Top Things to Do in Dublin

Dublin has a rich heritage and culture; with plenty of historical attractions to discover it’s a great place to learn about Ireland’s past. Whether you’re travelling with your family or friends, there’s something for everyone, covering all ages and activities.

Historical heritage

As the capital of Ireland, Dublin’s history is central to its culture and customs. Visit Dublin’s best historical attractions to learn about the city’s rich past. Dublinia will take you through Viking Dublin and into Medieval Dublin; Dublin’s two famous cathedrals, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral are a must-see too to witness the old architecture of these old churches.

One of the oldest operating postal headquarters in the world, Dublin's General Post Office has witnessed over two centuries of Irish history and is one of the country's most famous and iconic buildings thanks to its key role in the Easter Rising and Ireland's independance.

If you have the time, we really recommend a trip just outside Dublin to Malahide Castle where visitors can admire this picture perfect setting and 12th century castle nestled in the seaside village.

Dublin Drinking

Dublin is synonymous with the popular dry, dark stout so the Guinness Storehouse is a must-visit. As one of the city’s most iconic buildings learn about the history of the famous drink from its inventor Arthur Guinness back in the 1700s. Take a trip through the timeline of the famous beverage and end up in the Gravity Bar with a complimentary pint to round off your experience.

From one tipple to another, the Jameson Distillery, Bow. St is great one for the list to learn all about Irish whiskey on a fun, interactive guided tour – including a tasting session, too.

Family friendly

If you’re coming to Dublin with the kids, Dublin Zoo is a great day out for the family. As one of Dublin’s most popular attractions, too, there’s plenty to see and do there from watching the Asian elephants, to the rainforest gorillas. If you're a fan of animals, head out to Airfield Farm for some country, organic fun - and learn a bit of history along the way. 

For something a little different and just as interactive, the National Wax Museum Plus is another great one for the kids to teach them about history and popular culture where famous faces will be brought to life. Rainforest Adventure Golf is also another fun day out for the kids, too – with so much to do no wonder you need the Dublin Pass!

Art & Culture

Dublin has enjoyed a wealth of creative success in its past so indulge in some Irish culture to learn all about Dublin’s rich history. Explore the centre dedicated to one of Ireland’s most prolific writers, James Joyce, whose novel Ulysses took the world by storm. Learn about his life and works through the interactive display and take part in a tour and lecture to find out even more.

The National Gallery of Ireland is another great collection featuring over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works of art including sculptures and watercolours. Having just celebrated its 150th anniversary you can enjoy some of the best works of art from the European school of painting, including Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Other museums worth a visit are National Museum of Ireland and the Dublin Writers Museum to learn more about Dublin’s rich past.

For a fascinating and entertaining look at Irish culture and history, EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum is unmissable. The world’s only fully digital museum, it features 1,500 years of Irish history in interactive galleries; a feast of powerful audio and video brings these one-of-a-kind tales to life.

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