Top attractions 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!
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!
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!
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 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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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- 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
I was on the tour to Howth by myself and I really enjoyed it. Not just because of the beautiful sights and the harbour, also because we were with the excellent guide Carl. He hasn`t just told us a lot of stuff we would forget in the next moment (p.e. dates), he made out of everything even if its boring an interesting story. And thats the clue to make history interesting. He also tried to connect people who didnt know each other, especially the ones who came by theirselves and were kinda lonely. Thanks a lot for this sometimes funny and really entertaining tour! Only thing I would criticise is the timing at the beginning of the tour. The information box says that you should be 15 minnutes before the tour begins in front of the city hall. The guides came like 10 minutes after the start. Maybe it`s just an "irish thing" and the pressure of a german always being on time or earlier, but I wanted to add that. I hope I could help you with my review.
Our tour guide Eoin was an absolute pleasure, from the very beginning to the absolute end he was knowledge about absolutely EVERYTHING and hilarious! I learned more about Ireland from him in this daytrip than in all the muesums and places I visited! It was spectacular! I was literally writing down facts as fast as I could while he kept saying more in between great humor, being knowledge about everything you pass from the meet up point to the sites, he was so helpful to get everyone the pictures they were wanting too!
When we got to the bus stop in Dublin for the trip back to the airport, the information panel announced that our bus would be there in 8 minutes. The info board counted down to 1 minute, then jumped up to 14 minutes. Three minutes later, the bus showed up. The exact same thing happened during our Dublin visit in 2018. The information boards are utterly unreliable, and this should be fixed. On the plus side, the drivers are very friendly and the buses comfortable.
Great tour! Saw many great places of Northern Ireland in just one day. We did enough stops to go to the toilet which is important in a full day bus travel. Also could charge my mobile in the bus. Loved the tour.
John was very knowledgeable and very helpful with questions. Tour was great but also very informative for us to get to know Ireland’s past. Will use sandemanns again :)