Visit Dublin, Ireland’s charming capital city, which enchants visitors with its cobbled streets, classic cozy pubs, and Georgian architecture. There’s so much to see, from the impressive Dublin Castle to the iconic Ha’penny Bridge. Walk the regal lawns of Trinity College, or pull your own pint at the Guinness Storehouse. Dublin is also a great city for lifestyle, with its cozy pubs, friendly locals, and fresh seafood. With direct flights to the USA, it’s a great place to start a multi-stop tour of Ireland. At Tourlane, we make travel planning easy: Book your flights, transfers, guides, and accommodation for your Irish vacation, all in one place.
After your flight from the USA, start your vacation by stretching your legs in the Victorian oasis of St. Stephen’s Green. This 22-acre park is just a stone’s throw from Grafton Street and Trinity College. Once a private walk for the gentry of the city, St. Stephen’s was reopened to the public in 1880. Head to the northwest corner to experience a garden for the blind where you can enjoy scented plants labeled in braille, it’s ok to touch
If you’re interested in history, head to Dublin Castle, which was built in the 13th century as a Viking fortress. Tour the grand State Apartments, filled with significant portraits and ornate period furniture. Don’t miss the subterranean exhibit, where you can pass under a restored archway from the medieval town. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert about booking a tour in advance and skipping the line.
What’s a trip to Dublin without a Guinness? We recommend heading to the Guinness Storehouse for a special guided tour that’ll stay with you long after your trip is over. The legendary stout company, brewing since 1759, welcomes you to its storehouse for the full Guinness Experience from fermentation to delivery, and yes, you’ll get to sample the goods. Make sure to visit the Gravity Bar for a panoramic view of the city.
Don’t be tricked by this building’s Victorian exterior—Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1028 and is the oldest building in Dublin. Descend into the large medieval tomb to see rare artifacts like the 14th-century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae and enjoy a cup of tea at the church cafe.
If you crossed this bridge when it was built in 1815 you’d have paid--you guessed it--half a penny. The official name is Liffey Bridge, named for the river it passes over connecting the north and south banks. Go from Temple Bar to Bachelor’s Walk, where you’ll find plenty of cafes and shopping to punctuate your riverside stroll.
If you’re interested in history and literature, head to Trinity College, which was founded in 1592. It lends a collection of monumental 18th-century buildings to Dublin’s skyline. Famous alumni include writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Indeed, this school has always been close to Ireland’s literary canon. The Trinity College Library houses the legendary Book of Kells, the ninth-century gospel manuscript. Make sure to visit the famous 213-foot Long Room while on your Dublin vacation. Less
Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland. It is approximately six hours flight time from the east coast of the USA, and one hour flight time from London, England. The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, is about two hours drive north, while Ireland’s second city Cork is about three hours drive southwest.
The best place to stay in Dublin depends on your travel tastes and preferences. If you wish to do the majority of your vacation on foot, staying close to O'Connell Street means that all major attractions will be within walking distance. Temple Bar is a charming, centrally located neighborhood. If you want to stay in an area with quintessential Georgian architecture, stay in Fitzwilliam Square, St. Stephen’s Green, or Merrion Square Park.
Dublin is a great destination for foodies and its strong culinary scene is ever changing. There are top restaurants in every corner of the city. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for insider tips and recommendations. A reliable place to taste some of Dublin’s best food is Temple Bar Food Market.