That's Capital 15 of the best things to do in Dublin -pubs, museums and more
There's something for everyone from pubs and art to museums and outdoor activities
Global Travel site Big 7 Travel recently named Dublin as one of the best cities in the world for arts and culture in 2022.
But what exactly should you get up to in Ireland’s capital city to experience the city's rich culture and heritage?
We’ve compiled 15 of the best things to do in Dublin.
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Library is home to one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, The Book of Kells.
Located in The Long Room, The Book of Kells dates back to 800 AD.
It depicts four gospels of the New Testament and is written in Latin.
The book features beautiful calligraphy and illustrations which are considered to be extravagant, complex and masterful beyond any other Insular Gospel books.
St. James's Gate
The Guinness storehouse is one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions. It’s a must visit for Irish visitors and foreign tourists alike.
Visit the home of the Black stuff to learn all about the world-famous stout and its iconic history dating back to 1759.
You will even get the chance to learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness.
Little Museum of Dublin
St. Stephen’s Green
Learn the remarkable history of Ireland’s capital at the Little Museum of Dublin.
The attraction, which is in the heart of Dublin city next to St Stephen’s Green, is the number one museum in the country according to TripAdvisor.
The museum is home to many treasures from Dublin city centre over the years.
There is also a whole room dedicated to Irish popular culture and another dedicated to Irish rock legends U2.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
A museum for modern and contemporary art, the IMMA is home to over 3,500 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures.
Peruse the collection of artwork and exhibits indoors before taking a walk through the remarkable historical grounds at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital.
Kilmainham Gaol is an important part of Irish history as it housed many Irish rebels who fought for freedom between 1796 and 1924.
Many rebellion leaders were detained and executed at the jail including 1916 leaders Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett.
EPIC: The Irish Immigration Museum
Custom House Quay
Named as Europe’s best tourist attraction for three years in a row, EPIC is all about what it means to be Irish.
If you’ve got Irish blood, then visit the museum to find out about your ancestors and learn why they left the emerald isle.
The Blue Light
Located at the foothills of the Dublin mountains, The Blue Light pub is the perfect spot to grab a Guinness and soak up the magnificent views of the city.
The pub is over 300 years old and is home to a delightful turf fire, live music and lots of craic.
The Hellfire Club
A hike up Montpellier hill to The Hellfire Club is a great way to get in some exercise while also taking in the sights and sounds of the Dublin Mountains.
The ruins are believed to belong to the Hellfire Club, who dabbled in black magic and reportedly met at the club house for debauchery involving sex, alcohol and meetings with the devil himself.
The General Post Office (GPO) is one of the most iconic buildings associated with the 1916 Easter Rising, and it continues to be a symbol of Irish nationalism.
Currently home to An Post’s headquarters, during the rebellion the GPO was used as headquarters for the rebel leaders.
Outside of the building is still littered with bullet holes from the gunfire by British troops. It is also where Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
The Forty Foot
Not only is the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire a popular spot for Dubliners to enjoy a sea swim, but it is also where James Joyce’s novel Ulysses begins.
The famous literary legend also lived close by at Martello tower, now the James Joyce Tower, with fellow writer Oliver John St. Gogarty.
The Jeanie Johnston
Custom House Quay
An excellent replica of the tall ship that carried Irish immigrants overseas during The Great Famine, the Jeanie Johnston is the perfect place to follow in the footsteps of those who fled the hardship.
The interactive tour will give you the chance to experience a famine ship first hand, and learn about Ireland’s dark and desperate past.
St Valentine’s Bones
Did you know that Dublin is home to some of the remains of St Valentine?
Bones, blood and relics belonging to the patron saint are kept at the Shrine of St Valentine at Whitefriar Church on Whitefriar Street.
They are believed to have been brought from Rome to Dublin in 1836 and were a gift from Pope Gregory XVI to Irish Carmelite John Spratt.
Glasnevin Cemetery is the resting place of many notable Irish people including 1916 heroes such as Micheal Collins, Éamon de Valera and Constance Markievicz.
Dubliner’s singer Luke Kelly, Irish writer Christy Brown and poet Brendan Behan are also buried there.
Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens, the cemetery’s high walls and watch-towers were used to deter bodysnatchers who roamed Dublin in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Temple Bar is a must see if you’re visiting the city.
Known for its cobblestone lanes, live music and Irish cuisine, Temple Bar is home to many pubs stocked with Irish beers and whiskeys.
National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West
Home to Ireland’s collection of national and European art, the National Gallery of Ireland is a cultural hub that features 14,000 artworks, including oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture and other works of art.
Work by European artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Johannes Vermeer is housed at the gallery along with pieces by Irish artists like Jack B. Yeats, James Barry and Gerard Dillion.
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