Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland The sun setting over the Irish coast Irish locals fishing on the lake at Kylemore Abbey Glendalough, monastic site visited on some of our Ireland tours Traditional Irish music performed for visitors on a Tour of Ireland Sheep grazing on the Irish coastal clifftops

Dublin Travel Guide Sightseeing in Ireland's Capital

Dublin, Gateway to Ireland

Dublin is Ireland's largest city and is in many senses the gateway to The Emerald Isle: if you are travelling to Ireland by air, you are almost certain to land and begin your tour in the capital. But you should think of Dublin as much more than a waypoint or a stopover on your Ireland Tour: this vibrant city has plenty of distractions to suit any visitor and easily merits a few days in itself. Of course, this isn't always possible and, for those who have a tight travel itinerary, our colleague Phil Teare has written a great blog piece on how to do Dublin in one day.

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A City of Culture

Dublin is home to a host of world-class museums, fantastic restaurants, and some truly unforgettable nightlife and music culture. At night the personality of the city really comes into its own, so visitors should allow time and budget to get and see the sights after dark. Dublin is one of Europe's most welcoming capitals so order a Guinness, pull up a bar stool and enjoy the 'craic' with the locals.

Ha Penny Bridge, Dublin City Ha Penny Bridge, Dublin City

Dublin City Popular Attractions

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is perhaps the most visited district of Dublin, with many tourists scarcely venturing beyond Dame Street and the Liffey which mark the upper and lower reaches of this cultural quarter. Tourists who enjoy Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral won't have far to go to enjoy the nearby Meeting House Square with its galleries, archives and weekly food market.

The Old Library in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College

Trinity College

Ireland's most prestigious university is arguably its most attractive too. Covering no less than 16 hectares, the college buildings and grounds are a poetic tribute to the best of Victorian architecture. Receiving its charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, Trinity remained exclusively protestant until 1793. Today, such prejudices and exclusions are long gone, and Trinity enjoys a global reputation as a leading institution for learning, teaching and research.

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The Book of Kells

Visitors to Trinity College will generally have to queue to see The Book of Kells, but it is a wait which few regret: if you are interested in artefacts of this kind, then this ancient document will really breathe life into the history you will discover during your tour of Ireland. This, the world's best-known illuminated book, was produced by monks in 800 A.D. and was moved to Kells in Meath from its original location on the Island of Iona. It is now located in the Old Library of Trinity College where it draws half a million visitors annually, making it Trinity's most popular attraction.

The Book of Kells in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

The Book of Kells

Trinity Collge, Dublin City, as seen on many of our Irish Tours Trinity Collge, Dublin City, as seen on many of our Irish Tours

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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

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  • €1,990 to €2,290
  • Max. 26 Guests
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Ross Castle, as viewed on our Ireland tours

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • €2,290 to €2,590
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  • €1,075 per person
  • Max. 26 Guests
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O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

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  • Max. 26 Guests
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15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Northern & Southern

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A farmer with his sheep, photographed on an Ireland Tour

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  • Stay in Castles
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • €1,545 to €1,595
  • Max. 26 Guests
  • Luxury Transport
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The Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is more than just a brand, indeed, more than just a beer. And that's not just for the Irish, but for the many millions of Guinness-drinkers worldwide. The site of the brewery itself is massive, at a staggering 26 hectares, but it will be the old grain storehouse which you visit. Shaped like a giant pint of the black stuff, this most popular of Dublin attractions towers over the surrounding neighbourhoods, with the top-floor Gravity Bar offering a delightful panorama across the Dublin cityscape which can only be enhanced by a well-earned pint. The Guinness Storehouse is a favorite memory for a lot of people on their tour of Ireland.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City, Ireland Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City, Ireland

The Guinness Storehouse 'Home of The Black Stuff'

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The tour itself is interactive and engaging, with multimedia used extensively to tell the historic tale of this most heralded of beverages. Using public transport, head out from Fleet Street to St James's. An essential stop on any Irish Vacation.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City Centre Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City Centre

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O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

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  • Max. 26 Guests
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Sheep in Kerry, Ireland

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  • Max. 26 Guests
  • North and South
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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

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  • Stay in Castles
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • €1,990 to €2,290
  • Max. 26 Guests
  • Luxury Transport
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Ross Castle, as viewed on our Ireland tours

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Ancient Ireland Small Group Size

An exclusive mini-group tour for 8 guests. Discover Ireland's hidden secrets and stay in a luxury castle on this unique journey through ancient Ireland. Read more...

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  • Max. 8 Guests
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • €2,290 to €2,590
  • Stay in a Castle
  • Luxury Transport
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Buskers seens on an Ireland Tour

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  • Hub & Spoke Tour
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • €1,075 per person
  • Max. 26 Guests
  • Luxury Transport
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Thatched Cottage on Aran Islands, photographed on an Ireland Tour

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  • €1,350
  • Max. 26 Guests
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Lough Erne, County Fermanagh

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The Cliffs of Moher

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Worth the Trip Notable Detours and Diversions in Dublin

Dublin Castle

Visitors who set off in search of ramparts and turrets are likely to walk past Dublin Castle in search for something more medieval-looking. So, be warned that there won't be jousting and suits of armour. For 700 years the bastion of British rule in Ireland, the castle is really a Victorian architectural mish-mash, and wouldn't look out of place in London or Paris. This might not be the most exciting attraction you'll find set against Dublin's vibrant backdrop, and it's certainly not a day out for the kids, but the 45-minute tours are frequent and informative and will appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in Irish history.

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National Museum of Ireland

A splendid neoclassical building designed by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane and completed in 1890, the original building of the national museum is generally considered the most significant and most important for visitors to see on their Ireland tour. Among its most notable attractions are various Bronze and Iron Age attractions including The Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch, the Broighter Gold Collar and the Loughnashade War Trumpet. Equally stunning is the Cross of Cong, which was crafted in 1123 A.D.

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Leinster House

Built between 1745 and 1748 as the city residence of the Duke of Leinster and Earl of Kildare, James Fitzgerald, this attraction is most notable for politically-minded visitors - it is home to the Houses of the Oireachtas, the seat of government in the Republic of Ireland. Watch politics in action as the laws of the land are made right here before you.

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Dublin City Shopping and Nightlife Dublin City Shopping and Nightlife

Shopping in Dublin

About Shopping in Dublin

Dublin provides plenty of opportunities for some retail therapy, and if you are looking to hit the shops during your time in the capital, it is Grafton Street that you will want to head for. This district of Dublin has all the high-street stores you could ask for, with British-owned chains being perhaps the best represented here. However, if you're looking for something a little more unique or boutique, then you won't have to wander very far. The side streets and alleys which intersect this main artery of Dublin centre have plenty to tempt you. So, be sure to pack your Euros. If you do, major credit cards are accepted in nearly all Irish stores.

Accommodation in Dublin

Hotels in Dublin

Dublin City Centre

The Drury Court Hotel, Dublin City

Drury Court Hotel

Based in the heart of Dublin City Centre Drury Court Hotel is the ideal location for both business and leisure visits to the capital.

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  • Ideal for Business
  • Leisure Breaks
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Clontarf, Dublin

Clontarf Castle Hotel, Clontarf, Dublin

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Providing an exceptional service in luxury surroundings Clontarf Castle Hotel is one of Ireland's leading Castle Hotels.

  • LuxurySurroundings
  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
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Merrion Street Lower, Dublin

Davenport Hotel, Merrion Street Lower, Dublin

Davenport Hotel

A boutique establishment offered by O'Callaghan Hotels Group, Davenport brings a unique blend of old meets new.

  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Business
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Off Stephen's Green, Dublin

Stephen's Green Hotel, Off Stephen's Green, Dublin

Stephen's Green Hotel

Overlooking nine acres of St Stephen's Green Park, The Stephen's Green Hotel is part of the noted O'Callaghan Hotels Group.

  • Leisure Breaks
  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Business
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South Frederick St, Dublin

Trinity Lodge Hotel, Dublin City

Trinity Lodge Hotel

Located in the heart of Dublin, near Trinity College, Trinity Lodge brings a charming fusion of Georgian elegance and contemporary style.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Ideal for Business
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Abbey St, Dublin

Wynn's Hotel,Abbey St, Dublin

Wynn's Hotel

A prestigious Dublin destination since 1845, Wynn's is located in the very heart of Dublin - a paradise for shoppers and tourists alike.

  • Great Location
  • Leisure Breaks
  • Ideal for Shopping
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B&Bs and Guesthouses in Dublin

Dublin, Co. Dublin

Aishling House, Dublin, Ireland

Aishling House

Just north of the mouth of the River Liffey, Aishling House is just a short distance from Dublin City Centre and its attractions.

  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
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Dublin, Co. Dublin

Glenogra Guesthouse, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Glenogra Guesthouse

Near the Aviva Stadium, this 19th-Century redbrick house offers an impressive base for recreational and business travellers alike.

  • Ideal for Shopping
  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
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Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin

Oaklodge B&B, Dublin, Ireland

Oaklodge B&B

Located in Dublin's prestigious Ballsbridge area, within easy walking distance of Stephen's Green and the famous Grafton Street.

  • Ideal for Short Breaks
  • Great Location
  • Ideal for Shopping
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Hostels in Dublin

Dublin City, Co. Dublin

Breakfast at Barnacles Hostel, Dublin City, Ireland

Barnacles Hostel

Barnacles offer award-winning hostel accommodation in Dublin, providing an affordable base from which to discover Dublin for yourself.

  • Great Location
  • Perfect for Sightseeing
  • Budget Friendly
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My Ireland Travel Guide

Barrels at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City

Ireland's much-loved capital and the gateway to the Emerald Isle. A vibrant, modern and outward-facing city, most Ireland tours and vacations begin here. Read more...

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College
  • Temple Bar Quarter
  • The Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
About Dublin
Lighthouse in Hook Head

Wicklow & the East

This wild landscape of gorse and bracken is home to many of Ireland's most significant archaeological finds, as well its grandest estates. Read more...

  • Powerscourt Estate
  • Glendalough Settlement
  • Brú na Bóinne
  • Battle of The Boyne
  • National Stud
About the East
The Cliffs of Moher

Galway & the West

Pack walking boots, a camera and a sense of adventure as you head west for Galway, County Clare and the Wild Atalantic Way. Heritage, tradition and Read more...

  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise Settlement
  • Clare Music Sessions
  • The Burren Landscape
About the West
Kilkenny Castle by the riverside

Kilkenny & South-East

The sunny South East. Ireland's warmest and driest region is also one of its most popular destinations with tourists and locals alike. Read more...

  • The Rock of Cashel
  • Waterford Crystal
  • Lismore Castle
  • Tintern Abbey
  • St Canice's Cathedral
The South East
Sheep in Kerry, Ireland

Cork and Kerry

Wind-swept, welcoming and rugged, Ireland South West typifies what visitors expect Ireland to look like – vibrant, vivid and verdant. Read more...

  • Cork English Market
  • Blarney Castle
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Killarney Nat. Park
  • Skellig Michael
The South West
Trad Session in Donegal, Ireland

Donegal and Sligo

Less well-trodden than Dublin, Belfast or Killarney, this picturesque region invites you to get outdoors. Don't forget your camera! Read more...

  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Lakes and Loughs
  • Maghera Beach
  • Errigal Mountain
  • Glencolmcille Village
The North West
The Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland

Belfast & The North

In peace, Belfast and the North have staked their rightful claim as some of the Island of Ireland's most iconic and cultural regions. Read more...

  • The City of Belfast
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede
  • The City of Derry
Northern Ireland
Solo traveller admiring the coastal view in Ireland

Ireland Solo Travel

Whether you're looking to meet new people or just yearning get away from it all, Ireland is a great place to travel independently. Read more...

  • Experience the Culture
  • Find Your Inner Peace
  • Discover New Paths
  • Start a Course
  • Experience the Nightlife
Northern Ireland

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