Dublin, the Republic of Ireland's celebrated capital city, wears its past with pride, and is a magnet for visitors seeking unabashed joie de vivre. Literature, theatre, the arts and the famous Irish 'craic' play an important role in Dublin's unique cultural experience.
A welcoming city, renowned for its warm atmosphere and special character, Dublin is one of Europe’s must-visit cities.[ReadMoreMob] The city’s vibrancy, nightlife and many tourist attractions, ensure a trip to this historic capital is always full of excitement.
Discover a crop of museums and monuments that highlight the vast history of Ireland, alongside galleries and exhibitions that reflect its rich culture. Highlights include the impressive St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – Dublin Castle, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Ireland, all of which are easily accessible. A stroll along the River Liffey or in one of Dublin’s city parks like St. Stephen’s Green or Phoenix Park, which is home to Dublin Zoo, offers another aspect to this small capital with a big heart.
The Guinness Storehouse
Ireland's favourite stout since 1759, Guinness is Dublin’s trade mark. Located in the heart of the St James gate brewery you will find the Guinness Storehouse, the home of the famous 'black stuff'. Stop-by for a tour and to learn of the process involved in crafting Guinness, its ingredients and its origins. Of course, no visit is complete without enjoying a pint or two afterwards.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and is open to all, so visitors are welcome to admire its architecture both inside and out. It serves as a popular tourist attraction due to its size and history, while remaining an important place of worship.
Both Guinness and Jamesons originate in Dublin, though the latter has since moved premises to County Cork. In the capital, you can learn of these history of these famous tipples: Guinness is an Irish dry stout that was first produced in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at Srt James's Gate Brewery, while the John Jameson and Son Irish Whiskey Company was formally established in 1810 at the Bow Street Distillery.
For a taste of these Irish delights, the Temple Bar district – busy riverside neighbourhood packed with bars spread around cobbled pedestrian lanes – is the place to visit.
Visit the renowned university, home to the world famous Book of Kells and the Long Room, the college’s magnificent library, which is stacked high with books from all eras and resembling a scene from a Harry Potter movie.
One of the big draws for visitors to the city of Dublin are the traditional Irish dancing shows that are put on in several pubs. In some of them, you can enjoy a meal, a few drinks, and a show from some very accomplished dancers. It’s a great way to experience a bit of Irish culture in a really fun and interactive way.
Cruises to Dublin
Touring Scenic Ireland • M2214
- Cruise Killary Harbour - Ireland’s glacial fjord
- Visit the Cliffs of Moher from Galway
- Visit the Guinness factory in Dublin
UK Scenic Isles & Celtic Cities • M2228
- Visit remote islands of Scilly, Shetland & Orkney
- Explore beautiful Cornwall from Falmouth
- Experience scenic cruising by Fingal’s Cave