Dublin, a lively capital bursting with history and culture, and a great start or finish to any adventure tour in Ireland. Fill your boots with the best culinary delights, take in the grand historic architecture, and mingle with the locals in the city’s top pubs. Whatever you get up to, you’ll be sure to receive a warm reception. Dubliners are a welcoming bunch, and love to share their culture and heritage with visitors.
The city is the largest in the country, so there’s always something exciting to see and do. But it’s also an important gateway to the wild coastline, and many other off the beaten track destinations.
Dublin Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks. It features excellent exhibitions, and a permanent collection of art from across the centuries.
Dublin Zoo is a favourite for all ages, and is ideal if you’re looking for a group activity in the city. Home to elephants, giraffes, gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, tigers, zebras, penguins, meerkats, snow leopards, and more.
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Don’t miss The Guinness Storehouse, one of the most iconic museums in the world and a must for anyone staying in the city (not just Guinness drinkers). The 360 views at the top are worth a visit alone.
At Trinity College, the earliest buildings date back to Georgian Times, with the first being the Old Library (built in 1712) which houses over 200,000 books and the famous Book of Kells (the world’s oldest book).
The Little Museum of Dublin is one of the coolest and quirkiest small museums in Europe, set within a striking 18th-century Georgian town house. It was named “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times.
If you’re looking for a city adventure, Dublin is the place to come. It’s the perfect pit stop for groups in search of respite from the elements of the outdoors. There are pubs and cosy cafes galore for the hungry traveller. Warm up with a traditional Irish stew, or the local favourite of fermented potato bread with bacon and cabbage. Or devour the delicious seafood chowder, caught fresh from the sea. When it comes to dining out, you’ll be spoiled for choice as there are amazing restaurants across the whole of the city centre.
Make time for a walking tour or explore the city’s sights and attractions on foot after you’ve refuelled. As well as Dublin Castle and Trinity College, you’ll also want to visit the cathedrals (Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral). You should stop by the beautiful Merrion Square too – it’s had its fair share of famous residents through the years, including Oscar Wilde who lived at number 1, political leader Daniel O’Connell, and Irish poet W.B Yeats.
For more Dublin history, don’t miss the prison museum at Kilmainham Gaol or the 12th Century Malahide Castle. If you want a more relaxing way to learn about the city, hop on an open top bus. The tours are over 2 hours long, with 33 stops and will take you to the most popular attractions in and around the centre.
O’Connell Street is the best area to go for shopping malls and the unforgettable Moore Street Market, as well as some of the city’s most impressive architecture. If you’re here for the nightlife though, the place you want to be is the Temple Bar area. It’s lined with bustling pubs that are open late, including the iconic Temple Bar Pub which has become a rite of passage for every tourist coming through here.
Dublin is one of those places that has something for everybody, at every time of year. But the best time to visit for warm weather is from June to August, when temperatures are at their highest. The summer months are also when the capital hosts a lot of its annual festivals, so there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained during your stay.
The Bloomsday Festival, Dalkey Book Festival, Dublin LGBTQ Pride, Festival of Curiosity, Photo Ireland Festival, Longitude Festival, The Taste of Dublin, and the Irish Gin & Tonic Festival all take place during the summer season. But stick around until September if you want to be a part of the famous Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.
Autumn in Dublin is also a beautiful time, as the city’s parks and green spaces turn a spectacular hue of orange and gold. Winter is Dublin can be chilly, but there will be smaller crowds at this time of year, and the River Liffey is at its most atmospheric when the snow starts to fall.
All of our tours include Dublin as part of the itinerary, allowing plenty of time for free exploration and sightseeing. Many of our tours will depart and finish in the city, so you can enjoy extended stays and really immerse yourself into Irish culture in the capital. If your tour begins in Dublin, arrive a few days early so you have time to enjoy and recover from the nightlife.
Before you head off into the city, our team can give you their top recommendations for sights, attractions, fun activities, and places for food and drink. To find out more about visiting Dublin on a thrilling adventure tour, take a look at our itineraries below…
Join us as we visit many of Ireland’s best loved landmarks and off the beaten track hidden gems.
Overland Jewel is a relaxed style tour that focuses on authentic experiences that capture the real Ireland.
Think castles, picture perfect villages, epic scenery and allow us to introduce you to our friends and partners throughout the country.
Enjoy very light activity including walking tours and kayaking (which is optional). Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace.
This is Ireland unfiltered!
Welcome to Ireland’s wilder side!
Put a bit of zing into your Ireland adventure with Overland Zest.
This is for those who want the perfect mix of a relaxed style tour with some activities included to bring up the thrill factor.
Our activities range from hiking, kayaking, surfing, biking and much more.
In fact, if there is something that we have not listed but you would love to do just let us know and we can organise from there.
Relax… we’ve got the adventure covered.
When it comes to choosing a destination for a city break, Dublin should be at the top of your list. It’s the biggest city in Ireland after all, and is home to some of the finest attractions around. The best thing about Dublin is that it’s suitable for everyone. Whether you’re on a family trip looking for activities for all age groups, holidaying with a group of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, or travelling as a couple, we can help you create the perfect tour.
If you can’t find the tour you’re after, let us help you build something entirely bespoke. We can depart and finish in Dublin, or include it as a stopover. Whatever you have in mind, contact our team to design your voyage.
Amazing tour-My first ever formal tour, this was an incredible experience where I joined a small group of 10. My experience was 10 out of 10 in every aspect from planning, suggestion of hotels in Dublin pre-tour, quality of accommodations at every stop, itinerary and most critically an amazing guide -lovely Marie. Due to the small size, this became an intimate group of new friends and the itinerary included Local guides at many of our stops- I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see Ireland.
Janice – TripAdvisor Review
Clodagh, Renier, and our guide, Jimmy, gave us a special experience. We loved being in a small group and enjoyed sharing the trip with the others we met. The destinations and activities were well-chosen, and we especially loved our hike across the Cliffs of Moher. This was a fantastic way to experience Ireland!
Anne – Google Review