Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is an enchanting city with a proud history, pretty commercial streets and picturesque gardens. Ireland’s capital city is built around the River Liffey and the 13th-century Dublin Castle. Traditionally, it is the famous home of Guinness beer and Irish dancing as well as folklore featuring leprechauns, charms and pots of luck. 

Modern-day Dublin bursts with activity, from theatres and casinos to parks, Gaelic sports and a lively pub culture. Locals are known for their friendly, welcoming nature.

If you visit Dublin in summer you can appreciate its scenic gardens and quaint alleyways in warm weather. If you brave the cold winter months, you may see the city’s attractions covered in snow, giving them magical, postcard-pretty outlines. Locals speak English, although Gaelic is used and makes your experience of the city even more colourful.

The city’s most recognisable icon is Dublin Castle in the historic centre. Learn about its intriguing history under several different rulerships and capture photos of the historic monument before taking a tour inside. For insight into Dublin’s darker past, explore Kilmainham Gaol, an 18th-century prison infamous for its rough treatment of inmates. Hear fascinating anecdotes from well-versed tour guides. 

Step away from the urbanity of the city centre and into a James Joyce novel at St. Stephen’s Green. The park was immortalised in the Irish writer’s Ulysses. Amble around the pleasant grounds past diverse plants and statues or enjoy a tree-shaded picnic by the pond. Phoenix Park is a larger green area nearby which is home to the Wellington Monument, one of Europe’s largest obelisks. See animals from meerkats and monkeys to elephants and lions, in the park’s zoo.

Visit Croke Park Stadium to watch a game of hurling or Gaelic football. The arena has a capacity of over 82,000 and the games are high intensity affairs.

You can explore the Old Jameson Distillery which is north of the River Liffey to try Ireland’s famous brand of whiskey. Cross the river to find the Guinness Storehouse, learn about the brewing process and pull your first pint. 

Acclaimed restaurants of international cuisine are dotted around Dublin, but your pint of Guinness may go down better alongside inexpensive traditional Irish food. Salmon and trout are common on the menu, together with vegetables, shellfish and potatoes. Join locals enjoying traditional battered fish and chips. 

Fly into Dublin International Airport, then take a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) bus or taxi ride into the city. Regular ferries also take passengers to the Emerald Isle from several parts of Great Britain, such as Holyhead in Wales and Liverpool. Hop on trains, buses and trams to travel around to see the sights of the city.

Share a round of Guinness with locals and make a toast to your magical Dublin trip complete with castles, gardens and cobblestone streets.