Ha'penny bridge with candy colours

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  • Dublin


Dublin has a unique charm and identity. Walk through its old streets and squares and you will understand why it was considered the most handsome Georgian city of the British Empire. There are some outstanding museums and plenty of shopping opportunities. And then there are the Dubliners themselves: charming, witty, moody – but most of all always happy to greet anyone, especially in front of a beer – and it must be a Guinness, of course! In the last two decades Dublin has undergone major changes and it is no longer the backwater town it used to be, but a multicultural and dynamic European city, with superb food & entertainment opportunities.

From a LGBT point of view, this transformation couldn’t have been more radical. This once staunchly conservative Catholic country has made some amazing progress and legalised same-sex marriage in a momentous referendum in 2015. Things are definitely on the up!

Gaytway Guide to Dublin

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

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    • St Patrick’s Cathedral
    • Ireland's largest church is St Patrick's Cathedral, built between 1191 and 1270 on the site of an earlier church that had stood here since the 5th century. Interestingly, St Patrick's is a Church of Ireland (i.e. Anglican) cathedral – which is quite curious in Roman Catholic Ireland.

    • Christ Church Cathedral
    • This the most photogenic of Dublin's cathedrals. It was founded in 1030 and rebuilt from 1172, mostly under the impetus of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke. Also this is an Anglican church.

    • The Liffey and its bridges
    • The quiet river Liffey flows through the city and it’s crossed by many bridges, some very picturesque, such as the Ha'penny Bridge, built in 1816. More recently many new bridges have been added, such as the architecturally stunning Samuel Beckett Bridge, the James Joyce Bridge and the Seán O'Casey Bridge.

    • Guinness Culture
    • What would Dublin be without Guinness, one of Ireland's most enduring symbols? The Guinness Storehouse is a converted part of the 26-hectare brewery that is open to the public. Browsing through its 7 floors you will discover everything about the dark brew and then taste it in the panoramic Gravity Bar.

    • Go to a Pub
    • You can go to a pub anywhere - but in Dublin it’s a must. The Irish love a tipple and Dublin boasts some of the cosiest and most atmospheric bars in the world. Many also feature live music. One of them is The Brazen Head, which dates back to 1198. Also notable is McDaid’s with the ornate high ceilings and The Long Hall, an original Dublin pub with a striking red and white exterior. But wherever you go, it’s the locals that make the difference.
  • PantiBar

    PantiBar is the home of world-famous drag artist Panti Bliss, With outrageous dances and cabaret shows, often headed by Panti herself on Saturdays.

    The George

    For almost 30 years this bar has been one of the main centres of the LGBT scene in Dublin and a pioneer in its kind.
  • Euphoria @ Button Factory

    Euphoria is the largest LGBT club night in Ireland held once per month on a Friday at the Button Factory - Dublin Temple Bar.

    The Hub

    The Hub Club in Temple Bar is home to two popular gay parties:Sweatbox on Fridays and Mother Dublin on Saturdays.

    The Voodoo Lounge

    The Vodoo Lounge is home to Saturday's Profile and the monthly DADDI parties.
  • Outhouse

    Outhouse is a community and resource centre for LGBT people, their families and friends, based in central Dublin. Its primary goal is to offer a safe space for people to inform, meet, organise and make things happen.

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Gaytway Map of Dublin

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