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Jenna in Dublin: A Culture Lover's Guide

Jenna in Dublin: A Culture Lover's Guide

Viator's team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel (and live). From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we scour the options and find the coolest activities—which is fun for us, and helpful for you! See below for tips, insights, and hand-selected things to do from one of our travel experts.

**The Traveler:**Jenna Valdespino, Managing Editor, Attractions

Describe your time in Dublin.

I visited Dublin for about a week in 2015 with a good friend from college. Working at Viator gave me the travel bug, and this was actually my first trip out of the U.S.—so I definitely did my research.

What was your favorite attraction?

I'm a book nerd, so I loved the Long Room at the Trinity College library. The campus' buildings are so much more historic than anything I had seen at home in California, and the library is especially striking with thousands of old, beautifully bound books shelved to the ceiling.

What are three experiences a first-time visitor can't miss?

1.**Check out some traditional Irish pubs.**I found live music at almost every pub I went to, with some featuring true Irish tunes and other bands playing covers of American classics from the likes of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. With hundreds of bars in the city, taking a pub crawl tour helped remove the guesswork of finding the best places to go, especially beyond the main tourist hub of Temple Bar. 2.**Explore by foot.**I spent a lot of time walking around the city—the River Liffey splits the city into northern and southern sections, making it pretty easy to navigate. Whether you wander on your own or take a themed walking tour, you'll find a ton of sights on just about every block in the main downtown area. 3.**Take a day trip.**Dublin has a lot to offer, but Ireland's small size makes day trips easy. I didn't rent a car, so my friend and I took a tour to the Cliffs of Moher to sit and dangle our legs hundreds of feet over the ocean. We also spent time in Cork and visited Blarney Castle, about a three-hour drive outside the city.

What's the best Insider Tip you can offer future visitors to Dublin?

It's best to wear layers in all of Ireland, as the weather can be unpredictable. I expected nonstop rain during my spring visit but instead got warm sunshine at the Cliffs of Moher, chilly nights in Dublin, what felt like a wind tunnel in Northern Ireland, and only one short shower over the course of a week. You'll be glad you came prepared.

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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

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Escape the bustle of Dublin in favor of the coastal scenery of County Clare on a guided full-day trip to Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher. From the comfort of a luxury coach, admire the unrivaled beauty of the Irish countryside as you travel to the dramatic array of cliffs. Enjoy leisurely strolls on rugged coastal paths; gain insight into the geology and history of the area; explore the stunning Burren National Park; and visit the vibrant city of Galway on this day trip.
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin

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Take a Dublin rail tour to Blarney Castle, the medieval stronghold of southern Ireland. On this historical and cultural day trip, you’ll course through Ireland by train and coach, enjoying views of the lush countryside on your way to tour the castle grounds and plant a kiss on the Blarney Stone. Then take a city tour of Cork and visit the Queenstown Story Heritage Center in Cobh, Ireland’s largest emigration port.
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin

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Soak up the majesty and myth of Ireland’s Wicklow County on this full-day tour from Dublin. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore cultural and natural gems and lively pubs to the breathtaking Wicklow Mountain National Park and Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Movie buffs enjoy a stop at Sally’s Gap, filming location of 'Braveheart,' as well as the bridge crossed by the lovers in the romantic comedy 'P.S. I Love You.'
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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

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Discover Dublin’s rich literary heritage while absorbing the convivial ambience of traditional pubs on a literary pub crawl. Wander Dublin’s charming streets to visit sites and pubs that inspired some of the country’s most famous writers; enjoy refreshing pints of locally brewed ale and sample local specialties (own expense); and put your newfound knowledge to the test in a fun-filled literary quiz at the end of your tour. Delve into Dublin’s literary past and exciting pub culture with entertaining and informative actors during this enriching experience.
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Dublin Highlights Walking Tour

Dublin Highlights Walking Tour

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Explore Dublin by foot on a fascinating tour led by an entertaining local guide. As you stroll from site to site in this charm-laden city, hear fun facts and tales about its rich history, culture, and people. Stop for photos at must-sees such as Trinity College and the General Post Office, the site of the infamous 1916 Easter Rising. Plus, explore the cobbled lanes of the pretty Temple Bar district and Italian Quarter, and stretch your legs with walks along the scenic Liffey River and bustling O’Connell Street
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