DublinIreland

Image for Dublin showing night scenes, a bridge and a river or creek

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.

Dublin Travel Guide Video

Top hotels in Dublin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Swords, Dublin, Dublin
AU$136
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Beaumont Hospital and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from National Show Centre. Croke Park and Malahide ...

4.2/5Very Good! (10,749 reviews)

"The staff were helpful, polite and friendly, the room comfortable and well maintained."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
4 out of 5
Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin
AU$155
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Stephen's Green, Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. St. Patrick's Cathedral and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,214 reviews)

"Great friendly staff and wonderful service . Close to city centre"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2020

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
Ashling Hotel Dublin
Ashling Hotel Dublin
4 out of 5
Parkgate Street, Dublin, Dublin
AU$180
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,457 reviews)

"Hotel looks impressive, inside and out. Rooms great size, nice decor, comfy bed, just what’s you’d want. Food and drinks great, little pricey but that’s Dublin. Easy to park and great location"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Ashling Hotel Dublin

Popular activities in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse
Image for Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

4.5/5(78 reviews)

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

Trinity College
Image for Trinity College

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.

Dublin Castle
Image for Dublin Castle

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.

Top activities in Dublin

Skip-the-Line Guinness Storehouse Tickets
Image for Skip-the-Line Guinness Storehouse Tickets

Skip-the-Line Guinness Storehouse Tickets

AU$42

Smell the toasted barley in the air and soak up the sense of history as you step into the story of Ireland's most celebrated stout at the Guinness Storehouse. Skip the line and learn about the brewing process, hear about the history of the brewery, and take in a view over Dublin as you sip an ice-cold pint straight from the source.

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

Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting

AU$35

Discover the age-old distilling process that produces each carefully crafted drop of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Walk through the exacting process with a guide answering questions as you go, enjoy a glass of Jameson in the bar, and get an official tasting e certificate.

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Image for Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$36

Discover the vibrant city of Dublin on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48 hour ticket, you can explore the Irish capital at your own pace.

Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cahir Castle
Image for Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cahir Castle

Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle (Blarney Stone)& Cahir Castle

AU$97

Venture out of Dublin for a day spent soaking in the history and scenery of Ireland among the emerald hills of the south. Visit medieval Blarney Castle, explore cosmopolitan, riverside Cork at your leisure, and stop to see the centuries-old structures atop one of Ireland's wonders—the Rock of Cashel.

DoDublin Card
Image for DoDublin Card

DoDublin Card

AU$57

See the city like a local with a 3-day DoDublin Card. Enjoy unlimited Dublin Bus for 72 hours, including the DoDublin Hop-On HopOff tour, and the Airlink Express. Explore Dublin at your own pace with the easy-to-use ticket.

Full Day Bike Rental
Image for Full Day Bike Rental

Full Day Bike Rental

AU$25

Phoenix Park Bikes offer you a Professional Bike Rental service and more. They have up to 200 bikes available to rent including a brand new fleet of Bergamont E-Bikes. Bike Hire available for Singles to Large Groups A wide variety of Bike options for the very young to the old, for families, schools or large group excursions.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Dublin

Image for Best Things to Do on Father’s Day

Best Things to Do on Father’s Day

Celebrate Father’s Day by giving your old man an experience he won’t forget.
Best Things to Do on Father’s Day
Image for Road-tripping Ireland

Road-tripping Ireland

Driving the world’s longest defined coastal route, in Ireland
Road-tripping Ireland
Image for 48 Hours in Dublin

48 Hours in Dublin

What to do on a weekend trip to the friendliest city in Europe
48 Hours in Dublin
Image for Dublin on the summer solstice

Dublin on the summer solstice

Embracing the start of summer in Ireland
Dublin on the summer solstice