When you decide to visit Dublin, you can be sure of a city break like no other. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends, as a couple or as a family, Dublin has something for you. Here, we have compiled the Top 12 Best attractions in Dublin. As the attractions are all must-visits they are listed in random order. Enjoy!
Trinity College (above image)
The historic Trinity College is a hub of culture, history, art and learning. The University is over 400 years old and you can stroll around the college, gardens and libraries for free. The college houses The Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript and you can visit a paid exhibition of the book and other historical artifacts.
Location: College Green, Dublin 2.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is one of Ireland’s top attractions. Home to over 15,000 paintings, the gallery is free to enter and you can take free guided tours and classes inside. If you are traveling with children, you can borrow family and children’s audio-guides and visit the drop-in creative workspaces, so your children can create their own works of art.
Location: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
If you would like to see a more relaxed side to Dublin City, try visiting Kilmainham Gaol. Located about 2.5km from the city center, it is only a short taxi ride away, or you can use the bus or LUAS lines. Kilmainham Gaol is a piece of Irish history, having housed prisoners during some of the most politically fraught years from the 1780’s to the 1920’s. All tours are guided and teach you about some of the sobering moments in Irish history.
Location: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
The Phoenix Park
Originally designed as a Royal Deer Park for Charles II, the 1752 acre park is now the location of the residence for the President of the Republic of Ireland. The house is available to visit on Saturdays on a first come, first served basis. If a guided tour of the President’s home is not your cup of tea, there is still plenty to do in The Phoenix Park. Many historical monuments are visible all over the park, as well as beautiful gardens and two children’s playgrounds, so you are sure to find something to suit your needs.
Location: Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
Located in The Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is home to over 400 animals. It is a registered Irish charity and it runs several conservation programs. A joy for adults and children alike, the 28 hectare Zoo runs daily activities and talks, so you can stroll around the park using your zoo map, or try getting more involved.
Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Built in 1204, Dublin Castle is known to many as the heart of Dublin City. The site is over 11 acres and holds two museums, two gardens, restaurants and more. It is free to explore the grounds and gardens and guided tours are available. Don’t miss the Chester Beatty Library on the grounds, it is home to collections from all over the world and is the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’.
Location: Dame Street.
Croke Park and The GAA Museum
If you are interested in learning more about Irish history and culture, the GAA Museum is a must see attraction. Located in the impressive Croke Park Stadium, you can take a guided tour and learn more about Ireland’s national sports, GAA football and Hurling. Highlights of the tour include access to the pitch through the player’s tunnel with match day sound effects and a short movie of the history of the stadium.
Location: Croke Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 3
The Guinness Storehouse
Arguably one of the most famous attractions in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is central to Dublin’s heritage and hosts some of the best views, tastes and smells in the city. The guided tour takes you through the history of the famous beverage and a master brewer guides you through the brewing process. You can learn how to pull the perfect pint yourself, or wait until you reach the Gravity bar at the end of the tour and enjoy a pint of the black stuff and survey Dublin through the spectacular 360 degree glass walls.
Location: St James’s Gate, Dublin 8
Glasnevin Cemetary and Museum
This attraction is about 11km from the city center, but is easily accessed by taxi or bus and is definitely worth the trip. The resting place for over 1 million people, you can learn about the men and women that shaped Ireland through guided tours and interactive exhibitions. You can also visit the Genealogy Workstations and track down your Irish ancestors.
Location: Finglas road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
The Old Jameson Distillery
For whiskey lovers all over the world, the Old Jameson Distillery is one of Dublin’s must-see attractions. Although not a functioning distillery anymore, you will go on a guided tour and learn about the triple distilled whiskey and at the end, taste the finished product for yourself.
Location: Smithfield, Dublin.
Dracula Castle is one of the newer attractions on this list but it is already receiving rave reviews online. Take a tour of Bram Stoker’s castle, meet the characters in real life and catch the amazing Castle Dracula show. This activity is only available on Fridays and fills up fast so book early to avoid disappointment.
Location: Clontarf Road, Dublin 3.
The National Wax Museum
A treat for adults and children, The National Wax Museum is a fun way to spend a couple of hours in Dublin. From Irish celebrities, to historical figures to superheroes, you can find just about anything in this museum. The chamber of horrors is a fright-filled walk through the dungeon and there is a dedicated Kid’s World with puppet shows and more.
Location: Dame Street, Central Dublin.
We hope you enjoyed the above must-visit attractions in Dublin. It’s a great city to visit and comes highly recommended from Bookmundi. We wish you a fantastic travel experience to one of Europe’s must innovative capitals.