Dublin is a compact city but has a wealth of attractions for people visiting or those who already live here. There’s a book (of Kells), a zoo, gardens, cathedrals, a gaol, a brew house, a castle and plenty more. Suppose we better start listing them out so:
Located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. It's the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure. The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland's rich history. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that's our kind of higher education.
Dublin Zoo opened its doors on September 1, 1831. Founded as a private society by anatomists and physicists and supported by wealthy subscribers. In 1840, featuring 46 mammals and 72 birds donated by London Zoo, the radical decision was to throw its gates open to the public for a penny on Sundays. This gesture, remarkable for that time, established the affectionate relationship that still exists between Dubliners and the ‘ah-Zoo’ in the Phoenix Park. Now, utterly transformed, Dublin Zoo’s 28 hectares is attracting over 1 million visitors a year. Officially Ireland’s biggest family attraction, not only offers a great day out for all, but also a journey of learning and discovery about the world’s precious wildlife. Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat. Dublin Zoo is managed by caring zoo professionals who devote their lives to the welfare and care of animals and to understanding their needs. They are knowledgeable about the natural habitat of the animals, diet, genetics, animal health and social grouping.
Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. It should not be forgotten however that, as a county gaol, Kilmainham held thousands of ordinary men, women and children.
The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed and which displays the Book of Kells. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ and is the world's most famous medieval manuscript.
The Irish Whiskey Museum tells the stories, from the origin of whiskey in Ireland up to the present day, with all the highs and lows in between. Being independent of all distilleries, the Irish Whiskey Museum offers visitors the opportunity to taste and experience some of the many varieties of whiskey on offer. The guided tour through five rooms, 4 of which are themed to represent a particular period in Irish history, tells visitors the intriguing tales of Irish whiskey; from how the monks first produced this famous spirit in the 12th century, to the golden era of Irish whiskey, when the big whiskey players like John Jameson and George Roe played a vital role in the development of the whiskey industry in Ireland. Visitors also get an insight into the massive downturn in production and sales of Irish whiskey, going from 120-200 distilleries in the 1800s to only having four by the 1950s/60s and Irish whiskey sales plummeted, to back to where we are now, enjoying a new golden age. The 5th and final room of the tour, the Tasting Room, is where visitors get to taste and compare 3 or 4 very different Irish whiskies under the excellent guidance of a tasting expert.
Vaults Live is like no other experience or attraction in Dublin. Six individual tales that will thrill, excite, amaze and raise the hairs on the backs of necks of all ages! Find yourself side by side with a cheeky cast of Irish actors and be part of the action in an historical adventure you'll never forget. But, here's the best part... the cheeky cast is on a mission to rewrite some of the juiciest parts of Irish history and hope to get away with it! You will bear witness to history brought extraordinarily to life before your very eyes. On your journey you will experience stunning 360° sets, state of the art lighting, lavish costumes and special effects designed for you to lose yourself in the life and times of the characters.
The National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty located on Dublin's northside and is linked to Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. The gardens are noted for their fine plant collections holding more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from around the world. Admission is free and you can leisurely stroll among the Herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.
Folklore made fun, an oral storytelling experience taking you on a trip to the Otherworld, home of leprechauns and other mythical creatures. In the heart of Dublin, somewhere between bars and buskers, not far off the tram, there is a small place of fun and magic. Take a break from your serious self and step into the Otherworld. Come on a voyage back to your childhood, bring back the memories and immerse yourself in a world of myth and legend at the National Leprechaun Museum. We Irish are well known for our captivating storytelling. Filled with your imagination and guided by our Storytellers, you'll go on a fantastic adventure. Explore the spaces, listen to the stories and learn about mythical Ireland. We dare you to have fun!
Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well which, tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. The building dates from 1220 and is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. The building is a busy place that serves as a place of worship, a visitor attraction and as a host for many events. A dedicated team of staff, volunteers and members of the Cathedral community are responsible for ensuring this building’s ongoing life and ministry is maintained for future generations to enjoy.
Dublinia is a not for profit heritage centre located at Christ Church, the crossroads of Dublin’s medieval city. Meet the Vikings face to face! Learn about life during the Medieval period in Dublin, explore the world of a History Hunter and see a Medieval view of a modern city from our Medieval tower. At Dublinia you will see Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages!
Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin's oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th Century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Britain and Ireland. The Cathedral is open every day except the 26th. December. No charges are made for those who come to join our worship or who wish to pray privately. Everyone is welcome.
Áras an Uachtaráin is both the official and private residence of the President of Ireland. The house has a colourful history. Built in 1751, situated in 1,752 acres of the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The President is pleased to welcome the public to participate in the guided tours organised by the Office of Public Works and to enjoy the experience of visiting and viewing the main reception and state rooms of Áras an Uachtaráin. The guided tours take place almost every Saturday all year round. Each tour takes about an hour and is free of charge. Tickets are issued on a first-come-first-served basis from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. Occasionally, due to State and/or Official Business it is not possible to accommodate Public Tours.
Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. It contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country. The grounds of the site are free to explore, as is the Chester Beatty Library and the Revenue Museum. The Castle is open seven days a week. Tickets are purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard).
Experience Irish Rock'N'Roll history, with a tour of a renowned venue and one of Ireland's best loved rehearsal and recording complexes. Learn about the unheard stories of the musicians who pass through the halls. Start your own band and experience the feeling of being a real Rock Star. Discover exclusive memorabilia from the likes of U2, Thin Lizzy and many more. The Irish Rock'N'Roll Museum is based in Temple Bar, at the heart of Dublin city and immersed in Irish Music culture. Experience what it's like to be a Rock Star - The VIP Tour will make you feel like a Rock God as you journey through the working Rehearsal & Recording Studios and Live Venue, soaking in all the atmosphere and history. The VIP Tour takes you on a journey from visitors to Rock Royalty. Walk in the footsteps of your heroes as part of your very own band. Rehearse, perform, record and everything in between as you take an interactive tour through Irish Rock'N'Roll history.
Built in 1810, nearly every British Regiment would spend time at the Richmond Barracks. After the 1916 Easter Rising, the barracks would become a centrepiece in the fight for Irish Independence, housing over 3,000 suspected rebels before their sentencing. When the site was turned over to the Free State Army in 1922, it remained a keystone of working class Dublin, hosting a housing estate and a Christian Brother’s School. A new exhibition centre has been developed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The interactive, multimedia attraction will trace the story of the site from military barracks to housing estate and from school, to exhibition centre.
Science Gallery is a world first. A new type of venue where today's white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out and you can have your say. A place where ideas meet and opinions collide. Science Gallery Dublin develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.
The National Wax Museum Plus Dublin has a variety of fun activities, designed to cater to people of all ages and walks of life. The museum is full of characters and exhibits, from historical figures to cartoon characters, and everything else in between. As indicated by the PLUS in the name, it's not only wax figures either. The museum has much more to explore and experience, such as the Science and Discovery Zone, The Time Vaults, Chambers of Horror and more! It's great fun for all. Come take a look at what's inside!
In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. Over 200 years later, the doors are still open to friends old and new. Come for a distillery tour, a premium whiskey tasting experience, learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey, master the craft of whiskey cocktail making here in our home or draw whiskey straight from a Jameson cask in Dublin's only live maturation warehouse. All right here in the beating heart of Dublin, Smithfield.
Pearse Lyons Distillery at St James is a new chapter for The Liberties, Dublin. Family history, a personal passion for brewing and distilling, and an entrepreneurial spirit has inspired the restoration of St James' Church. At Pearse Lyons Distillery, whiskey is only part of the story. Whether you are an intrepid whiskey enthusiast, culturally curious or just an inquisitive Dubliner, you are sure to enjoy a journey through 800 years of history at St James with our local storytellers. The Distillery Tour gives an insight into the whiskey heritage and stories behind the iconic Dublin district known as The Liberties. Visitors can also touch, taste and smell every step of the distilling process, meet with the distillers and taste their signature Pearse Irish Whiskey.
Teeling Whiskey Distillery opened its doors in 2015 as the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years. Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, the distillery is a fully functional pot still distillery producing up to 500,000 litres of spirit each year. With the opening of the distillery came the opportunity to fully control the entirety of the production of Teeling Whiskey. Open to the public and easily accessible for any visitor to the city, experience how a real distillery operates. Discover the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a true working distillery, a unique Dublin experience not to be missed.
Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. With a capacity of 82,300, this magnificent stadium is actually the third largest in Europe. Its size is only part of its greatness, however, as you'll discover on this eye-opening, access-all-areas tour. From quirky insights into why Croke Park's grass is always greener to learning about defining moments in Irish history, the passionate Tour Guides will take you on an inspiring journey around our national stadium. Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin, some of the highlights include taking a seat in the VIP area, getting a birds-eye view from the media centre, sneaking a peek inside the dressing rooms, and of course, walking in the footsteps of Gaelic Games legends as you go pitch-side through the players' tunnel!
Harbour Splash, Dublin's first inflatable aqua park is now open at Dún Laoghaire's west pier. An obstacle course over water including trampolines, climbing frames, slides, monkey bars offers guaranteed fun, whether you arrive with a few friends or in a big group. Anyone from age 8 upwards can book in for a standard session and specific 'slow fun' sessions run for children from age 6 (and their parents). The park will be open for the 2019 season from May 4th until September 30th.
The DoDublin Card is the all-in-one sightseeing and transport ticket, giving visitors the freedom to explore all of Dublin’s famous sights at their leisure. It is our best value product and offers huge savings while providing for all your transportation needs. For a period of 72 hours you will have unlimited access to; The Airlink Express between the Airport and the city centre; The DoDublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour buses and all of the public service buses used by thousands of Dubliners each day.
The integrated public transport ticket is called the Leap card and offers discounts on standard cash fares and is used across public bus and rail. If you’re just visiting, you can get a Leap Visitor Card at the airport.