Things to do in Dublin

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Things to do in Dublin

Our legendary location means you will be close to all of the city’s top tourist attractions and main shopping areas. Savour the wide range of eateries and bars that Dublin has to offer. Experience urban comforts in four-star luxury at The Trinity City Hotel.

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to visit Dublin, with its vibrant nightlife, and city ambience. Shop the sales at Grafton Street, Henry Street or Powerscourt Centre then warm up with a crafted coffee, hot chocolate (or something stronger!) and enjoy a meal in one of Dublin's many world-class restaurants or bars.

Plan ahead, for the latest information regarding opening times and ticket prices, simply refer to the websites of the individual attractions.

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Temple Bar

Dublin’s Cultural Quarter of Temple Bar is filled with Pubs, bars, restaurants, quirky shops and street musicians. 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. 

400m - 5 minute walk

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Trinity College and The Book of Kells

An all-time favourite for all visitors, the beautiful buildings and grounds of Trinity college are a must see on your visit to Dublin. Located just across from The Trinity City Hotel, it is a wonderful place to stroll through and relax in the heart of the city.

The Book of Kells is a 9th century manuscript that documents the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. After visiting Book of Kells, you will be brought to the historic Long Room – a library that is over 65 meters in length and houses over 200,000 books.

450m - 5 minute walk

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The Easiest Way to see Dublin!

DO 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.

550m - 7 minute walk

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The Guinness Storehouse

With Guinness being Ireland's number one export it's 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!

3km - 15 minute drive

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Jameson Distillery - Bow St

In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of the Jameson Distillery Bow St. Over 200 years later, the doors are still open to friends old and new. Come for a distillery tour, a premium whiskey tasting experience, learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey, master the craft of whiskey cocktail making or draw whiskey straight from a Jameson cask in Dublin's only live maturation warehouse.

2.1km - 10 minute drive

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Viking Splash Tours

Roar your way through Dublin City in a unique Land and Water experience provided by one of Ireland’s most unique sightseeing experiences.

Let Viking Splash Tours take you around Dublin on one of our WW2 amphibious DUKWs. Our guides provide a fun, informative and unforgettable experience for all ages and groups taking in our cathedrals, Georgian Dublin and much more before splashing into the Grand Canal basin for a short cruise by the iconic U2 studios.

Voted as one of Dublin’s best tours, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

1.1km - 10 Minute Walk

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Dublin Castle

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. We hope you enjoy your visit.

1km - 13 minute walk

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The Jeanie Johnston - An Irish Famine Story

Hear the harrowing tale of the Irish emigrants who fled the Famine and embarked on a treacherous voyage in the hope of a better life in North America.

Step on board and you will be transported back in time to join them on their gruelling journey. Learn about the cramped conditions they endured and the risks they faced.
Relive their voyage and discover what fate awaited them.

850m - 10 minute walk

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EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum

Get hands on with Irish culture and its past with our 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 far reaching influence of Irish history, and the impact the 10 million Irish men and women who left Ireland had on the world.

750m - 9 minute walk

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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 including Constance Markievicz and Robert Emmet.

4.2km - 18 minute drive

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Dublinia: Viking and Medieval Dublin

Travel back and see Dublin City in Viking times, see what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. See the weaponry and learn the skills of being a Viking warrior. Journey through Medieval Dublin and witness the sights, sounds and smells of this busy city.

1.3km - 17 minute walk

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GPO Museum

The Award winning GPO Museum is one of the main things to see and do in Dublin. It is an immersive, interactive and engaging experience of modern Irish history from the late 19th century to modern times with particular emphasis on the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and the peace process in Northern Ireland.

750m - 10 minute walk

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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

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 the Viking Age exhibition.

1km - 13 minute walk

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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. This holy site has been a place of spiritual encounter for countless generations.

1.7km - 10 minute drive

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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. At the National Botanic gardens, you will find many attractive features like the 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.

4.1km - 15 minute drive

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Dublin Zoo

Set in the heart of the Phoenix Park, close to Dublin City Centre, at Dublin Zoo you will discover up to 400 different animals! With recent re-development of African plains, you can see herds of Giraffes and antelopes roaming around, and the recently launched Sea Lion Cove is a favourite with the young ones!

4km - 15 minute drive

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The GAA Museum

A trip to Croke Park simply wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the treasured GAA Museum. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spine-tingling and completely unique story of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day. This museum is like no other sporting museum you’ll ever visit. It not only celebrates the history of Ireland’s national games, it also vividly brings to life how the GAA has contributed to our cultural, social and sporting heritage.

2.9km - 9 minute drive

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Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is an urban park in Dublin, Ireland, lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey. Its 11 km perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares; it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city.

3.3km - 15 minute drive

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At the northern boundary of Dublin Bay lies the small fishing village of Howth. Conveniently located on the DART line, Howth is the perfect day out. There is plenty to see and do in the village, including Howth Market, Howth Castle and Grounds and the famous Howth cliff walk. Seafood, of course, takes centre stage in the many pubs and restaurants of the area. Hop on the DART from the city-centre to Howth DART Station and experience all that the village has to offer.

14.9km - 35 minute train


Medieval meets modernity in the beautiful seaside village of Malahide in Dublin. Malahide is a picturesque countryside coastal town in North County Dublin, yet only half an hour from Dublin City. Visit the medieval castle, stroll to the marina and down to the beach, before discovering the town’s charming cafés and chic boutiques. The jewel in Malahide’s crown is its spectacular Malahide Castle; one of Ireland's oldest castles. Hop on the DART from the city-centre to Malahide DART Station to experience this charming town.

19.8km - 30 minute train

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