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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

639 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

    41,110 recommendations

  • Friendly Locals

    34,129 recommendations

  • Live Music

    30,078 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    28,992 recommendations

2Galway

215 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

    12,611 recommendations

  • Live Music

    9,950 recommendations

  • Food

    9,876 recommendations

  • Nightlife

    9,265 recommendations

3Killarney

173 properties in Killarney

What Travelers Love About Killarney

  • Scenery

    10,577 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    8,195 recommendations

  • Nature

    6,899 recommendations

  • Food

    5,507 recommendations

4Cork

78 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

    5,977 recommendations

  • Shopping

    5,669 recommendations

  • Pubs

    5,255 recommendations

  • Food

    4,851 recommendations

Best places to see in Ireland

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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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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St Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Landmarks
Ireland’s largest medieval church dates back to 1320. It’s named after the patron saint of seafarers. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus prayed here during his voyage to the New World. Less vaunted visitors were Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army during the Siege of Galway in 1652 – view their unwelcome handiwork in the headless and handless carved figures inside the church.
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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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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.
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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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What travelers love about Ireland

Friendly Locals
Recommended by 123,248 travelers
Pubs
Recommended by 104,767 travelers
Scenery
Recommended by 96,481 travelers

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