Make the most of your trip to the Irish capital and understand what you can expect to see.
It's easy to walk around the many historic sites of Dublin, a compact city that can be explored at a leisurely pace. You can head out of the city to see nearby areas even on a short break, with the Wicklow Mountains and charming fishing villages close by. You'll get a great sense of Ireland's personality even if you only have a few days.
Dubliners are well known for their love of a good night out, and there is a staggering amount of places to choose from. Grab a pint or a whisky in one of the historic bars and soak up the atmosphere, perhaps staying for a pub lunch or dinner. If you want to keep the night going, there are many nightclubs open into the wee hours.
It's well worth checking out the range of superb local museums, many of which won't cost you a penny (although a donation is always welcome to help support them). The National Museum and National Gallery are both excellent, housing famous paintings and other treasures. Chester Beatty Library contains rare books alongside other artefacts, including exotic decorative art.
Find out what other great sights you can see in Dublin, from museums to breweries that encapsulate the spirit of the city.
This gorgeous construction has stood for over 800 years, and has a fascinating history as a former defensive fort. Indeed, it's still used for official functions in the Irish government. Visit the museum and be sure to walk around the gorgeous grounds.
The city has a proud history for literary excellence, and this unique museum celebrates the famous writers that have helped make it a haven for wordsmiths. It looks at famous writers from the city, as well as Ireland in general, and is located in a grand Victorian house close to the Garden of Remembrance.
In a country famous for its superb alcoholic beverages, Guinness is surely the best known. You can visit the storehouse for a tour and tastings, with a number of great bars and restaurants nearby. The gift shop is an excellent place to find a souvenir from Dublin.