Things to Know
Dublin is one of the most walkable cities in Europe! Despite its small size, Dublin is divided by the Liffey River into two zones - the north and south sides that offer varying experiences of the city. Dublin harmoniously combines its historic buildings – including cathedrals, Georgian townhouses, castles, and pubs – with impressive modern buildings, stunning street art and an ultramodern tramway system. Dublin also offers numerous cycle paths making it easy to explore the city by bike. Of course, a visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a pint of local beer at one of the city's 1000 pubs!
Things to See
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Located along Kildare Street, this notable Victorian Palladian style museum offers a fascinating visitor experience. Head inside for some outstanding permanent exhibitions including Ireland's Gold, Prehistoric Ireland, the Viking Collection, and the Treasury including the magnificent Ardagh Chalice.
National Gallery of Ireland
For art lovers this museum is a must! Here you'll find numerous works by renowned artists including Caravaggio, Van Gogh and various French Impressionists.
Francis Bacon's Studio
Visit the estate and studio of Irish-born British figurative artist and delve in to the life and mind of this famous local artist.
Located in the heart of the city, visit the remains of the Viking Fortress, read from an exceptional collection of Asian and Middle Eastern art at the Chester Beatty Library; climb up the Record Tower for amazing views, and learn about how Dublin city got its name!
A former prison located in the area of Kilmainham, today it is an interesting museum that takes a look into the darker side of Irish history.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Considered one of the must-see cathedrals in Dublin because of its history, its size, but also because it houses the tomb of famous ‘Gulliver's Travels’ author Jonathan Swift.
Founded by British Queen Elizabeth I, this is the oldest and most notable college in Dublin dating back to the 18th century. Explore the college's verdant campus and towering Gothic-style halls. While here, at the Old Library, be sure to take a look inside one of the world's most famous manuscripts, the Book of Kells.
Chester Beatty Library
Considered one of the must-see museums in Dublin, this is a fascinating place to get lost in time. Visit this famous library to view and read through an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and drawings dating back to 2700 B.C.
Built in 1816, this is the first pedestrian bridge to cross the Liffey River. Walk along this iconic iron bridge of Dublin and its view of the vibrant area of Temple Bar.
Flowing through the center of the city, take a walk along River Liffey and get to know Dublin and its eclectic mix of architecture.
Things to Do
Stroll Along Kildare Street
A great way to admire some of the city’s spectacular architecture and learn about its eventful history. Venture off from here to the shopping areas of Grafton Street and Dawson Street.
Walk Through St. Stephen's Green Park
Known for its lovely greenery throughout the year, this a beautiful park to relax at in the center of Dublin.
Visit Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park is the largest public park in Europe offering plenty of green lawns, shady wooded areas and clean lakes. Inside the park you’ll find Dublin Zoo, the largest in Ireland.
Old Jameson Distillery
If you’re a fan of whiskey, you’ll definitely want to touch, smell, and taste some Jameson at the original Bow Street Distillery buildings.
Enjoy a Pint or Two at the Guinness Storehouse
Although the Guinness Storehouse is no longer a functioning brewery, it still offers an insider's view into the history and brewing process of Guinness.
Shopping at Grafton Street
Spend an afternoon along this pedestrian street, filled with entertaining street performers and musicians.
Visit the Temple Bar area on a Saturday
The area of Temple Bar is transformed into a farmer’s market with stalls full of produce, cheese, baked goods, olives, and even oysters.
Hike on the Dublin Mountains
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Ticknock Forest for spectacular panoramic city views.
Join the St Patrick's Day parade
On March 17th every year, experience the vibrant cultural celebration of the famous St Patrick's Day parade.