Dublin City

Dublin, Dublin & More Dublin

Dublin is the capital city and home to almost one-third of the population of the Republic of Ireland. It is by far the largest city on the island and is growing apace with some estimates suggesting that the current population of 1.3 million could grow to 2 million over the next 20 years! While it may not have the historical sites of Rome, or London’s high fashion, it has a character and appeal uniquely of its own.

Central Dublin is not big covering an area of 44.4 square kilometers and it is easy to find your way around. At its heart is the river Liffey and O’Connell Bridge, with the Ha’penny Bridge nearby, crossing the famed River Liffey. The Liffey runs from east to west, acting as a physical and social barrier that divides the city into north and south. Traditionally the south side has been regarded as the wealthier end of town, and possesses most of the city`s historic sites and up-market centres for shopping and socializing.

On the northside of the river from the Guinness Brewery is the historic Smithfield area, scene of the famous horse sales and home to the Old Jameson Distillery, while further west lies Collins Barracks, home to the National Museum’s collection of decorative arts, and the massive expanse of Phoenix park. Just to the south of Smithfield is the impressive Four Courts, while heading east along the river will take you to the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street from which the rebellion was launched that resulted in Irish independence. Just to the east of here stands another great Dublin building, the Custom House, while further north Parnell Square home to the Hugh Lane and the adjacent Dublin Writers Museum. To the northeast lies stands Croke Park, the splendid stadium of the GAA, containing one of the city’s most enthralling museums.

Our Take

With almost one-third of the Republic residing in the nation's capital, this is where it's all at. Welcome to the largest village in Europe! Ver busy and traffic congestion makes it difficult to get around. Park you car - take the bus or Luas and you will be far happier.

Viking Splash Tour

Viking Splash Tours is a great way to see and learn about the history and sites of Dublin city. Our costumed Viking tour guides will lead you through the streets of Dublin in our reconditioned World War II vehicles called “Dukws”. Our guides are a lot of fun and we guarantee you’ll have fun as well. They will also teach you to roar like Vikings at passers by!

Shopping in Dublin

With over 4,000 shops and 10 department stores and shopping centres, Dublin city centre has the largest concentration of shops, choice and value for money than anywhere else in the country.

Causey Farm

The sole purpose of the Causey Farm Experience is to allow visitors to Be Irish for the Day- whether that be cutting turf, speaking Irish, learning to dance, play hurling or burning your very own brown bread there is no end to the fun on the farm only a short distance from Dublin City.

ChristChurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral is the oldest existing structure in the city of Dublin having started out in 1038 as a wooden church built by the then Viking King of Dublin, Sitric. On New Year’s Eve this is where Dubliners come to fall around to the sound of bells pealing.

St. Stephen's Green

Located at the top of Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green has long held an esteemed place in the hearts of Dubliners as an escape from the shopping masses. An open common until 1663, the gardens we see know were laid out to create a public park with funding from the brewer Sir Arthur Edward Guinness in 1880.

Getting out of Dublin

So you’ve sipped cappuccinos, taken in theatre, perused museums, and sampled ultra fresh Guinness. So what next? Go West, my friend, with great hast! You’ve several options for a timely sojourn into the Irish countryside.

Dublin Transport

Dublin is a Viking City and some people still believe that Vikings still exist in Dublin but now drive cars, as gridlock has now become a near-perpetual state of existence.


Poolbeg Walk takes in a seaside route along the sea in South Dublin. The walk, following the Great South Wall, serves up fresh sea breezes and poignant lessons in Irish history.

The Phoenix Park

In the Irish language Phoenix Park is called "Fionn Uisce" meaning clear water. Unfortunately the British authorities of the time had not got the benefit of the language and thought the Irish sounded like Phoenix, and so a Phoenix rose from the ashes..ok, no more.

O'Connell Street

The most important street in all of Ireland, Dublin’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, has recently undergone extensive renovation, in an effort to restore its social prominence as the fair city’s grand boulevard.

The National Museum

Built in the 1880s to the design of Thomas Deane, the National Museum is a housed in splendid domed rotunda features marble pillars and a zodiac mosaic floor. Also referred to as the National Museum- Archeology & History- this museum is the repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland.

The National Gallery

Situated on the West side of Merrion Square, the National Gallery of Ireland is a purpose-built gallery that opened to the public in 1864.

Kilmainham Gaol

A visit to Ireland’s most infamous prison, Kilmainham Gaol, is a potted history of Ireland’s struggle for independence since the opening of the prison in 1796.

Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery

The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery was set up in 1908 with funds donated by Sir Hugh Lane (nephew of Lady Gregory of Abbey Theatre fame), who died when the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915, in so doing accelerating the involvement of the U.S in World War One.

Dublin Writers Museum

Two doors down from the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery on the north side of the Liffey housed in a pair of Georgian houses, the Dublin Writers Museum contains displays relating to Irish literature over the last thousand years.

Parks & Green Spaces

Punctuating Dublin’s famed Georgian Streets are a constellation of stately, green spaces. By far the most famous of which is St Steven’s Green. And indeed, given its proximity to Grafton Street, it is certainly worthy of a fine fresh walk, if not an outright picnic.

Dublin Castle

Though not much of a castle in shape or usage, Dublin Castle has a rich and varied history well worth exploring. Its history dates back to King John’s first Dublin court of 1207.

Croke Park & GAA Museum

Half a mile east of Mountjoy Square, just outside the boundary formed by the Royal Canal, is Ireland’s premier sports stadium, Croke Park. Croke Park is home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and its impressive museum.

Chester Beatty Library

Just beyond the Lower Yard of Dublin Castle, The Chester Beatty Library preserves a dazzling collection of books, manuscripts, prints and objects d’art from around the world.


Dublin’s fair city was properly established by the arrival of the Vikings in the 9th century. In fact the name Dublin comes from the Irish for black pool, denoting the spot of water where the Vikings first over-wintered with their boats.