The bustling capital of Ireland, Dublin is a centuries-old city with a modern, urbane appeal. Explore ancient traditions, sip the local spirits and enjoy a bit of craic (crack in Irish English), and take in the natural beauty of the Irish Sea and the nearby Wicklow Mountains.
Highlights of Dublin
Admire the two splendid landmarks of Dublin – the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church – and set foot in the mysterious St. Michan’s Church, in which the crypt houses graves of outlaws and an 800-year-old mummy. Stroll through the cobbled squares of Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, before visiting the Long Room within the Old Library. This elegant room consists of wood-panelled walls and floor to ceiling bookcases filled with over 200,000 books – a truly impressive sight. Children can have fun and learn about the city’s past at Dublinia, an interactive museum dedicated to Viking and medieval culture. For adults, the Guinness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery are among the top spots to visit. Other interesting places include Phoenix Park and Ha’penny Bridge, an iconic cast iron pedestrian bridge. As evening falls, visit Temple Bar for your pick of restaurants, pubs and a sample of the local nightlife.
Transport in Dublin
Walking around the city centre is fairly easy, and numerous bus services connect the city with the suburbs. The Luas light-rail system has a few lines in the city too, stopping near many places of interest, business, and residential areas. If using public transport is your main way to explore the city, opt for the Leap Visitor Card for unlimited bus, rail and tram rides for one, three or seven days. Otherwise, taxis are plentiful.