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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

skip the line & pint at the top worth it

self-guided tour so u can go as fast or slow as you want top floor is your reward with a pint, can't wait then stop off on other floors for beer and we were treated with excellent 3e oysters

Once in a lifetime opportunity to a spectacular natural wonder

Our guide was fabulous and so was our driver. Our guide was weary knowledgeable in all things Ireland especially politically. He also told stories the whole way up north while explaining the buildings and landscape. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. It is one of Ireland’s 4 natural wonders.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Virginia, 03/10/2019

Amazing!!!! The tour guide was amazing as well!

Omg!! I dont know where to start..lol 1st this is hiking at your best you get to see a different side of Ireland. If your not into hiking than this tour is not for you! The beautiful views are breath taking! This is where the locals go with their families, friends and also their family pet . The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was very friendly and spoke to everyone and answered any questions. He was amazing! This tour was so relaxing and exactly what I needed ..Serenity Your walking on trails that look over cliffs so if your afraid of heights lol this isn't for you! Lol but for ppl who enjoy hiking this is a must remember its 6 hrs! Of hiking but well worth it !!!

Howth: 6-Hour Guided Tour from Dublin Reviewed by STEPHANIE, 03/04/2019

Very good and interesting tour, with amazing guides!

4th of january 2019, my boyfriend and I went on the Ireland's Ancient East Tour. The tour was very interesting, but was especially amazing thanks to the wonderful guides Connor and Marty. They were both very knowledgeful and passionate about Boyne Valley, and they were really what made the tour.

Ireland's Ancient East Tour Reviewed by Puck, 03/04/2019

Tour guide was amazing, as well as the trip itself

Although it rained fairly bad the entire time upon arrival to the Cliffs, and the rest of the trip after, it was worth every second. Just enough time at each stop to explore on your own and take it all in. By far my favourite experience of Ireland. Tour guide made it all the more worth while.