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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

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  • 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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What People Are Saying About Dublin

Great tour. Comfortable bus with good drivers and tour guides!

So fun to see Galway and the Cloggs of Moher and the beautiful Ireland countryside.

Well worth the time. See a great deal of Northern Ireland in 1 day

Extended family of six (husband, daughter, godson, aunts) on tour and everyone really enjoyed the tour. First our tour guide (Anthony) was fun, knowledgeable and passionate. He also kept 60 plus people on time which is much appreciated. We chose the taxi tour. It was interesting to see the murals and hear the history. Our taxi tour wasn't the most informative so that was a little bit of a let down but definitely something worth seeing and educating yourself about. The Giants Causeway was great to see in person. The rope bridge was closed due to the high winds but I don't think anyone minded too much because it was a breathtaking view. If you have picky eaters, I would recommend bringing snacks. We got on quick stop in the morning for coffee/pastries, an Irish lunch which half our group didn't eat and that is it really for food. Needless to say we were a very hungry group at the end of the night. Great day that won't be forgotten.

Even if weather was not good, I am really satisfied with this tour.

I really enjoyed this tour. I knew that weather in Ireland is usually not good. Nevertheless I was satisfied with the cliff of moher and galway city. Especially the guide is nice.

Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway Bay from Dublin Reviewed by Jayoung, 06/13/2017

Michael was a nice guide with good knowledge!

An interesting tour with a lot of facts of Irish history. I would recommend this tour (and tour guide Michael). He also took the time to answer all the questions.

Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/13/2017

A very relaxing day and the guide, Patricia,was extremely informative

We loved our tour, everyone was very accomodating and welcoming. We did so much in just one day that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to do within our short time in Ireland!

Blarney Castle and Cork: Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Patricia, 06/11/2017