Dublin Tourist Information

Dublin Travel Guide

An enchanted writers' paradise, having inspired some of the world's most famous authors, Dublin is the heart of all the magic in Ireland, a great tourist destination. This is the place where the dreams of the New World came from, a city divided by the Liffy River in more ways than one. Rich in culture and surrounded by lush, pastoral Irish countryside, Dublin is a city that could write its own story.

Stroll through the city's affluent south side to take in the sights on a Dublin tour, including examples of architectural styles spanning over 700 years. Dublin Castle overlooks the city from high on a hill. Originally a Gaelic fort, the site was later used by both Vikings and Normans. A short walk further brings you to St Patrick's and Christ Church cathedrals and the imposing 18th century Irish parliament building.

Dublin Tourist Attractions

A land of authors and the landscapes that inspired them, Dublin is the home of some of the world's most famous writers. Literary fans will revel in the James Joyce Museum, or pay homage at Shaw's birthplace. Dublin Writers Museum holds original works from Swift, Yeats, Shaw, Wilde, Joyce and Beckett, while Chester Beatty Library contains over 22,000 manuscripts and rare books.

Other points of interest include a collection of fine museums and galleries, the General Post Office - site of the 1916 Easter Rising rebellion - and Dalkey Castle, which affords fabulous views of the surrounding sea and mountains.

Few cities can offer as much when it comes to the arts, and Dublin is the place to shop for books, listen to live music or to take in a play. But nothing can compare to a drink in a good Irish pub or a pint of Guinness at the city's most visited attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Shopping of all kinds can be had in this cosmopolitan city, from clothing to antiques, and dining ranges from traditional Irish to international fare.

Transport Around Dublin

The best way to see Dublin is on foot or by bike, but the city does offer an excellent network of buses and a light rail service that covers the town. Taxis are abundant, and a central train station leads to other destinations in Ireland. Cars can be hired for a stay in town, or trips to the surrounding countryside. Most flights arrive through Dublin International airport, which is only eight miles from the city. By sea, car ferries run from the English mainland and the Isle of Man.

Travel insurance is recommended while visiting Dublin. While it is considered a safe place to visit, medical bills can be expensive when dealing with an accident or serious illness. Enjoy your trip knowing that you and your loved ones are covered in the event of a medical emergency.