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DublinIreland

Come for the culture, and stay for the craic. Ireland’s compact capital has something for everyone.

The capital of Ireland sits on the mouth of the river Liffey and is home to just under two million people. The river dissects the city into north and south sides, but visitors can criss-cross the many bridges to their hearts’ content.

A great way to get acclimatised in Dublin is to buy a ticket for its hop on, hop off bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and the tour takes in 24 of the city’s most prominent tourist attractions. Make sure you get off at your chosen stop – visitors often find it difficult to tear themselves away from the entertaining and informative tour guides.

For history lovers, no visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to Trinity College, Dublin’s oldest university, which offers two-hour tours conducted by the school’s history graduates. Literature lovers can happily trail the city for days in search of landmarks and relics associated to some of Dublin’s most famous cultural exports, including Roddy Doyle, Oscar Wilde and the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Get right to Dublin’s religious heart with a fascinating tour of Christ Church Cathedral. See the spine-tingling medieval crypt don’t miss the mummified cat and rat!

Dublin is home to several famous thirst-quenching institutions. Stout-lovers should not miss the Guinness Storehouse, pausing to take in panoramic views of Dublin in the Gravity Bar whilst sipping a pint of the black stuff. The Old Jameson Distillery is also well worth a visit, although maybe not on the same day!

On a more sombre note, hear the history of the quest for Irish independence brought to life by the expert tour guides at the museum at Kilmainham Gaol. The thick grey walls and stone-breakers’ yard of this former prison dating back to 1796 are a grim reminder of a nation’s former struggles.

For some light relief, head to St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin’s largest park. Today, it’s hard to believe that this tranquil spot with its nine-hectare collection of gardens, dotted with fountains and walking paths and filled with memorials of well-known Irish figures was once the site of public floggings and hangings.

As the sun sets on the city, the culture and spirit of Dublin refuses to retire. For a true party atmosphere, head to the famous Temple Bar district of the city where music and laughter spills out of the bars onto the cobbled streets outside.

Where to stay in Dublin

Temple Bar which includes signage, heritage architecture and a city

Temple Bar

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 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

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 AU$146 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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! (1,947 reviews)

"Our stay here was amazing. The hotel was beautiful spotless clean. Location right in the centre of Dublin. Breakfast was great plenty of choice. I will definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
The Gibson Hotel
The Gibson Hotel
4 out of 5
Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$179 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

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! (1,122 reviews)

"Very clean, immaculate. Food was top notch. Staff were Incredibly friendly. Overall an excellent experience. 👊😊"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 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 AU$162 per night from 7 Oct. to 8 Oct.

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! (107 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(79 reviews)

Top off a tour of Ireland’s number 1 visitor attraction with a perfectly poured pint of the black stuff.

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Explore Dublin’s literary and architectural past or simply stroll around the open spaces of Ireland’s leading higher education institution, in the heart of the city.

Aviva Stadium
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Aviva Stadium

4/5(11 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(109 reviews)

After working your way up Grafton Street’s high end stops and eateries, step into St Stephen’s Green - an oasis of calm in the centre of Ireland’s bustling capital.

Dublin Castle
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Dublin Castle

4/5(81 reviews)

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

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Get your ticket for a night at Ireland’s largest theater, which was built to attract the world’s biggest shows to the nation’s capital.

Top activities in Dublin

Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting

AU$41
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Northern Ireland Coast & Belfast City Full-Day Tour
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Northern Ireland Coast & Belfast City Full-Day Tour

AU$122
Per adult
94% 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

AU$81
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

AU$105
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Cliffs Of Moher, Burren National Park & Galway City Day Tour
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Cliffs Of Moher, Burren National Park & Galway City Day Tour

AU$90
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Sunday Afternoon Dublin Mountain Pub Tour
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Sunday Afternoon Dublin Mountain Pub Tour

AU$74
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Dublin

4.3

Top Destination

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4 - Good 45%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.666666666666666%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Everything was in lockdown due the virus. We need to return

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jan. 2020

Very expensive, but a lovely city. A lot of character.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan. 2020

Loved Dublin! Great pubs and shopping, locals are so friendly and helpful! Christmas was a beautiful time to see Ireland with all of the lights and Christmas spirit in the air.

5/5 - Excellent

michael

3 Jan. 2020

What a massive city and a place to spend the new year thru

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

29 Dec. 2019

We were looking forward to visiting Dublin but were surprised and disappointed by how dirty it was. Just wasn’t a pleasant experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Dec. 2019

We had a great stay in a great city.

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