Things You Should Know When Visiting Gay Dublin
Before visiting a foreign capital, the smart traveller will do some research. Getting familiar with things like the language, currency, transportation, important local rules and regulations, as well as major attractions, is always a good idea before visiting a foreign capital. But besides the general information you can gather before visiting gay Dublin, there’s also a lot of very specific things you can learn beforehand that can make your stay more enjoyable.
If you’re a gay visitor to Dublin, it might interest you that there are plenty of social groups in the city that will allow you to meet and socialise within the local gay community. And by socialise, we don’t mean hook up — we mean spend quality time with other gay people. Dining, playing tennis, hiking, or just hanging out are some of the options you’ll have if you get in touch with Dublin’s gay social groups.
You should also know that, unless you’re coming in the dead of winter, you’ll be only a drop in the sea of tourists that flood Dublin every year. If that doesn’t bother you — great. But if your goal is to visit gay Dublin and do as locals do, you’ll want to avoid some of the places in the city with the largest density of tourists, especially the Temple Bar area during the night. Not that the Dubliners don’t like tourists, it’s just that everything you can find around tourist traps you can also find elsewhere in Dublin, usually at a lower price.
You might be surprised to find that Dublin is pretty big on its Viking history. Vikings were not native to Ireland, but they did visit, and like anywhere else they visited, they left their mark. With at least two Viking settlements founded in what is now Dublin, the city has a Viking heritage it’s very proud of. If you come to Dublin in April, you can enjoy the Clontarf Viking Festival. If you miss it, you can get a taste of Viking life by visiting Dublinia, The Brazen Head, or by taking the Viking Splash tour.
Finally, even though Ireland is not known for its cuisine, it doesn’t mean you should eat in fast food chains during your visit. The Irish cuisine is surprisingly comforting, and in a big city like gay Dublin, you’ll have plenty of chance to enjoy hearty local meals. If you love seafood, dairy, and high-quality meat, Dublin will surely satisfy your palate.