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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

651 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

    42,096 recommendations

  • Friendly Locals

    34,930 recommendations

  • Live Music

    30,885 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    29,852 recommendations

2Galway

222 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 Travelers Love About Galway

  • Pubs

    12,957 recommendations

  • Live Music

    10,252 recommendations

  • Food

    10,153 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    9,543 recommendations

3Killarney

175 properties in Killarney

What Travelers Love About Killarney

  • Scenery

    10,882 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    8,478 recommendations

  • Nature

    7,148 recommendations

  • Food

    5,706 recommendations

4Cork

79 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

    6,138 recommendations

  • Shopping

    5,809 recommendations

  • Pubs

    5,414 recommendations

  • Food

    5,011 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

Croke Park Stadium
Stadiums or 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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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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The Salmon Weir Bridge
Landmarks
In 1818, this bridge was built to bring convicts from the courthouse to jail. Nowadays, crowds gather here freely to witness shoals of salmon swim and leap upstream during spawning season. Avid anglers book a precious spot of river months before they actually wade in. You don’t need a reservation to catch a romantic sunset – but bring an umbrella, just in case!
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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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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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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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What travelers love about Ireland

Friendly Locals
Recommended by 129,475 travelers
Pubs
Recommended by 109,595 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 102,440 travelers

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