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25 Reasons to Love Dublin

By Visit Dublin

Depending on who you are, where you're coming from, and why you like coming to visit Dublin, there are endless reasons to love Dublin. Of course, you have to start somewhere, so we have come up with a list of 25 that should serve as a good starting point!

25 Reasons to Love Dublin

1. It’s great value for money

If you're thinking about taking a trip to Dublin, here's some good news: it's never been better value. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to quality, affordable Dublin accommodation, food and drink, and getting around won't break the bank either.

2. It’s easy to get to

Whether you’re flying or getting the boat, you’ll find yourself in Dublin in no time at all. Flights to Dublin arrive from over 100 European destinations, including daily flights to and from 29 UK airports, and direct ferries run here from Holyhead and Liverpool – start planning your trip here.

3. Its coastline

Dublin’s a great city – but it’s so much more than that. Travel north or south of the city centre by DART rail service or by bike, and you’ll find a sparkling string of coastal towns, beaches, harbours and bracing sea views. And where there’s sea, there’s great Irish seafood!

4. The friendly locals

Ireland in general is renowned for the friendliness of its people, and we’re proud to say that you’ll have no problem making friends in Dublin.. We love a chat, we’ll always do what we can to help, and we’ve even been known to be ‘up for the craic’ every now and then!

5. Our spacious parks and gardens

On glorious summer days like these, you just want to be outside, so why not join the countless Dubliners who love to get out and enjoy 'the lungs of the city'. From the historic Phoenix Park to the central Saint Stephen’s Green, to name but two, Dublin’s full of beautiful, relaxing green spaces.

6. Our castles

No exploration of Dublin should be complete without at least one castle visit. From Dublin Castle in the heart of the city, to suburban sites in Malahide, Swords, Balbriggan, Dalkey and Drimnagh they’re all impressive examples of ancient architecture.

7. It’s so kid-friendly

Dublin’s a city with something for everyone – and that includes the little ones. It's packed full of fun and exciting things to see and do on family holidays that your kids will just love, from the Viking Splash Tour to Dublin Zoo… and did we mention the chocolate factory?

8. The beautiful beaches

You may not think of Dublin as one of the world’s great beach destinations, but a short trip outside the city centre will bring you to any number of gorgeous sandy stretches. They’re perfect for walks and views, activities like kite surfing, and – of course – ice cream!

9. Our culture of dance

Dublin’s a great place to see the nimble footwork of traditional Irish dance in action – and even to try it yourself!

10. Our cultural quarter

Dublin’s Temple Bar district richly deserves its status as the city’s Cultural Quarter. As well as its many fine bars and restaurants, you’ll find plenty of cool independent fashion and design shops, colourful outdoor markets and award-winning architectural spaces.

11. The River Liffey

Running through the heart of Dublin, and culturally celebrated by everyone from Joyce to Radiohead, the River Liffey is both a water and power supply for the city, and used by commercial and recreational craft. And once a year, hundreds of hardy souls attempt the historic Liffey Swim! Each of the many bridges that spans the river has its own history and style.

12. Our glorious food

Whether you fancy Michelin-starred dining, cosy cafés, tasty Irish classics, the best in world cuisine, bustling food markets, or fresh seafood straight from the coast, Dublin’s a place with something to suit all tastes in Irish food. We’re hungry just writing this!

25 Reasons to Love Dublin
25 Reasons to Love Dublin

13. Our fantastic festivals

It’s no secret that Dubliners love to party, so it makes perfect sense that you’ll find so many festivals on here throughout the year. St Patrick’s Day is always the big one, but the rest of our calendar is constantly packed with all sorts of festival fun.

14. Our live music scene

Whatever type of music you’re into, you’re never far from a gig in Dublin. Live traditional Irish music sessions take place nightly in dozens of pubs and hotels, and there are plenty of concert venues and clubs hosting local and international bands, artists and DJs.

15. Lots of free things to see and do

Not only is Ireland more affordable than ever, you can also enjoy so many things to do in Dublin during your visit without spending a single euro. From museums and galleries to parks and festivals, they’re all fantastic – and free!

16. Our Georgian heritage

From gardens to galleries, townhouses and squares, you’ll find magnificently preserved examples of the architecture and style of Georgian Dublin all over . Most noticeable, of course, is our countless number of gorgeous Georgian doors!

17. Our stunning mountain views

Even in Dublin city centre, there are places where you can spot mountains in the distance, but to really get the full vista, take the DART to Howth. While walking around Howth Head, you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama that includes both the Wicklow and Mourne Mountains.

18. Our glorious golf courses

If you’re wondering whether there are any Dublin golf courses, let us assure you that there are! You’ll find some of Europe’s best links courses along our local coastline, and the scenery alone will ensure that these good walks will never be spoiled.

19. We’ve so much history

As you’d expect from a city that’s more than 1,000 years old, there’s ancient history to discover all over Dublin. From streets and buildings to cultural objects, you’ll find remnants of our Victorian, Georgian, medieval and even Viking eras!

20. Our Christmas atmosphere

Dublin’s a great city to visit at any time of year, but when there’s Christmas spirit in the air, it really comes alive. The lights, the markets, the buzz of people, the warm and cozy pubs (perfect for post-shopping recovery) – it’s always fantastically festive! 

21. Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the beating heart of Dublin city centre.
No trip here should be complete without a stroll through its cobbled lanes, full of restaurants, shops and galleries. And with so many popular nightclubs and traditional Dublin pubs in the quarter, night-time’s when it really comes alive! 

22. Kilmainham Gaol

If the walls of Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin could talk…
This hugely popular attraction is where some of modern Irish history’s most disturbing and inspirational dramas have played out. Down the centuries, the Gaol ‘hosted’ the likes of Robert Emmet, Parnell and the leaders of the 1916 Rising.
It’s always busy – so get there early!

23. Our many traditional pubs

We’re always happy to tell you about the craic, atmosphere, culture, music and history of the oldest pubs in Dublin city centre,  but really, there’s no substitute for experience. And it goes without saying that you’re always very welcome to come and sample it all for yourself!

24. Dublin Zoo

Located inside the equally wonderful Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo’s spacious 28-hectare site is home to more than 400 amazing animals from around the world. Whatever time of year you find yourself in Dublin, it’s always worth a visit!

25. The Guinness Storehouse

Year in, year out, The Guinness Storehouse is Dublin’s most visited attraction, and with many good reasons. You can learn about the history of ‘the black stuff’ and discover how it’s made, pull your own pint, enjoy The Gravity Bar’s stunning panoramic views and more.

25 Reasons to Love Dublin