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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

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Dublin Airport, Corballis, Dublin
The price is CA $253 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ha' Penny Bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Aviva Stadium and Dublin ...
4/5Very Good! (1,068 reviews)
"Clean, functional, stylish, close to airport"

Reviewed on Apr. 25, 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $103 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Bathroom cleaning
"The bathroom still had hairs around the bath that was rather off putting, big black hair!!"

Reviewed on Dec. 10, 2020

Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $131 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
Gorgeous
"Love this hotel, have stayed before. The rooms are lovely, apart from the bed being quite small. The bar/lobby area is beautiful and well worth sitting for a drink. Great location for everything, Tesco just across the road for convenience too."

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2020

The Fleet
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Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is CA $96 per night from May 30 to May 30
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Ha' Penny Bridge, O'Connell Bridge, and Olympia Theatre. O'Connell Street ...
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Outstanding
"Fantastic all around. Sparkling clean, great location, wonderful staff. Room is spacious with brand new stove, oven and refrigerator. I had a medical emergency while I was there and they took care of it without missing a beat! I would not hesitate to recommend"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Zanzibar Locke
Latchfords Self Catering Apartments
Latchfords Self Catering Apartments
3 out of 5
99-100 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $113 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canal and Merrion Square. Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (361 reviews)
Perfect spot - easy to walk around
"The staff were friendly and we were able to check in at 11.30am and leave our luggage the next day before we departed which is a huge plus. The studio apartment was simple but exactly what we needed. The location was a perfect walking distance between Grafton Street and the Aviva Stadium - making ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Latchfords Self Catering Apartments
Hazelwood Accommodation
Hazelwood Accommodation
3 out of 5
Hazelwood Student Village Northwood, Santry, Dublin, County Dublin
Situated in Dublin, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Dublin City University and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Beaumont Hospital. Bon Secours Hospital and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
"Amazing room and such a warm welcome visiting Dublin for the first time."

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020

Hazelwood Accommodation
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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Reviews of Dublin

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Mar 27, 2020

From our time of arrival to our return to Canada viaAir Lingus we cannot say enough good things about the kindness, courtesy and helpfulness of the Dublin Service Staff. We will return to Dublin whenever our world returns to the way of life that were

4/5 - Good

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Mar 16, 2020

The city is fine but getting more and more expensive.

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Feb 6, 2020

Looking forward to my next visit!

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Feb 1, 2020

I freaking love the city and I would love to live here one day!

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Jan 31, 2020

Love coming to Dublin, love the shopping and the people and pubs

4/5 - Good

TheArchitect

Jan 4, 2020

Dublin is a city with great atmosphere for eating and shopping.

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