11 things to do in Dublin
In terms of attractions and things to do, Dublin has everything to offer! A city steeped in history and culture, you will be amazed by what you will find on every street corner. The Irish people are renowned for their warmth and sense of fun. You will be sure to have a great time in this fantastic city! Here are 11 awesome things to do in Dublin.
5 MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS:
This 80,000 capacity sporting stadium has been at the center of Irish sport and history since the 1800s. It is home to the GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association) and hosts the all-Ireland Gaelic football and hurling finals each year. It is at the heart of the Irish community and it is a truly stunning, modern stadium. In modern times it has also become the setting for other sports, such as soccer, and a variety of high profile concerts and events. The stadium tours are very popular and if you can, try and get down to watch a GAA match. Take in the incredible spectacle and atmosphere!
Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s largest zoo and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. Situated in Phoenix Park, the zoo offers visitors a unique experience of the world’s wildlife. It is an interactive experience suited for all. Conservation and natural preservation are central to the zoo’s ethos and it is both a brilliant educational experience and a lovely day out.
Glasnevin Cemetery & National Botanical Gardens
The Glasnevin Cemetery is a popular attraction that is steeped in history. The tour and museum tell the stories of the many famous men and women lain to rest here, and the impact that they had on Ireland. Learn more about the central figures of the 1916 uprising, famous literary and historic figures, and the influence of famous women on Irish society. The cemetery’s museum is an interactive experience and the on-site café offers lovely food and tea. Adjacent to the cemetery are the National Botanic Gardens that are ideal to take a stroll through. Wander around and take in their stunning natural beauty.
General Post Office
The GPO is a historic building that is very popular with tourists and locals alike. It was the setting for the 1916 Easter Rebellion, when Ireland gained its independence, and the bullet and shrapnel marks can still be seen today. On-site is a museum that takes you through the GPO’s role in Irish society. It showcases memorabilia of 1916 & Irish independence. Still a functioning post office, you can purchase iconic stamps to remind you of your visit.
The Old Jameson’s Distillery Tour
Set at the Bow Street Distillery, this tour takes visitors through the 200-year history of Ireland’s most famous whiskey export. The tour takes you on a journey of how the Jameson brand developed over time and explains the process of how the iconic whiskey was made on-site. Discover the story of Jameson and its impact on Dublin, while sampling one of Ireland’s most loved beverages.
3 GREAT DAYS OUT:
Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest walled park and is perfect for spending a day exploring! It is over 350 years old and home to Dublin Zoo, several historic monuments, a quaint Victorian tearoom, flower gardens, sports fields and several high-profile annual events. Set over 1,750 acres, visitors can take in the breathtaking scenery, marvel at the wild deer that roam the park, and finish up their adventure with tea and cake! We recommend exploring it via bicycle or Segway. This can be arranged very easily.
Howth is a picturesque coastal village and outer suburb of the city. It is accessible from central Dublin via the Dart (railway) in under 25 minutes. Howth is famous for its seafood and the stunning views of the Dublin coastline. These are especially amazing from the Summit, which can be reached via a stunning cliff walk. The harbor front is home to a variety of markets, restaurants and pubs and it is easy to get lost in the idyllic atmosphere that surrounds this village. Sampling the delicious seafood on offer is an absolute must. The shellfish and ‘fish and chips’ come highly recommended!
Temple Bar is Dublin’s world famous culture capital. The cobbled streets are adorned with scores of pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafés, galleries, open-air markets and buskers. You cannot fail to have fun. This is a fantastic spot to visit from lunchtime through to the early hours of the morning. Based in the heart of Dublin, Temple Bar is a must-visit for anyone looking for a good time!
3 COOL RESTAURANTS & BARS:
O’Donoghues is a traditional Irish pub situated just off of St Stephen’s Green. This pub is where the band ‘The Dubliners’ formed and it is synonymous with traditional Irish music and culture. Every night local musicians and folklore bands will congregate to play together at the corner table. O’Donoghues is very popular with the locals and occasionally the Irish glitterati. It is as much a journey through Irish history as a place to have a drink, with an array of drawings and photos adorning walls.
The Brazen Head
Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is officially Ireland’s oldest pub. The pub is steeped in history, and with its low ceilings and traditional architecture, it is a great place to have a drink or some food. Set across several cavernous rooms, the pub hosts nightly Irish music sessions and serves hearty Irish pub food. The pub has been the setting for many Irish poets and writers, such as James Joyce. Visit and learn more about the pubs illustrious past clientele.
The Boxty House
The Boxty House is a marvelous restaurant that serves up delicious traditional Irish food. Based in the heart of Temple Bar, this restaurant is famous for its Irish stews, oysters, shellfish, beef, seafood chowder and other traditional dishes. The restaurant has earned rave reviews and is a great place to sample delicious Irish dishes in a modern and stylish setting.