Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Killiney Bay

    Beautiful bay
    About one half-hour south of Dublin, you'll get the feeling that something has changed. The closer you come to Killiney, the stronger it becomes – this Mediterranean feeling. It's no wonder because Killiney Bay is often compared to the Bay of Naples, and the street names here, like Capri and Sorrento, play their role. Enjoy the rush of the sea on the beach and experience the gorgeous view of Dublin Bay from Killiney Hill, then take an easy stroll toward Dalkey before returning to Dublin with the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART).
    County Dublin
  • Trinity College

    Ireland's oldest university
    Once outside the city, it's now right in the centre. The impressive Trinity College on College Green is both Ireland's oldest and most renowned university. The college is well known for its 30-metre Campanile or bell tower, its chapel, and its beautiful library. With around 4.5 million books, it is the largest and most impressive in Ireland. Visitors love the imposing, 64-meter long, 12-metre high hall known as the Long Room. One of the college's greatest treasures is the Book of Kells, a national shrine. Protected behind a glass display case, the book is visible to visitors and one page is turned each day.
    College Green
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 896 10 00
  • Howth

    Idyllic day-trip destination
    An easy half-hour outside Dublin you'll find the former fishing village of Howth. Yachts and fishing boats rock idyllically in the harbour and the East Pier is the place to dine on fresh fish. From the harbour, visitors can walk along the cliffs to the lighthouse. The steep coastline and the views of the sea from the cliff walk are fantastic. Just before reaching the lighthouse, walk toward the summit. From up there you have a wonderful view over the entire bay. It makes for a relaxing day-trip. The easiest route is to take the DART.
    County Dublin
  • St. Stephen’s Green

    Popular and central
    At the end of the popular Grafton Street shopping mile lies the central St. Stephen’s Green park. Many Dubliners enjoy a pleasant lunch here during their midday break. Tourists, too, will enjoy relaxing in this green oasis after their sightseeing or shopping tours. St. Stephen's Green features lakes, fountains, flower beds and meadows, making it a true spot for calm and relaxation in the middle of the city.
    St. Stephen’s Green
    Dublin 2
  • Merrion Square

    In the heart of the city
    The famous Merrion Square can be found in the heart of Georgian Dublin near Trinity College and Stephen‘s Green. Surrounded by streets named after the square, the centre is a very green public park. The National Gallery is also here. The beautiful Georgian redbrick houses on three sides give the square a special flair. It is regularly used as a venue for cultural events and entertainment.
    Merrion Square
    Dublin 2
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

    The cathedral was built upon the ruins of a Normal church. Jonathan Swift, known for his novel Gulliver's Travels, was a deacon here for 30 years in the 18th century; his tomb is found near the southwestern entrance. It's a special treat to leave your cares behind in adjacent St. Patrick's Park after touring the cathedral.
    Saint Patrick's Close
    Dublin 8
    +353 1 453 94 72
  • Guinness Storehouse

    Europe's largest brewery
    Guinness and Ireland fit together like hand and glove. Here the history of Guinness is presented across seven stories in a lively, fascinating manner, from its start in Dublin to its development into a brand name recognised around the world. The tour starts on the bottom of the largest pint glass in the world, which spans all seven storeys – then normally ends at the rooftop bar with a freshly drawn pint and an incredible view.
    St James's Gate
    Dublin 8
    +353 1 408 48 00
  • Temple Bar

    Cultural and entertainment district
    Narrow cobblestone lanes, colourful pubs, cosy bistros and restaurants alongside funky nightclubs, quirky stores, and kitschy souvenir shops – all of that is Temple Bar. A festive, colourful neighbourhood providing entertainment and awakening the spirit of adventure, because visitors will always discover something new in the little lanes and alleys. Followers of the art scene will especially enjoy the Wall of Fame of Irish musicians and the «Irish Film Institute».
    Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
  • Flip Clothing

    Fans of the 50s, 60s and 70s will find something perfect for their wardrobe at Flip Clothing. The vintage apparel is mainly sourced in Europe and the US. Flip Clothing has added a few labels to their product range, particularly their own collection made exclusively in Ireland. Even those who don't like shopping will enjoy browsing here.
    3-4 Fownes Street, Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 671 01 86
  • Grafton Street

    Main shopping street
    Dublin is a wonderful place to shop and Grafton Street is the main street to do it in. It runs from Trinity College in the north towardSt. Stephen‘s Green in the south. The world-famous department store Marks & Spencer, the lifestyle store Brown Thomas, and Weir and Sons, one of the leading jewellers in the country, are all in Grafton Street. Make sure to check out the many side streets, because they hide plenty of small, but wonderful places to shop.
    Grafton Street
    Dublin 2
  • Avoca

    Beautiful and unusual
    This Irish family-run company has been pleasing customers with products like fashion apparel, blankets, accessories and garden articles generation after generation. Customers might be drawn to the stylish products, but they stay to enjoy the delicious food and beverages served up at the Avoca Café. Everything here is special, with more charm and loving attention to detail than elsewhere.
    13 Suffolk Street
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 677 42 15
  • Powerscourt Centre

    Individual boutiques
    Not far from Grafton Street you'll find this elegant Georgian-style building. It's one of the most beautiful in the city, with an impressive façade and charming atmosphere that enchants every visitor. Each boutique inside is individual and special, offering fashion, antiques, jewellery, interior decorations and art. Sit back in one of the coffee houses or enjoy a fine lunch in the restaurant.
    59 South William Street
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 679 41 44
  • Urban Outfitters

    Trendy and individual
    The trendy Urban Outfitters concept store is an absolute must. Whether you're looking for individual accessories, cool clothes, select fashion labels, books or home decorations, you could spend an eternity in this shop on several stories. There's something for women and men alike and the cool, British style is noticeable in many places.
    Cecilia House
    4 Cecilia Street, Temple Bar
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 670 62 02
  • National Museum

    Highlights of Irish culture
    There are, in fact, three parts to the National Museum, but the most significant and impressive is the National Museum of Archaeology and History. A vast collection of Irish cultural highlights await the curious visitor. The treasure of astounding examples of Celtic and medieval arts and crafts, the extensive Vikings in Ireland exhibit and The Road to Independence gallery brings Ireland's fight for independence alive. The National Museum of Decorative Arts and History (Collins Barracks, Benburb Street) houses a large collection of furniture, silver items, apparel and jewellery. And the National Museum of Natural History in Merrion Street has an extensive display of animals «cabinet style». Closed Mondays.
    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 677 74 44
  • Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum

    Irish national history
    Kilmainham remained a gaol until well into the 1920s where many Irish freedom fighters were imprisoned. Today it houses diverse exhibits on the political history of Ireland, from the period of British rule up to the creation of an independent nation. It also tells stories about the fates of the prisoners and the terrible conditions under which they lived. The oppressive atmosphere of the bygone era is authentically recreated.
    Inchicore Road
    Dublin 8
    +353 1 453 59 84
  • National Gallery of Ireland

    The National Gallery of Ireland is an absolute must for all who love art and culture. Its exhibit rooms house more than 500 works of art. The collection focuses on Irish art, but a few important European artists are included, like Monet, Nolde, Rubens, Vermeer and Picasso. Entrance to the permanent exhibit is normally free of charge. Closed Mondays.
    Merrion Square West
    Dublin 2
    +353 1 661 51 33
  • Dublin Writers Museum

    History of Irish literature
    The Dublin Writers Museum is dedicated to Irish authors of the 19th and 20th century, whose works such as «Gulliver's Travels», «Ulysses» and «Waiting for Godot» has made enormous contributions to the genre. The place is covered in portraits of authors, original letters, typewriters, and personal items such as Lady Gregory's opera glasses, Mary Lavin's teddy bear, and Samuel Beckett's telephone. This gorgeous, 18th century building houses the museum, a library, and a café in the extension. There are additional rooms used for travelling exhibits.
    18 Parnell Square
    Dublin 1
    +353 1 872 20 77
  • Abbey Theatre

    Irish national theatre
    The Abbey Theatre in Dublin runs a diverse, innovative programme promoting both Irish and international playwrights and directors. It also houses an experimental stage for presenting plays by the Abbey School of Acting. The theatres presents occasional shows in Irish Gaelic. This longstanding institution first opened its doors in 1904.
    26/27 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    +353 1 878 72 22


I recommend that everyone who visits Dublin buy a day ticket on the city's DART railway system. They are very useful: follow the coastal road on the northern line to the lovely port of Howth or the southern line via Sanymount, with its broad, flat, sand beach, to beautiful Killiney Bay or the picturesque seaside resort of Bray, where you can reward yourself with a dinner of fish 'n chips after a long day of sightseeing. This way is much cheaper and much more attractive and individual than booking an official tour.