Things to do in Dublin

Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and in 2018 was recognised by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network as a global city, ranking amongst the top thirty cities in the world.

Packed full of heritage and culture, there are so many things to do in Dublin that you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice when you visit. With its unique mixture of history and hedonism, not to mention the exceptionally friendly locals who will be happy to tell you all about their native ‘greatest city in the world’, you’ll find that you never want to leave this fascinating city.


Dublin’s small size is definitely an advantage when visiting as a tourist as it means you can explore the city on foot with ease, which is the best way to see some of the most iconic sites. Sandwiched between the sea on one side and mountains on the other, you’ve got fantastic views whatever direction you look in. Whether you’re searching for some cultural heritage from the likes of great writers such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, or you’re more up for a bit of a boozy weekend, whatever you decide to do – Dublin will certainly not disappoint.


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Temple bar in Dublin

About the city

Arts and Culture

Dublin is full of fascinating museums, and one of our favourites is EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, the world’s only fully digital museum. Here you can travel back in time to experience the story of 10 million Irish people who left their homeland through 20 fantastic interactive galleries. The Irish Museum of Modern Art hosts an expansive collection of modern and contemporary artworks from internationally-acclaimed artists such as Picasso, as well as home to many changing exhibitions throughout the year. Whilst here you will also want to stop off for a coffee in the café and maybe even explore the gallery’s beautiful grounds and gardens.

Another iconic cultural site of Dublin is the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison-turned-museum which offers a profound insight into the people who were held here for crimes ranging from petty to severe. You can walk through their cells, look at their personal belongings, and even read some of their letters to get an idea of how these people survived a life of incarceration. After visiting this sombre site, for something a bit more fun and uplifting we recommend you visit the National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland. Here you can find out all about the legends and folklore surrounding these mythical creatures from expert Storytellers; perfect for the whole family.

Irish Museum of Modern Art  in Dublin

Spire of Dublin

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Landmarks and Monunments

The best way to get to know this friendly city is to start off with a walking tour. One site that’s hard to miss is the Spire of Dublin, or Monument of Light; standing an impressive 120m high this monument holds the title for the tallest sculpture in the world. From here you can wander south towards the river to discover the Famine Memorial located in the docklands. This series of statues is a commemorative masterpiece of Irish history dedicated to the Irish people who were forced to emigrate during the 19th century potato famine which devastated the country.

If you head across the river towards the beautiful grounds of Trinity College Dublin you can marvel at some of the university’s beautiful examples of Georgian architecture and enjoy some open green spaces at the same time. A short walk from here, on Suffolk Street, you can find the renowned Molly Malone statue. This tragic heroine and her eponymous song ‘Cockles and Mussels’ have become an unofficial anthem of the city.

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Eating and Drinking

This metropolitan city has so much to offer in the way of eating and drinking that you won’t know where to begin. For an upscale dining experience we highly recommend the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud for unbeatable French cuisine. Ireland’s only Michelin two-star, this restaurant is heralded as the best in the entire country. For a choice of some more casual eateries you should head to the Temple Bar Food Market for an amazing choice of street food from all over the world. Here you can enjoy Japanese sushi, Spanish tapas, local Irish cheeses, and much more.

Dublin is renowned for its brilliant nightlife and drinking culture, and you’ll have to make sure you have a drink or two at The Temple Bar before you leave. Located in the heart of the city and with a history reaching back as far as 1599, this traditional Irish pub will give you a warm welcome when you step through its iconic red façade. As well as food and live music for you to enjoy, there are also a Distillery Store and one of the largest whiskey selections in Ireland to keep you drinking all night. With so much to offer, you’ll certainly never run out of things to do in Dublin when you visit!

Temple bar in Dublin, Ireland

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Guiness Brewery Storehouse in Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse

No trip to Dublin, or even Ireland, would be complete without a trip to the famous Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. Known to be the city’s number one tourist attraction, we really recommend booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. You can learn all about the rich history of Guinness beer as you walk through each floor and discover what goes in at every step of the process to make that perfect pint of the ‘Black Stuff’.

Located at the heart of St James’s Gate Brewery, when you visit you’ll start off your tour at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, continuing up seven more floors filled with interactive experiences. As you learn about the brewing process you’ll also find out some key facts about Ireland’s heritage and history as you go. Once you reach the incredible rooftop Gravity Bar at the top of the building you can enjoy a complimentary pint – definitely the best pint of Guinness you’ll ever drink!


You’ll find that you never want to leave this fascinating city - Dublin will certainly not disappoint

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