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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15,796 reviews

Our journey was unforgettable thanks to the beautiful place that we visited but importantly the amazing guide Bud. Even during the long tour it wasn't boring even for a second and other than being a guide he is a historian. Also he's an amazing driver and has a good humour. Other than the Giants Causeway he organized a Black Taxi for us, his timing was great. Bud stopped at beautiful places so we could take pictures and he cared for his passenger and asked if it's too cold or hot. At the end we sang Molly Malone :)We're really thankful and are looking to our next adventure with yous! Thanks Bud!

Tommy, our bus driver/tour guide, was wonderful! I thought the tour of Galway was a bit short, but it is a small area to be fair. The drive to the cliffs was so beautiful. The cliffs themselves were also gorgeous, of course. It was crucial to my experience to have gone on a day with good weather. It's definitely worth timing your trip to avoid rain. Tommy took us on the Wild Atlantic Way on the way back to Galway. I didn't know that route existed before he took us there but I LOVED it so much. That was actually my favorite part.

The travel was perfect, on-time pick-up, the driver was very friendly, everything goes how it was scheduled on the itinerary. Make sure to bring an umbrella and the right clothes and shoes, the wheater can be unpredictable. If you are lucky you are going to be able to see the cliffs. As a suggestion if you are vegan/vegetarian bring some food with you, it may be a little difficult to find something.

It is a very well organized, concise combination of nature, land scape, culture and history. The tour guide (Anthony) is super friendly and knows a lot about Ireland's history. The timings are very well organized. The coach is comfortable and the driver is nice :). If you are in Ireland for a short time and you want to make most out of it, I recommend this tour.

It was amazing except for the short time in the main attraction. We stayed 1:30 hour in the Cliffs and it was not enough as you have to walk a lot. The restaurant takes too long to get your order so you spend too much time for lunch. Apart from that the rest was perfect. The driver/guide is a very nice guy.