Dublin Bucket List: the 25 best things to do in Dublin, Ireland

Looking to experience the best of Ireland’s capital? Here is our Dublin bucket list: the top 25 best things to do and see in Dublin in your lifetime.

The Dublin bucket list: 25 unforgettable things to do in Ireland's capital

If you’ve never been to Dublin and love discovering new places, then we’ve got the list for you. Dublin is chock full of unique experiences and landmarks.

Our tourism has been booming the past few years, and we love the capital city so much that we hand-picked this list of cultural and historical landmarks we think everyone needs to visit.

If you’re only going to visit Dublin once, then this is the only bucket list you need. Here are 25 unforgettable things to do in Dublin.

25. Anchor down on the Jeanie Johnston – step aboard and back in time

The Jeanie Johnston ship is one our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin.

You may think it an odd way to kick off your Dublin bucket list, but the Jeanie Johnston is a sight not to be missed. The Irish Famine was a catastrophic period in Ireland’s past, one that saw over one million Irish people die of starvation. The Jeanie Johnston is the perfect window into this time and, strangely, a hopeful glimpse.

You see, the Jeanie Johnston is the only famine ship from this period that did not see a single death aboard its decks for the seven years it travelled between Ireland and Canada. It provided an emigration escape route for those suffering through the period.

The ship tour is a true re-creation of the ship in its heyday and gives you a unique experience in exploring the journey of those fearful Irish passengers who risked their lives crossing the ocean.

Due to the popularity of the Jeanie Johnston, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressCustom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, D01 V9X5, Ireland

24. Explore the underground of St. Michan’s Church – to glimpse the dead

St. Michan's Church is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

This church isn’t known so much for its beautiful architecture, sitting in Dublin’s Smithfield district, but more for its collection of corpses. St. Michan’s is home to several mummified bodies, well preserved in coffins in the basement, some being over 800 years old.

These mummies were created through specific atmospheric conditions in the basement, and even their coffins have eroded and disintegrated away to spill the corpses out. If you’re looking for a thrilling and chilling experience, then look no further than St. Michan’s.

AddressChurch St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland

23. Treat your taste buds at the Irish Whiskey Museum – one of Ireland’s greatest crafts

The Irish Whiskey Museum is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Ireland is well-known for its alcohol, being the home of the world’s favourite stout, Guinness, but we’re also known for other world-famous alcohols, namely whiskey. The Irish Whiskey Museum offers guided tours of their whiskey collection, as well as taster sessions, but these book up quickly, so be sure to plan ahead.

In addition, the Irish Whiskey Museum is well worth visiting over the weekend as they hold traditional live music sessions and various events to enjoy as you sip their selection. This is a worthy inclusion on our list of things to do in Dublin.

Due to the popularity of the Irish Whiskey Museum, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

Address119 Grafton Street, Dublin, D02 E620, Ireland

22. Wander through EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum – to trace Ireland’s worldwide reach

EPIC is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

The Irish are known for their movement about the world; in fact, there are 70 million people who claim Irish heritage across the globe today. This Irish diaspora was due to multiple factors and historical events, such as the Great Famine, and those looking a better life.

The Irish Emigration Museum tracks and historicises the movement of these people, tracing their routes, where they ended up, and the effect they had on the rest of the world, as well as naming and collecting those in the huge Irish family. The museum is full of interactive and interesting exhibitions, so be sure to give it a visit.

AddressThe Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, D01 T6K4, Ireland

21. Buy some soap in Sweny’s Pharmacy – to follow in the footsteps of literature’s Leopold Bloom

Sweny's Pharmacy is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Raise your hand if you’ve read James Joyce’s classic Irish novel, Ulysses… Yeah, neither have we. But that doesn’t mean we can’t admire Joyce’s 1,000-page tome, especially because of its famed walk through the Dublin streets.

Joyce’s work features many of Dublin’s key locations: Glasnevin Cemetery, Grafton Street, and so forth. However, Sweny’s Pharmacy, a stop in the novel, exists in a time-bubble even to this day.

Inside Sweny’s Pharmacy, just off the grounds of Trinity College, you’ll find Joycean memorabilia, copies of his works, friendly characters in period outfits, group readings of Joyce’s seminal texts, as well as lemon soap, the same kind Leopold Bloom bought while passing through.

Address1 Lincoln Pl, Dublin 2, D02 VP65, Ireland

20.  Visit the Dublin Zoo – to make new furry friends

Dublin Zoo is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

We’re sure you’ve been to many zoos before, but hear us out, we guarantee Dublin Zoo will be one of the greatest zoos you ever visit. Situated in the heart of Phoenix Park, the zoo is abundant with animals and experiences from across the entire globe and every continent.

Whether you want to see bongos, baboons, or Burmese pythons, Dublin Zoo has it all. Plus, they host special events and frequent education days, so there’s always something new to explore or learn. Keep an eye on their website to find out more.

AddressPhoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

19. Walk the aisles of Marsh’s Library – a store for all kinds of knowledge

Marsh's Library is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Known for being the first public library in all of Ireland, Marsh’s Library is well worth a visit. It’s a perfectly preserved 18th-century library filled to the brim with historical texts and information.

Guided tours are given daily, and it’s really something you have to behold to believe—a definite top sight for your Dublin bucket list.

AddressSt Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland

18. Wander the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – home to modern masterpieces

The IMMA is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

You’ve seen the Tate and the MoMA; now check out an underappreciated, and much more digestible, hidden gem of a museum. Dublin’s Museum of Modern Art houses some of the most enthralling modern art pieces, sculptures, and installations you’ll see across the world.

Located on the Kilmainham Hill, this museum is easily reached and well worth the stop. We’d even go so far as to say it’s one of the top sights in all of Dublin.                                                                                                                

AddressRoyal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

17. Stop in to see the General Post Office (GPO) – the epicentre of Irish independence

The GPO is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Many of Dublin’s sights are historically fuelled, but maybe none are more so than the General Post Office. The Greek-revival architectural building was home to one of Ireland’s most important moments.

In the 1916 Easter Rising and the fight for Irish Independence from the British Government, the Irish volunteers’ mains stronghold was the GPO. The British forces stormed the stronghold, and signs of the bullets fired can be found in the walls of the building today. The GPO still runs as a post office and hosts an exhibition on the 1916 War for Independence.

AddressO’Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland

16. Visit the dead on the Glasnevin Cemetery tour – some of Ireland’s biggest names

The Glasnevin Cemetery tour is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Looking for something a bit different to see in Dublin? Try taking a spooky tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery. The cemetery is well-known for its collection of the deceased, hosting the bodies of some of Ireland’s most prominent historical figures—Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Luke Kelly, and Constance Markievicz, to name a few.

There are daily tours held in the cemetery, so there’s plenty of opportunities to catch one.

If you are interested in doing the fantastic tour here, due to the popularity of the tour, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressFinglas Rd, Northside, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, D11 XA32, Ireland

15. Explore history at Dublin Castle – the historic seat of Imperial rule

Dublin Castle is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Originally the epicentre of British power for over 700 years, Dublin Castle is a remarkable building sitting in the middle of the city. The building is made of exquisite grey stone and has been well preserved for all these years.

It is now fully open to the public, and guided tours operate daily in and out of the building. If you’re looking to explore what Ireland was like under Imperial rule, this is the spot for you.

If you are interested in doing the fantastic tour here, due to the popularity of the tour, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressDame St, Dublin 2, Ireland

14. Catch the choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral – and marvel at its grandeur

St. Patrick's Cathedral is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Next on our Dublin bucket list is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1911 and named after the patron saint of Ireland. It’s Ireland’s largest cathedral and is a beautifully crafted church that’s seen many historical events in itself.

The stunning exterior is worth gawking at, and the interior is to be marvelled at, with its intricate mosaic floors and walls.

Church of Ireland Mass is still held in the church, having been in service for over 800 years, and if you happen to be visiting during school-term, try catching the choir service, a group of world-regarded vocalists. Overall, it’s definitely one of the best things to see in Dublin.

AddressSt Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland

13. Catch a match at Croke Park – to witness the sports native to this island

A match at Croke Park is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Croke Park is the premier destination for Irish sports, with everything from hurling, camogie, and Gaelic football played there. Croke Park is an insanely colossal stadium, holding up to 82,300 people, making it Europe’s third-largest stadium. The atmosphere of watching a match, or even a concert, is electric and needs to be felt for itself.

And if you’re not in the mood to catch a game, Croke Park offers a museum showcasing the national sports of hurling and Gaelic, as well as key moments in sporting history.

If you are interested in doing the fantastic tour here, due to the popularity of the tour, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressJones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland

12. Take a day trip to Howth – to get away from the city

A day trip to Howth is on our Dublin bucket list of 25 things to see and do in Dublin

Just a short 30-minute train journey away from Dublin you’ll find the picturesque village of Howth and its surrounding peninsula. Howth is home to a pier lined with cosy cafés and restaurants serving great local fare.

A castle sits atop a hill overlooking the Irish Sea, long-stretching beaches, fishing spots, and dozens of walking trails, all taking in the astounding beauty of the area. Take a break from fast-paced city life and enjoy a trip to Howth; it’s the perfect pallet-cleanser for any visit to Dublin.

AddressHowth, Co. Dublin, Ireland

11. Tour the famous Jameson Distillery – to learn more about those green bottles

The Jameson Distillery in Ireland's capital offers tours and tastings

Not the only one, but definitely the greatest, the Bow Street Jameson Distillery is smack-bang in the Smithfield area of Dublin, near the City Centre. Enjoy a tour of the finest Irish whiskey brewery in the entire country, learning how the drink goes from grains to the green bottle we all know and love.

This is an insightful exploration of the history of Jameson Whiskey, and tasting sessions, whiskey cocktail lessons, and interactive elements make the tour even better. All the tour guides should be stand-up comedians because they’re that funny.

Due to the popularity of the Jameson Distillery tour and tasting sessions, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressBow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7, Ireland

10. Grab a drink at Temple Bar – the pints are flowing and the atmosphere is electric

Temple Bar is a vibrant area and worth a visit

Before we get lambasted for this, hear us out: a visit to Temple Bar is a must on any Dublin bucket list. Yes, we know it’s a tourist trap, we know it’s overpriced, and we know it’s over-crowded, but that’s because it’s where everything’s happening. You can’t go to Dublin and not have a pint in the city’s most famous pub area at least once.

The live entertainment is amazing and the vibe and atmosphere of the streets are something to be experienced for themselves. Believe us, you won’t regret checking in. It’s one of the top things to do in Dublin during your visit.

Address47-48, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 N725, Ireland

9. Walk across the Ha’penny Bridge – to see old Dublin

The Ha'penny Bridge is a classic landmark in Dublin

The Ha’penny Bridge is a quainter sight than others and a quick stop on any day. The bridge was originally a pedestrian toll-bridge, the funds from which were used to pay off its construction. Ferries used to pass underneath in its hey-day, and now it’s a bridge to Dublin’s past. It’s well worth a visit, not just for its history, but because of its interesting structure and design.

AddressBachelors Walk, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

8. Stroll St. Stephen’s Green – don’t forget to feed the ducks and swans

Feed the ducks and swans in St. Stephen's Green
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We all need a break from city life every now and then, and St. Stephen’s green is just that, a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. On sunny days, join the other hundreds of people who lounge on the grass, feed the ducks and swans, and play games on the open lawns. There’s nothing better than licking at an ice cream while strolling the grounds.

AddressSt Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

7. Touch the Spire – and get dizzy looking up at this attraction

The Spire of Dublin is a striking landmark

Erected as a replacement to the controversial Nelson’s Pillar, 37 years in the making, the Spire of Dublin is an architectural masterpiece. It’s a 120-metre tall structure that punctures the air high above Dublin.

While the statue, which won over other ideas for a monument, commemorates nothing, it stands as a toast to Dublin’s present fortunes and continued growth in the future.

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6. Discover history at the National Museum of Ireland – and check out the Dead Zoo

The National Museum of Ireland is a must-do
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The National Museum of Ireland is one of the top things to see in Dublin. It’s a museum hosting a wide array of exhibitions from Ancient Egypt to pre-historic Ireland. Hundreds of historical artifacts and items have been preserved through history and held here. Take it from us; you need to visit this museum.

What’s more, attached to the museum is the Natural History Museum, colloquially known as “The Dead Zoo”. Here you can find hundreds of taxidermy animals from all across Ireland and the world on display in glass cabinets. The Dead Zoo sends chills through every visitor and is a haunting experience that lets you get up close and personal with the animal kingdom.

AddressKildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland

5. Check out global masterpieces at the National Gallery of Ireland – be sure to find Caravaggio’s painting

The National Gallery of Ireland is a must in Dublin city

Even if you’re not well-versed in the artistic world, the National Gallery of Ireland is a must-visit on any trip to Dublin. It’s home to some of Ireland’s greatest artistic masterpieces, housing works by George Chinnery, John Butler Yeats, Titian, Monet, Picasso, and the dramatically lost and re-found “The taking of Christ” by acclaimed Italian painter Caravaggio.

If you are interested in art and are wondering what to do in Dublin, this place for you. There’s bound to be something here to take your breath away, making the gallery one of the top things to see in Dublin.

AddressMerrion Square W, Dublin 2, Ireland

4. Explore Kilmainham Gaol’s dark history – and learn more about our past

A tour of Kilmainham Gaol is a must-do

This jailhouse, known for its famous convicts, many being revolutionaries from the 1916 Easter Rising, and for its many bloody executions and harsh treatments of the inhabitants, is a must-visit stop on your visit in Dublin.

Though the site of dark times and maltreatment, Kilmainham Gaol is one of the best ways to learn about Ireland’s past and how it stands in the future. Not the brightest of stops, but one of the most insightful.

AddressInchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland

3. Get lost in Phoenix Park – try to find the native deer

Phoenix Park is home to fallow deer
Credit: Sinead McCarthy

If St. Stephen’s Green is a great park, then Phoenix Park is something else, a huge green landmass in Dublin, so strangely placed that if you were inside it you could completely forget you’re in a cosmopolitan city.

Phoenix Park is home to lawns and fields filled with perfect picnic spots and places to peacefully stroll. Why not find the semi-domesticated fallow deer who call this park their home, or even rent a bike and cycle the perimeter? There’s plenty to see in this inner-city forest.

AddressPhoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

2. Traverse Trinity College Dublin’s famed grounds – and check out the Book of Kells and Long Room

The Long Room in Trinity College is breathtaking

With alumni like Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, Samuel Beckett, D. B. Weiss, and countless others, it’s no wonder Trinity College is regarded world-wide as a great university. The grounds of Trinity, with grand white stone buildings and beautiful libraries, beg to be explored.

Aside from the campus grounds, the Trinity Long Room (a library that will take your breath away) and the fabled Book of Kells (on show in a permanent exhibition) make Trinity one of our best things to do in Dublin.

If you are interested in doing the fantastic tour here, due to the popularity of the tour and the likelihood of it selling out, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket.

AddressCollege Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

1. Navigate the Guinness Storehouse – the ultimate thing to do in Dublin

The Guinness Storehouse is a top attraction in Ireland's capital

Maybe you could have predicted this, but the Guinness Storehouse is our top pick for the 25 things you have to see and do in Dublin. Yes, Guinness is actually brewed here, but the main experience of this museum is the countless exhibitions on the history of Guinness and its making.

You will travel through different floors all based around the world-famous stout, and at the end, you even get the chance to pour your own pint and enjoy it from the Storehouse’s sky-high glass bar.

Due to the popularity of the Guinness Storehouse, we’d highly recommend getting a queue jump ticket here.

AddressSt James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland

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Colin is a writer from Newry, County Down, who loves exploring every edge of Ireland. Having lived half his life in Belfast and half in Dublin, he knows both capital cities like the back of his hand. Though he's widely travelled across every continent, he still finds something special about his home island and wants to share that special something with others. When not writing travel articles, finishing up coursework in TCD's library or adventuring near and far, Colin can be found working on his debut science-fiction novel and planning his next big adventure.