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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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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!

Photo: zoonabar @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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!

Photo: Sean MacEntee @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Photo: Larry Koester @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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  • 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

Friendly, patient drivers! Wonderful scenery!! Thank you !!!!!

My group of 18 people enjoyed the mysterious forest and waterfall, the lakes and mountains, the fantastic beach and the cliffs. The pub in Killarney was perfect and so was our breakfast stop in Adare. We would have wanted our day to last more than 24 hours to stay longer everywhere!!! Magic tour!
Kerry Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Joelle, 10/25/2016

This tour is amazing and ask for Richard

This tour included top attractions with reasonable time to explore each location. It may feel like you don't have a lot of time but there is so much to fit in to make sure you get to the next stop on time. Richard O'Brien is amazing and a great tour guide. He will tell you interesting, funny, and historical tales about Ireland. He wants each person to get the most out of the experience and he always has a smile on his face. I would highly recommend this tour. You must be in time for each stop so if you are not a timely person, I would skip any bus tour because timing is everything in order to fit everything in.

convenient, good value and excellent info on bus

I used this mainly to get to Heuston Rail Station, but the ride through the city was a bonus, and on return I caught it from O'Connell St in the city centre. Very easy to locate at airport and minimal walking to get on/off (100 yards or less). and plenty of helpful staff and driver. No need to pre-book, although I did without any problem

The tour was very interesting and the free pint was worth it.

We enjoyed the tour. It was well laid out. The only negative was the observation area was very crowded.
Priority Entrance: Guinness Storehouse with Free Pint Reviewed by Carolanne, 10/18/2016

Fantastic storytelling learning the Dublin history

Found out about the trip at 10 am. Booked a free guided tour at 11 am. Aworked perfectly. top-notch guidance tour with a real story teller. We enjoyed every minute! To be recommended!
Skip the Line: New Dublin Free Tour Reviewed by Mia, 10/17/2016

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