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Top 20 Things to do in Dublin

Top 20 Things to do in Dublin

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  1. Visit the Temple Bar

The Temple Bar is one of the most iconic bars in all of Dublin, with tourists flocking from all over the world to have a drink inside its famous walls. Although the history of the bar dates back to the early 1300s, it still remains popular to this day due to its famous red exterior, it’s great location in the heart of the city, as well as being a huge part of Dublin’s central nightlife scene. At present, The Temple Bar is the most popular bar frequented by young tourists – and even some locals alike – looking to have a glass (or two, or three) of strong Irish whiskey and enjoy a hell of a night. View Profile

  1. Go to St Patrick’s Cathedral

Established in the 1100s, St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Dublin.

St. Patrick’s is not the only Cathedral in Dublin. It’s a “multi-cathedral” city, sharing the title with nearby Christ Church Cathedral.

People visiting can go inside and enjoy the impressive church interior between 9am and 5pm daily. Visit Profile

  1. Visit the Guinness Storehouse Factory

Established in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Dublin. As a matter of fact, the interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the biggest pint in the world. A ticket to the Guinness factory will take you on a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline. View Profile

  1. Visit the Old Jameson Distillery

In 1780 John Jameson created the Jameson Distillery Bow St. More than 200 years later, the doors are still open to regulars and newcomers. Come for a distillery tour, a premium whiskey tasting experience, learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey, master the craft of whiskey cocktail making here in our home or draw whiskey straight from a Jameson cask in Dublin’s only live maturation warehouse. All right here in the heart of Dublin. View Profile

  1. Visit the Trinity College Library

The Library of Trinity College Dublin is used by Trinity College and the University of Dublin. It is the largest library in Dublin and, as a legal deposit or “copyright library”, it has rights to receive material published in the Republic of Ireland free of charge; it is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom. The Library is the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on public display, one opened to a major decorated page and the other to a typical page of text. The volumes and pages shown are regularly changed. Visit Profile

  1. Visit the Spire of Dublin

One of the biggest monuments in Dublin, The Spire stands proudly in the center of O’Connell street reaching approximately 120 meters above ground. This completely stainless-steel structure is around 3 meters in diameter at the base and 15 centimeters at its peak. On sunny days, you can notice its exterior being gently illuminated by the sun – lighting up the monument for all to see. View Profile

  1. Have an Irish Breakfast at Brother Hubbard

There is an old saying that states “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” this basically means you should start your day with a large breakfast. The Irish take this to heart.

A traditional Irish breakfast consists of cooked meat (bacon, sausages and black/white puddings), eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and potato all fried in butter with brown bread.

Brother Hubbard is a friendly, independent & quality focused café, with a simple aim to offer good, fresh food and drinks that are made with a lot of love and effort, and served in a casual environment. It is one of the best places to enjoy a wonderful Irish breakfast. View Profile

  1. Take a Tour at the Dublin Castle

Travel back to prehistoric Dublin by visiting the iconic Dublin Castle. With over 700 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its premises, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most important events in all of the city’s history. Covering an area of over 10 acres, the Castle stands proudly on the highest ridge in the locality and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums such as the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum. View Profile

  1. Visit the Ha’Penny Bridge

With a stunning view at the top, the Ha’penny Bridge is popularly known as the first pedestrian bridge to span over the river Liffey. Its name was derived from the price pedestrians had to pay (a “halfpenny”) to cross the bridge back when it was established in 1816. View Profile

  1. Go to Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Dublin’s emergence as a modern nation from 1790s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. View Profile
  1. Go to the Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo works in partnership with Zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the natural diversity of life on earth. The Zoo participates in global breeding programmes which help to ensure the continued survival of endangered species. View Profile

  1. Visit Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens is such a great place to visit – both with family and friends to have a good time. With so many plants, flowers and other special things to see, you can easily spend the entire day getting lost roaming throughout these beautiful gardens. View Profile

  1. Learn about History at the National Museum of Ireland

One of the most popular free museums in all of Dublin is without a doubt the National Museum of Ireland. Some of the most important exhibits in the museum include the Viking exhibit, the exquisite gold artifact display or the remarkable collection of “bog men” – bodies found and recovered from bogs all over Ireland. View Profile

  1. Visit the Irish Whisky Museum

This interactive and modern museum is set in a beautiful Edwardian building and depicts the rise, the fall and the current revival of Irish Whiskey across the Globe.

Their guided tours incorporate all Irish whiskey brands and focus on the wider and intriguing history of Irish Whiskey as opposed to the individual distilling process. View Profile

  1. The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin charts the story of Ireland’s capital city in the 20th Century. Social, cultural and political history are explored in a remarkable collection that has just been assembled by the people of Dublin. View Profile

  1. Watch Buskers Perform On Grafton Street

There are always surprises on Grafton Street and you are guaranteed a great show! From traditional Irish music, to rock and pop, this free entertainment is the perfect soundtrack for your trip in Dublin. 

  1. Go to the St. Stephen’s Green

Another popular Dublin park to relax in is St. Stephen’s Green, green grass, a variety of plants and flowers and some beautiful bodies of water. If that’s not enough, there are even some monuments scattered around for you to see and many paths for you to walk, bike or jog.

  1. See The Hungry Tree At King’s Inns

The Hungry Tree is just one of many strange, mystical things to do in Dublin. The 70-foot tree at King’s Inns seems to be in the middle of lunch, munching on a tasty iron bench.

  1. Visit Lucy’s Lounge Vintage Store

The pink Lucy’s Lounge building stands out among other shops, restaurants and bars on Frownses Street in Temple Bar. It is clear from the outside that you will not have an ordinary shopping experience but one with a lot to see.

  1. Visit Samuel Becket Bridge

Built over 10 years ago, Santiago Clatrava, the architect, brought out the shape of the Irish harp with cable suspension forming strings from one edge of River Liffey the other.

With its white color, you can see right over the bridge to the other side of the river. 

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