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Ireland’s capital is alive with a rich literary tradition, friendly residents and a respect for all things rebellious.

Greater Dublin has a population of just under two million, yet the bustling city center is compact enough to explore on foot or a rented bicycle. Its rebellious and joyous Celtic traditions are alive in the music spilling out from the pubs, while the historic buildings and monuments tell the stories of the country’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Take part in Bloomsday festivities on June 16 each year when locals celebrate the life of author James Joyce, one of Dublin’s most famous residents.

Along the city’s grand thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, you can’t miss the Spire of Dublin. It’s visible for miles around, so use it as a landmark to regain your bearings in Dublin’s winding medieval streets.

Just across the River Liffey stands Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, which offers highly educational two-hour tours conducted by the school’s history graduates. Or explore on your own, and be sure to visit the Old Library to see the Book of Kells, a priceless illustrated manuscript created by monks in the year 800. Nearby is the National Gallery of Ireland. 


Wander down stately Dame Street and past the City Hall to Dublin’s religious heart, Christ Church Cathedral. From the awe-inspiring medieval crypt to the mummified cat and rat, there is plenty here to enthrall even non-believers.

A 15-minute walk away is the spiritual home for the world’s stout drinkers, the Guinness Storehouse. Take the interactive tour, which finishes at the Perfect Pint Bar where you can pour your own pint of “black gold.” If you prefer whiskey, head to the Old Jameson Distillery to learn the secrets of turning grain into the water of life.

A little further to the west stands one of the most important and sobering monuments in Ireland, the museum at Kilmainham Gaol. The grim walls and stone-breakers’ yard in this former prison built in 1796 now keep history alive. Expert and passionate tour guides bring the story of Irish independence to life.

After the somber confines of the gaol, unwind with locals in Dublin’s largest park, St. Stephen’s Green. Once the site of public floggings and hangings, this peaceful 22-acre (nine-hectare) collection of gardens, playgrounds, fountains and walking paths is now filled with memorials to Ireland’s patriots and writers.

When evening falls, follow the merry bands of locals and visitors to the popular Temple Bar district. It’s known as the arts quarter of Dublin. By night, however, the area’s nightlife fires up, turning the narrow, cobbled streets into one big party.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Dublin featuring modern architecture, a bridge and night scenes

City Centre Dublin

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,144 area reviews)

O'Connell Street and Dublin Castle are a few top attractions in City Centre Dublin. Hop around the city on the metro at Jervis Station or Abbey Street Station and check out the area's fantastic nightlife, fascinating museums, and great live music.

City Centre Dublin
Temple Bar which includes signage, a city and heritage architecture

Temple Bar

4.5/5Wonderful!(147 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Temple Bar. Make a stop by Ha' Penny Bridge or Dame Street while you're exploring the area.

Temple Bar
Aviva Stadium showing modern architecture, heritage architecture and a garden

Ballsbridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(250 area reviews)

Ballsbridge is known for its fantastic nightlife, and with sights like Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Sandymount.

Ballsbridge
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Glasnevin

4.5/5Wonderful!(20 area reviews)

Unique features of Glasnevin include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Glasnevin Cemetery or National Botanic Gardens while you're exploring the area.

Glasnevin
The Convention Centre Dublin which includes a city and modern architecture

North Wall

If you're spending time in North Wall, check out sights like 3Arena or Dublin Port and hop on the metro to see more the city at Mayor Square - NCI Station or Spencer Dock Station.

North Wall
'It's not that the Irish are cynical. Its rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody. Brendan Behan memorial bench.

Phibsborough

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

Phibsborough is well-liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like O'Connell Street and Croke Park.

Phibsborough

Top Hotels in Dublin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $92 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,990 reviews)

"everything was great we will come back there for our next trip in Dublin."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
The Gibson Hotel
The Gibson Hotel
4 out of 5
Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $114 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 3Arena and The Convention Centre Dublin. Aviva Stadium and Trinity College ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,192 reviews)

"Excellent hotel staff friendly more than helpful , relaxing atmosphere and had a great nights sleep!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

The Gibson Hotel
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
4 out of 5
Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
The price is $97 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (105 reviews)

"This hotel was wonderful! The staff was incredibly accommodating. Service was outstanding and the location was perfect"…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2020

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

Getting around Dublin

Dublin’s public transportation network is efficient and easy to use. You won’t need to rent a car unless you’re planning lots of adventures in the countryside, and even then you may find your destination is covered by public transportation. Get around on the Luas tram system and the DART railway, which has stations throughout the city itself but will also take you out to neighboring towns. Visit the National Transport Authority website.Browse Dublin rental cars.

Best time to visit

Dublin has mild weather, with summers that rarely get swelteringly hot. If you’re hoping for sunshine during your visit, the summer months are definitely your best bet, however. Visit between May and August for the best weather and the more relaxed atmosphere this time of year brings. Keep in mind that this is high season, though, so competition for good, affordable accommodations will be steep.

Popular places to visit in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse
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Guinness Storehouse

4.5/5(1,346 reviews)

A tour of this pint-shaped hall in a historic brewery provides an intoxicating journey through the making of Ireland’s signature drink.

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(2,009 reviews)

Walk the cobbled lanes of Ireland’s oldest university, alma mater to literary greats and home of the precious Book of Kells.

Dublin Port
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Dublin Port

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Dublin with a trip to Dublin Port. You can enjoy the bars while in the area.

Aviva Stadium
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Aviva Stadium

4/5(79 reviews)

Watch a game of rugby or soccer and take a tour of the changing rooms and players’ tunnel to peek behind the curtain.

St. Stephen's Green
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St. Stephen's Green

4.5/5(1,314 reviews)

Take a break in Dublin’s most popular public park with green lawns and flower beds, a stone bridge and statues, a swan-filled lake and a playground.

Dublin Castle
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Dublin Castle

4.5/5(1,422 reviews)

Discover medieval excavations from a Viking ruin and appreciate the majesty of the state apartments, the chapel and the landscape gardens.

Top things to do in Dublin

Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour
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Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour

$57
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cork City
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Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cork City

$74
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card
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The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card

$77
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting

$28
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$25
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Ireland
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Private Tour of Ireland

$922
Per adult

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