Things to do in

Dublin

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Top 10 things to do in Dublin

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.

Frequently asked questions about Dublin

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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

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We had a blast; it really was a fun-packed day. The entire route was nearly 370 miles long but our guide Anthony made it exceptionally enjoyable. He shared with us some engaging stories and facts about every sight and town we drove by seasoned with a light-hearted and humorous touch. A 10/10 guide for sure. It starts at 6:45h and that might be a pain in the ass, but I assure you that the tour is worth every waking minute of your day. The guys were able to squeeze together and pull off a magnific day tour.

This museum is a treasure! The very best part of the experience was the tour guided by Rosa. She was so informative and entertaining and even sang us a beautiful Irish song a Capello! What a treat! I highly recommend a visit to the Little Museum of Dublin!

This was an absolutely awesome tour! Sean was full of information and facts, had an awesome playlist, and paid meticulous attention to the members of the tour. All of the visited places were beautiful too.

The experience was amazing! Our tour guide Peter was very nice and had so many interesting facts about Ireland. The bus driver Larry was also very kind and quite funny.

It was best trip. I met so many nice peoples. Guide was excellent. Travel bus was comfortable and relaxed. Nice experience ☺️