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Most everyone has a soft spot for Dublin, and it's easy to see why. Ireland's capital is charming and eminently walkable. There is something for everyone here, whether your interests lean toward history, literature, or pubs.
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  • Nightlife
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture


  • Explore the elegant campus of Trinity College. Don't miss the stunning Long Room in the Old Library, which is also home to the ancient Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript.
  • Start at Merrion Square and walk around the city's Georgian district, before ending your day in a stylish restaurant for a taste of new Irish cuisine.
  • Raise a glass to Dublin's literary legacy; the city was home to Joyce, Beckett, Wilde, and Stoker. Visit the James Joyce Centre or the Abbey Theatre.


  • The week around St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is a nonstop festival of parades and events
  • Celebrate Bloomsday on June 16, the day in 1904 on which James Joyce's Ulysses takes place.

Side Trips

  • Marino Casino, 2½ mi/4 km north of Dublin, is an exquisite Palladian-style structure built in the 18th century.
  • Have a moment of calm at the National Botanic Gardens (3 mi/5 km north of Dublin), which has more than 20,000 varieties of plants, flowers, and trees.

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