Things to do in Dublin
Steeped in history and youthful energy, Dublin is a medieval city where the charming and cosmopolitan converge in delightful diversity. Fine museums and art galleries chronicle Dublin’s long and colourful past, while the pubs and cafes buzz with traditional and contemporary entertainment.
Throughout Dublin city and county you will find an abundance of visitor attractions to discover and explore, from the most majestic museums to more modern centres of entertainment. Whether your interest is sport, history, art or literature, whether you want to follow a heritage trail, visit a zoo, eat in a castle or follow in the footsteps of Dublin’s maheriny musical greats, there’s something for everyone in Dublin! City Sightseeing Hop on/Off Tour
Experience Dublin in your own language! Hop on board our fun, friendly 90 minute tour with live English commentary or multi-lingual commentary in 8 languages*.
With over 25 stops this tour will take you past the best visitor attractions in Dublin including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the national museums and much more. Enjoy a range of discounts when you present your City Tour ticket. Trinity College
Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the College is in an enviable position in the very heart of Ireland's capital. Trinity College on its 40-acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks.
The College is famed for the great treasures. These include the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. These are displayed in the Treasury and the Long Room which houses over 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books.
The Book of Kells Turning Darkness into Light explains the background of the story famous gospel manuscript and other related manuscripts.
Temporary exhibitions in the Long Room display the rich holdings of the library and encourage research.
Treasures in the Long Room include one of the few remaining copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic which was read outside the General Post Office on 24 April 1916 by Patrick Pearse at the start of the Easter Rising. The harp is the oldest of its kind in Ireland and probably dates from the 15th century. It is made of oak and willow with 29 brass strings. It is the model for the emblem of Ireland. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors at the 'Undercroft'.
The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments that were built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court. They are now the venue for Ireland's Presidencies of the European Community, Presidential Inaugurations and State Functions.
The State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors. On occasions, the State Apartments may be closed for State Purposes. Dublinea
Dublinia and The Viking World is a heritage centre, located in central Dublin, at the heart of the medieval city. These exciting exhibitions contain life-sized reconstructions which will take you back to the Viking and Medieval Dublin with a variety of sights, sounds and smells! Guiness Storehouse
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759, this massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness® fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness®. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar® where you receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.
Parks The National Museum of Ireland
Dublin’s numerous parks and gardens are the life and lungs of the city. The 2,000 hectares of green space range from the historic Phoenix Park, to nature reserves, Georgian Squares and sports grounds.
The Phoenix Park is the largest park in any European city, which is perfect to enjoy a bit of Irish nature by walk or bicycle and if lucky have a little encounter with wild animal (between 400-500 deers live in the park and about 100 badgers, plus foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels…). Phoenix park also hosts the Dublin Zoo and several monuments.
See the Broighter Hoard and other dazzling artefacts from the La Tene pre-christian Celtic culture and earlier.
"The National Museum of Ireland's collection of prehistoric goldwork, ranging in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC, is one of the largest and most important in western Europe. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown." Newgrange
Number 15, Marino Crescent was the birthplace in 1847 of Abraham (Bram) Stoker, the author of one of the world's most chilling novels, "Dracula".
Although, loosely based on the macabre and cruel character of Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century prince of Wallachia in Transylvania, a region also renowned for stories of vampires and werewolves, Stoker had plenty of material to draw on from early and contemporary Irish history.
Learn all about the fascinating life of Bram Stoker and the origins of the infamous Count on board The Dublin Ghostbus!
Or take a visit to The Secret Castle of Magic Dublins most magical & exciting show experience!
Dublin is home to many historic castles including Ardgillan Castle
and Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
. Both are open to the public and offer tours. Ardgillan Castle, built in 1738 is situated on elevated coastline boasts woodlands, a rose garden, a walled garden, and tea rooms. Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre offers guided tours and live theatre performances in the 14th century castle. Rathfarnam Castle, Killiney Castle and Malahide Castle are also popular.
The Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Fourknocks, Loughcrew and Tara are located in the present day County of Meath on the east coast of Ireland. The Boyne Valley Mounds at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth were built around 3200BC making them older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Built by Neolithic farming communities about 5000 years ago, the passage tombs have clear astronomical alignments such as the Winter Solstice Sunrise at Newgrange and the Equinox Sunrise at Loughcrew.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley.
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. The site is open to the public with controlled access to the passage and chamber. Tours of Newgrange start at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre located near the village of Donore, Co. Meath.
A shuttle Newgrange Shuttle bus leaves from Dublin city centre, at the following designated pick up points:
- outside the Tourism Office, Suffolk Street
- outside the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street.
For additional information on the Newgrange Shuttle bus please click here
Private tours to Newgrange are organised by Boyne Valley Tours
For tourist information please visit the Dublin Discover Ireland Centre: Dublin Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (just off Grafton Street)
or visit the website of Visit Dublin