Discover Dublin's Coastal Towns and Villages
Although the first church was founded on this site by Sitric, the Viking king of Dublin in 1042, St Mary’s Abbey as it currently stands dates back to the 14th century. Set on the grounds of Howth Castle, this place truly feels like you’re walking on sacred ground. Indeed, it seems Sitric had a lasting love of the ecclesiastical – he was responsible for the first church built on the site of Christ Church Cathedral.
9 of Ireland’s Most Incredible Parks
Established in the 17th century, St Stephen’s Green park is rich with history and has preserved its original central Victorian layout throughout the years. Features of the park include statues honoring famous Irish people, such as WB Yeats, and the Garden for the Blind complete with aromatic shrubs and braille labels. It’s the perfect place to escape the fast pace of the city and enjoy nature.
Discover Dublin: Surprising by Nature
Ever taken a photo with Molly Malone? She’s a Dublin icon, honored both in statue and in the song, 'Cockles and Mussels'. You may even hear it at a traditional music session in a nearby pub if you’re lucky! Take a wander down Suffolk Street to see her statue for yourself.
Discover adventure in Dublin
Does this seem right up your street? Just imagine exploring Dublin city from the River Liffey, floating past iconic bridges and buzzing streets. City Kayaking offer just that – complete with LIVE music UNDER the bridges as you pass by. Click the pin for more amazing adventures in Dublin.
Dublin's Phoenix Park
Dating back to 1662, Phoenix Park has long been home to some of Dublin and Ireland’s proudest sights. Wild fallow deer roam the 1,750 acres of one of Europe’s largest walled city parks, while Dublin Zoo, Ashtown Castle, Farmleigh House and Áras an Uachtaráin (the president’s residence) are some stand-out stops on any cycle around this magnificent park.
Dublin’s Top Tours
Dublin city is home to many unique tours and sightseeing experiences. Take in the city’s medieval origins with the fun Viking Splash Tour, discover the spooky secrets of Ireland’s sinister characters from the past on the Gravedigger Ghost Tour, and get a flavor for Dublin’s cuisine on the Dublin Tasting Trail. Whether you’re into history, literature or kayaking trails, there’s a tour to suit everyone.
Discover Dublin's Nightlife
Glamor, nature, music and more: Dublin’s nightlife is so much more than meets the eye. See the city from the water aboard the Canal Boat Restaurant, enjoy a night at the movies in style at the Stella Theatre or laugh ‘til your sides hurt with stand-up comedy at The Laughter Lounge. There’s something to entertain everyone! Click the pin for more…
Meet the people of Ireland: Dublin tour guide, Tracey Bardon
Welcome to one of the newest museum experiences in Dublin. From elegant neighborhood to tenement hovel, the fascinating history of 14 Henrietta Street is brought to life in vivid detail by tour guide Tracey Bardon along with personal stories from visitors whose relatives once resided inside these very walls. It’s a truly unique experience of Dublin’s heritage that is not to be missed.
A tour of Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol is something you’ll never forget. The troubled past of this prison dates back over 100 years. Its walls once housed the leaders of Ireland's Easter Rising in 1916, whose imprisonment ended in executions on these very grounds. As the largest unoccupied building of its kind in Europe, Kilmainham is packed with harrowing history, memorabilia, and thought-provoking insights into Ireland’s best-known penitentiary. It's enough to give you goosebumps!
Dublin – city of villages
In a city as close-knit and friendly as Dublin, you’ll find that each neighborhood feels more like a village than a cosmopolitan borough. Take the seaside town of Howth with its charming harbor, quaint restaurants and ocean-fresh produce. Or the south-side gem of Rathmines complete with award-winning pizza, canal-side strolls, and vintage style movie nights at The Stella Theatre. Wherever you go, you’re sure to unearth the quirky highlights of each area.
Explore Dublin‘s Quarters
Dublin may be a small city, but with a total of eight “quarters” it’s fair to say there is a lot to see and do! Explore The Liberties area for a slice of old Dublin with its great eateries and tasty tipples from world-class distilleries, marvel at the Georgian Quarter’s beautiful buildings and leafy oasis of St Stephen’s Green, and traipse through the Creative Quarter where fashion and artistic vibes flow through the streets. There's something for everyone!
Discover adventure in Dublin
Bracing swims, city-center kayaking and thrilling cycling trails: prepare for a real adrenaline rush as you explore Dublin's adventurous side! The city’s River Liffey and beautiful bay are perfect for watersports, while outside the city, you can scale to new heights with rock climbing at Dalkey Quarry and get in gear on mountain bike trails at Glencullen Adventure Park. Our favorite? Testing your Gaelic Games skills – there’s nothing like the first strike of a slitor (ball) against your…
Dublin on a budget
There’s no need to pull on the purse strings when exploring Dublin city. We’ve got the lowdown on all the budget-friendly activities and places to stay. There’s a tonne of free-to-enter museums (the National Gallery is a must-visit); bargain gems at the Temple Bar Book Market each weekend; and lovely seaside ambles just a quick train ride away in Howth or ocean swims at the 40 Foot near Dun Laoghaire town. Click the pin for more money-saving tips!
Dublin City‘s Top Festivals and Events
When it comes to the Dublin Fringe Festival, it’s pretty much expect the unexpected. This is the festival where established companies try new material and experimental groups shake up notions of performance. Keep watch for art in the city, an interactive mobile sculpture roaming the streets, and a host of free events celebrating theatre, music, live art, comedy, and dance.