Destinations >> Dublin overview

Ireland’s capital city encompasses all of the country’s classic charm and history in bustling urban setting. The former Viking settlement on the River Liffey has also been home to many of literatures most famous authors like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and James Joyce — making it a designated UNESCO City of Literature. Home to a young, vibrant population (it’s estimated that half of its residents are estimated to be under age 25), visitors will find no shortage of things to do around the city.

Cheat Sheet

Take a break from Dublin’s historical charm and sleep in modern luxury at The Marker Hotel where you can get a taste of Ireland with old world charm and modern amenities – Eat modern Irish cuisine at acclaimed restaurant The Greenhouse — Drink craft cocktails in a speakeasy ambiance at Vintage Cocktail Club — Engross yourself in Dublin’s literary history at Old Library & Book of Kells and Dublin Writers Museum — Shop for curated jewelry, knitwear, and designer pieces at Powerscourt Shopping Centre in a tri-level historic townhouse — Don’t miss a tour of the Guinness Storehouse

What to do in Dublin

Dublin’s rich legacy of literature and the arts is the perfect place to start planning a visit. Top attractions include Old Library & Book of Kells, National Museum of Ireland — Decorative Arts & History, and Trinity College. Dublin is home to Guinness, and the revered beer brand offers tours of its 26-hectare, seven-story brewery. Dublin also has a thriving music scene with venues showcasing everything from traditional Irish music to the biggest names in popular music and smaller indie acts. Dublin’s pub culture is woven into all aspects of city — from eating to drinking, and listening to music — and there are plenty of opportunities to duck in for a pint.

What to bring to Dublin

Dublin’s city center is easily walkable, so bring comfortable shoes for seeing it all. Depending on the time of year you’re headed to the city, pack outerwear accordingly with rain-gear at the ready. If biking is your thing, you can pick up a Dublin Bikes ticket that gives you access to bike rentals at stations around the city. You can also download Dublin’s Discovery Trails app to make the city come alive in the palm of your hands with tour routes.

What to bring home from Dublin

Guinness and Dublin are synonymous and you’ll find no shortage of branded merch in the city, so you can easily stock your suitcase with pint glasses, shirts, and more. The Jameson Irish Whiskey distillery is just a short walk from Dublin’s city center and makes a great treat to bring home. Visiting the Dublin Writers Museum is all the motivation you’ll need to pick up a few books from some of the city’s most famous authors.

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