The iconic capital city of Dublin, the heart of the country and home to many incredible historic landmarks and unique blend of hedonism and heritage that will not disappoint you.
The perfect place to start your first day in Dublin is with a guided tour of Dublin Castle right in the heart of town. This castle is one of the most important historic buildings in Ireland and the perfect place to learn about the history of Ireland and its struggle for independence. The castle was the headquarters for the British administration in Ireland right up until 1922 and now serves as an important government complex and a symbol of the fight for an independent Irish Republic. After checking out Dublin Castle, visit Trinity College, considered one of the seven ancient universities (universities founded before the year 1600) and oldest surviving university in Ireland. Trinity College is as beautiful as it is prestigious — the campus is comprised of breathtaking Georgian-style buildings, lush green lawns, and a sprawling library that is home to more than 7 million printed manuscripts and books. On display in the library is the incredibly famous Book of Kells, a lavishly decorated manuscript that contains the four gospels, written in the year 384 AD. The Book of Kells is an important and interesting artefact from Medieval Europe that is absolutely worth checking out while in Dublin. After exploring Trinity College, stroll down Grafton Street, to do some shopping. Grafton Street and the side streets in the area are full of great shops, restaurants, and pubs. At the end of Grafton Street, you’ll see the gates to St. Stephen’s Green, an oasis of green in the middle of the bustling city. The park is beautiful and meticulously landscaped, perfect for an afternoon stroll on a sunny day. From St. Stephen’s Green, move to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, and the tallest and largest church in the country. The cathedral is beautiful and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear the world-famous choir that performs every day during the school term. End your day exploring the infamous Temple Bar district, a must-see on any trip to Dublin. The area, just south of the Liffey River is full of unique thrift shops, a wide range of restaurants, and plenty of pubs, live music, and pints of Guinness.
Start day two in Dublin at Kilmainham Gaol, a famous former prison where many Irish Revolutionaries were held by the British during the years of rebellion in Ireland’s struggle for independence. After touring Kilmainham Gaol, move to the Guinness Storehouse, arguably one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland. From the Storehouse, join a walking tour of the North side of town, which has a very different vibe from the South side. One of the most important sites is The General Post Office, one of the most beautiful and grand buildings in Dublin. While the building is the current headquarters for the Irish Postal Service, it once was the headquarters for the leaders of the Easter Rising rebellion of 1916 and the site where Irish revolutionary Patrick Pearse stood and read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. For the evening of day two, stroll back across the River to the south side and check out the Creative Quarter, located between George’s Street and South William Street. This charming area is full of unique boutiques, cafes, and restaurants and is definitely worth spending some time. After hanging out in the Creative Quarter and getting a bite to eat, join the locals and stroll to Camden Street, a vibrant area where there are plenty of great pubs to grab a drink or two.
Spend your third day on a tour of the beautiful seaside villages of Dublin. The first stop is Dun Laoghaire, a wonderfully picturesque coastal suburb of Dublin. Stroll down the pier, check out the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, or if you happen to visit on a Sunday, check out the amazing farmer’s market in People’s Park. If it isn’t too cold and you’re feeling particularly brave, take a dip in the Dublin Bay at The Forty Foot, a popular swimming and cliff jumping spot just a short walk from the main pier. The tour will continue through Dalkey, an upmarket village home to the rich and famous. Finally arriving in Bray. This small seaside town is well known for a stunning coastal cliff walk that stretches all the way to Greystones, another village 7km away. Make sure you are well prepared for the walk – it is absolutely breathtaking, and the perfect way to get familiar with the Irish coast. After finishing the walk in Greystones, treat yourself to a much-deserved meal and pint the bus brings you back to your hotel.
On your fourth day, a day tour of some of the amazing ancient monuments of Boyne Valley, less than an hour’s drive from Dublin towards Belfast, such as Newgrange, Knowth and the Hill of Tara. Newgrange, a prehistoric tomb built around 3200 BC, is a particularly fascinating site to visit, as the completely dark chamber fills with light through a meticulously constructed hole in the roof only once every year- when the sun rises on the winter solstice. It is a truly incredible experience standing in a tomb that old and mysterious. The other sites you’ll visit on a tour of Boyne Valley are equally as ancient, impressive, even mythical, and will leave you absolutely blown away. A day trip to this area is the perfect way to spend your last day in the Dublin area.
Discover the Wild Atlantic Way where 2,500km of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves awaits you. Head inland to experience some of the signature discovery points and amazing activities in this incredible region.
Feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it crashes into the base of towering sea cliffs, wander down vast beaches and watch flocks of birds dance in pastel skies as the sun sets on another magical day. Discover the wild side of Ireland in this active holiday, which travels down the rugged west coast and includes hiking, horse riding, surfing and boat trips.