Dublin is the capital of Ireland and its largest city, situated along the east coast of the country in Leinster province. It was once a Viking settlement which over time grew into the Kingdom of Dublin, and after the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century become the most important city in the region of Ireland. Today, enchanting Dublin is a traveler’s paradise of natural landscapes, historical sites, and a great shopping experience. Travel to the city in 2015 with our tours of the best Dublin attractions.
Get a Dublin hop on hop off ticket and go sightseeing around the city at your own pace on a double decker open top Dublin bus. Meet at O’Connell Street, and from there begin a trip that you can freely jump off and onto at any time. Marvel at the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, built almost a millennium ago and is now the seat of the Church of Ireland. Witness exhibits and even historical reenactments at the Dublinia, another Viking and medieval museum. Sample the iconic Irish pint at the Guinness Storehouse, which was built in 2000 atop an old fermentation plant.
Travel to the Wicklow Mountains and revel in the beautiful scenery and rolling countryside, where films such as P.S. I Love You and Braveheart were shot. Drive along winding roads in Glencree Valley, then through bog lands and fields to Guinness Lake, whose coastline makes it look just like a pint of Guinness. Go on a guided tour of an Early Medieval monastery at Glendalough. See the famous St Kevin’s “Kitchen” and the Round Tower. Have lunch at an authentic Irish pub, before going to the village of Avoca, where the show Ballykissangel was filmed. Finally, end your tour of the mountains with a stop at the Meeting of the Waters, where you can learn an Irish song or simply enjoy the view.
Back in the city, take a Dublin Whiskey and Castles Day Tour, where you can experience two Dublin attractions in a single nine-and-a-half-hour journey. Hit up the famous Tullamore DEW Whiskey Experience, where you can learn about whiskey’s history as you tour the visitor’s center with a guide. From there, travel to the famed Dublin castles, such as Birr Castle, home of the Earls of Rosse who still inhabit this edifice after four hundred years. Delight in the gardens, which feature thousands of species of plants and trees spread out over 120 hectares of land. View the Birr telescope, one of the oldest telescopes in the world and also known as the Leviathan of Parsontown, which was used to revisit the Messier objects as well as those catalogued by John Herschel. Finally, make your way to the Kilbeggan, the oldest working distillery in the world, where water, barley, and yeast are transformed into classic Irish whiskey using a mechanical waterwheel. Go back in time with a marvelously-preserved look into the old ways of making this great product, the very same product that the Irish drank hundreds of years ago.