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1Dublin

601 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

    39,824 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    33,039 recommendations

  • Live music

    29,077 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    27,969 recommendations

2Galway

211 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

    12,190 recommendations

  • Live music

    9,600 recommendations

  • Food

    9,556 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    8,965 recommendations

3Cork

77 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

    5,800 recommendations

  • Shopping

    5,523 recommendations

  • Pubs

    5,100 recommendations

  • Food

    4,717 recommendations

4Killarney

176 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

    10,246 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    7,849 recommendations

  • Nature

    6,622 recommendations

  • Food

    5,279 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

Galway Market
Shopping areas
Galwegians cherish this weekend market. Local farmers and craftspeople have traded here for generations, selling everything from hearty Irish soda bread and homemade jams, to artisanal cheeses and handmade chocolates. Chat with cheery vendors over a tasty “Big Mick” crêpe, or browse the stalls for that one-off ceramic jug – you just know it’ll tie the kitchen together.
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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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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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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Landmarks
It’s Ireland’s largest church with a 43-metre high spire. And that’s not its only claim to fame: the satirist, Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels”, was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Built in the Gothic style, it was completed in 1191, though the Lady Chapel was added around 1270. For the perfect acoustic treat, take time out to listen to some organ music here.
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Croke Park Stadium
Stadiums and arenas
Ireland’s dynamic national games are Gaelic football and hurling. And the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is Croke Park in the suburb of Drumcondra. After an enormous €260-million redevelopment, it’s now Europe’s fourth-largest stadium with a capacity of more than 80,000. It’s also a major music venue, hosting bands such as U2, The Script and One Direction.
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Spanish Arch
Landmarks
Under the oligarchy of its merchant Tribes, Galway prospered as a result of trade with Europe. In 1584, the city walls were extended to guard against looting – this arch is all that remains of the fortifications. Today, you’ll still hear foreign accents by the banks of the Corrib. Here, English-language students, tourists and natives mingle over an ice cream on sunny days.
Accommodation near Spanish Arch

What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 117,456 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 100,064 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 91,032 travellers

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