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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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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!

Photo: zoonabar @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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!

Photo: Sean MacEntee @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Photo: Larry Koester @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Friendly and informative guide and spectacular scenery.

Our guide for the day was Martin. His manner and local knowledge was very good indeed. He made us all feel welcome and was more than willing to answer any questions we had. We had a great afternoon and would recommend this tour to anyone

Wicklow Mountains Glendalough: Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Martin, 02/11/2017

The only way to travel to and from Dublin city centre - just brilliant

This was the perfect start to our short Dublin break. No waiting around, drop off close or hotel and polite extremely helpful bus drivers. Well done.

Airlink Express: Dublin Airport to Dublin's City Center Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/01/2017

Well worth taking North Coast & Malahide Castle half- day tour

Meeting point a little awkward to get to because of the tram line development but once there, a warm welcome from our guide for this tour. Having boarded the bus our guide gave us a brief preview of where we will be going along with the 'house rules' and off we went, arriving precisely on time at Malahide Castle. Over the next 40 mis Mary guided us through this interesting castle and then onto some refreshments in the busy cafe. Once back on board we headed along the cost road past some magnificent coastal scenery to Howth is a tourist hot spot with a little fishing village with lots of seafood restaurant, stopping here for an hour. We had to indulge in the local calamari and a wee Jameson. We carried on along the coastal road with a view back to Dublin along with a constant and interesting commentary by our guide who even entertained us with some local folk songs, with some folks joining in, great fun! Very careful & caring driver arrived back in Dublin on time. Top man!

An enjoyable experience bringing characters from history to life.

An enjoyable experience aimed to cater for a broad range. A good starting point to review history

Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery Historical Tour Reviewed by Paul, 01/24/2017

Informative, interesting tour covering Dublin's Highlights

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He showed us around the major tourist attractions and provided some good insights into Dublin's fascinating history. Definitely recommended!

Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/12/2017

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