Things to do in Dublin

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is steeped in history and rich in culture. Located on the east coast of Ireland, it straddles the River Liffey, with the Wicklow Mountains rising to the south. The city’s origins date back to a Viking settlement established in the 9th century, and it has since evolved into a vibrant metropolitan area that is both the economic and cultural heart of Ireland. Dublin is renowned for its literary tradition, having produced many prominent literary figures over the centuries.

Today, Dublin is a bustling city known for its lively nightlife, historic buildings, and friendly locals. Its streets are lined with pubs where traditional Irish music thrives, alongside modern cafes and restaurants offering culinary delights from around the world. Key landmarks include Trinity College Dublin, home to the Book of Kells; St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and the Guinness Storehouse. The city also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, celebrating everything from literature and film to food and fashion.

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Things not to miss...

  • Guinness Storehouse: Explore the history of Ireland’s most famous stout at its birthplace. The tour culminates in a pint at the Gravity Bar with panoramic views of Dublin.
  • The Book of Kells at Trinity College: Marvel at this exquisite example of medieval manuscript art located in one of Ireland’s oldest universities.
  • Dublin Zoo: Situated in Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled city parks, this zoo offers an enjoyable day out for families with its wide variety of animals.
  • National Museum of Ireland: Dive into Irish heritage through extensive collections covering archaeology, decorative arts, folklore, history, and natural history.
  • Kilmainham Gaol: Tour this historic prison which played a significant role in Irish history from rebellion to independence.
  • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum: This interactive museum tells the powerful story of 10 million Irish people who left their homeland and how they influenced and shaped the world.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Visit this iconic cathedral which stands as a testament to Ireland’s patron saint and offers daily services as well as choir performances.
  • Temple Bar Area: Experience Dublin’s cultural quarter known for its vibrant nightlife, street performers, galleries, restaurants, and pubs playing live traditional Irish music.
  • Phoenix Park: One of the largest enclosed public parks in any European capital city; it houses Dublin Zoo and several monuments within its expansive green space.
  • Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: Appreciate modern art collections including works by Francis Bacon in this free-entry gallery located north of Parnell Square.
  • Jameson Distillery Bow St.: Learn about traditional whiskey making processes through guided tours and tastings at Jameson’s original distillery site.