Known for everything from its Viking stories to its popular beer, Dublin has so much in store for its visitors. See how they have preserved their stories and how you can make your own story in this city. Check out this list of the best things to do in the beautiful city of Dublin.
1. Chug a Guinness
Visit the city’s number one attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. This seven-story building, that’s shaped like a giant pint of Guinness, is a former Guinness fermentation plant and has welcomed over four million guests since it opened in 2000. The building is located on the outskirts of the center of the city, at St. James’ Gate. It also features an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. The world class attraction features everything that is Guinness, right when you enter, from the first floor to finishing your visit at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, which has a perfect view overlooking the whole city, while you chug down a few Guinnesses.
Address: St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland
Opening Hours: 7 days a week from 9:30am - 7pm (last admission is at 5pm). Late opening during July and August 9am - 8pm (last admission is at 6pm). Open all year, apart from Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & St Stephens Day.
Prices: Adult (18+) from 14 EUR / 16.50 USD, Student (18+) (Student ID Required) 18 EUR / 21.21 USD, Family (2 adults, 4 children under 18) 48.50 EUR / 57.16 USD, Senior Citizen (65+) 18 EUR / 21.21 USD, Child 11-17 (Under 10 are free) 13.50 EUR / 15.91 USD (*Discounts are available, starting from 30% and are applied based on the timeslot and day tickets are booked.)
Website: Guinness Storehouse
2. Visit a castle
Never seen a castle before? Now is your chance to feel like a king or queen. Located in the heart of the city is Dublin Castle, which was formerly for the headquarters of the United Kingdom’s government administration in Ireland and is now used by the Irish government as an important compound. Despite this, the castle is open to the public for visiting and there are guided tours, exhibitions, collections, and events for everyone to learn more about Irish culture.
Address: Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Contact: +353 1 6458813
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9:45 - 17:45 (last admission 17:15) (Closed: 25th, 26th & 27th December, and 1st January)
Prices: Adult 7 EUR / 8.25 USD, Senior (60+) 6 EUR / 7.07 USD, Student (valid student ID required) 6 EUR / 7.07 USD, Child (12-17) 3 EUR / 3.53 USD, Family (max. 2 adults & 5 children) 17 EUR / 20.03 USD (Different pricing for guided tours, visit website for more information)
Website: Dublin Castle
3. Gaze at Ireland's greatest cultural treasure
The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament, among other texts, in Latin and written around 800 AD. The exhibit which won Dublin the title of a UNESCO City of Literature, in 2010, has become a permanent exhibition at Trinity College, which is also located in the center of the city. This is an important must-see for all tourists, as it is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure.
The Book of Kells at Trinity College
Address: Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Contact: +353 1 896 1000
Online Tickets: Adults: 10-13 EUR / 11.78 USD, Family: 26 EUR / 30.63 USD, Concession: 10 EUR / 11.78 USD, Group: 9 EUR / 10.60 USD, Children under 12 are free.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat (May - Sept) 8:30 - 17:00, Sun (May - Sept) 09:30 - 17:00, Mon - Sat (Oct - April) 09:30 - 17:00, Sun (Oct - April) 12:00 - 16:30. Last admission 30 minutes prior to closing.
Website: The Book of Kells
4. Learn more about Ireland's culture and history
The National Museum of Ireland is the country’s most important cultural institution. It has three branches in Dublin and one in Castlebar, Ireland. The three branches in Dublin are focused on the subjects of Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History, and Natural History. The Country Life department can be found in Castlebar. There are temporary exhibitions across all four sites, for visitors and locals to visit all year round. Worried about the admission? Fret not, admission is free! All the more reason to check it out and learn more about Ireland and its history.
The National Museum of Ireland
Address: Archaeology - Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Decorative Arts & History - Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, Natural History - Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
Opening Hours: All four Museum sites are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Admission: Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.
Contact: +353 1 6777444
Website: The National Museum of Ireland
5. Relax at a local pub
After a whole day of exploring the city, end your night at a local Irish pub. Better yet, spend the whole day! A whole day at a pub, you ask? Why yes, because Temple Bar is not just a pub. It also holds the Irish Photography Centre, the Temple Bar Music Centre, and the Irish Film Institute, by day. Then at night, they hold Irish music sessions. Another fun fact about this place is that at the exact same spot, the Vikings set up camp here, back in 795 A.D. Lots of cool stuff in one place, huh?
Address: 47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Contact: Call +353 51 563 150
Opening Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10:30am - 1:30am, Thursday to Saturday, 10:00am - 2:30am, Sunday, 11:30 - 1am
Website: The Temple Bar
6. Feel like a Viking
Don’t know where to go for something different? Have a fun-filled adventure and learn about the country’s rich Viking history, while touring around the city, with a Viking-themed guided tour. This tour will definitely amuse you, as you ride Amphibious World War II Vehicles (DUKWs), listen to the Viking-like tour guide, and wear your Viking caps, along the way.
Another unique aspect about this adventure is how they will tour you around the city for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes on land and water! This is definitely an exciting experience you shouldn’t miss out on. They will also give you an option to ride a cruise, right after!
Viking Splash Tours
Address: St. Stephen’s Green North, Dublin 2 (Departure Point)
Contact: +353 1 707 6000
Email: [email protected]
Prices: Adult 22 EUR / 25.92 USD (25 EUR / 29.46 USD July & August), Children (Aged 2-12) 12 EUR / 14.14 USD, Teenagers (13-17) 17 EUR / 20.03 USD, Student/OAP 20 EUR / 23.56 USD, Viking Value 1 (2 adults + 2 children) 65 EUR / 76.58 USD (Not Available in July & August), Viking Value 2 (2 adults + 3 children) 70 EUR / 82.47 USD (80 EUR / 94.25 USD in July & August) *Please also note that children under the age of 2 are not permitted on the tour. (Group Tour Packages have different pricing. Visit website for more details.)
Website: Viking Splash Tours
7. Know more about St. Patrick
You probably know all about St. Patrick’s Day. But you might not know that this holiday refers to St. Patrick, the primary patron saint of Ireland, highly honored and celebrated by the locals, whose cathedral is in Dublin. The largest and tallest cathedral in Dublin and the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, it is still a working church and is open to the public.
Are you a fan of the book “Gulliver’s Travels”? Its author, Jonathan Swift, has his tomb here, too. Check out the beautiful architecture inside, as well, and experience the tradition and history that echoes through its walls.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, DZ08 H6X3, Ireland
Pricing: Individual - Between 5-16 EUR / 5.89-18.85 USD , Group Tickets - Between 4.50-5 EUR / 5.30-5.89 USD
Contact: +353 1 453 9472
Email: [email protected]
Website: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
8. Explore the dark side
Into the exploring the dark side of things? Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison, in Kilmainham, Dublin, that has been transformed into a museum. This gaol or jail gives visitors a unique experience, as it walks you through and shows you a darker side of Irish history. It encapsulates the stories of the people’s sacrifice, in their fight for Irish independence.
Address: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland. D08 RK28.
Opening Hours: January - December, 9:30am - 5:30pm (Last tour 4:15pm). 1st June - 31st August 9:00am - 6:45pm (last admission 5:30pm). Open all year round, except the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December.
Pricing: Walkup: 9 EUR / 10.60 USD (adult), 7 EUR / 8.24 USD (senior), 5 EUR / 5.89 USD (child/ student), 23 EUR / 27.09 USD (family). Credit/debit cards are accepted at the reception. Online: 8 EUR / 9.42 USD (adult), 6 EUR / 7.07 USD (senior), 4 EUR / 4.71 USD (child/ student), 20 EUR / 23.56 USD (family). The price for group bookings is 6 EUR / 7.07 USD per person. Access to the Gaol is by guided tour only.
Contact: +353 1 4535984
Email: [email protected]
Website: Kilmainham Gaol
9. Go international
What do you think about going to a local pub and experiencing some local live stand-up comedy? Sounds like an exciting cultural experience, right? Dublin’s first comedy club, the International Bar, hosts events that includes open mic poetry, music, and poetry slam, every night. With its name, you know that visitors from around the globe are more than welcome to join in the fun. Live the true Dublin experience by stopping by this bar to wrap up your Dublin trip.
The International Bar
Address: 23 Wicklow St. Dublin 2
Email: [email protected]
Website: The International Bar
A perfect combination of art and history
There is a lot to do in this beautiful and rich city and there is always something new to explore in every corner, every cliff and every pub of this breathtaking city. Immerse yourself in Dublin’s culture and traditions, and embrace the true Irish experience.
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