Top sights in Dublin
Dublin is the perfect destination for a 2-day weekend away. Our itinerary helps you get the most of your 48 hours in Ireland’s capital.
Travelers to Dublin are spoiled for choice, but these experiences are the best of the best! Discover the unmissable things to do in the Irish capital.
Our most recommended Dublin Day Trips
1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour
Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information.
Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for 2 hours.
Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves.
Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest gro...
It was a lovely day and we were able to see so much of the cliffs and Galway. I wish we had more time in Galway, but overall it was a great day.
2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Belfast Tour
Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on this day trip from Dublin. Visit the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast.
Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast to buy lunch and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Th...
Special thanks to the driver Vedran, very professional and knowledgeable. He has a kind heart that he always consider dropping off customer to the closest and convenient location. As for Daniel the young energetic tour guy, he is the first person I met during tour, bring gifts and games onboard to cheer up customers, great job! We enjoyed the trip so much, Giant Causeway, Belfast Titanic and the famous filming location Black Hedges. We have a wonderful and memorable day at Northern Ireland! Highly recommend this trip!
3. Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny & Sheep Dog Demonstration
First, make your way directly to the fantastic little city of Kilkenny. Enjoy 2 hours walking down the cobbled streets and visit castles in a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland back in the 11th century. You can also visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice with its magnificent round tower. After leaving Kilkenny, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop at the Monastic site of Glendalough. This is truly a scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. A 10 minute photo stop to get a few pictures of this outstanding view is also included. Arriving in Glendalough, you will have around 2 hours to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. An area renowned for its magnificent scenery and Monastic ruins dating back to the 10t...
We had wonderful experience with this tour. Our tour guide Jess are very informative and the driver Pavel keep us safe during our tours. It was worth and amazing experience.
4. Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway City from Dublin
The Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay are both iconic Irish sites that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. See these spectacular sights, take a short hike at the Burren, enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub, and see historic castles along the way. Detailed Itinerary 6:50 AM: Begin your adventure that will take you from Dublin to Ireland's west coast. As you head west you’ll pass the Guinness factory and Kilmainham Jail, and later the Curragh horse racing track and some of Ireland's historic castles. 10:40 AM: Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, walk along the edge of the cliffs and take in the spectacular views. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the Aran Islands. Entrance to the site and the interactive show inside the visitor center are included in the tour price. 12:45 PM: It's time to head to Doolin village for lunch. Well-known for its traditional Irish music, Do...
I had a great trip. Our guide was Bud, a super cheerful guy who made what could feel like a very long bus ride a lot of fun and fly by! He gave good tips for where to go on the stops. The cliffs are beautiful and we got enough time to trot around and take photo's. We had a tasty lunch in the pub with very quick service as well. The ride from the cliffs to Galway is full of gorgeous views. The stop in Galway was just long enough to have a good stroll around the centre. I would 100% recommend going on this trip.
5. Glendalough and Wicklow Half-Day Tour from Dublin
Travel out of Dublin and into the countryside around on a 5-hour morning or afternoon tour to Glendalough and Wicklow. The tour begins with an introduction to Dublin City, as you head south toward County Wicklow, known affectionately as the Garden of Ireland. Sparkling lakes, dense forests, and romantic babbling brooks make this a spectacular scenic drive and a fine day out from the big city. You will also see the scenery made famous by films such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. Make your way over the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, the valley of the 2 lakes. Enjoy a relaxing walk to the Upper Lake and explore the monastic ruins of St. Kevin's monastery. Then enjoy lush surroundings as you make your way through the Sally Gap before returning to Dublin.
Well worth the trip. Thoroughly enjoyed. Trip was planned with enough time to enjoy the scenery. We'll informative all through and answered any questions that passengers had. Tour guide was great. Would book again for future visits and highly recommended.
6. Wicklow Mountain, Glendalough & Kilkenny Full-Day Tour
Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing tour of some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, including the 12th-century castle of Kilkenny, the rugged Wicklow Mountains, and the 7th-century monastery of Glendalough. The first stop is Kilkenny Castle, majestically located on the banks of the River Nore. The craft capital of Ireland, you can visit the Kilkenny Art and Design Centre to get a better appreciation of the craft traditions of goldsmiths, sculptors, painters and more. Stroll around the cobblestone streets, and visit Saint Frances Brewery, Ireland’s oldest. Admire the magnificent silk merchant’s mansion of Rothe House, containing priceless Viking artifacts. And walk in the medieval gardens to see historic varietals of fruit and veg, such as Gortahok cabbage and Blood of Boyne apples. Enjoy lunch in one of the city’s artisan cafés. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wic...
Amazing experience and wonderful guide with Kim and the driver Paulo! We Love the views and sites. It was a beautiful combination sites and the people.
7. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny Full-Day Trip
Leave Dublin for the day on a truly scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Visit Kilkenny, Glendalough, and the Wicklow Mountains as you explore the heartlands of medieval Ireland.
From Dublin, head first to Kilkenny, once the medieval capital of Ireland and home to Ireland’s finest Norman castle. Discover a city steeped in history that was also the location of one of Ireland’s earliest witch trials, the famous story of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla. En route to Glendalough, drive into the wild Wicklow Mountains of County Carlow. Watch as the landscape changes from lush green pastures and gentle valleys to the glacial valleys of the Wicklow Gap.
Continue to the monastic city of St. Kevin at Glendalough, best known for the wedding scenes in the blockbuster movie “Braveheart” and famous as the location for th...
8. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin
Discover the number 1 visitor attraction in Ireland on a full-day sightseeing tour to the Cliffs of Moher. You will depart Dublin in the morning by luxury bus, and drive across Ireland to the Atlantic coast, arriving at the masterpiece of nature in the early afternoon. Proudly patriotic and 100% Irish guides provide a fun commentary that helped them to be named the most fun tour in the world by more than 900,000 voters at Hostelworld.com. Stop en route at Doolin to experience Ireland's traditional music capital. Pull over for a hearty Irish lunch and pint of Guinness on the lovely western shore. Drive along the dramatic limestone coast and lunar landscape of the Burren to see the only place on earth where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flora grow together. Look out for 28 different types of orchid in season. Then, arrive at the cliffs to enjoy a short hike among the staggering rock ...
Lovely day out with great stops. Our tourguide Gary was lovely and we had such a nice day. We stopped at the baby cliffs as well and in a lovely village. Would recommend this tour to everybody.
9. From Dublin: Cahir and Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour
Set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned motor-coach and watch Dublin's urban cityscape give way to the rolling, green hills of the Irish countryside. This full-day trip will drive through several areas of interest, including the Galtee Mountains and the Curragh in County Kildare, which is home to Ireland's National Stud Farm. First, arrive at Blarney Castle which is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the “gift of the gab." Be sure to explore the rest of Blarney Castle as well as its lush grounds and woodland walks. Discover the scenic Rock Close by taking the Wishing Steps. Depart Cork and arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Explore the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Round Tower, and the surrounding grounds filled with ancient high crosses. In addition, admire one of ...
It was great, not in a hurry, a lot of information about Irland received on the bus from our driver Harry. Good jokes and songs! Beside that the weather was just fine: plenty of sun but not too hot so we can not enjoy spending time outside. I had a cracking day
10. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour
Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations on this tour, departing from the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Stop halfway for a short break and comfort stop and enjoy onboard entertainment during the journey, including a Game of Thrones quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park, where you will enjoy a 3-kilometer trek and discover several iconic locations, including where the Nights Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel to Strangford Lough, a small fishing village where you will break for lunch. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a 3-kilometer afternoon trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riv...
Lars(king of songs) and Denis (king of the bus) were great, they made the trip , enjoyable, relaxing and very informative about GOT and it’s film locations, I would definitely recommend it anyone for a great day out. Brian , son of Dublin
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Planning Your Visit
Best time to visit?
Ireland isn't exactly known for its splendid weather, but the best of it generally makes its token appearance at the end of summer (September-ish). If you're looking for an excuse to don a silly hat and swig Guinness, the St. Patrick's Day parade is on March 17th.
How to get around?
The Irish are world-renowned for their terrific sense of humor, and nowhere is this more evident than in Dublin's public transport network! There are 2 unconnected tram lines and trains mainly serve the outer rim of the city. The bus network is extensive but a tough nut to crack for visitors (see dublinbus.ie). The good news, however, is that most of the sights are just a short walk from each other in the heart of the city!
How many days?
You could see the sights of Dublin in a day or two, but remember this is a city of exemplary museums, exciting music and sports events, and enticing modern restaurants. Book a week to delve into its best kept secrets!
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- For the best weather, plan to visit around September, but for the celebrations, come in mid-March for the St. Patrick's Day parade and festivities.
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What people are saying about Dublin
Daniel was an AMAZING guide! So funny and knowledgeable, and had lots of fun games for us to play to pass the time (with prizes!) He even wrote our names for us in Ogham. 10/10 recommend this tour, you won’t regret it !!
Johnny was a really great guide,knowledgable,interactive and fun. The day was really well organised and gave plenty of time for some relaxation. Stunning location and would highly recommend Thank you so Much Sue
We found the tour was great very well structured and each area added to the last. the Tour Guide David W loved his job and passed that love onto us about the history of Dublin
Sean was great, He knows history of Ireland very well and he is such a funny dude. We enjoy this experience so much. Thank you very much. It was be tiring but lovely day.
It was a great tour! We loved cliffs and Galway! Our tour guide Daniel made this tour even more special!