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Things to Do in Dublin

Kildare Street Museums And Houses Of Parliament
Hosting a collection of objects that narrate human history and natural history, the National Museum of Ireland is one of the prominent places to visit in Dublin. It was formed as Dublin Museum of Science and Art in 1977 by an act of parliament and later changed to National Museum of Ireland in 1921. The museum is a storehouse of natural history with many collections that are acquired by many notable Irish cultural institutions.

The museum has a total of four branches, with three branches in Dublin and one in County Mayo. In the Kildare Street branch, you can see many archaeological exhibits and artefacts dating to prehistoric times in Ireland. For the history lovers, there is the Decorative Arts and History Branch in Collins Barracks which has a fine representation of the country’s decorative arts and their political, social and economic history. In the Natural History Museum, you can see various specimens collected by Irish scientists during the 19th century. Apart from offering a delightful lesson in history, the museum hosts many educational activities which you can enjoy with friends and family along with seasonal crafts, self guided activity booklets and interactive exhibits.

Location: Kildare St, Dublin 2, Ireland

Timing: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday and Monday 1pm - 5pm

The National Gallery Of Ireland
Merrion Square
Hailed as one of the largest Georgian squares, Merrion Square is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Dublin. Amidst the colorful flower beds, Merrion Square amazes you with nature’s beauty. A prominent feature of this place is the Oscar Wilde reclining on the rock. It is renowned for having the residence place for Oscar Wilde.

The public garden in Dublin where you can admire the breathtaking architecture and the city’s aristocracy. Built in 1726, the garden is renowned for its design and boundary of Georgian buildings. The green spaces at Merrion Square will entice the nature lover to enjoy the sunny days and take a short stroll. If you are an art lover, this is a place where you can watch out to display various art works on Sundays.The foodies can also street food from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thursdays.

Location: Merrion Square, Dublin

Timing: 10 am to 8:30 pm 
Epic The Irish Emigration Museum
A winner of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction award for 2019 and 2020, this tourist place in Dublin is for everyone who wants to get an insider glimpse of this culturally rich city. It tells the story of the 10 million people who bid goodbye to this island, which places they went and when they came back what all things they brought along. The unique museum tells the many personal stories through 20 interactive galleries where you will enjoy one of the most engaging experiences of your life.

If you are Irish, you can try to find out your ancestry by going through the Family History Centre here. Located in the 200-year-old Georgian warehouse, EPIC is a lively attraction to enjoy many cultural events along with recreation, retail therapy and food outings. Some of the popular places to visit in Dublin along with this museum are the Famine Memorial Sculptures, Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, The Custom House, Dublin Convention Centre etc.

Location: The Chq Building, Unit 32 /33, N Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1, Ireland

Timing: 10.00am to 6.45pm (last entry 5.00pm)

Entry Fee: Euro 12 to 14 
Gpo Witness History Museum
Get an insight into the Easter Week of 1916 through this fascinating and engaging exhibition. With  a stunning audio visual display of authentic artefacts with electronic touch screens and videos, GPO Witness History Museum is one of the best places to visit in Dublin for all the history lovers. It is an interesting exhibit to see newspaper reports being done, examining the original copy of the Proclamation along with sending Morse Code for announcing the Irish Republic through radio. Designed in 1814 by Francis Johnston, the General Post Office stands proudly on the O’Connell Street of Dublin. Here, you can visit the café which overlooks a spacious courtyard or shop from souvenirs at their retail store.

Location: O'Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 F5P2, Ireland

Timing: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Euro 15 
National Museum Of Ireland
Tucked away in one of the most splendid neo-classical buildings among the tourist places in Dublin, the National Museum of Ireland is a superb spot to know about many historical events that shaped Ireland. Here, you can find a ton of exhibits that range from the 1916 Easter Rising to the works of Irish designer Eileen Gray. One of the most astonishing features of visiting this museum is to walk through the arcaded colonnades and the walking bridges that connect the blocks.

Often called Collins Barracks, the museum was named in honor of Michael Collins, a freedom fighter in Irish struggle for independence who was killed in the Civil War. The museum is replete with many amazing artefacts which range from silver, ceramics, glassware, weaponry, furniture and folk like displays.

Some of the interesting exhibits which you can see here is the Way We Wore displaying clothing and jewellery from 250 years of Ireland, the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibit showcasing the history of Irish military from 1550 to the current times. One of the eye-catching exhibits to see here is the Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising which is dedicated to showcasing the events of Rebellion along with many artefacts on the same. There is also the famous Curator’s Choice exhibition where you can see hand picked 25 items that are picked by curators and exhibited with an account of the same.

Location: Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Stoneybatter, Dublin, D07 XKV4, Ireland

Timing: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday - Monday:1pm-5pm

Irish Museum Of Modern Art
Comprising a set of beautiful gardens and sprawling meadows, Irish Museum of Modern Art among the best places to visit in Dublin for history buffs. Set on an open campus which was once the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, there is where you can see the amalgamation of art and life in the contemporary world. It hosts many exhibitions where you can see the art collaborations of Irish and international artists.

One of the prominent art collections to watch out for here is the Freud Project, which is a popular exhibition by Lucian Freud, one of the notable realist painters of the 20th century. It is known to have more than 3500 pieces which are attributed to many Irish and international artists. The museum offers many gallery based tours and workshops where everyone can participate along with many talks, seminars and artist led events. Some of the works of popular names like Marina Abramović, Joseph Cornell, and Roy Lichtenstein can be seen in the art collection at IMMA.

Location: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

Timing: Tuesday – Friday: 11.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday: 10.00am – 5.30pm, Sunday: 12noon – 5.30pm*
The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum
Walk into one  of the most happening music venues and recording studios with the Irish Rock N Roll Museum Experience. This place in Dublin is for all the music fans to unleash their inner artists and come out with a unique Demo track of their own. The theatrical experience is totally captivating and allows you to have a stunning rock n roll experience.

You will get an all areas access pass to find yourself in the backstage of Button Factory. Music lovers here can see all the recording studios where the famous artists like Christy Moore, Rihanna, Will I Am and The Script have recorded many award winning tracks. The experience is a delightful getaway to know more about the Irish music industry which has developed over the past 30 years. It also boasts of having the largest sound deck in the country that is also called Apollo Studio. For the lovers of vintage things, there is a plethora of memorabilia of many old guitars, musical equipment, handwritten lyrics and tour jackets worn by Michael Jackson. Other highlights of the Museum include the Irish Wall of Fame, The U2 Exhibition and Thin Lizzy Experience.

Location: Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 PC43, Ireland

Timing: 11 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: Starting EURO 10
Dalkey
Dalkey and Killiney are two spectacular towns which help you rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Dublin. Located next to each other, these two towns are a refreshing getaway to get a glimpse of the countryside and enjoy a cool summer break with your loved ones along the dazzling coastline of Ireland. The two towns have many historical stories to tell and offer many seaside resorts where you can forget all the worries of life. When you are here, you can enjoy the quaint life of the villages and relax at your pace. The major features of the town is that it has a 15th century castle where you can take a step back in time. It has been said that the place has inspired many legendary writers like James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw.

Location: Dalkey and Killiney, Ireland

Highlights: Nature, history,culture, photography etc. 

Spire Of Dublin
Perched in the middle of O’Connell Street, Spire of Dublin is one of the most impressive tourist places to see in Dublin. Rising to a height of 120 m with a symmetrical base of 3 m, this Spire adorns the street with its gigantic presence. The Spire glass surface brilliantly reflects the streetscape and the passing people during the bright sunlit days.

The reflective stainless steel brings out the abstract design of the spire. The view during the evenings is equally great while the night view dazzles everyone with the light source rising from the tip of the Spire which serves as a beacon of night sky in the city of Dublin.

Location: The Spire, O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Highlights: Sightseeing, photography, architecture etc. 
The James Joyce Centre
Dedicated to the life of the famous author James Joyce, this tourist place in Dublin is visited as a distinct museum set in an 18th century Georgian townhouse. The museum is a storehouse of many interesting exhibits which range from a recreation of the study of James Joyce from Trieste.

Apart from that, you can see furniture from the home of Paul Leon, one of the friends of Joyce. There is also the table where Joyce used to sit with friends and supporters and worked on the translation of Finnegans Wake. You can also see many temporary exhibitions which showcase the numerous aspects from the life and work of James Joyce.

Location: 35 N Great George's St, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: Euro 5
Phoenix Park And Dublin Zoo
Sprawling over an area of 1700 acres, Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo is where you can the lush greenery and take a break in the tranquil ambience among tourist attractions in Dublin. Replete with many verdant willows and sparkling lakes, the park was one of royal hunting grounds in the 17th century which was opened to the public in 1747. One of the prominent attractions of the park is the Dublin Zoo, often renowned as the oldest zoos in Europe. With more than 400 varieties of animals, Phoenix Park gives you a rare glimpse of Humboldt penguins and western lowland gorillas.

Tourists here can enjoy cycling and also opt for many Segway tours which are arranged here for a small fee. Other notable attractions of the park include the Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle which offers a quick lesson of the park’s history, the 17th century medieval tower and the 78 acre Edwardian estate which offer a slice of serenity for all the visitors.

Location: Saint James' (part of Phoenix Park), Dublin 8, Ireland

Timing: 9:30 to 4pm

Entry Fee: Euro 20 
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

Notable for its exquisite architecture, Christ Church cathedral is well known to be home to the oldest and largest crypt in Britain and Ireland. Dating back to the 12th century, Christ Church Cathedral was built in 1930 by the Sitric King of the Dublin Norsemen. One of the notable places in Dublin, this church was incorporated as an Irish church in 1152 and thereafter led by Laurence O’Toole, the notable Archbishop and patron saint of Dublin.

Some of the most interesting medieval exhibits can be seen here like the manuscripts and artefacts along with many treasures of Christ Church. One of the most remarkable exhibits to be seen here includes the royal plate which was gifted by King William III in 1697 as a thanksgiving gift for his triumphant win in the Battle of the Boyne. Another rare exhibit seen at the Christ Church Cathedral is the rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae.

Location: Christchurch Pl, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland

Timing: 2 pm to 4 pm (Sunday closed) 

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Constructed in honour of St. Patrick, one of the famous patron saints of Ireland, this cathedral depicts the rich culture of Ireland. The medieval building has many visitors and is often hailed as one of the prominent monuments in Ireland’s history and a must see place to see in Dublin. It was here that St. Patrick was believed to have baptised people 1500 years ago.

Often celebrated as the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is very famous for its choir that was established in 1432 and still performs. You can opt for a guided tour here or use the free app when you are wandering in the cathedral. In the 5th century, the first church was consecrated here in 1191 and 1270 A.D and in 1311 A.D. the Medieval College of Dublin was founded.

The church underwent major repairs in the 1660s and since then has been hailed as one of the best examples of medieval architecture in Dublin. It is an important place in Ireland for celebrating many state events along with the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Some of the popular things to spot at this cathedral include the memorial plaques, busts and mementos, the most famous being the Boyle Family tomb from the 17th century.

Location: St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8, A96 P599, Ireland

Timing: Monday to Friday: 9am - 5:30pm. Saturday: 9am - 6pm 
Dublin Castle And The Chester Beatty Library
Known as one of the popular cultural tourist attractions in Dublin, Dublin Castle and Chester Beatty Library which is dedicated to Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. It is home to many ancient manuscripts, art works and rare books which were collected by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. It was built in 1950 and came under the control of Irish administration after the death of Chester Beatty.

Hailed as one of the only Irish institutions to win the European Museum of the Year award, this place attracts all culture lovers. Chester Beatty was famous as a self made millionaire who earned the name of ‘king of copper’ after making a million dollar business before he was 32. The museum displays the collection of objects that range from stamps, Chinese snuff bottles and ancient relics. The museum has on display the collection of Oriental books and artworks which were gathered during the 20th century. It also has the earliest known copies of the four gospels, more than 200 early examples of Quran, English, French colour plate books along with Old Master prints. One of the popular exhibits here is the Gospel of Mani which has the last remaining artefact of Manichaeism.

Location: Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92, Ireland

Timing: Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm,,Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm, Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

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What are the best things to do in Dublin?

1. Party like the Irish at The Temple Bar: When it comes to finding the most iconic bars in all of Dublin then the Temple bar hits the chart. This place is so famous that travelers come from all over the world just to have a drink inside this beautiful premise of Temple Bar. Sitting in the heart of the city makes this place easily accessible to the people, it also has a bright right exterior giving it an eye-catching look to the travelers passing by. Not only this, you can enjoy live music entertainment with an electrifying atmosphere vibe which will give you a taste of the hell of a night.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Price: 7.65 Euro for beer

2. Party at Restored Cathedral at The Church: Don’t get confused with the name, this church was originally named St. Mary’s church but now it is one of the most unique and beautiful bars in the city. This party place is divided into 2 parts i.e bar and nightclub. The main floor holds the magnificent bar which is fully equipped with tables, booths, and barstool along with a stage for traditional Irish music. In the downstairs, you can enjoy the nightclub with the best DJs out there who will make you groove to the latest music and RnB’s track.

Location: Junction of Mary St. and, Jervis St, Dublin 1, D01 YX64, Ireland

3. Explore Guinness Storehouse Factory: Exploring the Guinness storehouse factory is on the top list of things to do in Dublin. This place holds countless exhibitions depicting Guinness history, where you can enjoy the beautifully designed interior that replicates the exact look of a pint of Guinness itself. The artifacts placed in the factory will give you more exposure to the history of Irish brewing where you will learn everything about the Guinness family. The best part is the mesmerizing 360-degree view of the Dublin skyline where you can glance through the beautiful city while taking sip of your refreshing pint of Guinness.

Location: St. James's Gate, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H, Ireland
Price: €25 for adults, €18.5 for students & seniors visitors (over 65 years old), and €16 for children aged between 13 and 17 years old.

4. Tour the Old Jameson Distillery: When talking about historical gems then we can’t miss Old Jameson Distillery. This captivating place is located at Smithfield square which was the original site for Jameson whiskey. You can take a tour of Old Jameson Distillery where you’ll unwrap the history and refinement process of making whiskey. While on your tour, you might get an opportunity to take part in a whiskey tasting activity where you’ll get a deeper insight into the finest Irish brewery. You won’t get bored during your tour as they have different interactive elements and stand-up comedians to make your visit more memorable.

Location: Bow St, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 N9VH, Ireland
Price: 20 Euros per person

5. Admire the beauty of Spire of Dublin: The Spire of Dublin is a beautiful architectural masterpiece located in the hotspot area of O’Connell street. This structure is a 120-meter tall monument that gives a fascinating experience with the wind passing by on the top of the tower. With the sun rising, the walls of the monument illuminate giving an eye-catching experience to the locals and travelers. It also acts as a beacon in the night with a small light source at the tip of the structure. Make sure that you add this to your list of what to do in Dublin and make your visit unforgettable.

Location: Dublin, Ireland

6. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Add St. Patrick’s Cathedral to your list of top things to do in Dublin because this is the largest cathedral in Ireland. This beautifully crafted church holds many historical events within its premises. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a perfect example of architectural wonder with stunning exterior and intricate interior designs which will surely grab your attention. Get ready to experience a relaxing vibe during your visit to the church where you can enjoy the musical choir with the best vocalist leading the choir.

Location: St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8, A96 P599, Ireland
Price: 7 Euros for adults & 6 Euros for students

7. Fish n’ Chips At Leo Burdocks: Take a bite of traditional Fish n’ Chips at Leo Burdocks and complete your Dublin trip. It is one of the most visited places in Dublin not only by travelers but also by celebrities. Keep in mind to add this in your things to do in Dublin since it has a beautiful organized wall of fame that holds the snaps of different celebrities visiting this place. Make sure that you take the crispy fish bite at Leo Burdocks and enjoy your meal with your friends or families.

Location: 2 Werburgh St, Christchurch Pl, Dublin, D08 HC82, Ireland

8. Visit Trinity College Library: Be ready to take a tour of book paradise at Trinity college library which has a collection of early 18th-century books to the current date. This place looks stunning because of its white stone texture exterior walls and dramatic coffee color ceiling. You can enjoy a peaceful time within the silence of Trinity college library and if you want to switch book time then you can book online tickets to peek at the legendary Book of Kells, adding to your travel experience

Location: College Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Price: 13 Euros starting

9. Walk Across Ha’Penny Bridge: Finding what to do in Dublin is no more a tough task as you can make your evening more overwhelming by walking across the Half Penny Bridge. This wonderful architectural design is a perfect example of the historical bridge which is located over the River Liffey. Walking across this bridge will give you a unique experience where you might get a chance to catch the autumn sunset. You can also explore the bridge on a kayak with city kayaking and get a delightful experience.

Location: Bachelors Walk, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

10. Listen To Buskers On Grafton Street: Make yourself ready to explore Grafton street where you’ll feel the perfect traditional soundtrack to your Irish trip. Being the main commercial spot of Dublin don’t miss adding this spot to your things to do in Dublin. It also has boutiques and restaurants along with some amazing street performers. This is a perfect place to carry out your shopping plans and side by side enjoy the lively musical atmosphere with many great artists. Want to get your evening booze ready? Hop into iconic Bewley’s Grafton Street cafe and enjoy your evening time with your friends or families.

Which are the best water sports to do in Dublin?

1. Snorkelling In Dun Laoghaire: Get ready to experience one of the best water sports activities to do in Dublin, Snorkelling is love for people who want to explore coral life. The best part is you can go Snorkelling with your friend and get yourself acquainted with all new marine flora and fauna.

2. Rafting On The Liffey: Thinking about the best Dublin things to do? Then rafting on the Liffey will be the right spot for you. Just navigate through the rushing water and make your blood pump faster in your body while rafting. Many youngsters and sports enthusiasts come here to enjoy the rafting experience and make their trip more memorable

3. Wakeboarding At The Docklands: One of the best Dublin things to do where you can stretch your body and dive into an unbelievable wakeboarding experience at Dublin’s Docklands. It’s Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park where you’ll be attached with a cable and navigate over the mini obstacles. Must give a try to Wake Boarding as it’s once in a lifetime experience which will always stay with you.

Which are the best adventure things to do in Dublin?

1. Take a scenic tour with GreenAer: The perfect way to explore Dublin and its beautiful places is via an electric bike. You can easily book an e-bike and explore various Dublin routes which might lead you to scenic views of beautiful mountains or crowded streets of Dublin. Make sure you get the battery charged full and get them rolling to add an amazing experience to your travel memories.

2. Mountain biking in Ticknock: Mountain biking in Ticknock is one of the most adventurous activities to Do in Dublin which gives you an off-roading experience. This is one of the best ways to hang out with nature and revive your inner enthusiast as it is located in the foothills of the 3 rock mountains. You can take this 13km challenging trail that runs across Dublin bay and add to your experience.

3. Rock climbing in Dalkey Quarry: Get ready to feel the experience of one of the best activities to Do in Dublin i.e rock climbing in Dalkey Quarry. Stumbling with the maze of narrow paths will definitely arouse the sensation of excitement and thrill in your body. Dalkey Quarry is just 30-min DART ride away from the city center which gives you a perfect environment to test your rock climbing skills.

How to reach Dublin from India?

You can reach Dublin via air where you take flights from cities like Delhi or Mumbai and fly via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Major flight carriers are Etihad, Jet Airways, Air India, and Lufthansa.

What is the best time to visit Dublin?

The best time to visit Dublin is June to August when temperatures are pleasant and warm, giving you a smooth and happy travel experience.

Is Dublin cheap to visit?

No, Dublin is one of the most expensive European cities and you will spend around €112 ($132) per day on your vacation in Dublin. Adding to it, it holds the most expensive places to drink beer in the world. The average cost of a bar is 5.72 Euro which is equivalent to 500 INR.

Is a visa required for Indians to visit Dublin?

Yes, Indians do need a visa to visit Dublin and explore the beautiful places in Dublin. In order to apply for a Dublin visa, just go to the official website and check what type of visa you need, and book an appointment for it. Make sure you carry out all the pre-requisite documents while going for the appointment.

What's Dublin famous for?

Dublin is famous for its brewery and beautiful museums which are located all over Dublin. You can enjoy the exotic life in Grafton Street and spend a delightful evening walk over Half Penny bridge.

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Dublin Things To Do Reviews

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Martin Wood
Reviewed: 12 Apr 2024
5.0/5
Great history and tour. The guide was very knowledgable and the  renovation has preserved the history of the site
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Claudia Santos
Reviewed: 07 Feb 2023
5.0/5
O Guia o Alan era espetacular. Gostamos muito. Obrigada.

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