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By flight or ferry
If you're visiting Dublin from England, Scotland or Wales, you'll need to cross the Irish Sea to get there. There are two ways to get to Dublin: by flight or by ferry. You can fly to Dublin Airport from all over the UK, with Ryanair, British Airways, Aer Lingus and other operators carrying you over the water for £ 100 or less. Alternatively, you could hop on the ferry from Liverpool, Holyhead or Douglas. The fastest crossing is Holyhead to Dublin. Take your car or leave it behind - it's just over five kilometers from Dublin ferry port to the city center, so hop in a taxi or take the 53 bus.
Exploring Dublin's literary culture
Dublin is known for many things. Among them, the city's rich literary culture is one of the best things to discover when you visit. Dublin became a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, the fourth of 39 cities worldwide. Home and inspiration to four Nobel Prize winners (Yeats, Beckett, Shaw and Heaney), four universities, several annual literature festivals and the internationally prestigious Dublin Literary Award, the city has literature at its heart.
Museum of Literature Ireland
Dive into the city's literary roots by visiting the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), a landmark and cultural hub in the heart of Dublin. Discover literary heritage from past to present in this beautiful museum, located in the Georgian-era UCD Newman House on St Stephen's Green. Time here means immersing yourself in permanent and special exhibitions and seeing treasures from Irish literary history. Afterwards, reflect on your visit or catch up with friends in the scenic gardens or The Commons Café, a city favourite for afternoon refreshments.
Literary walking tours
Literary walking tours around the city are one of the top things to do in Dublin. If the sun's shining on your visit, book onto a literary walk to explore your destination's ties to literature. See the birth home of Oscar Wilde and follow in the footsteps of literary legends like James Joyce, Johnathan Swift and Bram Stoker. These tours are led by charming locals, who'll show you the places where famous writers studied and worked, as well as landmarks that inspired some of their most iconic scenes. It's a great way to see city highlights and learn a little about its cultural heritage along the way.
Must-see attractions in Dublin
The Republic of Ireland capital is a city with a unique history and modern culture. It should come as no surprise that Dublin is dashed with must-see landmarks and exciting things to do. Whether you want to explore old or new, find an attraction in Dublin that makes you smile.
Once the heart of power in Ireland, Dublin Castle remains a significant landmark today. The castle was built in the 13th century on a Viking settlement. It served as the headquarters of the British administration in Ireland for centuries. When Ireland became independent in 1922, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. Today, it's also a tourist attraction, open seven days a week for tours and events.
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Want to learn more about the Republic of Ireland's history? Kilmainham Gaol is a must. Many leaders of rebellions were detained here throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Members of the Irish Republican movement were also brought to the gaol during the Anglo-Irish War of 1919 to 1921. Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of the 1916 rebellion, also known as Easter Rising, are closely associated with Kilmainham Gaol. It's out of use and only open to visitors today, hosting exhibitions and tours throughout the year.
Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. It's a registered charity working in partnership with global zoos to help conservation efforts around the world. Support the efforts by visiting this 28-hectare zoo – a perfect family day out. The zoo is home to over 400 rare, exotic and endangered animals in specially designed habitats. Visit wolves in their woodland, giraffes, southern white rhinos, ostrich and zebras in the Savannah, elephants in the forest and monkeys and birds in the South American House.
It isn't a trip to Dublin without enjoying a pint or two of the Black Stuff. And where better to sink your first drink than in the iconic Guinness Storehouse? Discover the history and heart of Ireland's iconic beer when you visit the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin's landmark brewery experience. Explore the story of Guinness across seven floors. When you reach the top, enjoy a perfectly poured pint in Gravity Bar. The Guinness Storehouse rooftop bar overlooks the city with panoramic views of Dublin below.
Dublin pubs for great craic
The city is home to lots of excellent restaurants, street food, coffee shops and bars. You'll never struggle for something great to eat in Dublin. But it's best known for its traditional Irish pubs, so good they're replicated in cities and towns worldwide. With so many to choose from, where do you start? You could begin at Long Hall, a 250-year-old boozer with charming red leather seating and a glossy dark-wood bar. Step back in time and enjoy a pint of Guinness or another ale to warm up here. Maybe you're hanging around the more touristy Temple Bar neighbourhood. Head to Palace Bar or, of course, Temple Bar itself for plenty of fun and typical pints with locals and fellow visitors. More unbeatable Dublin pubs include The Swan, Toners, Mulligan's, Neary's and McNeill's. Pop into any Dublin pub to join drinkers morning, afternoon and night. The city is famous for its down-to-earth residents, so don't be afraid to strike up a conversation at the bar and enjoy a great time, or 'craic', as it's known in Ireland.