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Dublin Attractions

One of the many beauties of Dublin - that help to make it one of the top five European capital cities - is that although it packs in over two million people it never feels too large or overwhelming. Indeed it is a delight to explore on foot: its small centre perfectly marries culture and history with the craic and hedonism. Spend a convivial afternoon in a pub over a pint of the black stuff

a night at a play a day exploring Trinity College another day enjoying the shops admire the Georgian architecture or dash inside any of the world-class museums should rain stop play. Because in Dublin nothing ever stops the play!

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Dublin

Baile Átha Cliath (the ‘Town of the Hurdled Ford’) - as Dubin is known inGaelic -straddles the river Liffey. On the north side of the river is the main thoroughfare of O'Connell Street which is intersected by numerous shopping streets including Henry Street and Talbot Street. On the south side you will find St. Stephen's Green Grafton Street Trinity College Christ Church cathedral and other historic attractions.

Medieval Quarter - This is where it all began. The Vikings first settled here in the 9th century and the rest as they say is history. There certainly is plenty of history on offer here in the oldest part of the city: Dublin Castle the old city walls Christ Church and St. Patrick's cathedrals are all within an easy stroll.

Georgian Quarter - This is where it all gets rather pretty. Dublin’s famous Georgian architecture can best be appreciated on a walk past Trinity College and up to the canal. Stop off to look at the Book of Kells on your way to Merrion and Fitzwilliam Square.

Docklands - This is where the future lies. The ‘Silicon Docks’ is where Dublin’s tech hub houses Google Facebook Accenture and Twitter. To keep them all going there are some great coffee shops and restaurants to be found amidst the regenerated docks.

Cultural Quarter - This is where it all happens. The revitalised Temple Bar area is at the heart of Dublin's social cultural and nightlife. Get to know it well with a Temple Bar Walking Tour.

Things to See in Dublin

There are plenty of historic sights and romantic quarters that have retained their period charm to enjoy in Dublin. One of the best ways to see them all is to take a city tour. Dublin Castle will compete for your attention with the gorgeous Georgian elegance of Fitzwilliam Square or the stunning vibrancy of the Book of Kells (which is housed in the august surrounds of Trinity College). See it all with a Dublin Bus Tours Freedom Ticket..

Things to Do in Dublin

Not a lot can beat the convivial warmth of a Dublin pub but don’t feel you have to restrict yourself to pub grub: there are plenty of rather fine restaurants to sample whilst you are here. Shopping around Grafton Street is a delight but don’t sleep on the malls and outlets around O'Connell Street and Henry Street either. Options for a night out may include a literary pub crawl that traces the (increasingly wobbly) footsteps of Wilde Shaw Beckett and Behan a night at the Abbey Theatre or a night on the dancefloor in Temple Bar. The museum at Kilmainham Gaol can fill you in on the back story to Ireland’s struggle for independence or you can explore another important part of its identity at the Guiness Storehouse.. Whatever you are looking for Dublin can usually oblige.

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City Centre Dublin

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.

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Located on a scenic stretch of the County Dublin coastline, the historical seaside town of Malahide boasts glorious views over the Irish Sea. Known locally as ‘The Village’ Malahide has a keen culture of shops, top class restaurants and ancient Gaelic heritage, all situated close to the lovely Georgian townhouses that litter its historic centre.


Dun Laoghaire

A quintessential Victorian seaside resort, just seven miles south of Dublin, Dún Laoghaire on the east coast of Ireland is a veritable treasure trove of cultural delights. Historically, it is known as the ‘Gateway to Ireland’ due to its harbour, which was once the main port of entry for ferries to Ireland from Great Britain.

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Wander down medieval-style alleys lined with pubs, shops and galleries, then have a pint, listen to music or party.

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Swords has been named as one of Ireland’s most desirable towns to live in, and its entertainment, retail and dining options, as well as general attractiveness, means it has much to offer the holidaymaker too. Only 13km north of Dublin, and part of the capital city’s commuter belt, Swords has enviable transport connections, a wealth of historical attractions, and many cultural diversions throughout the year that attract visitors from far afield.



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.

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Neighbourhood Guides: Things to Do in Dublin's Howth

Discover the top attractions and experiences in Howth, one of Dublin's exciting neighbourhoods.

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Neighbourhood Guides: Things to Do in the Liberties, Dublin

Discover the best things to see and do in The Liberties, one of Dublin's hottest neighbourhoods.

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9 Unusual Things to Do in Dublin

There's more to Ireland's capital than pints of Guinness and the usual attractions (as good as they are). Here are nine unusual things to do in Dublin.

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Visitor's Guide to St Patrick's Day in Dublin

The ultimate guide to celebrating St Patrick's Day in Dublin, including how to watch the St Patrick's Day parade and how to get around.

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