This great city is also the perfect springboard from which to explore other areas of Ireland! Once you have explored the city's top sights, get behind the wheel of your hire car and travel around to complete the essential Irish itinerary.
Top Attractions in Dublin
Delve into the history of Dublin Castle which dates to the 18th Century and uncover the many treasures within. Your visit doesn't end inside though; head out in the grounds and wander through the attractive Dubh Lihn Gardens. Follow it with a tasty lunch from one of the many eateries on offer then spend a few hours shopping for souvenirs at the Loft Market.
The Kilmainham Gaol is another must-see during a trip here. It's Europe's largest disused prison and where the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed. Now a museum, it is recognised as one of the most important Irish monuments in the country.
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a sample of the city's famous tipple! So, be sure to head to the Guinness Storehouse to learn about the 250 year history of this famous iconic beverage. You can even sample a complimentary drink in the Gravity Bar; the highest bar in Ireland.
Afterwards, spend the afternoon visiting Phoenix Park where you will find plenty of entertainment including the city’s zoo. As such, this is a perfect family attraction although those who are young at heart will be sure to have a great time too, children in tow or not!
Day Trips From Dublin - Explore Ireland
Pick up a rental car and head off to one of the great golf courses in the surrounding area. Take your pick from St Margaret's Golf and Country Club, Elmgreen Golf Centre, Silloge Park Golf Course or Portmarnock Golf Club. Each course offers a unique challenge and caters to all levels of play. Take in the excellent fairways, variety of pars and gorgeous countryside!
Ireland boasts many other fascinating towns and cities so why not venture further afield? Kilkenny is always a popular choice, well-known for its medieval heritage, wonderful architecture and excellent arts scene. Galway on the other hand, boasts a wonderful base from which to unearth western Ireland. It has a lovely atmosphere with some wonderful pedestrianised areas to amble around.
Make the most of your time here and combine a city break with adventures in the surrounding countryside. One of the prime destinations to visit would be Boyne Valley. You can visit Trim Castle; the largest remaining Norman castle in Europe dating to 1176, the Hill of Slane and Old Mellifont Abbey.
Head to the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the scenic Glendalough Valley where you will find the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin. The area is also great for walking and hiking.