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It’s impossible to be bored in Dublin – no matter how you like to spend your free time. Whether you’re a history nut, an art aficionado, a sports fiend or a night owl, this city has the museums, mountains, galleries, markets, nightlife and more to keep you entertained.
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Dublin’s rich mix of history, culture and nature ensures that visitors will never run out of interesting places to visit. Best of all, many of these – including world-class galleries parks and museums – do not charge an entry fee. Enjoy!
The Book of Kells at Trinity College
One of the world’s most famous books, the Book of Kells is a 9th-century copy of the Gospels. Spectacularly ornate, completely unique and impeccably preserved, it is housed in Dublin’s historic Trinity College Library – a treat in i
Dublin's festivals are many and varied, spanning every season and a broad range of interests. Some of the biggest are ones you might guess; but there's a whole host of more unusual – and no less enjoyable! – festivals on offer, just waiting to be joined.
Perfectly positioned with the sea to the east and mountains to the south, Dublin’s spectacular natural sights are never far away.
Driving from the city centre, you can make your way to Sandymount Strand in the south in 15 minutes, or Bull Island to the north in less than half an hour.
Everything you need to know about Dublin's markets. If you want an authentic taste of the originality, creativity and variety on offer in Dublin, you've got to make a trip to one of its markets. They take place across the city and throughout the year, so there's bound to be at least one on when you visit.
As anyone who has ever been to Dublin will tell you, we’ve got a vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets on the Liffey and darkness sets in, pubs, late bars and nightclubs fill with people looking to enjoy a great night out.
If you’re looking for a jar (Dublin slang for a drink, typically a pint), you won’t have to look far. The city is naturally split into north and south by the river. You’ll likely have heard about Temple Bar, which is located by the river on the south side. You’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants here and it’s an area popular with tourists. To the north, the main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street, off which splinter a number
Home to no fewer than five Michelin-starred restaurants (Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Chapter One, Heron & Grey, l’Ecrivain and The Green House), Dublin’s foodie pedigree is growing every year. Ireland’s premier food and drinks festival,
Dublin city is no concrete jungle: it’s dotted with open spaces where you can stretch your legs, get some fresh air and soak up nature. First among them is Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe and unique in Dublin. It’s home to a beautiful array of local flora and fauna, as well as historic built heritage: nestled within the park is Áras an Uachtaráin, the home of the president of Ireland; as well as Farmleigh, past home of the Guinness family; medieval
Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin
When you take a tour with an award-winning company, you know you’re in pretty safe hands. But Pat Liddy isn’t just the safe bet: his love of Dublin is so infectious that you’ll find you’re learning about the city while feeling like you’re chatting with an enthusiastic friend. His team is just as Dublin-mad as Liddy himself, so get your questions ready! There’s a variety of themed walks on offer, covering everything from highlights and hidden gems to St Patrick and Jonathan Swift.