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The top places to fall in love with Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

740 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

    45,041 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    37,313 recommendations

  • Live music

    33,364 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    32,444 recommendations

2Galway

223 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

    14,124 recommendations

  • Live music

    11,280 recommendations

  • Food

    11,065 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    10,351 recommendations

3Killarney

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

    11,932 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    9,413 recommendations

  • Nature

    7,854 recommendations

  • Food

    6,353 recommendations

4Cork

83 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

    6,580 recommendations

  • Shopping

    6,192 recommendations

  • Pubs

    5,879 recommendations

  • Food

    5,381 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

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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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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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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Galway City Museum
Museums
This humble museum serves bite-sized chunks of local history and folklore. Spot the Galway hooker, a traditional fishing boat that hangs from the ceiling. See the gleaming silverwork of the Civic Sword and Great Mace, important city artefacts that date back over 300 years. Learn about Pádraic Ó Conaire, a giant of Irish-language literature whose tiny statue resides here.
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The Old Jameson Distillery
Museums
“Sláinte!” A visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without toasting your health at a traditional whiskey distillery. There’s been one bubbling away on this very spot off Smithfield Square since 1780. Follow the entire process from grain to glass, see the original vats through the glass floor, and become an instant connoisseur at the tutored whiskey tastings.
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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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What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 149,888 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 125,316 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 123,430 travellers

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