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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

Blarney and Cahir Castles: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

An excellent experience! Both adults and children really enjoyed it and Connor, our driver & guide besides being a great character was also very helpful and informative throughout the trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone, regardless of the time of the year or weather conditions. Especially Blarney Castle could well be a single, day long destination, especially for those with children. So much to see and do there... We would definitely like to do it again.

Blarney and Cahir Castles: Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Dimitris, 02/19/2019

The tour was fun and impressive. The guide Martin was very professiona

The tour was awesome and I would recommend to all. The tour guide and driver, MARTIN, was a total professional!! ☘️

Wicklow National Park: Small Group Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Michael, 02/19/2019

We learned a lot about Jameson whiskey and really enjoyed the tour

We had a great time on the tour starting with two of the best Old Fashioned cocktails my wife and I ever had! We learned a lot about Irish whiskey and especially enjoyed the comparative tasting next to scotch and American whisky.

Dublin: Jameson Distillery Bow St. Tour Reviewed by Patrick, 02/19/2019

Awesome....great guide with a fantastic flair for storytelling

This tour was really quite something....it combined both history and the best of Irish culture....we visited 13th century Dublin Castle which was spectacular. Our guide Phil told us all the incredible stories associated with the Castle its importance in Irish history and th events that led to Queen Victoria falling out with the Castle postmaster over a particular incident. We also found out that Bram Stoker the author of Dracula worked here for over 10 years while writing his famous novel. We then visited the oldest pub in Ireland where we shared a pint and heard incredible stories of its nearly 900 years of history. Our group were so well looked after by Phil...he was such a storyteller full of Irish charm and wit. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Dublin.

Dublin: Brazen Head and Castle City Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/29/2019

This tour was fantastic. Our guide Sean was so passionate & engaging

This tour couldn't have been better. Our guide was Sean who was so knowledgeable, friendly and a fantastic storyteller. We learnt so much and had great fun while on the tour. Having the easy access to Kilmainham Jail was a huge advantage as we didn't waste anytime and started our tour immediately. I would definitely recommend this tour. Everything was so well organized and gave us an opportunity to discover so much more than we would have on our own. Thanks to Sean we had a fantastic lunch at a nearby restaurant. Thanks for a great tour.