The Friendliest City
The Irish are famed for their ability to collect and share stories - and for good reason.
Well know for our welcome and for our love of storytelling, it should come as no surprise that Condé Nast Traveller has included our capital, Dublin, in its friendliest cities in the world roundup for five years in a row.
Welcome to Dublin
Dublin, as Ireland’s capital, will not disappoint. Lonely Planet calls Dublin “a small city with a huge reputation” - and with a world-renowned welcome and wealth of history, you’re sure to become immersed in the conversation.
A Vibrant Social Scene
According to one reviewer for Condé Nast’s reader survey, the city rejoices in “pubs and restaurants filled with locals and tourists alike, coming together to celebrate life". Dublin is a small town, which makes it extremely walkable. Start the evening with a bite in one of Dublin's four Michelin-starred restaurants or sample the city's outstanding casual-dining hotspots. Then take in a live gig in the vibrant venues of Wexford Street or get those toes tapping to trad music in Temple Bar. Lastly, round off the night with a moonlit stroll to see the Liffey’s beautiful bridges in all their illuminated glory.
Flora and Fauna
Few cities can rival Dublin’s lush greenery. If you want to soak in the scenery, head for St Stephen’s Green - a magnificent park nestled in the very heart of the city. Or venture further afield to Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park, a stone’s throw from the main train station. The National Botanic Gardens are also an oasis of calm just north of the River Liffey.
Keeping It Cultural
The Book of Kells is one of the world's most famous manuscripts dating back to around 800 AD and it can be viewed in the extraordinary Trinity College. Close by you’ll find the National Gallery of Ireland and the Science Gallery Dublin – both will ignite your cultural curiosity. The Irish Museum of Modern Art, close to Kilmainham Gaol, and the nearby National Museum of Decorative Arts & History are also well worth a visit. For more, check out Visit Dublin's list of top attractions or visit Ireland.com to get a full overview of what’s on offer in the capital.