DUBLIN DAYS

Discover this captivating city by day and by night

In Dublin, hidden gems reveal themselves at every turn

Dublin always gives you a uniquely Irish take on life. Whether you’re shopping, eating out, visiting one of the many landmarks, or simply exploring the city as it explodes with the colors of fall, enduring memories are waiting to be made.

EXPLORE THE EXTRAORDINARY

History and art, or food with a twist – in Dublin, old greets new

“I was so thoroughly charmed and surprised by the Little Museum of Dublin”
TRIP ADVISOR USER FROM CALGARY

Discover the city with a scenic cruise along the coastline or a guided bike tour. The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl provides a humorous introduction into Irish literature, while the City of a Thousand Welcomes initiative connects new visitors with proud Dubliners-turned-guides. By foot, the Dubline discovery trail is a central starting point for any invigorating ramble.

Founded in 1592 Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and home to the Book of Kells, an incredibly ornate 9th century manuscript that was brought to Ireland by monks fleeing Viking raids in Scotland. To discover even more about life in this beautiful city visit the Little Museum of Dublin and relive the fascinating history of Dublin in the company of a friendly, knowledgeable, tour guide.

Exploring Dublin

Hop on public transport to take in the entire capital in 72 hours for just €19.50 (approximately $14). The Leap Visitor Card offers tourists 72 hours of unlimited travel on Luas trams, DART trains, Iarnród Éireann’s short-hop rail zone and Dublin buses – including the return trip between the airport and the city center on the Airlink Bus.

Culinary Delights

  • Bewley’s Café – opened in 1927 on Grafton Street, this ornate café serves coffees, teas, cakes and more.
  • The Winding Stair – this landmark restaurant overlooks the River Liffey and has its own bookshop.
  • Hatch & Sons – a rustic Irish kitchen beside St Stephens Green serving traditional food.
  • The Pig’s Ear Restaurant – this Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winning restaurant overlooks the historic Trinity College’s cricket pavilion and is known for its warm atmosphere and seasonal menus.
  • Chapter One – this elegant Michelin Star restaurant serves rich modern Irish cooking in a snug setting.
  • L. Mulligan Grocers – this traditional pub and grocery located in Stoneybatter has transformed itself into one of the best gastro-pubs in the city. 
  • The Woollen Mills – offering quintessentially Irish, local and of the locale food.

You have to see

  • Guinness Storehouse – one of Dublin’s most iconic attractions, visitors can sample the historic black stout and learn about the traditional brewing process.
  • Dublin Castle - the heart of historic Dublin, the State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors. 
  • Christchurch Cathedral - renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, this is Dublin's oldest building.
  • National Museum of Ireland – learn about Irish heritage, natural history and more in this museum, spread over three central locations in Dublin city.
  • Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) - housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. You can now visit and experience this fascinating piece of history.
  • The Book of Kells - one of the world's most famous, and richly decorated, manuscripts which is housed in Trinity College, Dublin.
DUBLIN NIGHTS

Rediscover the city when the skies fade into night

“I found the close quarters and cobbled streets to lend the area a really great atmosphere”
TRIP ADVISOR USER FROM CAMPBELLFORD ON TEMPLE BAR

Temple of culture

Temple Bar is the center of Dublin’s cultural universe. Buskers, street artists, open air markets and exhibitions a create carnival atmosphere. You can catch a show (no less than three theaters on offer), go to a gig or just plonk yourself in a bar or café for Dublin’s best people-watching spot.

Dublin boasts several historic theaters that showcase the best in Irish and international theater. The Olympia Theater is a restored Victorian venue opposite Dublin Castle that hosts international music, drama and comedy acts. The Gate has been a landmark building for more than 250 years, and over at St Stephen’s Green crammed with Victorian charm is The Gaiety, open 142 years. But it might be The Abbey that is best known. Founded in 1904 by writer WB Yeats and Lady Gregory, it was the first state-supported theater in the English-speaking world.

Arguably the biggest band on the planet, U2 are synonymous with Dublin city. U2’s music is rooted in traditional Irish music. They often play old Irish songs such as Wild Irish Rose and The Auld Triangle. Traditional music is a full body experience: the upbeat tempos compel you to dance a jig, clap your hands and join in. You can’t visit Dublin and not experience a traditional Irish music session.

“Delicious Guinness, a lovely atmosphere, welcoming servers and the musicians were great”
TRIP ADVISOR USER FROM OTTAWA ON O’DONOGHUES

The best live music venues

  • Oliver St John Gogarty’s - plenty of pubs in Temple Bar have live music all day but this is a popular favorite.
  • O’Donoghue’s - a renowned pub that has attracted some rather famous musicians over the years, including The Dubliners and Bruce Springsteen, it’s adorned with historical photographs and hosts live music seven nights a week.
  • The Sugar Club – this plush club hosts intimate jazz and blues events.
  • The National Concert Hall - the best in classical concerts. 

Dublin, UNESCO City of Literature

  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl - an award-winning show that crawls from pub to pub with professional actors performing from the works of Dublin's most famous writers - Joyce, Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan and many more.
  • Davy Byrne’s - it was here that Leopold Bloom enjoyed a gorgonzola cheese sandwich and glass of burgundy for lunch in Ulysses (you’ll find people of people doing the same on Bloomsday). Joyce was a regular patron and formed a friendship with Davy himself.
  • The Abbey – this theater remains firmly at the center of Dublin’s literary life by hosting talks, lectures and top theatrical productions.
ON DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP

Perfect day trips right outside the city