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Things to do in Dublin

Things to do in  Dublin

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 10 attractions in Dublin

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. These rock formations get their name from an old legend stating that Irish warrior Finn McCool built the path across the sea to face his Scottish rival, Benandonner. On his way back to Scotland, Benandonner tears up the path behind him, leaving just what exists today on the Northern Irish coast and the Scottish island of Staffa, which has similar rock formations. While the legend makes for an interesting story, geologists have a different explanation for the creation of the Giant's Causeway: volcanic activity. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thousands of tourists visit Giant's Causeway each year to marvel at and photograph this natural wonder.More
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Cliffs of Moher

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The Irish landscape, normally so gentle and well-behaved, reaches for a dramatic flourish as it meets the Atlantic coast. The seaboard offers no greater sight than County Clare’s mighty Cliffs of Moher, which tower above the raging ocean below along a 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch. The viewing platform on top of crenellated O’Brien’s Tower provides the best vistas, stretching west to the Aran Islands and north to Galway Bay. To find out more about the natural and historical significance of the cliffs, explore the visitors’ center which is discreetly embedded in a hillside.More
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Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. At that time, the castle was meant to act as a defense center against the current invaders, the Normans, and serve as the seat of the English government. Since then, Dublin Castle has also been the site of the royal mint, the police headquarters and the residence of various British leaders. Today, the castle grounds are used for some governmental purposes but are mostly only used for ceremonial purposes, such as the Irish President's inauguration, and to host conferences, like those of the European Council. When no such event is occurring, Dublin Castle is open to the public. Guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building.More
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The Book of Kells

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Known as one of Ireland's national treasures, the Book of Kells is a sacred and important historical text dating from around 800 A.D., making it one of the oldest books in the world. The book gets its name from the Abbey of Kells, which was its original home until the continuous plundering of the Vikings proved to be too great of a threat. Since the 15th century it has been at Trinity College for safekeeping. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks that depicts the 4 gospels of the New Testament as well as other texts. Written in Latin, the book has been translated and found to have a few mistakes. But these are overlooked as the manuscript was made to serve a more decorative and ceremonial purpose than one of utility. In fact, it is its illuminations (illustrations) that make the Book of Kells so remarkable.More
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Trinity College Dublin

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Supremely located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College stands as the gem of Ireland. Ranked as the number one university in the nation and in the top forty globally, Trinity College has a stellar academic reputation in addition to being one of Dublin's finest landmarks. Established in 1592, the college has been at its current location since the 1700s and boasts some beautiful Georgian architecture from that time. The Campanile and Examination Hall are commonly the subjects of photographs. The Old Library is popular amongst visitors as well, but it is not the look of the building's exterior that draws them there. Held within the Old Library is the world famous Book of Kells, an ancient sacred text, which is on display in a special exhibit. While Trinity College is deeply rooted in its history, much has changed since the institution first opened its doors over 400 years ago. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I of England, the college was originally only open to Protestant men.More
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Molly Malone Statue

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The bronze statue of Molly Malone 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
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Guinness Storehouse

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Ireland's top attraction is the Guinness Storehouse. People from all corners of the world come to visit the birthplace of the black frothy brew and get a taste straight from the barrel. In November 2000, the Guinness Storehouse opened its doors as a multi-media visitor experience. Thousands of visitors each year enter the pint glass-shaped tower and make their way up through seven stories of interactive exhibits demonstrating the brewing process as well as the history behind this legendary stout. A treat for the senses, the self-guided tour allows guests to look at old ads, touch the barley, smell the hops, hear the waterfall and finally, to taste the finished product. On the top floor, visitors line up to claim their complimentary pint of Guinness, complete with shamrock flourish, to enjoy in the Gravity Bar. The completely glass-enclosed level provides 360 degree views over the brewery and city.More
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Christ Church Cathedral

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One of the oldest buildings in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former medieval heart of the city. Founded in 1030 by Sitric, King of the Dublin Norsemen, the grand cathedral (also known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity) has long been a place of pilgrimage for Ireland's devout. Incorporated into the Irish Church in 1152, today it's the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. Renowned for its design, on a one-hour tour you'll get to explore the interior, keeping a look out for its famous stained glass windows, the smaller chapels behind the main altar, and the secret underground floor. You'll get an insight into the history of the cathedral, and hear the strange tale of the mummified cat and rat. You'll visit the crypt — one of the largest and oldest in Britain and Ireland, and also get to have a go at ringing the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in the belfry.More
#9

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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Visitors to Blarney Castle most often are actually visitors to the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. As its name implies, the legend states that if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People come year after year to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. Leaders and entertainers from all over the world have journeyed here to partake in this ritual and capture the power of the stone and travelers from near and far continue to do the same. Besides the draw of the Stone, the Blarney Castle also boasts handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations. Known collectively as Rock Close, the formations have been given such whimsical names as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave, adding a certain sense of enchantment to this 600 year old fortress. So by all means, take your turn to kiss the Stone.More
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Temple Bar

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Temple Bar is known as the cultural quarter of Dublin. Originally a slum that was to be developed into a bus terminus, it became home to a number of artists' galleries and small businessmen's shops who took advantage of the cheap rent in the 1980s. Presently, the Irish Film Institute and the Temple Bar Music Centre are amongst the several cultural institutions tucked away in this district's narrow cobbled streets. Since the success of the movement to preserve Temple Bar, several drinking establishments have also popped up in the neighborhood. Though family-friendly during the day, what happens here after dark wouldn't be considered "culturally rich experiences" by most. As far as nightlife goes, Temple Bar is a popular place to get a drink or two (or three!) with friends, enjoy some traditional Irish music and observe the rowdy antics from a distance.More

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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin

Belfast Day Trip from Dublin

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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A brilliant tour !
Ruth_O, Sep 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
We actually live in Dublin but were on a one night hotel break in the city and wanted to see the Book of Kells.
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Time well spent
Finola_Lawless, Jul 2020
Skip the Line Ticket for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
I would rate it as top ten things to do in Dublin.
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Cliffs of Moher
1mmh1970, Jan 2020
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
I loved this trip, the tour guide was so knowledgeable and provided so much background regarding places we were passing and gave several recommendations about places to eat in Galway as well as what to do back in Dublin.
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North of Ireland in one day
David D, Dec 2019
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
If you only have one day to see the North of Ireland, I cannot recommend this trip highly enough.
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Historic quick tour of Dublin
jacrcoleman, Nov 2019
Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour
I was in Dublin for a short layover and didn't have much time to see everything.
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Half day trip to Glendalough
WendyHew, Nov 2019
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Fascinating to see the Monastery City of Glendalough and to think of it bustling with people in the 6th to 10th centuries.
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Great tour!
etacar11, Nov 2019
Dublin Highlights Walking Tour
We got to see lots of interesting sights and the group was kept at a small, manageable number of people.
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A great tour.
Joyce M, Nov 2019
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This was a great tour to see Trinity College, The Book of Kells, and other highlights of Dublin.
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A great experience!
Joyce M, Nov 2019
See Dublin By Bike
This was a wonderful experience, and a great way to see some of the highlights of Dublin.
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Absolutely amazing
daynahkarrista, Oct 2019
Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour
Me and my best friend we’re stuck on things to do as we regularly visit Dublin and had done everything in the past.
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Fell in Love with Wicklow mountains
myeverydaytreasures, Oct 2019
Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
They are informative, you get to see many places which otherwise would have been very expensive to do on your own.
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Great day trip
Happiness00810470267, Oct 2019
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
The Kilkenny had many things to do and friendly people.
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Great Day
Mary9102017, Oct 2019
Wicklow, Powerscourt, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin
This was a wonderful way to see some of the sights in the Wicklow area.
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Nice gift for my parents.
Storyteller799821, Sep 2019
Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
Sometimes you just have to fall into line with tourism, and although I don't do this type of thing, I booked it as my parents were traveling to Dublin with me, so it was a good way to fill the evening with food, a few beers and an introduction to Iri
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Really good experience
aureliechambrier, Aug 2019
Glendalough,Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour including Sheepdog herding demonstration
They also gave us some recommandations of things to do in Dublin!
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Pub Crawl Fun
KateDaon, Jul 2019
Dublin Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl
This was seriously one of the most fun things we did in Dublin!
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Dublin getaway!
phillytraveler2019, Jul 2019
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Great day trip out of busy Dublin to see beautiful countryside.
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great experience
cyndil1022019, Jul 2019
City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Great way to see Dublin!!
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Great Day Trip
Escape21020106253, Jun 2019
Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
The time for each stop was just enough and her recommendations for food/attractions at Galway and Dublin where spot on.
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Informative
Escape36033453996, Jun 2019
Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
Dublin City is very busy and congested so this hop on hop off tour is one of the better ways to see the sites of Dublin.

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