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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 10 attractions in Dublin

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Cliffs of Moher

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
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Giant's Causeway

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
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Dublin Castle

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
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Molly Malone Statue

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
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Christ Church Cathedral

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
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Guinness Storehouse

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
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Trinity College Dublin

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
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Temple Bar

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
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The Book of Kells

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
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Blarney Castle & Gardens

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

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Top activities in Dublin

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Perfect!
Joseph_C, Jul 2021
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Dublin Private Tour
He provided a list of recommendations for other activities while I was still in Dublin.
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Amazing experience in the Cliffs of Moher
Daniel_S, Jul 2021
Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilmacduagh Abbey and Galway from Dublin
If I knew, I would sit on the left side next to the window to see the landscape even better and take more pics/record some videos.
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Time well spent
Finola_Lawless, Jul 2020
Admission Ticket for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
I would rate it as top ten things to do in Dublin.
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Entertaining Walking Tour of Dublin.
annarL3834CN, Jan 2020
Dublin Dark Side Walking Tour
Very interesting and you get to visit locations you wouldn't normally visit.
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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
Private City Kickstart Tour: Dublin
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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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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Review of Book of Kells Early Access Tour
BillyRonk, Sep 2019
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Worth the money to see Book of Kells and Long Room above it.
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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 Irish music.
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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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Excellent!!!
GrannyF1, Aug 2019
1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
He really brought the history to life and it was great to visit many of the locations where these events took place.
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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!!

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.

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.

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