Things to do in Dublin

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

722 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares (1,750 acres); it is one of the lar... read more

The biggest city park in Europe, you can see the Irish President's house (which is modelled on the White House and does free tours every Saturday morning), the American ambassador's residence, Dubl... read more

One of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, home to a herd of wild fallow deer. You can have some c... read more

587 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just around the corner! This is the most popular tourist attraction in Dublin, so a must see. Buy tickets online which are cheaper. The time-slot not very strictly adhered too. Pay the extra €5 whe... read more

The home of Guinness! This is a very enjoyable tour and a very popular choice with most visitor. My little tip..... try to visit there just before dusk. The tour usually ends up with a complimentar... read more

One of Ireland’s greatest exports, the Guinness factory tour will give you and insight into how the brand started and has grown to this day. The tour is finished with drinks in the Factory Gravity ... read more

427 local Airbnb hosts recommend

St Stephen’s Green Park is a historical park and garden, located in the centre of Dublin city. Cared for by the Office of Public Works, the park is an important public resource in the area, and pro... read more

St Stephen's Green Park is a historical park and garden, located in the centre of Dublin city. Cared for by the Office of Public Works, the park is an important public resource in the area, and pro... read more

St Stephen's Green Park is a historical park and garden, located in the centre of Dublin city

506 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Due to its picturesque setting and the famous people connected with it - Oscar Wilde studied here - Trin... read more

Book of Kells can be viewed there and a lot of films were made there due to the old cobble stones and just the feel of the place.

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Kilmainham Gaol was once a prison that has been reopened as a Museum. The tour is very informative and gives and insight into the Irish & British relationship and the struggle for Irish Independenc... read more

This is a great tourist attraction here in Dublin. It was a jail where many famous Irish revolutionaries, political and military leaders were imprisoned in the time of Irelands fight for independen... read more

Kilmainham is the biggest unoccupied jail in Europe, and a must-see on your trip to Dublin. On your visit you’ll discover the chilling history of life at the gaol, from the 1780s right through to t... read more

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Learn all about the world’s favourite Irish whiskey at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Dublin. Whether you love the spirit or are sampling it for the first time, a trip here will give you fant... read more

Since John Jameson's brave first steps into this building in 1780, we've been focused on his ambition to create unforgettable experiences (along with great whiskey, of course). The new look Jameson... read more

A great tour for the whiskey lovers “The new look Jameson Distillery Bow St. carries on this ambition through five fully guided experiences: Bow St. Experience Distillery Tour, Premium Whiskey Tast... read more

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The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. While it is unclear how much of the original 11th century coach house is still intact, there is a palpable sense of history ... read more

Officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. Past patrons include such literaries as James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Jonathan Swift, as well as such revolutionaries as Robert Emmet, Wolfe T... read more

The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub, dating back to 1198. The Brazen Head pub is famous for live Irish music sessions & award winning restaurant.

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Temple bar has all the craic , especially at the weekends. It has loads of pubs which have music going on in them. Once you are in the city center you have a choice of pubs to visit or you can go ... read more

Famous for its bars, restaurants, live music venues and lively night-life - Temple Bar has it all. Be careful, especially at night, as the crowds do attract pickpockets and lowlife. 30 minutes wal... read more

This is the place for a full night out in Dublin on the weekends. During the day its a perfect tourist destination. Plus point - bus stop for bus 70 to Dunboyne is right there.

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Howth (pronounced hoe-th) is a beautiful seaside town on the peninsula of Howth Head, and is an outer suburb of Dublin. Howth offers great seafood, delicious ice cream, and an amazing set of cliffs... read more

Howth is one of Dublin beautiful coastal areas. You get off on the coast, and there is a coastal walk with special secluded sports you can jump of. When you get off the train into Howth there is al... read more

Howth is probably the first thing to see outside of Dublin , lovely scenic train trip and when you arrive you will feel a different vibe immediately !

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The Castle was built by the dark pool ("Dubh Linn") which gave Dublin its name. a major Irish government complex and tourist attraction. It was until 1922 the seat of the British government's admin... read more

”Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922... read more

A beautiful place that royalty and visiting international dignitaries are entertained in. It is open to the public when it is not being used.

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The main shopping street in Dublin with a variety of UK, Irish and International shops., bars, restaurants and live music in the streets

South Dublin's main shopping street. Many great, small boutiques and places of interest off the side streets.

Best Shopping area in Dublin. Favorites are of course Brown Thomas, Otehr Stories and the new White Company

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Old traditional Irish pub with live music every day. Very popular but not touristic so you can enjoy an authentic experience. They also have a backroom where dancing communities occasionally use to... read more

The most famous Irish music pub in Dublin and its right on our doorstep. People come from all over Dublin to listen and play Irish music here.

Free traditional Irish music every night of the week in a rough round the edges pub. Great Irish music but won't suit everyone.

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This stunning gothic cathedral has been a Dublin landmark for nearly a thousand years. As well as being the home church of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, who was the Dean here from 1... read more

St Patrick's cathedral is a ten minute walk from our house. It is where Jonathan Swift was Dean of the cathedral and is one of Dublin's most iconic buildings. You can do a tour and soak in the hist... read more

founded in 1191, Saint Patrick's is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre (141 ft) spire, St. Patrick's is the tallest church (not Cathedral) in Ireland and the largest.

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Many world class productions, this venue often hosts some of the big West End shows. Also several nice, mid-range restaurants nearby for pre-theatre dinner. Check out the website for upcoming shows... read more

Designed by the incredible Daniel Libeskind, really recommend seeing this if there is a good show on. Otherwise, nice to look at from the outside!

Nice theatre with good acoustics and views, even from the upper circle area. A great line up of shows, with a mix of musical, dance and theatre.

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Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and welcomed over one million visitors last year. As one of the world’s oldest, yet ... read more

Dublin Zoo is one of the largest zoo's in Europe and is a huge family attraction in Dublin. It is usually best to visit it during the week as weekends can be very busy. The gorilla habitat is pa... read more

The Zoo is in Ireland's and Europes biggest park. Stunning views, statues, wildlife and of course Dublin Zoo.

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Set in the beautiful surroundings of an old hospital with wonderful gardens this art gallery is free to enter and has an amazing permenant collection from Irish and international artists. The visit... read more

Houses in the Royal Hospital, old nursing home for veterans, this superb space houses a combination of temporary shows and small permanent collection by Irish and International artists including pr... read more

Highlighting Irish and International artists collections, a stroll through the gallery here is always an intriguing experience, never quite knowing what you will see next. In the grounds of the Ro... read more

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The National Gallery of Ireland holds the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Includes some amazing pieces (Caravaggio, Picasso, Monet, Vermeer, Rembrandt Goya and all their peers e... read more

Free (except for special events) Collection of Irish & European art including Harry Clarke stained glass. Original building has recently been restored to its former glory, period architecture - wel... read more

A must visit free gallery owned by the Irish state. lovely gifts in the gift shop with stationary featuring Irish writers including Oscar Wilde. Free

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The 3Arena is an indoor amphitheatre located at North Wall Quay in the Dublin Docklands in Dublin, Ireland. The venue opened as The O₂ on 16 December 2008. It was built on the site of the former Po... read more

The 3 Arena is only a short walk away, home to some of the biggest music, comedy and arts gigs in Ireland.

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Deep history, great place to hang out, botanical marvels and incredible amount of cheeky squirrels. A beautiful place that is close and I visit at least once a week. Not a place just for tourists b... read more

Ireland’s premier scientific institution for botany. An oasis of calm and beauty and entry is free. Open every day. Famous for the exquisitely restored historic glasshouses. Fabulous walks and cafe.

Beautiful place to get lost in with a vast array of plant life, both native and exotic. Cafe offers good dining options also.

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This is a must see bar in Dublin. In the garden they have a renovated double decker bus that has been painted and you can sit inside with you drinks. From the double decker bus they make delicious ... read more

Nice wide open area, large variety of spirits, cocktails and beers, also a pizza bus at the back end that won't disappoint, make sure to arrive early if you want to be seated.

Awesome bar & bear garden. Much larger than it looks, this pub has a large beer garden, exhibition space and Italian pizza cafe. Check their website for live music schedule.

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If you are visiting St. Patricks Cathedral it will be worth your while taking a few extra steps to eat here. The food is hearty, robust and well conceived. A very big open space. Its casual and coo... read more

Excellent friendly cafe for breakfast and lunch with locally sourced, organic produce. Great coffee. The Fumbally also do dinner on a Wednesday. Only a minute's walk from the house.

Very chilled out vibe, good choice for breakfast or lunch., great selection of salads, fermented foods and cakes.

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Beautiful, small park just off harcourt street and beside the national concert hall. Bit of a hidden gem in the city- not touristy, great spot for reading a book

Unique collection of garden landscapes designed in 1865 and mostly restored since 1995- make sure to check out the gorgeous waterfall!

Beautiful hidden formal garden with a maze, rose garden, waterfall, fountains and dismembered statues

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Once a small, intimate coffee shop, Brother Hubbard has expanded due to its popularity. Now this cafe/restaurant takes up a large open space on a corner of Capel Street and now has a small grocers ... read more

Beautiful spacious atmosphere with a warm glow. They have fun Instagram-worthy plants, mirrors and decor. I highly recommend the avocado toast with chickpeas and eggs. They put a unique twist on ty... read more

We have a lot of favourite spots for breakfast/brunch - this is another! While they cater for everyone it is also a great spot for vegans/vegetarians.

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With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinera... read more

It was described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe. Amazing international collection of artworks from countries across Asia, the Middle East,... read more

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Super friendly staff, great service and great view of the canal (if you sit near the windows).

Super friendly staff, great service and great view of the canal (if you sit near the windows).