Dublin

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Dublin featuring religious elements, heritage architecture and street scenes

Ireland’s capital is alive with a rich literary tradition, friendly residents and a respect for all things rebellious.

Greater Dublin has a population of just under two million, yet the bustling city center is compact enough to explore on foot or a rented bicycle. Its rebellious and joyous Celtic traditions are alive in the music spilling out from the pubs, while the historic buildings and monuments tell the stories of the country’s rich religious and cultural heritage. Take part in Bloomsday festivities on June 16 each year when locals celebrate the life of author James Joyce, one of Dublin’s most famous residents.

Along the city’s grand thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, you can’t miss the Spire of Dublin. It’s visible for miles around, so use it as a landmark to regain your bearings in Dublin’s winding medieval streets.

Just across the River Liffey stands Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, which offers highly educational two-hour tours conducted by the school’s history graduates. Or explore on your own, and be sure to visit the Old Library to see the Book of Kells, a priceless illustrated manuscript created by monks in the year 800. Nearby is the National Gallery of Ireland. 


Wander down stately Dame Street and past the City Hall to Dublin’s religious heart, Christ Church Cathedral. From the awe-inspiring medieval crypt to the mummified cat and rat, there is plenty here to enthrall even non-believers.

A 15-minute walk away is the spiritual home for the world’s stout drinkers, the Guinness Storehouse. Take the interactive tour, which finishes at the Perfect Pint Bar where you can pour your own pint of “black gold.” If you prefer whiskey, head to the Old Jameson Distillery to learn the secrets of turning grain into the water of life.

A little further to the west stands one of the most important and sobering monuments in Ireland, the museum at Kilmainham Gaol. The grim walls and stone-breakers’ yard in this former prison built in 1796 now keep history alive. Expert and passionate tour guides bring the story of Irish independence to life.

After the somber confines of the gaol, unwind with locals in Dublin’s largest park, St. Stephen’s Green. Once the site of public floggings and hangings, this peaceful 22-acre (nine-hectare) collection of gardens, playgrounds, fountains and walking paths is now filled with memorials to Ireland’s patriots and writers.

When evening falls, follow the merry bands of locals and visitors to the popular Temple Bar district. It’s known as the arts quarter of Dublin. By night, however, the area’s nightlife fires up, turning the narrow, cobbled streets into one big party.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Swords, Clonshaugh, Dublin
The price is CA $105 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park, O'Connell Street, and 3Arena. Dublin Castle and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,677 reviews)
"It was okay, functional. Breakfast was a buffet, quite a few options"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2022

Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $124 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and Trinity College. Grafton Street and Dublin Castle are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,430 reviews)
"Staff were very helpful"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Temple Bar Inn
Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
The price is CA $111 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps from Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"Awesome Location in the middle of city center, and close to shops, Pubs and restaurants. Reasonable prices for what you get. Clean property and friendly staff. As far as I know, no parking was available."

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2022

Temple Bar Inn
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Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $112 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Grafton Street ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (655 reviews)
"The pictures on Expedia are not of the Castle property, they are of the St Augustine property. Although the castle property attendants were extremely helpful there are no rooms with separate living room quarters. The larger rooms with living room quarters are at the St Augustine property. Both properties ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is CA $117 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ha' Penny Bridge, O'Connell Street, and Dublin Castle. Trinity College and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
"Great, central location in a charming and well-preserved area of the city. Rooms are equipped with cooktop, stove, mini-fridge, pots, pans and other necessities. (This was particularly useful with restaurants closing early due to COVID.)"

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2022

Zanzibar Locke
Beckett Locke
Beckett Locke
3 out of 5
North Wall Avenue, North Docks, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $117 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is steps from Dublin Port and 3Arena. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"Such a cool spot! The metro is maybe 50 feet from the front door which puts you a five minute walk to all of the major sites in Dublin. Staff was ridiculously nice and helpful. Ashling hooked us up with some breakfast vouchers after we had to wait a few minutes for our room. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2021

Beckett Locke
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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