Dublin

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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.

Where to stay in Dublin

Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
4 out of 5
11 Bow Ln E, Dublin
The price is $134 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dublin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (513 reviews)
"Great place with short walking distance to everything you could want in Dublin"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Swords, Clonshaugh, Dublin
The price is $213 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Clonshaugh. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,404 reviews)
"Try to call the front desk no one ever answered the phone not sure if I was dialing correctly I was dialing zero but never got any pickup whatsoever. I think the front staff could be a little more personable. Food was great had a great veggie burger congratulations on introducing veggie options to ..."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
4 out of 5
Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin, D04 A318
The price is $140 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dublin. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (942 reviews)
"Decent hotel - big lobby and restaurant on site. Room was clean. Right in front of a bus stop but otherwise need to walk about 20 minutes to the main area with most shops and restaurants."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
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Beckett Locke
Beckett Locke
3 out of 5
North Wall Avenue, North Docks, Dublin, Dublin, DO1 E0K6
The price is $123 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Dublin. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions O'Connell Street and Dublin Port ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (80 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Beckett Locke
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin, D01 YX09
The price is $193 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Dublin. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Dublin Castle and O'Connell Street ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (163 reviews)
"Great place, quiet, very helpful staff, location perfect, would definitely book here again!"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Zanzibar Locke
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $167 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Dublin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (692 reviews)
"Staff at reception were friendly and helpful and the suite was comfortable for our short stay and nicely designed."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
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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.

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