Discover this captivating city by day and by night
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.
History and art, or food with a twist – in Dublin, old greets new
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.
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.
Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals in fall with Dublin Festival Season kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. The city is a truly special place in winter with the Dublin Dockland’s Christmas Festival bringing Christmas cheer and festive treats to all and not one, but two, New Year’s celebrations to choose from – the NYE Dublin Festival in December and the Dublin Chinese New Year’s Festival in February.
Rediscover the city when the skies fade into night
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.
Perfect day trips right outside the city
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