In light of St Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at some of the best things to do in Dublin – the stunning capital city of the Republic of Ireland.
Only a stone’s throw over the Irish Sea, Dublin is easily accessible by coach via one of the multiple ferry crossings making travelling there from the UK a breeze.
Whether you’re hankering after a weekend getaway, planning an upcoming school trip, or looking for the perfect stag/ hen do location, then Dublin is the city for you.
From large city parks to iconic drinking holes to exciting museums, here’s our list of 8 of the Best Things to Do in Dublin.
1) The Temple Bar
The Temple Bar is quite possibly 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.
This historic bar dates back to the early 1300s, making it one of the oldest pubs in the whole of Ireland. However, it still remains popular to this day thanks to its striking red exterior, great location in the heart of the city, and of course its great selection of ales and stouts.
- Visitor info: The Temple Bar
2) Phoenix Park
No matter where you are in Europe you’ll always find an amazing city park, and Dublin is no different. Boasting an impressive size of 709 hectares, Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed city park in Europe and also one of Dublin’s oldest parks.
This vast green space is home to Dublin Zoo, a large herd of fallow deer, and even the Irish President who resides in the grand Áras an Uachtaráin. You’ll also find the Papal Cross where Pope John Paul II famously said mass to over a million people in 1979.
- Visitor info: Phoenix Park
3) Guinness Storehouse
Located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. The building dates back to 1759 when Arthur Guinness brewed the first pint of ‘the black stuff’. More than 250 years later, Dublin is still synonymous with the Guinness brand.
Pay a visit to the Storehouse to learn about the brand’s history, before finishing off with a pint on the top floor Gravity Bar which offers excellent views over the city.
- Visitor info: Guinness Storehouse
4) Dublin Castle
Take a trip back in time by visiting the famous Dublin Castle. Built on the site of a Viking settlement in the 13th century, the city’s castle has been involved in some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history.
Spanning an area of over 10 acres, the castle offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums.
- Visitor info: Dublin Castle
5) Little Museum of Dublin
Nestled inside a Georgian house overlooking the stunning St. Stephen’s Green, the Little Museum of Dublin offers visitors a brief history of Dublin through memorabilia, photographs and artefacts – all of which have been donated by the general public.
The impressive collection includes a lectern used by John F Kennedy on his 1963 visit to Ireland and there’s even a whole room devoted to the history of the Irish band, U2. There are always new exhibitions and exciting tours on offer so be sure to check out what’s on here before you arrive.
- Visitor info: Little Museum of Dublin
6) The Old Jameson Distillery
Located just off Smithfield Square, you’ll find another historical Irish gem – the Old Jameson Distillery. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.
Take a tour of the Old Distillery and discover the exciting history behind the global brand, while also gaining an insight into the creation process of the iconic refined whiskey. You’ll even get a chance to take part in a unique whiskey tasting experience where you can truly put your whiskey knowledge to the test.
- Visitor info: The Old Jameson Distillery
7) Trinity College
Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. With cobblestoned squares, large playing fields and beautiful buildings, the college is definitely worth a visit. However, the biggest draw has got to be the barrel-vaulted Long Room in the Old Library.
Here you’ll find one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Written on calfskin, the Book of Kells illustrates the four Gospels of the Christian New Testament and dates back to the 9th century. A daily exhibition allows visitors to take a peek at the ancient illuminated manuscript.
- Visitor info: Trinity College
8) Ha’penny Bridge
Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of the city. Opened on 19th May 1816, it was the first dedicated footbridge 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 built.
Today, it has become a famous landmark for the city of Dublin and appears on postcards and memorabilia. This is certainly one to tick off your ‘I’ve been there!’ list.
- Visitor info: Ha’penny Bridge
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