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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!

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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!

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  • 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

Great experience with great driver and tour guide

We had a wonderful day tour to the Cliffs. Tara, our guide was funny and told us loads of interesting anecdotes. We had enough time at every stop we made. Tanvir, our driver did his job very well, too. We are happy we did this tour even though we only came for Dublin!

Great day trip to the Giants Causeway from Dublin

Our tour guide Daniel and our bus driver Andy were organized and fun. Very nice guys overall. Daniel gave us a lot of information about the various areas and the history of Ireland. He also put on an Irish 'concert' on the way back -- guitar and songs! Fun! Felt very safe with Andy driving! He did a great job! Would definitely recommend this tour company again. Thanks for a great day!

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Tim, 16/09/2018

Sneak peak into world of whiskey distillery and its history

Cillian was a great guide - very enthusiastic and funny. He explained what makes Jameson unique and the history of how the company started. We liked his interaction with the group. We had hands-on experience with the different ingredients at the different stages of the distilling process. It was a very interactive tour as he showed us how to properly recognise the differences in different quality whiskeys. We enjoyed our free Jameson Lime drink at the end.

Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tastings Reviewed by Victoria, 14/09/2018

Breathtaking views, tons of fun facts, and fabulous driving!

Irial was a fantastic guide and Andy was a superb driver! Irial told us a lot of interesting facts, he was very light-hearted and funny and we enjoyed his commentary. Andy maneuvered us safely along the Wide Atlantic Way and drove very well! The only downside - no USB chargers on the bus. Our first stop was to a ruined Monastery, which was great as we were the only tour group there. Then we headed for the Cliffs of Moher. The weather cooperated with us - it was sunny, but windy. There was mud along the way to the cliffs so it was sometimes a bit tricky to get up and over. The view though was fantastic! Next we headed to the Baby cliffs and the Burren. The terrain was unique. After that we went to Galway city and had THE BEST ice cream ever at Murphy’s during our free time to explore the city. We recommend the Dingle Salt! While we headed back to O’Connell street, Irial was very kind to give us all sorts of recommendations and gave some local tips for our stay in Dublin!

A hilarious and scary sensation - favourite experience in Dublin!

A group of 9 of us went and had the most fun time!! Will never forget it. Thankyou!

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour Reviewed by Chloe, 08/09/2018