Dublin Travel Guide

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Dublin Travel Guide Video

A beloved city with a friendly, sociable, international community, a vibrant dining and shopping scene and an array of historical landmarks: Dublin is a gem.

Visit Dublin and you’ll discover a city brimming with history and spectacular architecture. Between visits to cultural sites, lush parks such as St Stephen's Greenoffer tranquil spaces, and pedestrian-only, store-lined streets entice shoppers. Stroll along the picturesque canals to follow Dublin’s renowned literary history via heritage plaques paying homage to famous writers.

No matter what you choose to do, you’re never far from Irish stew and a pint of Guinness at a welcoming pub. Foodies from across the world flock to the iconic Guinness Storehousefor seven floors of culinary treats. Pack for every type of occasion after dark, from theatre shows to music concerts and buzzing nightclub dance floors.

Things to do in Dublin

You can’t miss Dublin Castlein the heart of the city. Dating back to the 13th century, this former headquarters of the English administration based in Ireland allows visitors into its opulent State Apartments, the Medieval Undercroft and the impressive Dubhlinn Gardens.

From here, move on to the architectural masterpiece that is Christ Church Cathedral, built in the 11th century. Its 12th-century crypt is Ireland’s oldest. Be sure to climb the tower for panoramic city views. For those wanting a closer look at darker history, visit Kilmainham Gaol's eerie corridors and cells. This former prison-turned-museum that played a significant role during the country’s struggle for independence.

Wander the grounds of Trinity College, founded in 1592 and the country’s oldest university. It’s best known for its library, which houses the Book of Kells, a 9th-century manuscript containing detailed illustration and religious significance.

Any Dublin visit should include a stop into the Guinness Storehouse, located in the historic St. James’s Gate Brewery. Learn the story of Ireland’s most famous beer, learn about the brewing process, take in the views from the Gravity Bar and learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.

Dublin boasts a fantastic collection of world-class museums and galleries, ideal for visiting in the winter months when the weather is drearier and wetter than the mild summer months. Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum to explore the history and legacy of Irish emigrants around the world through interactive exhibits and personal stories.

Art lovers will enjoy the National Gallery of Ireland with its extensive collection of European and Irish art from the Middle Ages to the present day, including works by Jack B. Yeats, Monet, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and mores. For modern art, head to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in the historic Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Dining and nightlife in Dublin

On Saturdays, stop into Temple Bar Market to satisfy a hearty appetite after hours of sightseeing and shopping. Pick up artisanal foods and fresh produce. For sit-down dining, visit Dame Lane and Fade Street, both known for their culinary offerings, from Irish stew or Guinness beef and oyster pie to traditional Irish breakfast.

After dinner, partake in some famous Dublin nightlife at a convivial Irish pub or in the lively Temple Bar District. For a more polished evening experience, take in an Irish dancing or musical performance at Abbey Theatre or Gaiety Theatre.

Outdoor activities in Dublin

For a breath of fresh air, take a walk in vast Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe and a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Keep an eye out for the herd of wild fallow deer that roams in the park. Phoenix Park is also the site of the President of Ireland’s official residence.

For more green space, visit St. Stephen’s Green with its meticulously manicured gardens, tranquil lake and elegant Victorian bandstand.

Consider venturing farther afield from Dublin on a day trip to Howth Head, just outside the city, and a favourite for cliffside hiking and panoramic views of Dublin Bay. For a more rugged adventure, visit the easily reachable Dublin Mountains, offering an array of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to skiing.

Shopping in Dublin

Find the perfect souvenir or locally crafted item at one of the many shops that line Grafton and Henry streets. Independent boutiques and upscale departments stores offer everything from haute couture to one-of-a-kind Irish items. Fill your shopping bags, then head to O'Connell Street, Dublin’s main thoroughfare. This hive of activity is home to grand buildings and statues, shops, theatres and historical landmarks.

Getting around Dublin

Fly into Dublin Airport then take a taxi or catch the express bus into the city centre. Walking and public transportation are the best ways to get about the city, including the Dublin Bus, LUSA tram, DART tram and bike-sharing programmes.

Where to stay in Dublin

Old Jameson Distillery showing interior views, a bar and heritage elements

City Centre Dublin

4.5/5(2,709 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife, fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in City Centre Dublin. Top attractions like St. Stephen's Green and Croke Park are major draws. Catch the metro at Jervis Station or Dominick Tram Stop to see more of the city.

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

Temple Bar

4.5/5(125 area reviews)

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