Discover the main sights to see in Dublin during your visit to the Irish capital

Despite being among the smallest capitals in Europe, Dublin, at Ireland, can be considered a true refuge for Brazilians who decide to spend time in the Old Continent. The reason for this is the ease of Brazilians who want to do exchange in ireland, learn English and visit a country completely different from ours.

Dublin, the largest Irish city, is diverse and unforgettable. Therefore, on your trip you will come across a modern city and a destination full of interesting attractions to explore. Among them the largest urban park in Europe, called Phoenix Park, museums that explain the history of the Irish capital and see up close some of the bohemian culture that takes over the city.

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In addition, castles, palaces and medieval buildings reveal a long past that spanned thousands of years. It is estimated that for over 9,000 years there have been people inhabiting these lands that we now call Ireland. And even without leaving Dublin, it is possible to imagine how this city worked in remote times.

This past also reflects on Irish culture and way of life. It can be seen to this day during traditional festivals and some unmissable events that take place every year. THE St. Patrick's Days (Ireland's biggest party) or even the helloween, a festival that began with the Celts and has taken place since the mid-15th century. The tradition took on even more strength in the United States after the evasion of Irish people who left the Emerald Isle at the time called the “Great Famine”.

The Irish capital is also well known for its pubs that rock the city at night. If you are planning a trip to this region, check out our travel tips. sights to see in Dublin.

What to do in Dublin

Temple Bar and the most famous pubs to visit in Dublin 

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The cultural region of Temple Bar it concentrates the most famous pubs in the city and brings together a wonderful range of hotel options. Therefore, this is considered the most attractive area of Dublin, and one of the main points to enjoy the city's nightlife. In addition to the traditional pubs, tourists passing through the region will find several restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries and some interesting museums, as well as the Irish Rock'n Roll Museum and the Irish Whiskey Museum, located on Grafton Street, opposite the Trinity's College.

If you're looking for a typical Irish night out, look for a pub in this region that catches your eye and offers not only beers, but also typical Irish dishes. Most establishments offer, for example, live music performances, which is a great opportunity to get to know the traditional rhythm of the country. 

The area is situated between the River Liffey and Dame Street. When in the region, Don't miss out on the Temple Bar, considered the oldest pub in Dublin. In summary, other unmissable options are the very lively The Porter House, Pub Crawl and the O'Donoghues Bar.

Trinity College, a must see tour in Dublin 

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The oldest university in Ireland founded in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I, initially in a former monastery. Trinity College is situated in the heart of Dublin and features many green areas and impressive Gothic architecture buildings. Among the main highlights of Trinity College are the Old Library, a place that draws attention for its shelves full of books that go from floor to ceiling, and the Book of Kells, one of the oldest books in the world, made by monks in the year 800 AD

Although the attractions mentioned above are paid, it is possible to walk around the entire Trinity College campus without having to pay. Also, the location makes for great photos.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin's postcard  

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With Gothic architecture, the St Patrick Cathedral it is without a doubt one of the most impressive buildings in Dublin. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and evangelized the Celts using three-leaf clovers to explain to them about the Holy Trinity.

Patrick's Cathedral, or Saint Patrick's Cathedral, was built in his honor in 1191 by the Catholic Church, but like Trinity College, the building passed into the hands of the Anglican Church during the Protestant Reformation and has been that way ever since. . A great tip to save on attraction tickets is certainly to visit it during mass hours. 

Phoenix Park, Europe's largest urban park 

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Considered the largest public park in Europe, Phoenix Park is the ideal place to take a walk, or even enjoy a lazy day in the Irish capital. With 712 hectares, the park is located 3 km from the center of Dublin, and is one of the main tourist attractions free to visit in the city. 

The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In short, the place is really not to be missed, and there you will find everything from beautiful gardens and monuments to a zoo.

The Spire, the meeting point in central Dublin

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The Spire is a needle-shaped monument and is 120 meters high, 3 meters in diameter at its base and 15 centimeters at its tip. The place is known for being the main meeting point in Dublin. The sculpture is installed on the city's main avenue, O'Connell Street, in the commercial center of the Irish capital.

Visit the Guinness Storehouse 

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The famous Irish stout is among the biggest breweries in the world, selling around 10 million glasses of Guinness in over 170,000 pubs around the world. 

The brewery is headquartered in Dublin and is open to the curious and brewers to learn about the brewing process in Guinness Storehouse. The building has 7 floors, the last one being the Gravity Bar, a bar with a 360° view of the city of Dublin. 

That's why the Guinness Storehouse was voted one of Dublin's best tourist attractions and is definitely worth a visit. 

Stephen's Green Park 

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Other unmissable place to visit in Dublin is Stephen's Green Park. The green area is located in Dublin 2, close to the city centre. Built in 1664, this is the oldest park in Dublin and is mostly surrounded by monuments that honor the country's illustrious characters. 

There are 9 hectares that concentrate gardens, a pond and wooded areas, perfect for a picnic, or just a stop to rest. The park is inhabited by swans, ducks and with luck, it is possible to find squirrels. 

Take a bus tour of the city

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Dublin it is entirely connected by an excellent public transport service. The most famous of these is the Dublin Bus, the traditional UK double-decker bus. This is not only a fun, but also an economical way to tour the city. 

If you are going to use the Dublin Bus, sit at the top and use the path to take a city tour and enjoy the beauties of the Irish capital.

Another option is to take the Dublin tourist bus, which after all is a great way to do a city tour in a more independent way. The bus offers three different routes: one of 105 minutes, another of 2 hours and a night route. Among the stops are Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, O'Connell Street, Kilmainham Prison, Kilmainham Hospital, Phoenix Park, the National Museum and the National Gallery of National Art.

If you're thinking of a themed tour, why not try one? retro bus tour with afternoon tea.

Dublinia

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The museum is next to the Christ Church Cathedral and presents 4 exhibitions that work in a playful way, showing what medieval times were like and the presence of the Vikings in the Dublin region.

Dublinia is considered one of the best museums to visit in Dublin and is open daily from 10 am to 6:30 pm.

Dublin Castle 

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With over 800 years of history, Dublin Castle is one of the must-see attractions in Dublin close to the city center and its entrance is on Dame Street.

The castle is open to visitors and its complex has 2 museums, 2 cafes, a conference center, beautiful gardens and government office buildings.

Kilmainham Gaol

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The former Kilmainham Prison opened in 1796 and has been the scene of many events that took place during the Irish independence process for over 100 years. Today, the site has been turned into a museum, and it's an interesting way to learn about some chapters of Irish history.

National Botanical Garden

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Inaugurated in 1795, the National Botanical Garden, one of the great tourist attractions in Dublin, occupies 20 hectares and has more than 17 thousand species of plant. The site also houses some iron greenhouses that were built between 1843 and 1869 and help to preserve the more than 300 species that are in danger of extinction and some that have already become extinct externally.

Christ Church Cathedral

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Also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Cathedral Christ Churh is the oldest of Dublin's cathedrals. From the outside, you can see a small bridge, built in 1870, that connects the cathedral with Synod Hall, the place where the Viking exhibition museum in “Dublinia” works. Consequently, the church has 19 bells that have been included over the years and still retains one of the oldest, which dates from 1038.

River Liffey

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The River Liffey runs through the middle of the Dublin city and is a great location for those who want to take a walk in the open air in the city. In addition, throughout its length it is possible to find iconic points of the city, such as the Ha'Penny Bridge, the first point built over the Liffey, and the Samuel Beckett Bridge, one of Dublin's main postcards.

Grafton Street 

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Grafton Street is one of the best places to visit in Dublin, and the most important shopping street, concentrating countless options of malls, cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries and shops.

During the day, for example, it is possible to watch numerous musical performances by artists who perform daily along the way. Then, those passing by Grafton Street have the opportunity to discover other sights in Dublin, as they are located nearby, such as Trinity College, Stephen's Green and Bewleys's Oriental Café, a pleasant coffee shop opened in 1927.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

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The museum is one of the biggest sights to see in Dublin, as it has more than 4,500 works by Irish and international artists. Likewise, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions that occupy the rooms of the former Royal Kilmainham Hospital, one of the oldest in Ireland.

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