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.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today. We want to share their stories and times with you through tours of the cemetery, a visit to the museum or through a genealogy search for your family history. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all proceeds are used to sustain and improve our cemeteries to ensure they are places of beauty, interest and intrigue. You can help us by Donating Online
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is Dublin’s newest museum and tourist attraction. The privately funded museum is both a commemoration and celebration of the story of Irish emigration. It’s located in the restored vaults of CHQ in Dublin’s Custom House Quarter. It was officially opened on May 6th 2016 by the founder of EPIC Neville Isdell and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. EPIC is located in CHQ in one of Dublin’s most historic and influential locations by the banks of the river Liffey. Dublin’s Docklands have been a constant hive of activity dating back to Viking times. Today the docks continue to thrive, not only as a commercial and business district, but also as a cultural and entertainment destination. Stack A or the Tobacco Store, as CHQ was formerly known by dockers and merchants, was built between 1817 and 1820 to store valuable cargos of tobacco, tea and spirits. Designed by the Scottish engineer John Rennie and his son of the same name working as his principal assistant, this industrial masterpiece had the largest pre-20th century clear floor space in Dublin City.
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.
A brilliant new addition, The Little Museum's tours reveal the history of a city that has undergone remarkable changes in the last 100 years, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.
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.
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.
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).
Ireland's national museum spans three different sites in the city. Archaeology is located in Kildare St, Natural History in Merrion St and Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Benburb St. National Museum of Ireland is Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture.
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.
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.