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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Ireland

1Killarney

172 properties in Killarney

What Travelers Love About Killarney

  • Scenery

    9,953 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    7,614 recommendations

  • Nature

    6,385 recommendations

  • Food

    5,093 recommendations

2Cork

76 properties in Cork

Welcome to Cork

Situated on the banks of the River Lee, Cork’s city center was originally built on marshes and many of its popular streets are constructed on the former river channels. With a thriving nightlife and a vibrant cultural scene, the Irish Republic’s second biggest city is full of surprises.

What Travelers Love About Cork

  • Friendly Locals

    5,671 recommendations

  • Shopping

    5,406 recommendations

  • Pubs

    4,963 recommendations

  • Food

    4,585 recommendations

3Kilkenny

49 properties in Kilkenny

What Travelers Love About Kilkenny

  • Castles

    4,390 recommendations

  • Pubs

    4,317 recommendations

  • Food

    3,387 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    3,027 recommendations

Capital of Ireland

4Dublin

562 properties in Dublin

Welcome to Dublin

Dublin is home to more than a quarter of the entire Republic of Ireland’s population and was originally founded as a Viking settlement. A lot has changed from those Viking days, and Dublin is now famous for its literary history and the most green spaces of any European capital, making Dublin a real Irish gem.

What Travelers Love About Dublin

  • Pubs

    38,647 recommendations

  • Friendly Locals

    32,068 recommendations

  • Live Music

    28,122 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    26,986 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

General Post Office (GPO)
Museums
Well, you can buy stamps at Dublin’s General Post Office (universally known as the GPO), but this landmark is better known for the more bloodthirsty fact that it was here, in Easter 1916, that republican rebels faced the might of the British Army. You can’t miss its magnificent Greek-style portico. The three statues are Mercury, Hibernia and Fidelity.
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Shop Street
Shopping Areas
This cobbled street lives up to its name. Its specialist shops sell gourmet food hampers and classic tweed or woollen garments. For unique Celtic jewellery, visit Dillon’s, Ireland’s oldest jewellers and the original makers of the Claddagh ring. Then, join the pub crowds that spill outside into an impromptu street party. Lively buskers provide the soundtrack to your night.
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Eyre Square
Parks
The flags of the fourteen Tribes of Galway fly over grassy Eyre Square. The Brownes were one such merchant family – see the original doorway of their early 17th-century mansion on the northern edge. Surrounded by pubs and cafés, the green’s a classic meeting spot. Families, friends and flocks of students gather here on sun-kissed afternoons – yes, they happen occasionally!
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Trinity College
Institutions
Modelled on Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity College was founded in 1592 in the heart of the city centre. Among its most illustrious graduates are Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Edmund Burke and Mary Robinson. Mingle with today’s star students in the quad, then queue to see the exquisite “Book of Kells” – the four Gospels handcrafted by medieval monks.
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Dublin Zoo
Parks
With almost a million visitors every year, Dublin Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. And why wouldn’t it be, with a fabulous array of birds, reptiles, giraffes, ostriches, white rhinos, lions and even gorillas – all spread over 28 glorious hectares of Phoenix Park. Its famous tearooms were built in 1898, and have since been joined by the Meerkat Restaurant!
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St Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Landmarks
Ireland’s largest medieval church dates back to 1320. It’s named after the patron saint of seafarers. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus prayed here during his voyage to the New World. Less vaunted visitors were Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army during the Siege of Galway in 1652 – view their unwelcome handiwork in the headless and handless carved figures inside the church.
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What travelers love about Ireland

Friendly Locals
Recommended by 116,215 travelers
Pubs
Recommended by 99,073 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 90,015 travelers

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