel around Dublin much cheaper but do read up on the conditions of use. It can be quite limited so make sure it suits your needs.

Take the ferry

For backpackers heading to Ireland from the UK it’s a good idea to look up the cost of a ferry before purchasing flights. You can find some real bargains.


Dublin Airport is where you’ll arrive if you fly to the city. It’s an international airport, offering links to the rest of Ireland too, and it’s only 5.4 miles from the city centre. The AirLink 747 and Aircoach line 700 bus services will take you to the city centre and its hostels for €6-€7. If you’re able to spend a bit more, there are taxi ranks outside both terminals.


There are two major train stations in Dublin. There’s Connolly Station, located to the north of the city centre, and there’s Dublin Heuston. It’s a bit further from the centre of town and it serves the south and west of the city, and provides rail links to the rest of the country.


Backpackers travelling by bus arrive at busaras (Central Bus Station) in the heart of the city. It offers intercity and regional bus services and it’s easy to walk into the city centre from this location. You can reach the airport from here too.

Getting around

On most inner city buses you’ll need coins to pay your fare. Most drivers won’t have change for bank notes. Consider the trams too – the Red Line will carry you past some of the city’s loveliest landmarks.

Language: English/Irish

Currency: Euro

Electricity Voltage: 230v

Timezone: Utc+00:00

Dialing codes: International callers should use 353. Dublin’s area code is 1.

Post office

Dublin’s General Post Office

O’Connell Street Lower

Dublin 1, Ireland

Tel: 01 705 7000


Saint James’s Hospital

James’s Street

Dublin 8, Ireland

Tel: 01 410 3000

Saint Vincent’s University Hospital

Elm Park

Merrion Road

Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: 01 221 4000

Tourist information

Visit Dublin

25 Suffolk Street

Dublin 2, Ireland

Opening hours

Business opening hours for most shops are 09.30 to 18.00, although some larger ones will stay open until 19.30, and many shops stay open later still on a Thursday. Typical Sunday hours are 12.00 to 18.00.

Most pubs and bars will stop selling alcohol at around 23.30. Clubs close at 03.00.

Emergency numbers

You can access the emergency services on either 999 or 112.