The Irish capital, Dublin, is one of the hottest spots in terms of worldwide backpacking travel right now. Especially for students and budget travelers, this is a city that promises to be a lot of fun - time spent here invariably involves running round the city ticking off a list of magnificent things to do, before hitting one of the famous Dublin pubs come nightfall.

But before the backpacker can start exploring the city (and its booze), he or she needs to check into a Dublin hostel. There are plenty of options in town, with Abigails Hostel in Aston Quay popular choice thanks to its great facilities, cheap rates, and unbeatable location.

Another one of the best Dublin hostels to stay in is Abbey Court on Bachelor's Walk, which is a fun and friendly type of place. Book a stay here, then - or, for that matter, in any one of the hostels that Dublin - and the backpacker is guaranteed a great base from which to experience the vibrant city of Dublin and its many things to do...

1. Visit the Guinness Storehouse. If you are a beer drinker, you must have heard about Guinness. For the fans of the most famous and popular drinks on the planet, the Guinness Storehouse is the ideal place to visit. Here, the backpacker gets the opportunity to witness the entire history of the drink.

A great thing about the Guinness Storehouse is that you get to have a pint of your favorite beer at the Gravity Bar and the cost is included in your entry fee. They say beer tastes better the closer you get to its source, and it's harder to get closer to Guinness than here!

2. Check out the Old Jameson Distillery. The Old Jameson Distillery is another great booze-based thing to do in Dublin. From tasting some great Irish whiskey to a grand factory tour, you can experience it all here. Located in Bow Street, this one is definitely worth a visit.

3. See a performance in the Gaiety Theatre. The backpacker or the budget traveler who is a theatre aficionado must make it a point to see a show in the Gaiety Theatre, the oldest theatre in Dublin. It is a theatre that houses numerous productions, including opera, dance, drama, musicals and even ballet.

4. Take the famous Dublin Ghostbus Ride. Everyone visiting Dublin should take the Dublin Ghostbus Ride - a great theme ride designed to spook you out in good jest. Designed in a gothic theme, the bus has guides who narrate spine chilling stories while the bus speeds along the city, stopping at select locations like graveyards and other haunted sites of Dublin.

5. Take the Historical Walking Tour of Dublin. Conducted by graduate students of the famous Trinity College, this is a truly enriching walk for backpackers who have an interest in understanding the history and culture of a nation.

6. Try hurling. Hurling is one of the most popular sports in Ireland, and it also goes far back in terms of the country's history. For the backpacker who wants to understand and watch this unique sport, a match at the Croke Park stadium is a must watch.

7. Literary and Musical Bus Tour. The Dublin's Rock N Roll Writers Bus Tour is yet another unique tour designed to give the visitor to Ireland's capital a good idea about the cultural and literary richness of the country.

8. The Dublin City Pub Crawl. Temple Bar is Ireland's famous pub district, and doing a bar crawl around its many drinking holes easily rates as one of the most enjoyable things to do while in the city.

9. Hire a cycle from Phoenix Park. The Phoenix Park, one of the largest parks in Europe, is the place to go if you fancy peddling your way around Dublin's finer spots.

10. Sightseeing on a Dublin Bus. If you can't afford the ticket for an official city tour, why not just jump on a regular bus and see where it takes you?

Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for Jonny Cooper did a backpacking tour of Ireland and he checked out a variety of Dublin hostels

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