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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

780 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

    46,356 recommendations

  • Friendly Locals

    38,368 recommendations

  • Live Music

    34,407 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    33,424 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 Travelers Love About Galway

  • Pubs

    14,491 recommendations

  • Live Music

    11,629 recommendations

  • Food

    11,381 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    10,696 recommendations

3Killarney

173 properties in Killarney

What Travelers Love About Killarney

  • Scenery

    12,176 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    9,659 recommendations

  • Nature

    8,036 recommendations

  • Food

    6,536 recommendations

4Cork

85 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

    6,748 recommendations

  • Shopping

    6,347 recommendations

  • Pubs

    6,052 recommendations

  • Food

    5,497 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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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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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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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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Galway Cathedral
Landmarks
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas. The official name is a mouthful, but the interior may leave you speechless. Built in 1965, its design mixes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features using local limestone and Connemara marble. There’s no guided tour per se but friendly choristers sometimes show visitors around after Sunday mass.
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Temple Bar
Popular Areas
Trip across the River Liffey on the delightful Ha’penny Bridge to Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural nerve centre. Spot the brightest star in Ireland’s galaxy of contemporary artists at the Project Arts Centre; tap your foot along with the catchiest traditional tune at the TradFest; and press your nose against shop windows where you can buy just about anything under the sun.
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What travelers love about Ireland

Friendly Locals
Recommended by 155,601 travelers
Pubs
Recommended by 130,185 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 128,021 travelers

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