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Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

781 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 other European capital, making Dublin a real Irish gem.

What travellers love about Dublin

  • Pubs

    46,399 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    38,404 recommendations

  • Live music

    34,434 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    33,463 recommendations

2Galway

230 properties in Galway

Welcome to Galway

Welcoming Galway is a small city with fantastic nightlife and an infectious atmosphere. Outside of the Galway Arts Festival, there’s still plenty of live music in the Irish pubs to get the party started.

What travellers love about Galway

  • Pubs

    14,504 recommendations

  • Live music

    11,648 recommendations

  • Food

    11,391 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    10,706 recommendations

3Cork

85 properties in Cork

Welcome to Cork

Situated on the banks of the River Lee, Cork’s city centre 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 travellers love about Cork

  • Friendly locals

    6,752 recommendations

  • Shopping

    6,350 recommendations

  • Pubs

    6,055 recommendations

  • Food

    5,501 recommendations

4Killarney

173 properties in Killarney

Welcome to Killarney

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Lough Leane, colourful Killarney is a top Irish tourist destination. The UNESCO-listed Killarney National Park surrounds Muckross House, a stately home sitting in large grounds with a traditional farm.

What travellers love about Killarney

  • Scenery

    12,182 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    9,667 recommendations

  • Nature

    8,039 recommendations

  • Food

    6,541 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

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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The Claddagh
Popular areas
This area thrived as an Irish-speaking fishing village even as Galway succumbed to Norman rule in 1230. Ask a local pub owner to teach you “cúpla focal” (a few words) and make a friend for life – the area lends its name to the famous Claddagh friendship ring. Across the River Corrib, the Long Walk quay’s colourful collage of cottages makes a perfect picture postcard.
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Dublin Castle
Monuments
There’s been an occupied castle on the same site in the city centre since 1204 AD – so imagine how much history it’s seen! The nucleus of British rule in Ireland until 1922, it now hosts state dinners and international conferences. The lavish “state apartments” are open to the public by guided tour. You might even recognise them as the backdrops of some major movies.
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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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Grand Canal
Landmarks
More than 130 kilometres long, the Grand Canal runs from the old Dublin suburb of Ringsend to the River Shannon in the west. It’s not used by working barges any more, but it remains one of south Dublin’s beauty spots. Do what the Dubliners do – find a bench by one of the locks and share your lunch with the ducks … or if you’re the energetic type, walk, cycle or canoe it!
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What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 155,601 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 130,185 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 128,021 travellers

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