Steeped in history and packed with great bars and restaurants, Dublin is a beautiful city with a big personality. With top cultural sights and world-class shopping avenues, there’s something for everyone in this buzzing destination.
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From its famous sights, a strong literary and cultural heritage and green, open spaces such as St Stephen’s Green, Dublin really is a lovely destination for a holiday.
You can spend your time relaxing in an Irish pub soaking up the city’s laid-back charm, or get out and see as many of the city’s hotspots as you can fit in. Whether that means scouring the shops of trendy Grafton Street, seeing historic must-sees like the spooky Kilmainham Goal, or dining out at some of the many gorgeous restaurants.
One thing’s for sure, however you choose to spend your holiday in Dublin, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to go and things to see.
Dublin top picks
To really get into the swing of Dublin life, try visiting some of the city’s big cultural spots. One of those would have to be the GAA Museum - Croke Park. Sport is a big part of Irish life, and this museum at Croke Park’s iconic stadium gives you a high-tech glimpse into the last 100 years at the stadium.
For more cultural treats, head to the small but eye-opening National Gallery of Ireland to take in its collection of European art. Or check out the Science Gallery to experience some fun exhibitions.
The Guinness Storehouse is another great place to spend an afternoon. Here you can go on a tour of the beautiful early 20th-century building and learn about the history of the brand, while taking in panoramic views of the city from the top floor.
Dublin Castle is a top spot for history lovers. Despite its name, it’s not your typical fortification, but this grand old building is steeped in history and well worth a look. And to get to know more about the city’s literary legacy, pop to the Dublin Writer’s Museum to discover more about the life and work of Yeats, Joyce and Beckett among others.
Eating out and nightlife
If your perfect break involves getting out and letting your hair down, Dublin certainly won’t disappoint.
The city is packed with great bars and clubs, and its home to a thriving music scene with live bands dotted around many venues. Try traditional pubs like Bernard Shaw Bar and Fitzsimons for a really lively night out, and Globe or McGruder's if you’re after a trendy bar.
When it comes to dining out, there are plenty of different restaurants to try. High-end places include Michelin star restaurants Patrick Guilbaud and Chapter One. But for a more relaxed and budget-friendly meal, try one of the many lovely eateries like Antica Venezia or Aya.