Dublin

Travel Guide
Dublin showing street scenes, signage and heritage architecture

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.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
The price is AU$127 per night from 5 Jan. to 5 Jan.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park, O'Connell Street and 3Arena. Dublin Castle and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,771 reviews)
"Big, professional airport hotel just a few minutes drive from Dublin airport, with a 24-hour shuttle bus operation and modern rooms. Few amenities in the area but absolutely fine for an overnight or short stay."

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
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$166 per night from 3 Jan. to 3 Jan.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and Trinity College. Grafton Street and Dublin Castle are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,508 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly and helpful. Would like more choices for breakfast."

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Temple Bar Hotel
Temple Bar Hotel
4 out of 5
13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$241 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,007 reviews)
"I love the attention the staff gave us upon arrival. Specially the young lady working in the front counter. She was very attentive and polite."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Temple Bar Hotel
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Beckett Locke
Beckett Locke
3 out of 5
North Wall Avenue, North Docks, Dublin, Dublin
The price is AU$138 per night from 22 Dec. to 22 Dec.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is steps away from Dublin Port and 3Arena. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Amazing place! It was very clean and staff was friendly. The cafe, restaurant and bar area at the ground floor is comfortable and offers many great choices of food and drinks. We loved the option to pick up one of the bicycles just outside on the main road and we enjoyed exploring Dublin by bike. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Beckett Locke
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is AU$147 per night from 6 Jan. to 6 Jan.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ha' Penny Bridge, O'Connell Street and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (51 reviews)
"Fantastic place to stay right in the center of Dublin. Everyone was very helpful and friendly and made me feel very welcome"

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2021

Zanzibar Locke
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is AU$185 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Grafton Street ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (647 reviews)
"This property was amazing! We were super impressed with the location and the service! The room was so cute and we had everything we needed! We loved chatting with employees and they were super helpful with recommendations or anything we needed and wanted. I highly recommend this place!"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
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