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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

The Book of Kells

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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

Temple Bar

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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

Jameson Distillery Bow St.

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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

Molly Malone Statue

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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

Christ Church Cathedral

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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

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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

Wicklow Mountains

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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

Glendalough

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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. Patrick's Cathedral

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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

St. Stephen's Green

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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

Top activities in Dublin

Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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Small-Group Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour from Dublin with Horse-Back Riding
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

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Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin

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Irish Food Trail - Walking Tour of Dublin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Carter_F, Nov. 2022
90 Minute Dublin Walking tour and Sightseeing tips
Great way to see some highlights and then decide what you might want to go back and explore.
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Great tour - very charismatic bus driver
Jimmy_Y, Nov. 2022
Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin: Including The Wild Atlantic Way
We left at a central location in Dublin and got to see quite a few sites on the way to the Cliffs of Moher.
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Amazing
Alexandra_Q, Nov. 2022
Guinness Storehouse Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
We were able to see many attractions of Dublin.
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Great day out with kids,...
Martha_K, Nov. 2022
Skip the Line: The National Wax Museum Admission Ticket
Great day out with kids, we all enjoyed it would recommend the wax museum, spent the afternoon looking around Dublin city afterwards
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Scenic drive
Mary_W, Nov. 2022
(Morning) Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Driver imformative & good to see a little outside of Dublin.
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Good laugh
Matthew_J, Nov. 2022
The Dublin GhostBus Tour
A great laugh, good host and interesting sites to see around Dublin.
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It was a great experience...
Nilanjan_R, Nov. 2022
Titanic Belfast Experience,Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle Day Trip from Dublin
The guide went above and beyond to have a one on one consultation with each of us providing us guidance for things to do in Dublin as well as Ireland.
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Really well organized...
Michael_B, Oct. 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Really well organized tour and a great way to jump to the front of the line to see the Book of Kells.
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Dark Dublin streets
Eileen_M, Oct. 2022
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
We got to see historical sites, and hear the stories not covered on the regular tours.
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Worthwhile Tour
Michaela_W, Oct. 2022
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
A fun way to see Dublin and get some information on some of the darker history.
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Exploring Dublin!!
Joselyn_M, Oct. 2022
Guinness Storehouse Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
What a fun way to see Dublin!!
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Little Big Town
Tristan_M, Oct. 2022
Best of Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems With Locals Private Tour
There is way too much to see in Dublin but we felt like we got to see and hear about the highlights.
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The book of Kells was...
Andrew_C, Oct. 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
The book of Kells was very fascinating, and the library was incredible to see in person.
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Great day trip
Misheala_G, Oct. 2022
Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin
They made sure we were well prepared for each stop and had context for the things we were going to see and people we would meet.
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Local with local knowledge
Stephanie_O, Oct. 2022
Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
The movie and song provided were fun and also nice to see characteristics and charm of the Irish people.
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Fantastic walking tour!
Raeanna_W, Oct. 2022
Dublin Private walking tour
We got to see so many different parts of Dublin and learned so much about Ireland’s history!
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Great way to see & eat your way through Dublin!
Jessica_M, Oct. 2022
Delicious Dublin Food Tour
Great way to see different parts of the city and try some places we may of never ventured in to try.
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Great bus tour
Frances_V, Oct. 2022
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Drivers where excellent helpful and knowledgeable Bus on time at each stop Easy way to see the city of Dublin
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Great day out
PatriceA_D, Oct. 2022
Giant's Causeway with the Titanic Exhibition and the best of Northern Ireland
Bit of a walk to see it but shuttle available to come back.
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Went great, worked easy!
William_B, Oct. 2022
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Hop on Hop off was a easy way to see Dublin.
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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.

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
GMT (UTC +1)
Country Code
+353
Language(s)
English

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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