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1. Posted by wanderlust2020 (Budding Member 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello there!I 'm thinking of travelling to Dublin solo sometime between this autumn and winter. I've read that there are some dangerous gangs in the city, so could anyone shed some more light,pls?Is Dublin safe, in general? Are there any particular areas that tourists should stay clear? Thank you for your help.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1508 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>some dangerous gangs in the city, so could anyone shed some more light,pls?

I don't know what you've been reading but Dublin isn't particularly known for its 'dangerous gangs'! Like all big cities everywhere it has some organised criminal activity (e.g. drug-related) but such activity really doesn't pose any risk for visitors.

>Is Dublin safe, in general?

Of course it is.

The primary risk, as in any city, is of pickpocketing and petty theft. So don't give them the opportunity: use the standard city commonsense you would use (I hope) anywhere else. Wear your bag across your body, keep most cash & cards safely inside your clothing, be aware of who's around when you use ATMs, avoid flashing loads of cash or valuable jewellery, avoid dimly-lit and/or deserted places after dark, watch your drink in bars and clubs, don't get so drunk you can't use your commonsense......

>Are there any particular areas that tourists should stay clear?

Any areas which might be more risky after dark are simply not the sort of areas visitors want to or would normally go to. The city centre is just as safe as any other EU city centre and....when it comes to pckpocketing and petty theft...considerably safer than some. Given that you've already visited Krakow, Madrid, Prague and Oxford you really don't need to be worried about Dublin!

Do keep your eye on Irish entry requirements. At the moment people arriving from Greece can enter the Republic of Ireland without having to quarantine but that can, of course, change at any time. This is the best official source to use: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Aug-2020, 17:58 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1648 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Except for the virus problems, there should be no concern visiting Dublin. We're senior citizens and walked all over Dublin with no problem at all. It's a very friendly place. As suggested above, be sure to check the virus travel restrictions before you go and keep yourself updated while there.

Enjoy a beautiful and very fun city.