The 10 Best Things to Do in Dublin, Ireland

November 13, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

You've probably heard that Guinness tastes better in Dublin (fresh from the factory), but what you may not know is that Dublin is a perfect destination for the whole family. No, we're not suggesting you let the kiddies drink a pint. Instead, take them to the Dublin Zoo, to feed the ducks in Stephen's Green or on a picnic in Phoenix Park. Scholars enjoy walking in the literary footsteps of such writers as Yeats and Joyce, while discerning shoppers have their pick of designer boutiques.
Restaurants in Dublin

1. Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland +353 1 453 5984
Excellent
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Kilmainham Gaol

This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.

Reviewed By Dawn A - Baltimore, Maryland

I learned so much about Irish history here! The tour guides are very knowledgeable and it’s cool to actually be in the jail while listening to the information and stories. I highly recommend!

2. St. Stephen's Green

at the top end of Grafton St, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 475 7816
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

St. Stephen's Green

Beautiful urban park immortalized in James Joyce's "Ulysses."

Reviewed By Crystal49 - Hemel Hempstead

We caught the bus here several times during our stay and enjoyed the tranquility of wandering through at our leisure.

3. Trinity College Dublin

Grafton St. | College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 896 1000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Trinity College Dublin

The building facade of Trinity College is among many constructed since the foundation of the College on March 13th, 1592. The design is attributed to Theodore Jacobsen, a London-based amateur architect, with the collaboration of Henry Keene and John Sanderson.

Reviewed By misykitkat - Galway, Ireland

I always visit Trinity when I'm in Dublin, its lovely,and clean. I have visited the open day for undergraduates and there is a wide selection of subjects and degrees to choose from.
However they lose 1 star because I really needed the toilet one evening and I went with my partner into a building and the staff refused both of us access to the toilet. I had a kidney infection when I was visiting. The staff that were on that night were rude and condensing and made me feel like I don't belong there.

4. The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

College Green | Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 896 2320
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

The Book of Kells is a world famous illuminated manuscript written in Latin of the Gospels from the Bible. It was painstakingly hand-written and illustrated by monks around 800 A.D.

Reviewed By Regina J

You can't visit Dublin and not go see The Book of Kells. They had 2 of the 4 books on display. You are not allowed to take pics of the display of the Book of Kells but you can take pics in the Old Library and the Long Room. There were quite a few people trying to get a look at the display of the Book of Kells. The Long Room is just amazing!!

5. Guinness Storehouse

Market Street | St James Gate, Dublin D8, Ireland +353 1 408 4800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Guinness Storehouse

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE(R), Ireland's No. 1 visitor attraction is a "must see" on any visit to Dublin. Housed in an old fermentation plant in the heart of St James's Gate Brewery, the now seven-storey visitor experience tells the story of Ireland's iconic drink and beings to life the heritage of this world famous beer. Your journey begins standing at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass, which rises through the building. It is a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity(R) Bar, Dublin's highest bar where you will receive a complimentary pint of GUINNESS(R) while enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.

Reviewed By timeagain - Northern Ireland

Visited a few times over the years and on this occasion with a friend who was suitably impressed. Some interesting changes and additions which improved and added to the experience. Learnt even more fascinating facts about the Guinness history and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

6. Temple Bar

Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 672 5286
Excellent
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4 based on 14 reviews

Temple Bar

Funky shops, eclectic cafes and hordes of stylish young Europeans have made Temple Bar one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

Reviewed By Trevor M - Lurgan, United Kingdom

This place is jumping, so much to see and do, you could genuinely spend all day just people watching here. Great buzz!!

7. Experience Gaelic Games

32 Claude Road | Na Fianna GAA Club, Dublin 9, Ireland +353 1 254 4292
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5 based on 361 reviews

Experience Gaelic Games

This is a hands on activity - full of fun and laughter and delivered in the heart of the community. A fun mix of culture, history, sport and soft activity. Experience Gaelic Games introduce visiting groups to Ireland’s greatest cultural secret and most popular sports – Gaelic Football, Hurling -(Stick and Ball game), Gaelic Handball along with dance. A uniquely authentic Irish activity! – just about the most memorable and fun Irish experience visitors can have!

Reviewed By gabriellefitz - Annapolis, Maryland

While preparing for our family trip to Ireland, my husband and I came across Experience Gaelic Games and knew this was something we wanted to participate in. We booked a session for our whole family and had a blast! Georgina was a huge help with registration and our coaches, Brian and Tiernan, were wonderful. If you have the time to spare while in Dublin I highly recommend booking a session! While there are incredible sights to see around town, this is an experience you won't get anywhere else and in addition to a great workout, you'll also learn so much about Irish history, and the country's rich sports culture. Now we're totally hooked on Gaelic Football! Go Mayo!

8. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 T6K4, Ireland +353 1 906 0861
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5 based on 2 reviews

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC is a modern museum in Dublin’s Docklands that tells the moving and unforgettable story of the 10 million Irish people who left their homeland, & how they influenced and shaped the world. The world’s only fully digital museum features 1,500 years of Irish history in its atmospheric vaults. Experience this breathtaking story in interactive galleries, with a feast of powerful audio & video bringing these one-of-a-kind tales to life. Shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2018, this top-rated, family-friendly attraction is an essential destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture and history. Relive some of the greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, business, politics, fashion & science. EPIC also houses the Irish Family History Centre, with a team of genealogy experts to help visitors uncover their Irish roots. Also nearby is the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & the Famine Memorial Sculpture. Last entry is 5:00pm, museum closes at 6:45pm

Reviewed By Lhoffman9 - Lake Tapps, WA

This museum is SO INTERESTING. It is modern education and fully interactive with technology with videos and music to interactive games and trivia. Fun combined with an education. Before going I wasn't really sure what to expect, sounded interesting and the ticket price was a good value, and I'm curious about my Irish heritage. After going, I feel very connected to and proud of the Irish people... all around the world. One of the BEST values for your money. Highly recommend.

9. Awesome Walls

Unit 6, North Park Retail Park, Finglas, Dublin D11YP40, Ireland +353 1 880 0088
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5 based on 397 reviews

Awesome Walls

Awesome Walls Dublin is one of the largest and most modern indoor climbing centres in Europe catering for individuals, groups and birthday parties. With a superb cafe and shop on site and expert instructors we will ensure you have a great time every time.

Reviewed By Sam B - County Dublin, Ireland

Smashing indoor climbing center. Multiple routes from grade 4 onwards on different shapes wall sections. Routes get changed every 6 weeks or so, so you don't end up bored. 2 floors with bouldering walls as well. Great instructors for anything from a taster session to advanced climbing. Discovered this place last summer, been a regular climber there ever since.

10. Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

St Josephs Avenue | Drumcondra, Dublin cod3, Ireland +353 1 819 2323
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. With a capacity of 82,300, this magnificent stadium is actually the third largest in Europe. Its size is only part of its greatness, however, as you’ll discover on this eye-opening, access-all-areas tour. From quirky insights into why Croke Park’s grass is always greener to learning about defining moments in Irish history, the passionate Tour Guides will take you on an inspiring journey around our national stadium. Some of the highlights include taking a seat in the VIP area, getting a birds-eye view from the media centre, sneaking a peek inside the dressing rooms, and of course, walking in the footsteps of legends as you go pitchside through the players’ tunnel! For more information, including tour times, prices and directions to the GAA Museum, see https://crokepark.ie/gaa-museum-tours/stadium-tours

Reviewed By bill_tee - UK

An enlightening tour with much to learn about Gaelic sports. Museum educational and well laid out. Pleasant cafe, informative tour from passionate guide. Merchandise....what a miss here, not much available, a trick being missed.

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