Things to do in Dublin

Dublin, a lively and young capital of Ireland, is situated on the east coast of Ireland on the Liffey River. Dublin, founded by the Vikings as a center for their slave trade, is a welcoming, colorful and people-oriented city. Its historical monuments include Dublin Castle, dating from the 13th century, and the imposing St Patrick's Cathedral founded in 1191. The city's large green spaces are St Stephen's Green Park and the vast Phoenix Park where Dublin Zoo is located. The National Museum of Ireland promotes Irish culture and heritage. If you are looking for travel souvenirs, go to the busy shopping streets of Talbot Street and Henry Street. There is another cozy atmosphere in the Grafton Street with its luxury shops. There you will also find the famous Trinity College, known as the oldest and most prestigious university in Ireland, where some former students have become legend, such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and Jonathan Swift.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher, located in the County Clare and consisting of cliffs from 120 to 214 meters height, are visited by more than 1 million tourists every year. In this area, where about 30,000 birds live, famous movies such as Harry Potter were shot. The region of the cliffs is quite windy. There are many day trips from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can be reached leaving from Galway or Doolin as well.

Guinness Storehouse

Even if you are not a big fan of beer, the Guinness Storehouse deserves to be visited for its atmosphere and ancient fermentation barrels which date back to 1908. This historical seven-story building symbolizes a half liter of beer. Inside the building, you can learn more about the Guiness beer, its process, its taste, but also about the history of one of the most famous brand of stout beers. At the end of your visit, you will get half a pint of Guinness beer included in the ticket of the Guiness Storehouse.

Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is located on the shore road that passes through Belfast and Londonderry in the northeast of Ireland. There are roughly 40 thousands polygonal pillars. According to legend, a giant made this road to reach his lover. But the truth was unveiled in the 18th century. The reason behind this natural phenomena is a volcanic explosion, which took place 60 million years ago.

Jameson Distillery

Being the most famed whiskey brand in the world, Jameson has a distillation plant in Ireland. It is a pity that you to go to Ireland and come back without having tasted the best whiskeys in the world. After you taste delicious Jameson whiskeys, it is also possible to visit its production plant.

Glasnevin Museum

“Yes, I know it is weird to say that, but this cemetery is just amazing!” says one of the visitors of Glasnevin Cemetary. Glasnevin Cemetary hosts more than 1.5 million graves. Moreover, there are monuments for the people who had died during the revolution. While the tourists get lost in the smell of the past, Celtic art on the tombs captivate passersby.

Galway

Galway, one of the most charming cities in Ireland, has many narrow, authentic streets waiting to be explored. Since many souvenir shops and pubs are lining up one after another along the roads, it is not possible for tourists to not to be impressed by the atmosphere of the city. Galway is located in the west of Ireland, about 2 and half our by car from Dublin. In the region of Galway, many people speaks still Gaelic, the old language of western Ireland.

Connemara

Connemara is a reasonably famed region for its breathtaking landscapes and fantastic nature. If you want to embark on a journey through the furthest sides of Ireland, it is an excellent choice to visit Connemara with day tours departing from Dublin.

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands (Oileáin Árann in Irish) is a group of islands located offshore from Galway in Ireland. The archipelago of the Aran Islands consists of three islands named Inis Mór, Inis Meáin ve Inis Oírr. These islands are under the control of the Galway County. The landscape of the Aran Islands is very traditional and unique, with little traditional villages and a small community of local people. Spending a night in Kilronan is recommended to meet locals and travelers at the pub of the city. Inishmore can be easily visited by bike in a day.

Blarney Castle

There are thousands of castles in the world, but it is tough to find one as beautiful as the Blarney Castle. Beside the castle, the Blarney garden offers you the opportunity to see the nature of Ireland with breathtaking landscapes. Since these plants are brought from all around the world, visiting Blarney is a great chance to get lost in the diversity of nature.

Wicklow

Located a short distance south of Dublin itself, Wicklow is a mixture of natural and the historic. County Wicklow is full of parks, waterfalls, mountains, and walking opportunities, as well as a stunning coastline. Visitors head to Wicklow to enjoy the many popular walking tracks and trails, winding their way through gardens, ruins of monasteries, and historic mansions, dating back to the 18th century. At just one hour’s drive from Dublin, Wicklow is within easy day trip reach.