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The top places to fall in love with Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

990 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

    49,006 recommendations

  • Friendly locals

    40,409 recommendations

  • Live music

    36,458 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    35,479 recommendations

2Galway

259 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

    15,137 recommendations

  • Live music

    12,281 recommendations

  • Food

    11,951 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    11,206 recommendations

3Cork

91 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

    7,021 recommendations

  • Shopping

    6,627 recommendations

  • Pubs

    6,333 recommendations

  • Food

    5,773 recommendations

4Killarney

189 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

    12,691 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    10,096 recommendations

  • Nature

    8,397 recommendations

  • Food

    6,917 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

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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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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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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Guinness Storehouse
Popular areas
If you’re a fan of dramatic buildings, how about this: the Guinness Storehouse is a glass atrium on seven floors in the shape of a pint of Guinness. Each floor tells part of the brewing tale, starting with its four ingredients – water, barley, hops and yeast. The tale ends at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, with spectacular views over the city and a drink in hand …
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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 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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What travellers love about Ireland

Friendly locals
Recommended by 163,500 travellers
Pubs
Recommended by 137,339 travellers
Scenery
Recommended by 134,004 travellers

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