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Things To Do In Dublin

Discover a city full of character, history and culture with endless attractions.

Dublin Castle

Built in 1204 by King John, the castle has a bloody and ignoble past in our city’s history, from the impaling of Irish Chieftains on its walls to the more recent housing of the British Administration up to 1922. The State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors and there are regular guided tours of Dublin Castle.

Chester Beatty Library

Located in the grounds of Dublin Castle the Chester Beatty Library houses the incredible collection of Sir Chester Beatty. To walk through the Chester Beatty Library is to walk through time, cultures and traditions from across the globe.

Trinity College

Join one of the engaging official student-guided walking tour of the historic campus of Trinity College Dublin to learn about its architecture, history and famous graduates.

Book of Kells

Walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College to the Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition – a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. The star attraction is the 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

Guinness Storehouse

One of Dublin’s most popular attractions. There is a walking tour through the brewing process at St James’s Gate where illustrations of brewing techniques from past to present of Arthur Guinness can be experienced. The tour climax is a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar with 360-degree views of Dublin and beyond. Guinness Storehouse is walkable or use your hop-on hop-off bus tour tickets to get there.

Kilmainham Gaol

Rich in Irish history and culture, Kilmainham jail is the largest unoccupied jail on the island of Ireland. Get a flavourof the gaols history and a remarkably chilling taste of how it was like to be incarcerated here whilst operational between 1796 and 1924. Some of Irelands famous rebel leaders were imprisoned here including Robert Emmet and and Charles Stewart Parnell.

Glasnevin Cemetery

This might seem like an odd choice to include on list of places to visit but with over one million stories buried in Glasnevin Cemetery including body snatchers, rebels and revolutionaries, ordinary and extraordinary people its well worth the trip. The guided tours are highly recommended then explore the museum before relaxing with a pint in Gravediggers pub next door.

Some of the hop-on hop-off tours pass Glasnevin Cemetery or catch Dublin Bus routes 40 or 140 from nearby Parnell Square.

Dublin Writers Museum

Dublin is famous as a city of writers and literature. Dublin Writers Museum is in a restored Georgian mansion on Parnell Square just around the corner from Barry’s Hotel. The sumptuous plasterwork in the first floor Gallery of Writers is worth a visit alone.

National Gallery

Works by Irish artists, European masters and inspired creatives from across the world are displayed in the National Gallery on Merrion Square. Entrance to the permanent collection is free but there is usually a small charge for special exhibitions.

National Museum – Collins Barracks

Originally an army barracks, the buildings were reopened in 1997 with a new purpose: as the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History. Here you’ll find Irish haute couture fashion, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.


The General Post Office (GPO) on O’Connell Street is the headquarters of the Irish postal service, An Post. It is also one of Ireland’s most famous buildings. During the 1916 Easter Rising, the GPO served as the headquarters of rebel leaders Patrick Pearse and James Connolly. You can even see bullet marks on the columns outside. Inside an original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display.

Dublin Zoo

First opened in 1830, Dublin Zoo is the third oldest in the world and still thriving. Home to all sorts of amazing creatures from frogs to elephants and everything in between. Book tickets in advance at Located in Pheonix Park we recommend using your hop-on hop-off bus tour to get there or catch Dublin Bus route 46 from nearby Parnell Square to the park.