Things to do in

Dublin

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Top 10 things to do in Dublin

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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!

  • Croke Park

    8. 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!

  • Aviva Stadium

    9. 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.

  • National Museum of Ireland

    10. 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 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

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +353
  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32,768 reviews

I am writing this review for GetYourGuide and Tripadvisor. I enjoyed this trip on August 21th. My guide for the day was Peter and the driver was Dave. I felt very lucky to meet Peter again, since he had been my guide in a previous tour. Both were excellent professionals - Peter was as serious and knowledgeable when talking about the places' history as he was funny and friendly, and Dave showed great skill when driving safely through very narrow mountain roads. The Cliffs of Moher were astonishing. No picture or description will ever make justice - it's one of the most beautiful places I have seen. I wish we would have had more time to explore both. It's a long way to the edge and the visitor center is also worth some time to spend, so even if we had more than two hours, it felt short! The rest of the places were also beautiful and interesting, but undoubtely the Cliffs are the stars here. I would take this same tour anytime! Peter is the greatest guide ever!

I am writing this review for GetYourGuide and Tripadvisor. I enjoyed this trip on August 18th. My guide for the day was Peter and the driver was Martin. Both were excellent professionals - Peter was as serious and knowledgeable when talking about the places' history as he was funny and friendly, and Martin showed great skill when driving safely through foggy, narrow mountain roads. Glendalough National Park was strikingly beautiful, and I would have gladly spent all day there. Wicklow mountains were amazing as well, and we were lucky that the fog lifted soon to let us appreciate its beauty. We didn't spend too much time in Kilkenny, but I did enjoy taking a walk around the city center.

We truly had a fantastic time, it was an amazing experience from the moment we walked through the door to learn so much about the history of how Guinness came into being. It has always been my wish if I ever visited Ireland that it would be a must for me. I would recommend anyone whether or not they are a Guinness drinker to experience the tour, so well organised from start to finish. I will surely spread the news to my friends & family to be a must for any tourist.

Kevin and Arthur were great. Although we spent long time on the bus, the view was fabulous. Kevin was really funny and friendly. He introduced history and culture even when we were still in Dublin. Like a mini city tour, which was great and very professional. Thanks again!

Our assistant (Aiden) was an excellent toit guide and showed us all the neat areas in the Cliff of Moher