Dublin

Dublin

Dublin is a city that everyone raves about. Displaced locals get all misty-eyed about the pubs, the hilarious, friendly people they left behind. It is a modern, hard-working, affluent center of commerce and industry as well as a cultural capital and it is home to some of Europe's most renowned artists. It is a city that deserves to be taken seriously. And, for those who do, it is a richly rewarding, fascinating place with its incredible beautifully preserved mansions and castles, meticulously curated museums, churches, cathedrals, and parks.
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    Dublin’s streets are a busy mix of past and present. This city has always inspired writers, visitors and political firebrands alike. Walk these streets and you’ll be taking a journey through history, from the city’s Viking roots by the banks of the river Liffey, to its atmospheric medieval churches with their mummified remains and holy relics, along gracious Georgian streets and past grand buildings, as well as museums, theatres and several parks where to take a rest from the city life.

    Top sights in Dublin

    Jameson Distillery Bow St.

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    City Hall, Dublin

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    Temple Bar

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    Howth

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    Kilmainham Gaol

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    Trinity College Dublin

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    Grand Canal Square

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    St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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    Top things to do in Dublin

    Perhaps it’s been Dublin’s history of hardship that has made it a breeding ground for poets, playwrights, and musicians alike. The city’s vibrant culture is unmissable, but here are some its liveliest and most beautiful places to visit!

    Guinness Storehouse
    The Guinness Brewery’s multi-story exhibit offers a fascinating insight into the black stuff’s history and brewing methods. And yes, there’s a complimentary pint at the end of it!

    Dublin Zoo
    The Dublin Zoo hosts creatures great and small from across the globe. Even if you’re not with kids, it’s worth going just for the daily talks and feedings!

    National Gallery of Ireland
    The National Gallery of Ireland boasts a worthy collection of paintings from Europe and the US, but go for the excellent ensemble of Irish paintings. Entrance is free!

    Phoenix Park
    Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe, it’s big enough to envelop many of the city’s attractions, such as Dublin Zoo, the Wellington Monument, and the Magazine Fort.

    Christ Church Cathedral
    The Christ Church Cathedral is worth a visit any day of the week, but try to catch its enchanting choral evensongs on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    Dublin Castle
    This complex of structures from various eras forms a very odd castle indeed. The gardens behind it were once home to the Dubh Linn (dark pool) that the city was named after!

    Croke Park
    Hurling, Gaelic football, and rugby: Ireland revels in sports that few other countries understand. Still, land Croke Park tickets to any of the major games and you’ll be smitten for life!

    Aviva Stadium
    It’s not all about Croke Park if you’re looking to soak up some of Ireland’s sporting pride. The sleek Aviva Stadium hosts most of Ireland’s international rugby and soccer matches.

    Planning Your Dublin Visit

    Best time to visit?

    The Best Time to Visit Dublin. Many visitors worry about the Irish rain, and hold off on planning trips until summer, but the best time to visit Dublin is actually in April or May when the spring weather arrives, but the crowds stay manageable, or in October before the truly cold temperatures return.

    How to get around?

    The Irish are world-renowned for their terrific sense of humor, and nowhere is this more evident than in Dublin’s public transport network! There are 2 unconnected tram lines and trains mainly serve the outer rim of the city. The bus network is extensive but a tough nut to crack for visitors (see dublinbus.ie). The good news, however, is that most of the sights are just a short walk from each other in the heart of the city!

    How many days?

    You could see the sights of Dublin in a day or two, but remember this is a city of exemplary museums, exciting music and sports events, and enticing modern restaurants. Book a week to delve into its best kept secrets!

    Good to know

    Language

    English

    Currency

    Euro (€)

    Country Code

    +353

    Time Zone

    UTC (+00:00)

    Best time to visit

    For the best weather, plan to visit around September, but for the celebrations, come in mid-March for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.

    What people are saying about Dublin

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It was a great tour with a lot of exciting Irish stories.
    I was on the tour to Howth by myself and I really enjoyed it. Not just because of the beautiful sights and the harbor, also because we were with the excellent guide Carl. He hasn`t just told us a lot of stuff we would forget in the next moment (p.e. dates), he made out of everything even if its boring an interesting story. And that’s the clue to make history interesting. He also tried to connect people who didn’t know each other, especially the ones who came by themselves and we’re kinda lonely. Thanks a lot for this sometimes funny and really entertaining tour! Only thing I would criticize is the timing at the beginning of the tour. The information box says that you should be 15 minutes before the tour begins in front of the city hall. The guides came 10 minutes after the start. Maybe it`s just an “Irish thing” and the pressure of a german always being on time or earlier, but I wanted to add that. I hope I could help you with my review.

    Howth: 6-Hour Guided Tour from Dublin reviewed by Stefanie

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Absolutely INCREDIBLE!! A must see and do, I definitely recommend!
    Our tour guide Eoin was an absolute pleasure, from the very beginning to the absolute end he was knowledge about absolutely EVERYTHING and hilarious! I learned more about Ireland from him on this day trip than in all the museums and places I visited! It was spectacular! I was literally writing down facts as fast as I could while he kept saying more in between great humor, being knowledgeable about everything you pass from the meetup point to the sites, he was so helpful to get everyone the pictures they were wanting too!

    From Dublin: Newgrange Tomb & Hill of Tara Tour reviewed by Ashlynn

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great tour to get to know Dublin’s dark past
    John was very knowledgeable and very helpful with questions. Tour was great but also very informative for us to get to know Ireland’s past. Will use Sandeman’s again 🙂

    Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side reviewed by Holly

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