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Welcome to Dublin

Dublin—the vibrant capital of the Emerald Isle—buzzes with life. Thanks to its many attractions, museums, and historical monuments, you’ll find plenty of adventure on its cobblestone streets. Follow in the footsteps of authors such as James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, get a taste for Ireland’s most famous export at the Guinness Storehouse, or take the kids to the Dublin Zoo. Daily tours run from the capital to attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, and the Wicklow Mountains National Park, where you’ll see the soaring cliffs and the open wilderness of the coast and countryside.

Top 15 attractions in Dublin

Cliffs of Moher

Towering 702 feet (214 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the water, the famed Cliffs of Moher define the rugged west coast of Ireland. They're also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, with tours available from Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, and Doolin.More

Trinity College Dublin

One of Ireland’s most prestigious academic institutions, Trinity College Dublin sits in Dublin’s city center and boasts alumni including esteemed literary legends such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett. Tourists from the world over come to wander the historic cobblestoned campus and see the Book of Kells, a prized medieval manuscript housed in the Trinity College Library.More

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the area draws thousands of tourists each year who come to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.More

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies.More

Guinness Storehouse

The 7-story, pint glass–shaped interior of the Guinness Storehouse, one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, draws travelers from all corners of the world who want to see the birthplace of the famed dark beer and get a taste straight from the barrel. Highlights include multimedia exhibits and a complimentary pint.More

Temple Bar

A compact cluster of crowded cobbled lanes, Temple Bar is an urban playground known for its nightlife. Once a rundown slum before artists and bohemian types—drawn by cheap rents—moved in, Dublin’s so-called cultural quarter has since been revamped. It is now home to galleries, vintage shops, cafés, cultural institutions, and a high concentration of pubs.More

The Book of Kells

Dating back to AD 800, the illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Kells is renowned for its extraordinary illustrations and ornamentations. Its intricate drawings incorporating Celtic and Christian traditions are a testament to the incredible craftsmanship of the medieval Irish monks believed to have created it while on the remote island of Iona in Scotland. Despite Viking raids, theft, and fights between various Irish and English factions, 680 astonishingly detailed vellum (calf-skin) pages of the book remain intact.More

Molly Malone Statue

The bronze Molly Malone Statue commemorates the young woman featured in the local ballad, 'Cockles and Mussels'. As the song goes, this beautiful woman plied her trade as a fishmonger through the streets where her statue now rests, until she suddenly died of a fever. As a nod to the folk song, a statue was erected on the corner of Grafton and Suffolk streets and unveiled at the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations.This tune has been adopted as Dublin's unofficial anthem, boosting this heroine to eternal fame. Though there is debate as to whether or not a Molly Malone like the one in the song ever existed, she is real to the people of Dublin and is remembered both in song as well as on June 13, National Molly Malone Day. The statue also acts as a popular rendezvous spot for groups as the beautiful bosomy woman with her cart cannot be missed.More

Jameson Distillery Bow St.

For nearly 200 years, this distillery produced one of Ireland’s leading whiskeys, before Jameson—together with other producers—moved operations to a purpose-built facility in Middleton, County Cork, in the 1970s. Now, the Jameson Distillery Bow St. has been revamped as a visitor center showcasing the history and heritage of the brand.More

Christ Church Cathedral

Established as a small Viking church in the 11th century, this magnificent cathedral was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century under orders from Norman knight, Strongbow, whose tomb is now held here. In the late 19th century, it was given a neo-Gothic makeover, though original elements including the 12th-century crypt remain.More

Blarney Castle & Gardens

The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.More

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The largest church in Ireland, the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral has borne witness to nearly 800 years of Irish history. The church was supposedly founded on the site where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, baptized converts and is known for its exquisite stained-glass windows, marble statues, and medieval tiling. St. Patrick’s is as much a significant spot for literary pilgrims as it is for their religious counterparts; Jonathan Swift, the esteemed author of “Gulliver’s Travels” once served as dean here and is now buried within its gray stone walls.More

Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow Mountains National Park, also known as the Garden of Ireland, is one of the country’s six national parks and an easy day trip from Dublin, only 18.5 miles (30 km) away. Travelers frequent this County Wicklow mountain range to spend time away from the city and enjoy the stunningly wild landscape that is so markedly different from the typical green, grassy plains of the Emerald Isle. You’ll find 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of low mountains, serene lakes, and deep glacial valleys offering chances to fish, kayak, and hike.More


Explore beyond Dublin with a day trip to Glendalough, a sixth-century monastic complex one hour south of the city center. Set between two lakes, Glendalough is a popular destination for travelers who want a taste of the Irish countryside. It’s also a common stop for hikers setting out along the Wicklow Way, which runs through the valley.More

St. Stephen's Green

Once a common used for sheep grazing and public executions, St. Stephen’s Green became public park in 1877. This popular 22-acre (9-hectare) park offers benches and green lawns for relaxing, beautiful flower beds, a lake full of ducks, children’s playgrounds, and busts of prominent Irish historical figures.More

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Top activities in Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
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Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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6-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
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Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

Luvin Dublin
Mark_B, Mar 2023
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
It was nice to see the sights of Dublin by bus.
Touring Dublin
Amy_B, Mar 2023
City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The Hop on and off bus was a great way to see more.
Guide, Ann was wonderful....
Michael_F, Mar 2023
Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
It was fun to see different parts of historic and older Dublin.
Beautiful Experience
Leslie_L, Mar 2023
Cycle Tours in Dublin
Great way to see a lot of the city in a short time.
Lovely river tour
Jmchan03, Mar 2023
Sightseeing Cruise on the River Liffey
A great way to see a different view of Dublin.
Would go again!
Julia_N, Mar 2023
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in Dublin
The tea service was lovely and we got to see so much of the city!
Breathtaking views & great experience
CameronLowe, Mar 2023
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
Recommend everyone to try to visit the Cliffs at least once in your life time and this tour is a great option based out of Dublin.
Alisia_S, Mar 2023
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
You get to see a lot, especially for the price.
Amazing Tour of Northern Ireland
Stephanie_L, Mar 2023
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
Great tour, it’s a very easy way to be able to see all the great Northern Ireland sights when you’re staying in Dublin.
Book this tour!!
Rachel_S, Mar 2023
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
We were able to see so much and experience so much in a smaller group.
Great way to see Dublin!
Jason_U, Mar 2023
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great way to see Dublin!
A Can’t Miss Experience in Dublin!
Sydney_H, Mar 2023
90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips
We got to see a lot of spots we wouldn’t have thought to visit + the famous ones.
Walking Tour
Fran_R, Feb 2023
Dublin Private Walking Tour
Pasquale was a wealth of information and we got to see some of the main tourist attractions along with a brief and concise history lesson.
Nikki_G, Feb 2023
Celtic Boyne Valley Day Trip from Dublin
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Wonderful way to see the highlights of Dublin as well as a great pint of Guinness
Colin_P, Feb 2023
Skip the Line Guinness Storehouse and Dublin City Highlights Tour
It was a wonderful way to see the highlights of Dublin as well as a great pint of Guinness.
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Donna_L, Feb 2023
Go City: Dublin All-Inclusive Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and 35+ Attractions
Easy to use and a fab way to see Dublin .
Fantastic tour and guide
Aileen_P, Feb 2023
Skip the Line Guinness Storehouse and Dublin City Highlights Tour
So much to see but so little time but this tour gave us a great opportunity to see so much while on a busy tour schedule.
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John_R, Feb 2023
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
Walked all around Dublin and got to see a lot of spooky sights and heard some amazing stories.
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Neville_N, Feb 2023
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
We were first in to see the magical Book of Kells and we were shown so many hidden gems within Dublin City.
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InstaTours Dublin
I highly recommend this tour to see more of a Dublin, learn about photography, and get some cool pictures.
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All about Dublin

When to visit

Visiting Dublin in the summer means warm weather and a festival atmosphere, but also the highest hotel rates and the largest crowds. To strike a happy medium of still-warm temperatures but fewer fellow travelers, consider a springtime trip, when it's quieter with the exception of St. Patrick’s Day. Whenever you choose to visit, come prepared with a rain jacket—the city averages 11 rainy days a month.

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A local’s pocket guide to Dublin

Claire Bourillon

Attracted by Celtic music and legends, Claire lived in Dublin’s Smithfield neighborhood for three years. She particularly enjoyed feeding the deer at Phoenix Park, listening to the singers on Grafton Street, and sampling seafood chowder with soda bread.

The first thing you should do in Dublin is...

get a rechargeable Leap card to travel around the city. You can buy bus tickets, but you won’t get change if you don’t have the correct fare.

A perfect Saturday in Dublin...

involves a visit to Howth. Grab fish 'n' chips, walk along the pier, and look out for sea lions before heading back to Dublin city centre. End the day with drinks, Irish stew, and live music at a local pub.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Temple Bar neighbourhood, alongside the River Liffey. By day, explore the cobblestone streets, alleyways, and local art shops. By night, return to enjoy the city’s colourful nightlife.

To discover the "real" Dublin...

wander through the Portobello area and along the Grand Canal. The numerous red brick houses, cute cafés, and local market will definitely charm you.

For the best view of the city...

book a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, then climb to the Gravity Bar rooftop and enjoy a panoramic view of the city with the complimentary pint included with your entrance ticket.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that Dublin is just pubs and St. Patrick’s Day. Get to know the culture and history of the city by visiting major landmarks like Trinity College and Kilmainham Gaol.

People Also Ask

What is Dublin famous for?

Dublin is famous as the home of Guinness. It also has a rich literary history, vibrant pub life, and historic attractions and museums. Visit the Irish capital city to explore breweries, whiskey distilleries, contemporary art galleries, and historic pubs. Dublin is also known for live music, especially traditional Irish music.

What is the #1 attraction in Dublin, Ireland?

With more than 1.7 million visitors per year, the Guinness Storehouse is Dublin’s most visited tourist attraction. Located at St. James’s Gate, this brewery is home to a multifloor museum dedicated to the background, brewing techniques, and advertising of Guinness stout. There's also a rooftop bar with 360-degree views.

How can I spend 2 days in Dublin?

Get to know Dublin in two days with a little planning. Visit the Guinness Storehouse, shop along Grafton Street, and lounge in St. Stephen’s Green on day one. Then, explore beyond the city center on day two at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

Which Ireland is part of the UK?

Northern Ireland (along with England, Scotland, and Wales) make up the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland, with its capital city of Dublin and iconic landmarks such as the Guinness Storehouse and Cliffs of Moher, is not part of the UK. Ireland gained independence from Great Britain in 1921.

What can you do with friends in Dublin?

Dublin is a contemporary, vibrant city with plenty to offer groups of friends. Join a literary pub crawl, explore the Irish culinary scene with a food tour, go kayaking off the coast, rent bikes to see different neighborhoods, visit a brewery or distillery, or check out contemporary art galleries.

Is Dublin worth visiting?

Yes. Dublin is worth visiting for its pub culture, rich history, live music, and vibrant dining scene. First-time visitors may want to check out popular landmarks such as the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. History buffs will be drawn to Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Book of Kells.


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