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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.