Beautiful Scenery And Historic Monuments Are Dublin's Top Sights

A successful day's sightseeing is all about a good balance of activities and great photo opportunities while hopefully getting good weather as part of the bargain. Whether you're a family hoping to keep the kids occupied while maybe giving them an educational experience, a historical monument enthusiast who wants to soak up all the history of the city or an outdoorsy type who's looking for some great scenery mixed with a good walk then there's something to suit you. Day trips to the coastal suburbs offer great walks and beautiful views both of the coastline and the city and they don't take long to embark on or return from.

Meanwhile in the city centre we have plenty of gardens and parks with statues and memorials so you can take in some wonderful architecture and foliage while learning a little bit about what makes our city great. If you're looking for to take in the sights on the move then heading to the Viking Splash Tours is one way to experience the city on both land and water while getting into the swing of things with a festive hat. 

Northside coastal areas
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National Botanic Gardens


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Outside the city


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Christ Church Cathedral


Christchurch Cathedral is Dublin's oldest medieval cathedral dating back to the 11th Century and is located in the heart of medieval Dublin on Wood Quay. The cathedral includes the supposed tomb of Strongbow, a Norman-Welsh warlord, a mummified...  Read More

Viking Splash Tours


Are you tired of spending your touristy afternoons stuck on a stuffy bus listening to a disinterested tour guide going through the motions? Well you can be guaranteed a different experience entirely on the Dublin Viking Splash Tour. The tour...  Read More

Dublin Zoo


If the deer roaming around Phoenix Park aren't enough for you then simply head into Dublin Zoo in the same grounds to get your full quota of exotic animals and birds. Dublin Zoo is the country's most popular visitor attraction, receiving almost...  Read More

Phoenix Park and quays


The Phoenix Park is not only the home to our President, zoo, Victorian flower gardens, Papal cross and a herd of wild deer it is also one of Europe's largest urban parks and has acres of beautiful parkland and leafy trails to enjoy a long,...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily