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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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
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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!

Aviva Stadium
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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
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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

Regular service, efficient and cost effective

Highly recommended , buses are there regularly and it's a cost effective transfer from the airport. We also purchased the Hop on hop off bus tickets for our visit to Dublin and this was excellent too.

Airlink Express: Dublin Airport to Dublin's City Center Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/22/2018

Excellent experience with a great guide!

My wife and I had a wonderful time touring both distilleries, and having a guide who knew the area and the history of Dublin was great. Highly recommended!

Great Trip, beautiful nature, friendly guide and friendly bus driver

We enjoyed the trip very much. Gavin, our Tour guide and Captain John, the bus driver were really nice and attentive. We would also book a tour again.

One of the best trips I've ever experienced loved it

One of the best trips I've ever experienced loved it. I would refer friends and relatives especially with our driver and navigator was the best of the best . The driver was very safe and courteous Our navigator was very knowledgeable taught us a lot about Dublin . We came to Dublin to celebrate our wedding anniversary enjoyed it tremendously. Seeram's Charlotte North Carolina

Great at organized chaos with a bunch of people who are ready to party

They were great at keeping us all together and informed even though some of us weren’t completely coherent. I would do it over in a heart beat. I met some cool people and there were great deals for each bar.

Dublin: The Backpacker Pub Crawl Reviewed by William, 10/07/2018