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Perhaps it's been Dublin's history of hardship that has made it a breeding ground for poets, playwrights, and musicians alike. The city's vibrant culture is unmissable, but here are some its liveliest and most beautiful places to visit!

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Brewery's multi-storey exhibit offers a fascinating insight into the black stuff's history and brewing methods. And yes, there's a complimentary pint at the end of it!

Dublin Zoo

The Dublin Zoo hosts creatures great and small from across the globe. Even if you're not with kids, it's worth going just for the daily talks and feedings!

National Gallery of Ireland

The National gallery of Ireland boasts a worthy collection of paintings from Europe and the US, but go for the excellent ensemble of Irish paintings. Entrance is free!

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city park in Europe, it's big enough to envelop many of the city's attractions, such as Dublin Zoo, the Wellington Monument, and the Magazine Fort.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham was where the leaders of the Easter Rising were executed. If you're interested in the country's fight for independence then the "Irish Bastille" is a must-do!

Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral is worth a visit any day of the week, but try to catch its enchanting choral evensongs on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Dublin Castle

This complex of structures from various eras forms a very odd castle indeed. The gardens behind it were once home to the Dubh Linn (dark pool) that the city was named after!

Photo: zoonabar @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Croke Park

Hurling, Gaelic football, and rugby: Ireland revels in sports that few other countries understand. Still, land Croke Park tickets to any of the major games and you'll be smitten for life!

Photo: Sean MacEntee @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Aviva Stadium

It's not all about Croke Park if you're looking to soak up some of Ireland's sporting pride. The sleek Aviva Stadium hosts most of Ireland's international rugby and soccer matches.

Photo: Larry Koester @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

National Museum of Ireland

From bog men to Bronze Age gold to weaponry dating up till independence, the National Museum is a fundamental look at Ireland from all angles.

Planning Your Dublin 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!

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +353
  • Best time to visit
    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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A super Fun day with beautiful landscapes!

We spent the day with our amazing tour Guide John . Its obvious he lives for bis job and really enjoys teaching us all about his country. We got lots of beautiful photo oppurtunities and were enchanted by Johns stories and irish songs. The day went by so fast and we were sad when it ended!

Wild Wicklow Full-Day Scenic Coach Tour Reviewed by Rahel Helene, 12/02/2017

Tour guide was fantastic. The group awesome overall trip great!

Fantastic trip. Was a small group so got to know the fun loving, singing guide! Only problem was the Blaney Stone was at the top of the castle and I don't do heights to well. Yet the people there were helpful and encouraging!

Good way to see lots of Ireland. Great experience.

Had a great experience on this wholeday trip to see the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and the landscpape of Ireland. The guide, Derrick, was a great entertainer and made the long bus-ride interesting with facts about the history of Ireland.

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Malou Ringtved, 11/30/2017

It was amazing!!!! Derek and Robbie are and where just the best :)

Thank you so much Derek and Robbie (guide and driver) for making my birthday special and for showing me and my friend so much. The music and the vibes where fabulous

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Kayle, 11/28/2017

So fun and a great experience during my Ireland visit!

Super fun and worth my time during my short stay in Ireland. Gavin was such a great tour guide and knew how to keep us tourists entertained. I loved the spots we stopped at and had the right amount of time during each stop. The Cliffs of Moher is truly a must see when visiting Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Charlene, 11/26/2017