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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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!

Croke Park
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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!

Aviva Stadium
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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.

National Museum of Ireland
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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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What people are saying about Dublin

Gorgeous fall foliage and interesting history!

What a great tour! I was originally skeptical of taking a large-scale tour, but this was so worth it. Easy pick up from O'Connell street and a comfortable bus. The scenery was incredible ... who knew Ireland had such beautiful fall foliage?! Every stop was gorgeous and our guide, John, was full of knowledge (and a bit of humor). Each stop was perfectly timed and the pub lunch was delicious (get the Guinness stew!). I highly recommend this tour!

Wild Wicklow Full-Day Scenic Coach Tour Reviewed by Andrea, 11/12/2018

Interesting, hilarious at times and spooky!

If you are looking for something different this is for you! Fantastic night out!

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour Reviewed by Niamh, 11/09/2018

Awesome! Take this tour you will not be disappointed!

The tour was small so we had a lot of attention and our driver and all the tour guides were friendly and knew their history. Thanks

Must do! You get to experience a lot of Ireland!

The tour was amazing. Our guide had so many stories to tell us. It wasn't just like someone telling you bunch of history; it felt much more like stories and an experience. So, just that alone made it worth it. On top of that, you get to visit a lot of cool places in just a day. I felt like I had enough time at each place. You can always spend more time everywhere, but when you consider that it's all squeezed into a day, it works out pretty well. If you're thinking about this specific tour, I would say go for it. I spent a weekend in Ireland, and this was by far my favorite day there. Be ready to take lots of amazing pictures and be blown away by beauty!

Philip, our guide, was fantastic! Knowledgeable and not too pushy.

A natural, knew how to deal with an international clientele. His crisp and precise English was a joy to listen to........disappointing only for those who are looking for an Irish accent. The only minus point....and this has nothing to do with Philip.....was the misleading information about the embarking bus stop.....the Printsafe shop on Nassau Street was already closed and the company bus stop sign was too small and old to be recognised. Luckily we took the trouble to seek the assistance from a tourism office a day before the trip. Late arrivals on the day might have been due to the lack of such a (no longer) clear meeting point. "Opposite Knobs and Knockers" should be a better indication as the shop is still there.

Wicklow, Glendalough and Kilkenny Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/02/2018