A UNESCO City of Literature, a historic powerhouse and a super-cool capital that’s been named Europe’s friendliest city twice by TripAdvisor.
Feel the Dublin buzz
Welcome to Dublin, a city that's as intimate as a village and as friendly as an Irish pub. Framed by mountains, centred on a river and edged by a beautiful bay, the city's streets and alleys are filled with vibrant art and historic buildings, hip cafés and traditional "old man" pubs, as Dubliners call them. Walk the streets and you'll feel the energy of over 1,000 years of history, as echoes of the Vikings mix with buzzing boutiques, cobbled streets reverberate with the sounds of buskers, and 18th century parks play host to festivals, film and food markets.
City by the sea
Dublin is a resoundingly social place, packed with culture, creativity and craic (fun). You'll see it in the busy pubs, in the rolling nightlife scene, in the music and in the chat. But this ancient gem basks in natural beauty, too. Head out beyond the city, and the UNESCO Biosphere of Dublin Bay opens up with coastal walks, little villages, wide sea views and rugged mountain backdrops. Take to the Dublin mountains for a hike, go rock-climbing in Dalkey Quarry, walk the cliff path at Howth or join the Dublin hardcore who sea-swim whatever the weather. There's an adventure around every corner.
- Dublin Bay
- Trinity College
“The red, 20m-high Poolbeg Lighthouse is the most handsome and conspicuous landmark in Dublin Bay.” – Lonely Planet
Museum of Literature Ireland
“Dublin is a City of Literature where creativity, and especially writing and words in all forms – prose, poetry, playwriting and song writing – are valued and celebrated.” – Unesco.org
The Stag's Head pub
“The Stag’s Head was built in 1770, remodelled in 1895 and thankfully not changed a bit since then. It’s a superb pub: so picturesque that it often appears in films.” – Lonely Planet
Loose Canon Cheese and Wine
“Home to one of the youngest populations in Europe, modern Dublin is awash with chic bars and upmarket restaurants.” – Worldtravelguide.net
The Long Room, Trinity College
“Pay a visit to the stunning, barrel-vaulted Long Room — a library that looks like a cross between a cathedral of knowledge and the set of a Harry Potter film.” – Travel+Leisure
“Phoenix Park is one of the world’s largest city parks; you’ll find joggers, grannies pushing buggies, ladies walking poodles, gardens, lakes, a sporting oval and 300 fallow deer.” – Lonely Planet
Discover Dublin with the locals
Enjoy blasts of sea air and coastal views with local guide Shane O'Doherty.
Great things to see and do in the city
Irish Whiskey Museum
The Irish Whiskey Museum is based in the heart of Dublin City in a historic building on Grafton Street. Come learn the complete and unbiased history of Irish whiskey and its importance in Ireland’s turbulent past. The Classic tour takes about an hour, or you can try the Whiskey Blending Experience and bring home a small bottle of your own blend (1.5 hours). Or come have a Whiskey tour and Brunch (1.5 hours). Visitors can attend various events on the weekends.
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, housed in the magnificent 17th century Royal Hospital building in Kilmainham Dublin, is an artistic gem with its extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. A visit to IMMA can include time to discover, connect and reflect in the galleries, grounds, formal gardens, meadows, café or shop.
Before it's closure in 1924, Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. The prison is considered a must-see in Dublin and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Pre-booking online is essential.