The Dublin Pass gives you free and fast track entry to thirty-some attractions in Dublin.
The south side of the river (map) includes Dublin’s most famous shopping street, the pedestrianised Grafton Street, which runs between St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College. It has, along with its surroundings, been classified as an Architectural Conservation Zone. Alongside the historic Trinity College you will find Nassau Street (map) where there are many shops selling tourist-related items.
There is also an extensive shopping area on the north side of the river, in Dublin 1, centred on O’Connell Street and Henry Street (Ireland’s busiest shopping street). Just off Henry Street is Moore Street, which has a fruit, vegetable and fish market.
There are many excellent value Indian restaurants around the South William Street area (map), parallel to Grafton Street. A similar multi-cultural hotspot is Parnell Street in Dublin 1 (O’Connell Street-Gardiner Street, map), which has a dense concentration of Chinese and Asian restaurants extensively frequented by the ex-pat communities.
O’Connell Street (map) is the broad thoroughfare running north from the river, and the main district for budget accommodation. Merrion Square (map). This large stately square is filled with grassy and shady areas and surrounded by Georgian red-brick houses.
Almost all of Ireland is within 2-3 hours travel from Dublin, and the transport routes converge on the city. People even make day-trips to the Aran Islands (map) out west or Giant’s Causeway (map) in the north, a mad way to experience them.