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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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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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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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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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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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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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St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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The largest church in Ireland, the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral has borne witness to nearly 800 years of Irish history. The church was supposedly founded on the site where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, baptized converts and is known for its exquisite stained-glass windows, marble statues, and medieval tiling. St. Patrick’s is as much a significant spot for literary pilgrims as it is for their religious counterparts; Jonathan Swift, the esteemed author of “Gulliver’s Travels” once served as dean here and is now buried within its gray stone walls.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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Top activities in Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin
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Skip the Line Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin
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The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin
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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
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Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce and Belfast Titanic entrance fee
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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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
Glendalough and 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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Ok
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
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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DANNY!
Jessica_H, Oct 2021
Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dunluce Caste ,Dark Hedges and Belfast
Aside from informing us about general tourist attractions, Dan also delved into the complex history of politics in Ireland and loved how he personalized the tour by offering his experiences and perspective as a local .
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Excellent, enjoyable tour to the Cliffs of Moher and beyond
Idhaliz_F, Oct 2021
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
It is a long ways to see the Cliffs of Moher, and I was going solo, so definitely having a funny, engaging, knowledgable and friendly guide is a must.
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Amazing tour with amazing views of Ireland
Anne_D, Sep 2021
Dublin:Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey, Wild Atlantic way and Galway
We stayed 4 days and we wanted to see more then just 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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