Dublin’s combination of history, modern multiculturalism and glorious Georgian architecture makes for an irresistible city break destination.
Tempted to travel to Dublin for a taste of Irish craic? Read on for a snapshot of what this charismatic city can offer.
Located around 8 miles (13km) away, the airport is within easy reach of the Irish capital by bus, taxi or car. Public transport includes Luas trams, plus a wide bus and train network. Or hire a bike to explore!
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Neighbourhoods To See
City centre: for top tourist attractions
Concentrated around O’Connell Bridge on both sides of the River Liffey, the centre is packed with bars, clubs, restaurants and attractions, including Trinity College and the Leprechaun Museum.
Temple Bar: for traditional Dublin
The most famous neighbourhood in Dublin! Head to Temple Bar’s cobbled streets for bustling pubs with live folk music and traditional Irish food.
The Old City: for history
Stroll around to see remnants of the city’s original 13th century walls around Cook Street, Dublin Castle (built 1204) and the impressive Christ Church Cathedral on the original site of a Viking church.
Fitzwilliam Square area: for Georgian architecture
Dublin’s Georgian heritage lines the streets around Fitzwilliam Square, Baggot Street and Merrion Square. Well worth a wander for its colourful front doors and historic architecture.
Stoneybatter: for eating, drinking and entertainment
The revamped Stoneybatter area is home to red-brick buildings hosting art spaces and yoga venues. Head to Smithfield Square for traditional pubs alongside hip bars, or recharge in vast Phoenix Park.
This beautiful building was established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and its Old Library houses the precious Book of Kells, which dates from 800AD.
Symbol of the Irish struggle for independence and icon of oppression and martyrdom since 1796, the gaol held revolutionaries from the 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence.
Guinness Brewery and Storehouse
Arthur Guinness founded his legendary brewery in 1759. Visit the Storehouse on St James’s Gate to learn about brewing and sample a glass of the black stuff with a view over the city.
The National Museum
Uncover the changing faces of Dublin over the centuries. Look out for prehistoric gold discovered in peat fields as you chart the country’s history from the Viking age.
Step inside one of Dublin’s finest Georgian houses to admire beautiful Baroque stuccowork and Rococo plaster.
Food and Drink
Traditional Irish cuisine is all warming stews and hearty dumplings and you’ll find plenty of pubs where you can sample popular dishes. Drinks-wise, Dublin offers much more than Guinness – treat yourself to a taste of whisky at the Jameson Distillery.
MARCH 17th | St Patrick’s Day
Ireland’s boisterous annual party, celebrates the country’s patron saint. Wear something green!
MAY | International Literature Festival Dublin
Top literary figures assemble for a fortnight of readings, debates and lectures on all things book related.
SEPTEMBER | Dublin Fringe Festival
During this city-wide party performers showcase dance, theatre and music in a variety of venues.