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Welcome to Dublin

Dublin—the vibrant capital of the Emerald Isle—buzzes with life. Thanks to its many attractions, museums, and historical monuments, you’ll find plenty of adventure on its cobblestone streets. Follow in the footsteps of authors such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, get a taste for Ireland’s most famous export at the Guinness Storehouse, or take the kids to the Dublin Zoo. Daily tours run from the capital to attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, and the Wicklow Mountains National Park, where you’ll see the soaring cliffs and the open wilderness of the coast and countryside.

Top 10 attractions in Dublin

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Towering 702 feet (214 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the water, the famed Cliffs of Moher define the rugged west coast of Ireland. They're also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, with tours available from Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, and Doolin.More
Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies.More
Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the area draws thousands of tourists each year who come to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.More
Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Established as a small Viking church in the 11th century, this magnificent cathedral was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century under orders from Norman knight, Strongbow, whose tomb is now held here. In the late 19th century, it was given a neo-Gothic makeover, though original elements including the 12th-century crypt remain.More
Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

The 7-story, pint glass–shaped interior of the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, draws travelers from all corners of the world who want to see the birthplace of the famed dark beer and get a taste straight from the barrel. Highlights include multimedia exhibits and a complimentary pint.More
Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

One of Ireland’s most prestigious academic institutions, Trinity College Dublin sits in Dublin’s city center and boasts alumni including esteemed literary legends such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett. Tourists from the world over come to wander the historic cobblestoned campus and see the Book of Kells, a prized medieval manuscript housed in the Trinity College Library.More
Molly Malone Statue

Molly Malone Statue

The bronze Molly Malone Statue commemorates the young woman featured in the local ballad, 'Cockles and Mussels'. As the song goes, this beautiful woman plied her trade as a fishmonger through the streets where her statue now rests, until she suddenly died of a fever. As a nod to the folk song, a statue was erected on the corner of Grafton and Suffolk streets and unveiled at the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations.This tune has been adopted as Dublin's unofficial anthem, boosting this heroine to eternal fame. Though there is debate as to whether or not a Molly Malone like the one in the song ever existed, she is real to the people of Dublin and is remembered both in song as well as on June 13, National Molly Malone Day. The statue also acts as a popular rendezvous spot for groups as the beautiful bosomy woman with her cart cannot be missed.More
The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

Dating back to AD 800, the illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Kells is renowned for its extraordinary illustrations and ornamentations. Its intricate drawings incorporating Celtic and Christian traditions are a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the medieval Irish monks believed to have created it while on the remote island of Iona in Scotland. Despite Viking raids, theft, and fights between various Irish and English factions, 680 astonishingly detailed vellum (calf-skin) pages of the book remain intact.More
Temple Bar

Temple Bar

A compact cluster of crowded cobbled lanes, Temple Bar is an urban playground known for its nightlife. Once a rundown slum before artists and bohemian types—drawn by cheap rents—moved in, Dublin’s so-called cultural quarter has since been revamped. It is now home to galleries, vintage shops, cafés, cultural institutions, and a high concentration of pubs.More
Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.More

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Top activities in Dublin

Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

Loved this day!
Jildau_K, May 2022
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
A must do when you're on a citytrip in Dublin and wants to see more than only the city.
A visit to Dublin
Augie_D, May 2022
Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
A great way to see the highlights of Dublin.
Oscar Wilde and much more!
Wesley_J, May 2022
Dublin Oscar Wilde 1.5-Hour Walking Tour
Another highlight was a brief peep into the National Museum - Archaeology to see the Broighter Boat, the Ardagh Chalice and other special treasures.
Experience Ireland in one day
Markta_Z, May 2022
Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough and Kilkenny Day Tour from Dublin
I recommend it to everyone who have limited time in Dublin and want to see and learn as much as possible!
Fantastic 100% recommend
Melanie_H, May 2022
Electric Bike Tour in Dublin
A fabulous way to see the sights.
Wonderful trip !
Laura_P, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The driver gave just the perfect amount of information, and was super helpful when giving us places to see in cork!
Our guide Neil was...
Carolyn_G, Apr 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
He gave us suggestions for other activities in Dublin and answered all of our questions.
Perfect Day Trip
Nancy_Z, Apr 2022
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Liam was an excellent guide and this was a wonderful day trip to see some beautiful areas outside of Dublin.
Great trip
Stephanie_P, Apr 2022
Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
Fun and handy way to see Dublin.
Great Transfer
Danielle_U, Apr 2022
Private Dublin Arrival Transfer - Airport to Hotel / Accommodation
Gave us lots of ideas of things to do.
Belfast taxi tour was awesome!
Nancy_M, Apr 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
The taxi tour is a Belfast Falls were fascinating!
Jessica_L, Apr 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Booking the fast-track tour was a great decision because there were a lot of people waiting to see the exhibit.
Great day trip
Jennifer_B, Apr 2022
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Terrific way to see the day and explore a bit of Ireland countryside.
See a different part of Dublin
Gail_B, Mar 2022
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
Good to see different parts of Dublin and learn about the history.
Wonderful tour
Leslie_C, Feb 2022
The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin
It’s hard to ever feel like it’s possible to see “everything” in a few hours, but I don’t doubt this was about as close as one can get.
A nature day near Dublin
Julie_K, Feb 2022
Wicklow Mountains Private Day Trip from Dublin
A couple of stops along the way where I was able to head out on my own to see lakes and waterfalls.
This tour was definitely...
Marieka_V, Feb 2022
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
We got to see a lot of the main sites and learn so many interesting things about Dublins history.
Great Day in the countryside
Taite_P, Feb 2022
Small-Group Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin with Horse-Back Riding
This whole day was an easy, wonderful way to see the countryside without having a car of our own!
Amazing Tour 5*
Peter_H, Jan 2022
See Dublin By Bike
This was a fantastic way to see Dublin and get bearings!
Helena was a wonderful...
Philipp_A, Jan 2022
Dublin Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
I really liked the Story of Billy in the Bowl, and it was a good mix of dark/grim places and stories, as well as some usual Dublin attractions.

All about Dublin

When to visit

Visiting Dublin in the summer means warm weather and a festival atmosphere, but also the highest hotel rates and the largest crowds. To strike a happy medium of still-warm temperatures but fewer fellow travelers, consider a springtime trip, when it's quieter with the exception of St. Patrick’s Day. Whenever you choose to visit, come prepared with a rain jacket—the city averages 11 rainy days a month.

A local’s pocket guide to Dublin

Claire Bourillon

Attracted by Celtic music and legends, Claire lived in Dublin’s Smithfield neighborhood for three years. She particularly enjoyed feeding the deer at Phoenix Park, listening to the singers on Grafton Street, and sampling seafood chowder with soda bread.

The first thing you should do in Dublin is...

get a rechargeable Leap card to travel around the city. You can buy bus tickets, but you won’t get change if you don’t have the correct fare.

A perfect Saturday in Dublin...

involves a visit to Howth. Grab fish 'n' chips, walk along the pier, and look out for sea lions before heading back to Dublin city centre. End the day with drinks, Irish stew, and live music at a local pub.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Temple Bar neighbourhood, alongside the River Liffey. By day, explore the cobblestone streets, alleyways, and local art shops. By night, return to enjoy the city’s colourful nightlife.

To discover the "real" Dublin...

wander through the Portobello area and along the Grand Canal. The numerous red brick houses, cute cafés, and local market will definitely charm you.

For the best view of the city...

book a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, then climb to the Gravity Bar rooftop and enjoy a panoramic view of the city with the complimentary pint included with your entrance ticket.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Dublin is just pubs and St. Patrick’s Day. Get to know the culture and history of the city by visiting major landmarks like Trinity College and Kilmainham Gaol.

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