Dublin is a great destination for travelers, especially from the United States because it’s such an easy destination to travel to. Not only do they speak English as a first language, it’s easy to find a million things to do in the city, and you really don’t need a car to get around. If you choose to leave the city, out in the countryside the driving is easy and well-marked.
These are some of the many reasons why people love Dublin. That also means that it can get quick packed in the city. You need to have a good game plan for what you’re going to do and how.
I always recommend getting the Dublin Pass, because it will help you see the most things in the shortest amount of time, and while saving tons of money.
Here is your one-stop, shortcut travel guide to Dublin — all the best hotels, neighborhoods, things to do, and places to eat and drink in this lovely Irish city.
What to Do in Dublin
Want to plan ahead and book a few of the things we’ve mentioned to do below? It’s always a good idea to pre-book for popular tours. They sell out fast. We’ve included links to a few of our recommended tours below.
- It’s free to walk around Dublin Castle’s exterior, but there’s a fee of around 4.50 euros to go inside on a guided tour. Tours are held Mondays to Friday between 10:00 and 16:45 and Saturdays and Sundays from 14:00-16:45.
- The Book of Kells is kept at the Trinity Library. You can go inside to see the book and tour the library. The cost is €13.00 each online. Booking online in advance is a good idea to avoid the line. You’ll get to specify a time to get in.
- Kilmainham Gaol is an old prison that closed its doors in 1924. You can visit the prison and learn stories about some famous prisoners. You must book online in advance. Tickets can be booked up to 60 days in advance.
- We love visiting the distilleries and breweries in Dublin. Be sure to hit up the Guinness Storehouse (save money by booking online) and Jamison Distillery. You can book a Jameson’s experience through Viator.
Where to Stay in Dublin
Since there are many neighborhoods in Dublin where you can choose to stay, it’s difficult to give a one-size-fits-all answer to where to stay in Dublin. That said, we do have a few favorites.
Here are our recommendations for where to stay in Dublin. You can use any of these links to read reviews or book your stay. (They are affiliate links, which help keep this site up. We always appreciate your help).
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