Guinness Storehouse – no wonder that home of Guinness is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland! In this state of the art brewing factory turned museum, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about Guinness, its origins, how it varies in different parts of the world and its quirky marketing over the years. Highlight is getting to Gravity Bar for your free pint of Guinness and enjoying 360 degrees view of Dublin below you. Not to be missed!
Dublin Zoo – Set in the heart of Phoenix Park, close to Dublin City Centre, Dublin Zoo will help you discover amazing animals like tigers, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, red pandas and host of reptiles, to name but a few! With recent re-development of African plains you can see herds of Giraffes and antelopes roaming around, and recently launched Sea Lion Cove is favourite with the young ones!
Book of Kells
Trinity College & Book of Kells – An all-time favourite for all visitors, the beautiful buildings anf grounds of Trinity college are worth a visit on their own right! Located just across the Trinity City Hotel, it is wonderful place to stroll through and relax in the heart of the city.
The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings. After visiting Book of Kells, you will be brought to the Long Room – amazing library over 65 meters in length housing over 200 000 of library’s oldest books.
National Botanic Gardens
National Botanic Gardens - Located just 3 km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses. They contain many attractive features like sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and an annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.
Temple Bar - Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, this is the undisputed hub of activity in Dublin. Pubs, bars, restaurants, quirky shops and street musicians make the cobbled streets of Temple Bar an area worth visiting. Markets and cultural events also take place here on a regular basis. Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral – St Patrick's is the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and still the largest cathedral in Ireland. You can learn about the building’s fascinating history, including its most famous Dean (head) Jonathan Swift, who is one of around 700 burials on site.
National Museum of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland - Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and be magically transported back in time! You cannot leave Dublin without seeing Bog Bodies exhibition, exploring human sacrifice rituals in Iron Age Ireland. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland.
Science Gallery at Trinity College
Science Gallery at Trinity College - Dublin’s Science Gallery is a world first. The collision of science and art is the key DNA strand of this international success story now being cloned worldwide. Unlike most galleries, they don't have a permanent collection, meaning that there’s always something new to see.
Kilmainham Gaol - A visit to this former prison is an absolute must. This threatening grey building, built between 1792 and 1795, has played a role in virtually every act of Ireland's painful path to independence. An exhibition shows the history of the prison. On the tour you can see the cells that held some of the most important political prisoners in Irish history.
The easiest way to see these, and many more?
Dublin Bus Tours – Hop On Hop Off Bus
This is the ultimate way to see Dublin, especially if this is your first visit to the capital. Incorporating Dublin's most important attractions at a leisurely pace, the whole tour, non-stop takes just 75 minutes. But the fun is hopping on and hopping off to see the attractions.
Ideal for all ages including families who want to explore Dublin with live commentary helping you understand the history of Dublin City on your way.