There are many well-known things to experience in Ireland’s capital. Turns out that there are many hidden gems in Dublin to discover too.
As Ireland’s capital and the biggest city in Ireland, Dublin welcomes millions of tourists every year. Dublin has many great attractions to visit.
These include the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Croke Park, Phoenix Park and The Wax Museum, to name but a few.
Besides all the famous attractions Dublin has to offer, there are also many hidden gems to discover that only the locals know about.
Many of these can be just as enjoyable as the well-known attractions. They often offer visitors something out of the norm when it comes to the usual tourist experience.
This article will list what we believe to be the top five hidden gems in Dublin that locals don’t want you to know about.
5. Freemason’s Hall – a very secret attraction
Suppose you’re looking to experience a uniquely very secret attraction in Dublin. Why not consider visiting the Freemason’s Hall, a hidden gem not many locals know of?
The Freemasons are famous for being one of the world’s most secretive organisations. The Grand Lodge is where they meet.
It’s advised to book in advance if you wish to tour the place. Daily tours can be generally booked during the summer months (June, July and August) at approximately 2.30 pm between Mondays and Fridays.
Address: Freemasons’ Hall, 17-19 Molesworth St, Dublin 2, D02 HK50
4. St. Michan’s Mummies – a unique attraction
Another tourist attraction in Dublin that is often criminally overlooked is St. Michan’s Mummies.
At St. Michan’s Church on Church street, the crypt’s atmosphere caused the coffins to deteriorate over time, resulting in the bodies within being preserved.
As the remains have also become naturally exposed, visitors to the church will have the opportunity to witness them.
Address: Church St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7
3. Marsh’s Library – a stunning and historical library
Marsh’s Library is one of the most stunning historical libraries in Ireland and was also famous for being the first public library in Ireland, dating back to 1701.
Marsh’s Library offers visitors a relaxing atmosphere and provides an intriguing insight into Ireland’s past and present.
While located close to Dublin’s main tourist trail, many people are unaware of Marsh’s Library and what it has to offer.
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
2. Hacienda – a brilliant underground bar
The Hacienda is a brilliant off-the-beaten track underground bar which can be genuinely classed as one of the best hidden gems in Dublin, as even many Dubliners don’t even know it exists.
Located in Smithfield on Dublin’s Northside, the Hacienda is a speakeasy-style saloon which can only be accessed by knocking on a door and then being granted entry on a case-by-case basis.
Without a doubt, the Hacienda is one of the best underground bars that Dublin has to offer.
Address: 44 Arran St E, Smithfield, Dublin 7
1. Iveagh Gardens – the best-hidden gem in Dublin
In first place on our list of what we believe to be the top five hidden gems in Dublin that locals don’t want you to know about is the stunning city park, the Iveagh Gardens.
Often overshadowed by the excellent and world-famous Phoenix Park, the Iveagh Gardens is an absolute hidden gem that deserves more love. Locals even refer to it as Dublin’s ‘Secret Garden’.
Hidden from sight behind impressive Georgian buildings and the majestic National Concert Hall, the beautifully brilliant Iveagh Gardens has a history which dates back over three hundred years, with many of the original landscape features still in place.
It is also conveniently only a minute’s walk away from St. Stephen’s Green Park!
Address: Clonmel St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin, D02 WD63
That concludes our article on what we believe to be the top five hidden gems in Dublin that locals don’t want you to know about.
Have you discovered and experienced any of them yet? Also, are there any other hidden gems that Dublin has to offer that you think deserved a place on our list?