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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 Zoo

Dublin Zoo

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A family favorite, the 69-acre (28-hectare) Dublin Zoo has been around since 1831. Over 400 animals from about 100 different species can be seen across its various sections. In the African Savanna, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and ostriches roam, while the Asian Forests exhibit is home to lions, snow leopards, and crested black macaques.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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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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Wicklow Mountains

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
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Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

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Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol is a sobering reminder of Ireland’s fight for independence. Built in 1787, the damp cells of this former jailhouse held many prominent Irish nationalists before the gaol was closed down in 1924. Today, visitors can tour the eerie building and explore its storied past through a number of onsite exhibits.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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Philipp_A, Jan 2022
Dublin Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
I really liked the Story of Billy in the Bowl, and it was a good mix of dark/grim places and stories, as well as some usual Dublin attractions.
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Fun!
Alon, Jan 2022
The 10 Tastings of Dublin With Locals: Private Food Tour
Would recommend this tour to anyone else looking for a comfortable and delicious way to see Dublin
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Interesting
Ruth_W, Dec 2021
Admission Ticket for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
The interactive things to do on your way round are fun
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Great experience
Chantal_k, Nov 2021
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
If you want to see a little bit of dublin, while hearing some interesting spooky stories- this is your tour
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Dublin on foot
Lou_F, Nov 2021
Dublin Highlights Walking Tour
Michael our guide was fabulous - really knowledgable and full of Irish charm… Great to see Dublin on foot and learn about its history Throughly enjoyed the tour
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Great!
Frances_C, Oct 2021
Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour
A great way to visit the darker historical side of Dublin.
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Great trip
Sharon_H, Oct 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
Very good trip, friendly helpful staff , and nice to see other part of Ireland than Dublin Unfortunately we had rubbish wet weather, so take a Brolly if rain forecast
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Beautiful Countryside
Jean_E, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
This was a great trip as we got to see not only the cliffs, but the small village of Doolin, a short stop at the Burren, and part of Galway.
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The history and learning...
farah_m, Oct 2021
Tour of Dublin For Small Groups.
The history and learning about the little unknown secrets of the best restaurants and places to visit.
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We had a wonderful day...
Rob_P, Oct 2021
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Caste ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
Great tour to see the north of Ireland
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Love the Darkside.
Angie_S, Oct 2021
Dublin Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
It was a wonderful way to see the city while learning its history.
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Great tour of Dublin
Cheryl_S, Oct 2021
Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
A great way to see all the great spots in Dublin
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A really good guide
Kre_T, Sep 2021
(Morning) Glendalough & Wicklow Mountains Half Day Tour from Dublin
Great trip and a good guide :) Easy way to see the mountains and some landscape of Ireland, when you are in Dublin.
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Andrew_C, Sep 2021
Private Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens starting from Dublin
We loved Glendalough and the waterfall.
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Sunday Funday
amote41, Sep 2021
Sunday Afternoon Dublin Mountain Pub Tour
This tour gives you a chance to see some of the more rural pubs and some of the beautiful countryside around Dublin.
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Highly recommended
SEDNEY_V, Sep 2021
Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
So much to see and visit.
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A wonderful tour
Robin_V, Sep 2021
Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trials, Day Trip from Dublin
He knew loads of interesting information and the sites we got to see were absolutely stunning.
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Awesome tour of Dublin
Demat_Borjas, Sep 2021
Cycle Tours in Dublin
Great way to see the city in a short amount of time.
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Lots to see in this day trip from Dublin
Alison_W, Aug 2021
Blarney Castle Day Trip from Dublin
It takes a full day to see everything.
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Perfect!
Joseph_C, Jul 2021
Best of Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems With Locals Private Tour
He provided a list of recommendations for other activities while I was still in 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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