Dublin
Day Trips

5 attractions no Dublin day trip would be complete without

We'd recommend doublin' your time in the Irish capital, but if you really do have just a day to spend here, you'll have some great craic (pronounced: crack) working a day tour around these five Dublin faves!

  • Christ Church Cathedral

    1. Christ Church Cathedral

    St. Patrick's is also worth touring, but if your excursion coincides, don't miss medieval Christ Church's choral evensongs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.

  • Phoenix Park

    2. Phoenix Park

    Europe's largest walled city park is home to Áras an Uachtaráin–home to the Irish president. You can also enjoy a wander around the People's Gardens and the old Magazine Fort.

  • Dublin Castle

    3. Dublin Castle

    This unusual castle off Dame Street is worth visiting for many reasons, not least because its garden was once home to the Dubh Linn (dark pool) that gave the city its name!

  • Kilmainham Gaol

    4. Kilmainham Gaol

    Kilmainham is the place to visit if you want to learn about Ireland's struggle for independence. Now a museum, many significant revolutionaries were imprisoned and executed here.

  • Dublin Writers Museum

    5. Dublin Writers Museum

    In a city of exemplary museums, you might only have time for a quick one. Why not immerse yourself in its great literary reputation by learning more about Joyce and Yeats, et al?

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get to the city center from Dublin cruise port?

    The cruise port is just over a mile from the city center, and there is an express bus service that should only take about 15 minutes. Visitors can also take the number 53 public bus, pick up a cab at the taxi rank, or even take a hop on hop off bus directly from the terminal for an easy jaunt around the sights and then back again!

  • How to get around Dublin?

    Dublin's public transport system can be pretty tricky for newcomers to grasp. Fortunately, most areas of interest can be reached pretty quickly by foot. If you really plan on cramming a lot in (and can afford it!) then you'll have no problem hailing a cab. Be aware, though: as well as the initial fare, an extra euro will be added on per passenger.

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What people are saying about Dublin

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15,796 reviews

Our journey was unforgettable thanks to the beautiful place that we visited but importantly the amazing guide Bud. Even during the long tour it wasn't boring even for a second and other than being a guide he is a historian. Also he's an amazing driver and has a good humour. Other than the Giants Causeway he organized a Black Taxi for us, his timing was great. Bud stopped at beautiful places so we could take pictures and he cared for his passenger and asked if it's too cold or hot. At the end we sang Molly Malone :)We're really thankful and are looking to our next adventure with yous! Thanks Bud!

Tommy, our bus driver/tour guide, was wonderful! I thought the tour of Galway was a bit short, but it is a small area to be fair. The drive to the cliffs was so beautiful. The cliffs themselves were also gorgeous, of course. It was crucial to my experience to have gone on a day with good weather. It's definitely worth timing your trip to avoid rain. Tommy took us on the Wild Atlantic Way on the way back to Galway. I didn't know that route existed before he took us there but I LOVED it so much. That was actually my favorite part.

The travel was perfect, on-time pick-up, the driver was very friendly, everything goes how it was scheduled on the itinerary. Make sure to bring an umbrella and the right clothes and shoes, the wheater can be unpredictable. If you are lucky you are going to be able to see the cliffs. As a suggestion if you are vegan/vegetarian bring some food with you, it may be a little difficult to find something.

It is a very well organized, concise combination of nature, land scape, culture and history. The tour guide (Anthony) is super friendly and knows a lot about Ireland's history. The timings are very well organized. The coach is comfortable and the driver is nice :). If you are in Ireland for a short time and you want to make most out of it, I recommend this tour.

It was amazing except for the short time in the main attraction. We stayed 1:30 hour in the Cliffs and it was not enough as you have to walk a lot. The restaurant takes too long to get your order so you spend too much time for lunch. Apart from that the rest was perfect. The driver/guide is a very nice guy.