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DublinIreland

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.

Where to stay in Dublin

Temple Bar showing heritage architecture, signage and a city

Temple Bar

4.5/5Wonderful!(24 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

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin

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! (1,931 reviews)

"Our stay here was amazing. The hotel was beautiful spotless clean. Location right in the centre of Dublin. Breakfast was great plenty of choice. I will definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
The Gibson Hotel
The Gibson Hotel
4 out of 5
Point Square, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $177 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)

"Very clean, immaculate. Food was top notch. Staff were Incredibly friendly. Overall an excellent experience. 👊😊"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

The Gibson Hotel
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
4 out of 5
Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
The price is CA $121 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

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! (110 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
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.

Vacation Rentals in Dublin

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $116 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Grafton Street ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (625 reviews)

"I loved having a kitchen in my room, and found it so convenient that they left fresh towels and toiletries by the door each week, rather than sending the housekeeping during covid times."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Broc House Suites
Broc House Suites
3.5 out of 5
53 Nutley Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin
The price is CA $128 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Elm Park Golf and Sports Club and Sandymount Beach. University College Dublin ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (151 reviews)

"So peaceful. Supermarket just down the road. Handy for the university campus"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Broc House Suites
Hazelwood Accommodation
Hazelwood Accommodation
3 out of 5
Hazelwood Student Village Northwood, Santry, Dublin, County Dublin
The price is CA $64 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (21 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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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

The city is fine but getting more and more expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Looking forward to my next visit!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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