Dublin and East Coast of Ireland

Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

East Coast (Dublin, Meath, Louth & Wicklow)

The East Coast of Ireland is renowned for its natural beauty and historic sites. It encompasses the picturesque counties of Dublin, Meath, Louth and Wicklow. Visit Dublin Castle and Trinity College. Beer lovers won’t want to miss touring the Guinness Storehouse Brewery. Enjoy a fun night out at Dublin’s popular Temple Bar. Explore the most popular lake trails at Wickow Mountains National Park. Ireland’s East Coast outdoor activities include walking, cycling, golf, fishing, horseback-riding and water sports. Sporting events include world-class golf and horse-racing.

Map of Ireland Counties, Ireland
East Coast of Ireland - featured in beige on the map above

Dublin & Fun Attractions

Dublin is Ireland’s largest city, rich in history and culture. It’s also the country’s capital. Dublin’s trendy shopping, fun restaurants, hot bars and over 1,000 pubs, makes it one of Ireland’s most popular destinations. Literary greats who have hailed from Dublin include: George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Jonathon Swift and James Joyce. Dublin attractions include:

  • Dublin Castle – it’s worth exploring this key tourist attraction.
  • Trinity College – home of the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s finest treasures.
  • Guinness Storehouse Brewery – tour one of Ireland’s most popular attractions. Fun for beer-lovers!
  • Georgian Manors, Cathedrals, Parks and Free Museums
  • Temple Bar – the city’s center for entertainment and nightlife. It’s a popular hang-out for tourists and locals alike.

East Coast of Ireland – Fun Attractions

  • Ardgillan Castle & Gardens – visit its Rose Garden, Walled Garden, Ornamental Gardens and Seasonal Gardens.
  • Boyne Valley – Ireland’s most sacred and mythical landscape.
  • Christ Church Cathedral – founded in 1030, it is Dublin’s oldest building. Famous for its medieval crypt.
  • Cooley Peninsula – picturesque peninsula located in County Louth.
  • Dublin Bay – Bull Island is great for bird-watchers.
  • Fingal – region features beautiful beaches, water sports, golf courses, houses, gardens, and historic sites.
  • Hill of Tara and Newgrange – ancient sites located near the River Boyne.
  • Killruddery House & Gardens – Ireland’s oldest formal gardens.
  • National Botanic Gardens – in Dublin and Wicklow.
  • Powerscourt House & Gardens – located in County Wicklow.
  • Sally Gap & Wicklow Gap – two east-to-west passes across the Wicklow Mountains.
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park – spectacular park draws over a million visitors each year.

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Explore beautiful Wicklow County. The area is home to a spectacular national park and beautiful botanical gardens. See one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Get tickets to the world-famous Guinness Storehouse. Learn about the Dublin brewery, the brewing process… and enjoy a pint of Guinness at the end of your tour. 

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The Best Time To Visit Dublin and the East Coast of Ireland

Ireland enjoys relatively moderate year-round temperatures. Summer (June-August) is peak season and the most crowded. Spring can also be a busy time (St. Patrick’s Day Festivals and Parades). May and September are good times to visit Dublin and Ireland’s East Coast. September tends to be drier than most months, especially near Dublin. Expect rain year-round, so be sure to pack an umbrella and a light windbreaker jacket, whenever you’re planning to visit.