This Dublin travel guide is part of a series we really like, the Frommer’s Day by Day guidebooks. They have a sensible and practical format, are well laid-out, easy-on-the-eye (and on the wallet), are full of clear and useful maps, lots of evocative photos, and present a destination’s main attractions and more, and all in a book that fits into your pocket easily. It’s no wonder many of the titles have recently been reprinted with new, updated, second editions as it means travellers have been buying them. Dublin Day by Day is one of these.
Dublin’s the kind of city it would be hard to be dull about, and the author begins with her 13 Favorite Moments. Lucky visitors who get to enjoy all of these, as we can definitely agree with many of the moments she’s picked out. These include the magical manuscripts at the Chester Beattie Library, having a coffee on Bewley’s balcony, getting out of the city to Dun Laoghaire, and doing extensive research on where you’ll find the best pint of Guinness. These are all great Dublin treats – quite right to direct travellers to them right at the start.
We like the way the Day by Day guides include lots of self-guided tours, that take visitors all over the city and often to some less well-known but interesting places. The books provide special-interest tours too, and for Dublin these include Dublin with Kids, Georgian Dublin, and one complete tour all within the confines of Trinity College.
The six Neighborhood Walks include obvious central ones, like Around Grafton Street, but some that encourage Dublin’s visitors to explore. These include a walk that we’ve done most of ourselves when in Dublin – from the Guinness Storehouse out to Kilmainham Gaol, then across the Liffey to Phoenix Park and Collins Barracks. It takes in all those essential Dublin attractions, and gets people out of the city centre for what would be a great day out – on a fine day, anyway.
At the back of the book in addition to the usual travel advice, there’s a Brief History of Dublin (to make Irish history brief is always a challenge!), a History of Dublin’s Architecture, a short piece on Dublin in books and movies, and a collection of phone numbers and websites for the main airlines that fly into Dublin.
This Dublin Day by Day guide was written by Emma Levine, who also wrote Frommer’s Istanbul Day by Day. Although she was born in England, she has Dublin roots and in her acknowledgements there’s a nice ‘thank you’ to her Dublin tour guide: her cousin Heather.
Most of the hundreds of photos in the book were also taken by the author, and they really add to the book’s appeal. They range from markets and musicians to bars and bookshops, and as well as being colourful, they show the author really has tramped the streets of the city, visited the shops, browsed in the markets, and checked out the hotels and restaurants in person.
You'll definitely discover the best of Dublin with this travel guide from Frommer's.
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