May 28 is going to be the first time that I to ireland. I cant wait I hope it will be a fun experience. I had spent a mounth in italy about 2 years ago and ive been wanting to go back to visit.But my first stop is ireland ill be traveling alone and was wondering if there is a place to meet friends befor i move on across europe.
Peace and love
You are going to have a fantastic time travelling Ireland - it is a great country and the people are very friendly. My best advice would be to meet people at the hostel you are staying in. In Dublin the best hostels are in Temple Bar with Oliver St.John Gogertys and Barnacles being the best, these are a good place to start. When my partner and I first moved to Dublin we lived in Gogarty's hostel and had to move to hostels on the north side of the Liffey (Gardener st) on the weekends and I DEFINITELY recommend staying in Temple Bar and NOT venturing to the north side hostels - they are generally awful and not in a safe area!
Their web sites are http://gogartys.ie/ and www.barnacles.ie
You should meet lots of travellers in those places and you can often put up notices seeing if anyone is travelling alone and wants a buddy. The other good option would be to go to the Internet Cafe on Grafton St (opposite AIB bank and Weirs Jewellers) as they also have a notice board for travellers and most use this cafe as it is the best one.
I hope you have a fantastic time - Ireland is a great country and you will enjoy it.
I went to Ireland and stayed with a friend there. I haven't been to many hostels in dubin but I stayed at a few B&B near Galway. There are so many B&B there and pretty cheap. I heard Templebar is where mostly tourists go and mostly some of the locals go there to pick up on chicks so I would be a little careful at night. Otherwise people are super friendly and it is a great place to start your journey.
We went to Dublin for St Paddy's Day this year, and spent about four nights there. Temple Bar is definitely where to go to drink, but the local cops call it a "sewer" so I can't imagine that's where I'd stay. It's full of drunks staggering in droves around 2 am, so it would be quite loud if you were near. We stayed in the Anchor Guest House, which was north of the Liffey and just east. It was about a 10 minute walk to the Temple Bar area, and right near the train station, which usually is a sketchy area in any town, but we didn't have any trouble. O'Shea's hotel was just down the street and also looked nice, at 60 euros per person per night, and they had a good restaurant.
Ireland is expensive to sleep, particularly for marrieds, since it is ALWAYS per person per night. We went with two single friends, so we paid the same price per night, but their room was always twice as large, which didn't seem quite fair. And all of the rooms in Dublin are expensive, even the really shoddy tenement ones.
Woo! I'm totally going to Ireland in May! That's absolutely awesome! I'm just as pumped as you. But I think I'm going early May.
Either way, drop me a line, darlin'.
Stay in hostels. U will meet lots of people there.
And, check the travelling companions forum, here on travelers point.
U'd be safer staying in hostels indeed, but there are loads of youth hostels in Dublin so that shouldn't be a problem, book it in advance though coz it is sometimes hard to find a place.
When my friends come to visit me they usually go the Gardiner street, 5mn walk from Temple Bar, this is where all the youth hostels are, but some of them are really shit, and they charge you a fortune. I've stayed once at Abraham's House on lower Gardiner Street and it was nice and not too expensive.
Barnacle's, in Temple Baris also pretty good, very handy if you've enjoyed the Guinness a little too much coz you don't have to walk far..
When it comes to meeting friends it depends who you want to meet: if you are looking for an international crowd (tourists) stay around Temple Bar, it is really nice, some places are very good, but they tend to overcharge a little bit. The Porterhouse is a really nice place, with a band everynight and stuff! If you want to meet a more local crowd then just walk up the road, on Dame Street then make a left as soon as you can and there is a street with many pubs and many people!
Anyway, if you need some more help just drop me a line!!!