Ireland is poised to remain Europe’s fastest growing economy for a fifth consecutive year—and there’s no better place to embrace the Celtic Tiger 2.0 than in Dublin. The Vikings were the first to establish a settlement here in the 9th century along the River Liffey, naming it Dubh Linn (Black Pool). One thousand years later it became home to famed authors James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett, known worldwide for their cultural contributions. Today, the city is a major hub for tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Airbnb. Blessed with gorgeous Georgian architecture, world-class museums, libraries, and public parks, and an astonishing five Michelin-starred restaurants, the city is fueled by the ever-endearing Gaelic trait of craic (crack)—a hodgepodge of innate humor and all-around appreciation of fun.
- Dublin is full of attractions with steep price tags. Luckily, the city also has a range of free options that will give visitors an even better dose of the history and culture of the city. With free admission to all the national museums and even a free tour of the President’s house, you’ll have Dublin covered before you even reach for your wallet.
By Emily Westbrooks
- St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2Read full reviewThis exquisitely manicured park in Dublin City Centre dates back to a time when open space were at a premium.
- Suffolk Street and St. Andrew's Street, Dublin, County Dublin 2Read full reviewBy revealing overlooked parts of Dublin, this tour illustrates how the city's history and present weave together.
- 81 Talbot Street, Dublin, County Dublin 1Read full reviewIf observing Irish culture from afar isn't doing enough, this show—really, a giant party—will have you on your feet.
- Grafton Street, Dublin D02 Y527Read full reviewOne of Dublin's two main pedestrian shopping areas, Grafton Street is a car-free area paved with charming bricks.
- 119 Grafton Street, Dublin D02 E620Read full reviewThis whiskey-themed museum is comprised of a whiskey bar, historic exhibits, a tasting room, and a souvenir shop.
- St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8Read full reviewYou don't need to be an expert in architecture to appreciate the beauty of Ireland's largest cathedral.
- Dame Street, Dublin 2Read full reviewThis well-preserved castle, which dates back to the early 13th century, is a must-see for anyone visiting Dublin.
- DublinRead full reviewIf you hate reading plaques, this library is for you.
- Finglas Rd., Dublin 11Read full reviewAt this peaceful cemetery, you'll find tributes to the famous politicians, artists, and thinkers who shaped Irish history and culture.
- St. James's Gate, DublinRead full reviewThe headquarters of Ireland's most famous beer will infuse some culture and history into your vacation drinking.
- 15 St. Stephen's Green, DublinRead full reviewSet in a Georgian townhouse on the periphery of St. Stephen’s Green, this museum explores the last century in Dublin.
- Merrion Square W, DublinRead full reviewFollowing a large-scale refurbishment, the National Gallery has re-emerged as an impressive establishment that holds its own on the world’s stage.
- Dublin Castle, Dublin 2Read full reviewLocated on the grounds of Dublin Castle, this library is home to a large array of manuscripts and books from around the world.
- 18 Parnell Square N, DublinRead full reviewThis intimate museum, which is set in an 18th-century mansion, celebrates the writers who comprise Dublin's strong literary heritage.
Irish food has a reputation for being stodgy and traditional, because of the sludge some Americans cook up on St. Patrick’s Day and pass off as the real deal. But travel to Ireland, and you’ll find quality foods with fresh ingredients that you’ll enjoy the entire time you're there—not a single potato in sight.
By Emily Westbrooks
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