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A medieval city with strong connections to classic literature, residents delighted to involve you in their ‘craic’ and a deliciously rebellious streak, Dublin is a mecca for the Irish diaspora who have spread out to all corners of the globe.

Whilst the city of Dublin itself is home to just over half a million people, it is thought that in excess of 100m people worldwide have direct Irish heritage – no wonder Dublin is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.

With a pleasingly compact city centre that can easily be traversed on foot or by rented bicycle, the city of Dublin is alive with the joyous Celtic spirit. With music spilling out from every pub, it’s hard to resist a pint of the black stuff – the perfect preparation for soaking up the historic buildings and monuments that chart the Irish nation’s rich cultural heritage.

For those new to the city the Spire of Dublin - just off the city’s grand O’Connell Street thoroughfare – is a great place to start. The spire is visible for miles around, which makes it an ideal landmark for finding your bearings – no bad thing in Dublin’s mass of winding streets.

Cross the River Liffey to visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. The university can be explored independently, or as part of a fascinating two-hour guided tour delivered by one of the college’s history graduates. However you choose to experience Trinity, make sure to make time for the Old Library – home to a famous illustrated manuscript crafted by monks over 1,300 years ago. Continuing the artistic theme, the university is situated in close proximity to the National Gallery of Ireland where you can see some of the nation’s most precious treasures.

Whilst Ireland is now a relatively moderate Catholic country, religion has significantly shaped Dublin. To learn more about the spiritual side to the city simply wander down Dame Street past the impressive City Hall until you reach Christ Church Cathedral – a spectacular tribute to Catholicism featuring a unique medieval crypt.

The story of Irish independence is hugely important to the city of Dublin, and visitors can gain a real insight by visiting the museum at Kimmainham Gaol. A grim institution built in 1796, the gaol is now home to passionate and knowledgeable tour guides who will be more than happy to tell you the stories of the people held there.

Of course, no trip to Dublin is complete without a pint (or three) of Guinness, which can be enjoyed at the Guinness Storehouse. Featuring an interactive tour which includes the opportunity to pour your own perfect pint, the tour is famous the world over amongst Stout drinkers. Once suitably lubricated, why not head to the Temple Bar district – ostensibly the city’s arts district, but party central once the sun goes down.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Dublin featuring a river or creek, a bridge and modern architecture

City Centre Dublin

4.5/5Wonderful!(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 O'Connell Street and Dublin Castle are major draws. Catch the metro at Jervis Station or Abbey Street Station to see more of the city.

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

Temple Bar

4.5/5Wonderful!(125 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 which includes a park, heritage architecture and modern architecture

Ballsbridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(174 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Ballsbridge is its fantastic nightlife. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Aviva Stadium and Dublin Port.

Ballsbridge
Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland

Glasnevin

4/5Very Good!(22 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 featuring a city and modern architecture

North Wall

While you're in North Wall, take in top sights like 3Arena or Dublin Port, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Mayor Square - NCI Station or Spencer Dock Station.

North Wall
Phibsborough, Dublin, Ireland

Phibsborough

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Phibsborough and you might want to plan a stop by O'Connell Street and Croke Park while you're in the area.

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 £80 per night

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,987 reviews)

"In light of the current covid situation the hotel took everyone's safety very seriously. Ensuring all guests were wearing face masks whilst walking through the foyer of the hotel. The room was great and the breakfast was well organised with very little extra fuss to ensure safety for all. One issue ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
The Gibson Hotel
The Gibson Hotel
4 out of 5
Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
The price is £99 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! (1,187 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 28 Jul 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 £84 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! (106 reviews)

"So new and sleek. Great staff, beautiful food and overall superb stay!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

Popular places to visit in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse
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Guinness Storehouse

4.5/5(561 reviews)

The Guinness Storehouse is situated at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. The giant storehouse covers seven floors and is a popular point of interest for tourists - since it opened in 2000, it has received over four million visitors.

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(569 reviews)

Trinity College offers a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and it is one ivory tower you’d be happy to be trapped in for a long time.

Dublin Port
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Dublin Port

4/5(113 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

4.5/5(90 reviews)

If you’re heading to Dublin for a rugby or football match at the Aviva Stadium, then you’re in for a real treat. Situated just south of Dublin’s bustling city centre, the Aviva Stadium is a state-of-the-art, four-tiered sports stadium and concert venue, located on the rushing River Dodder not far from Ireland’s east coast.

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

4.5/5(719 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(381 reviews)

On Dame Street, south of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin, stands the mighty architectural achievement that is Dublin Castle, parts of which date back to 1200. Over the centuries Dublin Castle has been a fortress and treasury, a royal palace and a prison. Prior to Irish independence in the 1920s, it was also the centre of British rule in Ireland. Today, Dublin Castle is a government building and significant historic emblem.

Top things to do in Dublin

The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card
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The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card

£62
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour
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Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour

£46
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting

£23
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

£59
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Belfast City
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Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Belfast City

£68
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Ireland
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Private Tour of Ireland

£742
Per adult

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