Explore Dublin's Top Attractions

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Dublin has evolved into a global metropolis while retaining a particular taste for literature, history, and culture. Travelers may enjoy superb contemporary food and music to suit all preferences in the world's friendliest capital.


Phoenix Park, at four square miles (seven square kilometers), is Europe's biggest walled city park and home to a huge herd of wild deer. They are most visible near the Papal Cross, where Pope John Paul II conducted mass in 1979, and the Castleknock Gate. The population is around 400 people every year, with 220 births per year.

Natural Enchantment

At Velvet Strand in Portmarnock, you'll feel a million miles away from the metropolis. This eight-kilometer length of beach connects Baldoyle to Malahide and is just 14 kilometers from O'Connell Street and less than half an hour on the DART, offering spectacular views of the Dublin Mountains and the islands of Ireland's Eye and Lambay.

National Recreation Area

"Dublin can be nirvana at 11 a.m. with coffee and a walk across Stephen's Green." The words of "The Dublin Saunter" perfectly capture the ambiance of this city park, which is rich in history and teems with office workers on bright days. The ducks in the pond have survived the Easter Rising of 1916 and have seen generations of courting couples pass by.

Archaeological Location

Before the erection of municipal offices over an important Viking archaeological site at Wood Quay in 1978, there was great uproar. Viking Dublin, however, may still be admired at the neighboring Dublinia museum, and remnants of the ancient city walls can be seen from the municipal buildings.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dublin is one of the world's only 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature, and practically every street and bar has been portrayed in a tale, book, or song. The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is a great opportunity to see places frequented by Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan, such as the Palace Bar and Davy Byrnes. Adult tickets are €14 online.

Cultural Understanding

At the Guinness Hop Store, you can learn how to pour a pint. Discover the history of this black liquid and the influence it has had on the city's fabric from its inception as significant employment in 1759. Finish your tour with a drink of Guinness and spectacular rooftop views of Christ Church Cathedral and The Four Courts.

The Best Day Trip

The DART is an economical method to seek adventure, costing 11.70 euros per day. The network follows the shore of Dublin Bay, with its most easterly terminal at Howth. A charming port and fishing hamlet to the north (watch for the wild seals inside the pier), a cliff walk, Howth Castle and a public golf course with vistas to match the greatest in the world are all part of this gorgeous peninsula.

Away from the Tourist Trail

Skip Temple Bar and make your way up Drury Street. Dubliners go to fashionable pubs like Fade Street Social, The Hairy Lemon, and Peter's Pub. You'll enjoy a more real Dublin experience and have the opportunity to meet locals. The "pub with no name" opens late on weekends and is difficult to locate, but the atmosphere and mystery are well worth the effort.

The Most Iconic Location

Trinity College is Dublin's beating heart, as well as the famed Book of Kells from the ninth century. A tour across the campus allows for contemplation on the architectural changes that have occurred in Dublin throughout the ages, as well as the value of education to the Irish. The Nassau Street gate opens near Kildare Street and the National Museum, where visitors may see the Ardagh Chalice and Cross of Cong for free.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is situated in one of Ireland's oldest classical structures, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The museum, built in 1680 and modeled after Les Invalides in Paris, welcomes tourists to meander around the formal gardens after studying the greatest in modern Irish art.
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