Dublin is world famous for many reasons but as any local will tell you, one of the main reasons is the sheer volume of different things you can do once there. From having a pint of Guinness in Templebar to reading the historic Book of Kells in Trinity College, Dublin offers visitors a multitude of activities, tours and experiences that no other city in the world can rival.  Below, we have put together a list of 10 things that are truly unique to Dublin.

 

  1. Trinity College
    • Possibly one of the most famous landmarks worldwide, Trinity College has a long and deep history and is firmly rooted in Dublin’s history. Founded in 1952, Trinity is on the “7 ancient universities” of Britain and Ireland. Within Trinity, you must visit the Long Room, part of the Old Library which holds thousands of ancient manuscripts and texts. The Library itself holds over 5 million books! By far the most famous of course is the Book of Kells, which is over 1200 years old and is considered to have some of the most complex and intricate illustrations of any manuscript, anywhere in the world.
  2. Kilmainham
    1. A staple of Ireland’s turbulent and troubled history, Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 and is a major attraction within the city. From the moment you enter the gaol, you will feel the chill of history on your skin. Linked strongly to Irish nationalism, the gaol was home to almost every leader of the Irish nationalist movement between 1796 and 1924. Almost 200 people were executed in this gaol and the experience of a visit will never be forgotten. This is an tour that is enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike and is highly recommended by anyone who has visited in the past.
  3. GAA & Croke Park
    1. Unless you’re Irish, you probably haven’t heard of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Composed of two different sports, Hurling and Gaelic Football, the GAA is the largest sporting organisation in Ireland and promotes the traditional Gaelic (Irish) games, and they are not to be missed. Hurling has recently been recognised as the fasted field sports game in the world and the easiest way to describe the game is as “hockey on speed, played by crazy people.” Make sure that you attend a match when you arrive! If time allows, take a Skyline tour of Croke Park, Irelands flagship Gaelic stadium that has a capacity of over 80,000. You will see Dublin from a height of 17 storeys!
  4. Little Museum of Dublin
    1. When you hear the word “museum”, the first thing that pops to mind is probably a stuffy old building full of boring artefacts. Well, this is not The Little Museum of Dublin. Located on Stephens Green, right in the heart of Dublin South City Centre, the museum is one of the hidden gems of the city. Showcasing the history of Dublin city, it was opened in 2011 and has been fully stocked by public donations with over 5000 historical items now on display, each with their own unique contributing story for Dublin’s history. Tours fill up very quickly so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment!
  5. Guinness Storehouse
    • Who hasn’t heard of Guinness? Famous the world over, a pint of the “black stuff” is obligatory for anyone visiting Dublin and what better to sample your first pint that in the Guinness brewery itself? Having undergone recent investment, the Guinness Storehouse is Irelands most visited attraction with over 1 million people passing through its doors every year. Along with a tour of the brewery itself which showcases the history of Guinness and its importance to Dublin, you also get the opportunity to pull your own pint and enjoy a drink in the Skybar, with fantastic views of Dublin.
  6. Whiskey Museum
    • Whiskey holds a special place in Irish hearts and with big brands like Jameson being recognised around the world. But Irish whiskey has had a turbulent history and the modern interactive tours offered by the Irish Whiskey Museum will give you a taste (literally!) of the origins of Ireland’s whiskeys and their rise and fall over the past few hundred years. Finish the tour with samples of some of the finest examples of Irish whiskeys available and if you really want to treat yourself, get a VIP ticket to end the tour with a tasting of mature, aged whiskeys.
  7. Phoenix Park
    • Phoenix Park gives you the opportunity to get away from it all. Move away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the largest city park in Europe. The park is over 350 years old and is home to a host of history including a Viking cemetery, Neolithic burial grounds, Ashtown Castle, the home of the US Ambassador to Ireland and Áras an Uachtaráin which is the home of the Irish president! Dublin Zoo is also located within the park – you will have no problem having a fun-filled but relaxing day in the park.
  8. Templebar
    • No list of things to do in Dublin would be complete without a mention of Templebar. Possibly one of the best know locations in Ireland, Templebar is a feast for the senses encompassing pubs, café’s, restaurants, eateries, theatres and so much more. Templebar is always full of life and a night out here never fails to exhilarate. We would recommend to a visit to The Temple Bar pub for a quick drink, a stopover in the Elephant and Castle to sample some of the best food in the city and take in a show in the elegant Smock Alley theatre.
  9. All the rest!
    • Get out of the city for a day! Dublin is a beautiful quaint city that could keep you busy for month and years by itself. But if you’re visiting Dublin, make sure you take some time to explore the rest of the county. Ireland is a small island and everywhere is accessible in a day. Depending on how much time you have available, we would highly recommend a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway, The Ring of Kerry or do them all by travelling the Wild Atlantic Way. There are many (many!) other locations that are worth visiting but these are the top recommendations from locals.