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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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Highly recommended - just make sure to bring warm clothes

Did this tour 21.05.18 with my brother. It was overall a really great experience. Our guide, Tara, was awesome and fun and she made sure to keep everyone happy along the way. The only thing that detracted from the experience was that both me and my brother really underestimated how harsh the weather would be on one of our stops, Giant's Causeway, and we did not bring enough warm clothes to keep the battering wind and rain at bay. This was however our own fault, but a word of advice is to bring something you would wear during the last part of fall, just before winter hits. T-shirt, sweater and soft-shell jacket was not enough and we both live in Norway, so we are no strangers to cold, harsh weather. Luckily there was a bar there, so we could at least relax with a lovely pint of Guinness before moving to our next stops. By then the weather had also cleared up a bit. I highly recommend doing this, as long as you make sure to pack proper warm and water resistant clothing.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Frode, 05/23/2018

Paying a little bit extra to skip the line was well worth it!

Really enjoyed the tour - we were familiar enough with brewing but it would have been better with a guide. Some of the displays were very interesting - like pictures throughout the years, advertising through time and the Festival Clock. It was a beautiful, clear day so the views from the Gravity Bar were amazing - but it was extremely packed.

Very enjoyable, glorious scenery, well-organised, highly recommended.

This was a great tour. We saw some stunning scenery, not just the Cliffs of Moher but the beautiful western coastline as we journeyed to Galway City. Our driver/guide Matthew was brilliant. He was funny, knowledgeable, and made the day feel like a day out with friends. I'm an Irish, London-based Blue Badge tour guide so can be a bit critical at times is a tour is below par, but this was faultless. Thank you, Matthew, for a lovely day.

Excellent tour, driver Johnny and tour guide Kimmy were fantastic.

Everyone taking this tour should have Johnny and Kimmy for their Driver and guide.

Belfast Titanic Quarter & Glens of Antrim Reviewed by Peter, 05/13/2018

This was a very good tour - we visited amazing locations

This tour was amazing - our guide, Gavin, was very knowledgeable and informative and our driver, Nicoli, was a very safe and courteous driver. We saw a lot of the Irish countryside. We would recommend this tour.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Robert, 05/09/2018