Why
Visit
Dublin

Engaging interactive museums like EPIC and
GPO Witness History bring Irish emigration and the quest for freedom to life. Many museums, like the three national museums, and galleries are FREE.

The Book of Kells, a 9th century manuscript, is Ireland's greatest cultural treasure

Pubs, Irish music and fun, lively neighborhoods, like the Temple Bar area, provide a great place to just hangout

The Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Teeling Distillery & Irish Whiskey Museum are some of the great stops for the beverage enthusiast

Experience what it was like to be a convict at Kilmainham Gaol and learn the fate of those arrested in the 1916 Easter Rising

Dublin Castle and Malahide Castle are two of Ireland's best preserved medieval castles

Dublin's Escape Rooms are exciting, challenging and fun

Dublin's most popular things to See and Do

~ EMIGRATION ~

Emigration is such a big part of Irish history & culture. EPIC (the Irish Emigration Museum) is a fully interactive museum. Swipe through video galleries, dance through motion sensor quizzes, listen to remastered audio from 100 years ago and watch videos that bring Irish history to life. At EPIC, you'll discover the impact the 10 million Irish, who left Ireland, had on the world. Find out why saying "I'm Irish" is one of the biggest conversation starters - no matter where you are. One of the world's best interactive museums. Great for families.

~ QUEST for FREEDOM ~

Ireland's quest for freedom from neighboring England was centuries in the making. It all came to a head in the early 1900s. GPO Witness History is an immersive, interactive and engaging experience that puts you right inside the General Post Office during Easter week in 1916. Next, tour Dublin Castle, the seat of the British government's administration in Ireland and then Kilmainham Gaol where the leaders of the 1916 rebellion were detained & executed.

~ IRISH HISTORY ~

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is the location of Ireland's greatest cultural treasure - the Book of Kells (a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ) and the Long Room (one of the world's most beautiful libraries) which houses 200,000 of Trinity College's oldest books. Nearby are three of Ireland's national museums - Natural History, Archaeology and Decorative Arts & History. Entrance to the national museums is FREE.

~ BEER & WHISKEY ~

Guinness has been brewed at the St James Gate Brewery since 1759. The Guinness Storehouse is a seven-story visitor experience dedicated to the making of the famous beer. Tour the facility learning about the brewing process, learn how to pour the perfect pint and more. For whiskey lovers, enjoy a Jameson Distillery tour, along with a premium whiskey tasting experience or learn to blend your own. At the Irish Whiskey Museum, enjoy an interactive tour, a dedicated whiskey retail store and an in-house whiskey bar with views overlooking Trinity College.

~ DUBLIN'S WAY OF LIFE ~

Henrietta Street is the most intact collection of early to mid 18th century houses in Ireland. Work began on the street in the 1720s when houses were built as homes for Dublin's most wealthy families. By 1911, over 850 people lived on the street, over 100 of them in one house at 14 Henrietta Street - a Georgian townhouse that tells the story of the building's shifting fortunes from a wealthy family home in the 18th century to a tenement dwelling of over 100 residents in the early 20th century. Visit and experience Dublin's way of life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

~ DUBLIN'S HOT SPOTS ~

Most of Dublin's key attractions are located in its city centre or close to it. One of its most popular areas, especially in the evening, is the Temple Bar. Here, in just a few square blocks are restaurants, pubs & retail shops where locals and visitors alike meld together to relax, have a cold one and enjoy some of the city's best music. Pubs like the Temple Bar, The Quays Bar, Bad Bobs, The Old Storehouse and Porterhouse Temple Bar pack them in on a daily basis. Make sure to visit Gallagher's Boxty House for an Irish favorite - the boxty.

~ PUBS & IRISH MUSIC ~

Dublin is a great place to find the pub that's just right for you. The most popular pubs are located in the Temple Bar area and all have great music with many having traditional Irish music known as "trad". Pubs like the Temple Bar (yes, there is a Temple Bar in the Temple Bar), Oliver St John Gogarty, The Quays Bar, Bad Bobs, The Old Storehouse and Porterhouse Temple Bar pack them in on a daily basis. Another great pub to consider is Whelan's which is widely recognized as Dublin's original live music venue. Just come on in and make sure to join in on the fun.

~ HAVE FUN ~

Escape rooms are a type of immersive adventure game in which people are "locked" in a heavily themed or decorated room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Popular escape locations include Incognito Escape Room (two different murder mysteries), Adventure Rooms (four games to choose from) and Escape Boats (first ever escape room from a boat). They're fun, challenging and can be a little nerve-wracking.

~ INTERACTIVE ~

Interactive museums not only tell the story of the 1916 Rising and the early tenement houses of Dublin but also what life was like on board a Viking warship at Dublinia, the life of a leprechaun at the National Leprechaun Museum and what it feels like to be a rock n roll star at the Irish Rock n' Roll Museum. Learn more about the history of Dublin at The Little Museum of Dublin where you'll meet some fantastic characters on their famous guided tours.

Scenic drive in the Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains has some of the best scenery in Ireland - and it's less than an hour's drive from Dublin. Head south on R115 (aka the Old Military Road) to Sally Gap where you just might be the only one there. It's that deserted. Head east on R759 stopping at the Lough Tay viewing point for great photo ops. At R755 head south to Laragh and take a little detour to Glendalough - Ireland's best Christian site & great hiking in the Wicklow Mountains. If you're looking for a drink and great food, stop at Wicklow Heather in the town of Laragh.  On your return, take L1036 north and stop at Powerscourt Waterfall and then Powerscourt House & Gardens. What an incredible day!

Nearby .....

Take Dublin's DART   to the towns along Dublin Bay

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Malahide Castle

Discover over 800 years of history on a guided tour of Malahide Castle, meander down the winding pathways of the enchanted Fairy Trail, get up close and personal with rare species in the Butterfly House, discover the rare collection of plants and flowers in the Walled Garden. On the guided tour of the castle (the only way to see the inside), learn about the Talbot family, explore the private rooms, furniture and art collections and hear tales of battles and banquets from the expert guides.

Further afield .....

Glendalough

The Christian monastic city of Glendalough, one of Ireland's most important, was founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Structures include St Kevin's Church, the Cathedral, the Round Tower, St Kevin's Cross, St Kieran's Church and more. This miniature city looks great early evening when the sun is setting. Take time to hike on the many trails in the local area with great views of Lower and Upper Lakes.
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Brú na Bóinne

If you're going to visit one of Ireland's ancient sites, this is it. There are three prehistoric sites here - Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Known as "passage tombs" (burial chambers covered in earth or with stone that have a narrow access passage made of large stones), these structures date from the Neolithic Age and are about 5,000 years old - older than the pyramids in Egypt.

Outdoor activities near Dublin

The view from Killiney Hill near Dublin, Ireland
Hiking/hillwalking/cycling
Beautiful coastal walks are just a quick DART ride from Dublin's city centre. The Grand Canal & the Royal Canal begin in Dublin and head eastward to the Shannon River. They're each over 100 km long and are great for walking and cycling.
Mountain biking
Bike trails at Ticknock and Glencullen Adventure Park wind their way through forests and hearthlands. They're fast, challenging and have dramatic ledges.
Kayaking
On the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin or out on the sea, there are a number of kayaking options in and around Dublin
Other water activities
Kitesurfing, windsurfing, SUP and canoeing are nearby and there's even a cable wakeboard park in the city
Adventure
Climbing, bouldering & mountain skills training are located nearby
The view from Killiney Hill near Dublin