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

Holiday Inn Dublin Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Dublin Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Clonshaugh, Fingal
The price is CA $116 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Beaumont Hospital and within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park and Dublin Port. 3Arena and Trinity College ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"Only open a few months, it looked new. Only concern was the food it was pretty bland. The hotel is a great value so it’s still a good value."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Holiday Inn Dublin Airport, an IHG Hotel
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
4 out of 5
Stockhole Lane, Swords, Clonshaugh, Dublin
The price is CA $131 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Croke Park, O'Connell Street, and 3Arena. Trinity College and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (3,145 reviews)
"Perfect"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $150 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and Olympia Theatre are also within 15 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,610 reviews)
"The only thing I didn't like was the triple room was very small and am not keen on standing in a bath to take a shower it's a wee bit dangerous... That would be my only fault"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
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Beckett Locke
Beckett Locke
3 out of 5
North Wall Avenue, North Docks, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $142 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Would stay again!
"Great location, very clean, nice amenities and the staff was more than helpful. Would gladly stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Beckett Locke
Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is CA $145 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
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! (22 reviews)
"Absolutely perfect location for exploring Dublin. Excellent connections to the bus and tram network, plus most things are within a 15 minute walk anyway. Everyone at Zanzibar was very friendly and helped us with whatever was needed. Apartment has everything you'll need for an extended stay. I'll ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 6, 2021

Zanzibar Locke
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
4 out of 5
8 Bride Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is CA $154 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in City Centre Dublin, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of John's Lane Augustinian Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Olympia Theatre and Vicar ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (633 reviews)
"Liz at the front desk was amazing! So informative and cheerful. The location is great! We walked to so many sites and the restaurants."

Reviewed on Aug. 7, 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Dublin Castle
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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