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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.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Temple Bar which includes a city, signage and heritage architecture

Temple Bar

4.5/5Wonderful!(125 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Temple Bar. Make a stop by Ha' Penny Bridge or Dame Street while you're exploring the area.

Temple Bar

Top hotels in Dublin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
The price is RM388 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,983 reviews)

"Generally a fine hotel with great staff Disposable menus may be an idea as opposed to looking at a large menu in lobby"…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
The Gibson Hotel
The Gibson Hotel
4 out of 5
Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
The price is RM478 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 3Arena and The Convention Centre Dublin. Aviva Stadium and Trinity College ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,179 reviews)

"Excellent hotel staff friendly more than helpful , relaxing atmosphere and had a great nights sleep!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

The Gibson Hotel
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
4 out of 5
The price is RM407 per night

Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"So new and sleek. Great staff, beautiful food and overall superb stay!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

Popular places to visit in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse
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Guinness Storehouse

4.5/5(561 reviews)

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

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(569 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.

Aviva Stadium
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Aviva Stadium

4.5/5(90 reviews)

If you’re heading to Dublin for a rugby or football match at the Aviva Stadium, then you’re in for a real treat. Situated just south of Dublin’s bustling city centre, the Aviva Stadium is a state-of-the-art, four-tiered sports stadium and concert venue, located on the rushing River Dodder not far from Ireland’s east coast.

St. Stephen's Green
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St. Stephen's Green

4.5/5(719 reviews)

After working your way up Grafton Street’s high end stops and eateries, step into St Stephen’s Green - an oasis of calm in the centre of Ireland’s bustling capital.

Dublin Castle
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Dublin Castle

4/5(381 reviews)

On Dame Street, south of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin, stands the mighty architectural achievement that is Dublin Castle, parts of which date back to 1200. Over the centuries Dublin Castle has been a fortress and treasury, a royal palace and a prison. Prior to Irish independence in the 1920s, it was also the centre of British rule in Ireland. Today, Dublin Castle is a government building and significant historic emblem.

Croke Park
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Croke Park

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Croke Park in Dublin is so much more than an impressive sports stadium. “Croker”, as it is locally known, is in many ways is a bastion of Irish identity that protects the spirit of Gaelic games from forces seeking to dislodge it. If this all sounds a bit dramatic you should take the fantastic Croke Park Experience tour to get a very real sense of just how important and deeply ingrained the GAA and Gaelic games are to Ireland’s sense of itself.

Top things to do in Dublin

The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card
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The Dublin Pass: 30+ Top Attractions on 1 Card

RM338
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour
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Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Village, The Burren & Galway Tour

RM249
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM110
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM96
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting
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Jameson Distillery Guided Tour & Comparative Whiskey Tasting

RM124
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private Tour of Ireland
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Private Tour of Ireland

RM4,049
Per adult

Reviews of Dublin

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1490
5 - Excellent 59.10353034510115%
4 - Good
871
4 - Good 34.54978183260611%
3 - Okay
133
3 - Okay 5.275684252280841%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 0.7933359777865926%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.2776675922253074%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

Great city and great people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

I loved the live music and the fact that everyone is so friendly there is lots to see and do but I was there when corana virus had closed everything so would like to return

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Difficult as it was during the Coronavirus period

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

We had a lovely experience on our short trip, Dublin appeared to be one of the tidiest, safest cities we have stayed with really wonderful friendly people and a great atmosphere, we also had some fantastic food. Looking forward to returning soon.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Too many beggers on streets

5/5 - Excellent

AJ

9 Mar 2020

Great city for a short break, the people were very friendly & helpful. Hope to visit again soon.

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