Dublin home is to many things; it is home to Irish culture and history aplenty; it is home to a hoard of things to do and places to see, with characterful locals always on hand to add a bit of seasoning to an already stellar experience.
When the chance comes to spend some time in Dublin town, one may wonder where to start? Well, in order to make things simple we have rounded up our top 10 things to do in Dublin.
10. Irish Museum of Modern Art
Only a short walk from the centre of the city is the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Kilmainham.
Hosting an array of contemporary collections and exhibitions, this is the premier destination for modern art in the Emerald Isle. It also has stunning grounds and a café, making it the perfect place to spend a day, not just an afternoon.
Address: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
9. Phoenix Park
If in search of something relaxed and really cheap to do in Dublin, look no further than a wander in Phoenix Park.
The park is the largest recreational area in any European capital and home to Dublin Zoo, Áras an Uachtaráin (home to the President of Ireland), perfectly landscaped gardens and an array of wildlife, including a large herd of deer (there are thought to be over 500 currently in the park) which can be often spotted at dawn and dusk.
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
8. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s national cathedral and a sight for sore eyes. Founded in 1191, the stunning structure boasts a spire stretching 43 metres into the sky as well as highly ornate and decorated interior well worth a look.
Individual admission, educational tours and group bookings can be accommodated for at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
7. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is the world’s first cemetery museum. Having won awards, and becoming a top Dublin attraction, this is certainly a must-visit when in the capital.
As the largest denominational burial ground in Ireland, it is the resting place to over 1.5million people. The tour offers an on foot element around the cemetery as well as a fantastic interactive exhibit.
Address: Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland
Dublinia is the ultimate medieval Ireland tour in the city. Taking place partly in Dublin’s epic cathedral, Christ Church, this tour is perfect for history buffs looking to explore Ireland’s roots.
There are four elements to this interactive tour in the heart of Dublin, and it is also hugely engaging for kids, too!
Address: St Michaels Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8, Ireland
5. Viking Splash Tour
Hop aboard a World War II (WWII) amphibious vehicle which takes to land as well as water, in this truly unique Dublin city experience.
The city tour which takes just over an hour is made all that more appealing with humorous tour guides that are as knowledgeable as they are funny.
Address: St Stephens Green North, Dublin 2, Ireland
4. Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol is undoubtedly one of the most engaging and popular tourist attractions in Dublin city. The spectacular tour weighs equal in educational material as well as experience, meaning you are never left bored, and you learn a lot, too.
The former prison in Kilmainham housed some of Ireland’s most curious criminals as well as Irish freedom fighters.
Address: Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
3. EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum
Located on Dublin’s Docklands, this interactive history museum documents Irish people who have travelled the globe, looking at their impact and great achievements.
This is Ireland’s only fully interactive museum and was shortlisted as the European Museum of the Year in 2018.
Address: CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin, D01 T6K4, Ireland
2. Guinness Storehouse
A trip to Dublin would not be complete without a visit to the world-renowned Guinness Storehouse at James’s Gate in Dublin city.
This internationally acclaimed experience is quintessentially Irish and gives visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse in the “the black stuff” (slang for Guinness), Ireland’s most famous beverage.
The tour ends with an opportunity to pour your own Guinness in the sky-high Gravity Bar, overlooking Dublin city.
Address: St James’s Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland
1. Experience Real Traditional Irish Music
No trip to Dublin would be complete without seeing real traditional Irish music live in a Dublin pub.
Although survey’s tell you to hit up Temple Bar, our hot tip is to verge off the beaten track, talk to some locals and find out where best to catch a proper music session.
Places like The Cobblestone in Smithfield or Ned O’Shea’s, have sessions nightly and are always packed with true locals.