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5 attractions no Dublin day trip would be complete without

We'd recommend doublin' your time in the Irish capital, but if you really do have just a day to spend here, you'll have some great craic (pronounced: crack) working a day tour around these five Dublin faves!

Christ Church Cathedral

St. Patrick's is also worth touring, but if your excursion coincides, don't miss medieval Christ Church's choral evensongs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.

Phoenix Park

Europe's largest walled city park is home to Áras an Uachtaráin–home to the Irish president. You can also enjoy a wander around the People's Gardens and the old Magazine Fort.

Dublin Castle

This unusual castle off Dame Street is worth visiting for many reasons, not least because its garden was once home to the Dubh Linn (dark pool) that gave the city its name!

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham is the place to visit if you want to learn about Ireland's struggle for independence. Now a museum, many significant revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed here.

Dublin Writers Museum

In a city of exemplary museums, you might only have time for a quick one. Why not immerse yourself in its great literary reputation by learning more about Joyce and Yeats, et al?

Planning Your Visit

How to get to the city center from Dublin cruise port?

The cruise port is just over a mile from the city center, and there is an express bus service that should only take about 15 minutes. Visitors can also take the number 53 public bus, pick up a cab at the taxi rank, or even take a hop on hop off bus directly from the terminal for an easy jaunt around the sights and then back again!

How to get around?

Dublin's public transport system can be pretty tricky for newcomers to grasp. Fortunately, most areas of interest can be reached pretty quickly by foot. If you really plan on cramming a lot in (and can afford it!) then you'll have no problem hailing a cab. Be aware, though: as well as the initial fare, an extra euro will be added on per passenger.

What people are saying about Dublin

Well worth going, recommend it to anyone

Well worth the long trip. An excellent tour with good stops and plenty of time for photos. Value for money. Would have preferred slightly more time in Belfast to stop and see a couple of tourist attractions there.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by lily, 03/17/2018

Great day visiting some magnificent historical sites outside Dublin.

Newgrange, Monasterboice and Hill of Tara. A lot of history pieced together in a great day of learning and discovery. In an intimate group with an amazing guide the day traversed from wonder to wonder as we listened, learned and viewed ancient sites and were instructed and entertained by Damian our guide, driver and friend. I would recommend this activity to anyone wanting to learn and understand rather than just watching as part of a larger group. A highlight of our Irish visit.

Bud was an amazing tour guide! So so funny and such a f

Bud was an amazing tour guide! So so funny and such a friendly and simpatic Person! We started the tour visiting to the great cliffs, passing the awesome burren, doolin and at least galway. We had enough time to see all. Beautiful landscape!! Bud also learned us a lot about the Irish culture and fairy rings: D the geltic language, little villages we passed and how the Irish People are. Great tour! On the return journey we got to know some nice Irish Songs by singing with Bud. Thank you :)

Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway City from Dublin Reviewed by Sophia, 02/26/2018

great landscape views, great history, great guide!

We were in Dublin just for 3 days in February and the Wicklow mountains & Glendalough tour of 8.5 hours was great to get out of the city and get a little taste of irish nature for 1 day. We got lucky with the weather too, mostly sunny, which made the landscape's view more awesome! John was our guide, a very enthusiastic and knowledgable man - he definetly was the cherry on top of the cake! We highly reccomend this tour to anyone spending a few days in Dublin city. Thanks John! Barbara and Paulo From Portugal

Wild Wicklow Full-Day Scenic Coach Tour Reviewed by Bárbara, 02/19/2018

Best tour out of all the tours we took on our 10 days there

Great! Lots of time to enjoy each area. Was like having our own personal driver.