Dublin is a destination worth a visit, we explain the reasons and share with you the best addresses of this city with a big heart.
Dublin is the ideal city if you want to spend a dynamic stay, rich in visits, but also if you want to celebrate! The city is on a human scale and benefits from many museums, castles, and atypical places filled with charm. Famous for its festive districts, you will find a real Irish atmosphere based on strong character beer. Capital full of history, the Irish are also known for their warm welcome(especially if you tell them about Guinness).
The must-see visits to Dublin
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It’s possible to visit a lot of attractions in Dublin in less than 3 days. If that’s why you came here, you’re just in time! Ireland thinks of you and offers you the Dublin Pass, a card that gives you discounts on the 30 most popular attractions in the capital (as well as a convenient transfer from the airport to the city centre).
But that’s not all. The Dublin Pass will also allow you to visit places such as the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Museum of Irish Archaeology, the Chester Beatty Library, the Museum of Irish Modern Art, the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History in Ireland and the National Museum of Natural History in Ireland free of charge.
Well, let’s start our tour of the attractions to be done.
Irish Whiskey Museum
Whisky lovers, we’re talking to you. The Irish Whiskey Museum teaches you the art of Irish whisky, centuries old. Dive into the heart of the history of this famous alcohol was born in Ireland (and not Scotland). The exhibition ends with an invitation to the museum bar. We will propose you to taste 3 different whiskies but also to learn how to enjoy them and to distinguish the aromas. On your return from Dublin, you can boast about your new knowledge of whisky culture.
To be consumed in moderation, of course.
The Wax Museum
Ok wax museums are quite common, but the Wax Museum in Dublin has nothing to envy the Grévin Museum. It is a very interesting and fun tourist attraction to do, it has been designed to offer you an exceptional interactive experience. Many characters from show business, the world of sport and many others have been made life-size, with incredible precision. A “horror” part will make you feel shivering with the greatest characters of this genre. Hours of work to contemplate, and a lot of photos to take in front of your idols. A special section of the museum will take you on a journey through Irish cultural heritage. If you have children, the museum has thought of a discovery area specially designed for them, the lucky ones (ideal for resting). You can leave the museum with an original souvenir: a moulding of your hand!
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Kilmainham Gaol was built in 1796 and is associated with the struggle for Irish independence. Today, the tour of the gaol is one of the most popular and impressive in the city. 📸: @keeboyt . . . #LoveDublin #VisitDublin #Dublino #SurprisingByNature #Kilmainham #KilmainhamGaol #Jail #EasterRising #Easter2019
A place steeped in history. When it opened in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol Prison was Ireland’s most popular and modern prison. But behind this facade, the conditions of detention were very harsh.
Be careful, this is the thrill moment.
It should be noted that the prisoners were locked in cells without heating or windows. Their only way not to be in the dark was to light up with the light of a candle, distributed in each cell every 15 days. Their diet consisted only of a little soup, bread and milk (not very nutritious). Crimes, encouraged hangings and other bloody acts were committed in this prison.
After experiencing very dark periods, overcrowding and shootings, the facility closed in 1924. The last man to be confined there was Eamon De Valera, President of Ireland 35 years later. Kilmainham Gaol was then abandoned for a few years…
The prison became a museum of the history of Irish nationalism in the 1990s. A victim of its success, it has been and still is used as a backdrop for many film shoots. It’s open to guided tours, its entrance costs the price of 8€. A guide will tell you in detail, during 1 hour, all its history by revealing its deep secrets. The journey begins with entering the prison chapel, then continues in the corridors of the gloomy cells before ending in the courtyard where the executions took place. At the end of the visit, you can visit the prison museum where the objects of former prisoners are displayed.
Admission costs 9€ for adults and 5€ for students.
Everyone’s favorite attraction, the number one in Ireland. Visit the Guinness Storehouse, in the brand’s premises, to attend an exhibition on the famous beer. Located in the heart of Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse was one of the first warehouses before becoming the essential museum telling the history of the brand (in addition it is shaped like a pint…). On 7 floors, you will follow a discovery trail, starting at the bottom with the highest pint in the world and continuing on to the different floors. Many interactive experiences await you throughout to teach you the history of the brewing of Guinness but also that of Ireland.
The presentations are reconstructed in real size and use non-standard elements. Everything has been designed to provide you with an intense and educational experience. You will also discover the office of the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness. Nothing has changed, not even the official documents signed by him when the largest Irish brewery was created.
The tour will of course end (you were looking forward to it) with a tasting of a wonderful pint on the roof at the Gravity Bar. With your entrance ticket, the beer is free! So sit back and relax on the bar terrace and enjoy the panoramic view of Dublin, while enjoying your Guinness.
On the ground floor is the largest Guinness Store. The opportunity to leave with a souvenir of your visit!
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Dublinia is not a museum like any other, it is a place of entertainment! The museum is dedicated to the Viking and medieval history of Ireland. Two distinct parts will take you to two different atmospheres: one dedicated to Irish medieval history, the other animated by the invasion of the Vikings. We advise you to visit the entire museum to enjoy a complete exhibition telling the life of the time, including the most important historical events.
This museum takes you on a journey back in time with high quality and interactive presentations. Once again, the Irish know how to share their country’s history through educational and sensational tours.
Admission costs €8.5 but is totally free with the Dublin Pass.
The Christ Church Cathedral
How can we not go through Christ Church Cathedral when it is directly connected by an arch to the Dublinia Museum! Built by the Vikings, it is located in the heart of the city centre and is a must for fans of ancient monuments.
It is possible to visit this sumptuous cathedral. Come and admire its architecture, its stained glass windows and its nave. General Strongbow‘s grave is on display at the end of the nave, a famous Anglo-Norman known for his military explosions in the service of the English. Sorry to disappoint you, but this tomb is only a reconstruction, the original having been destroyed centuries earlier.
The cathedral choir is world-renowned, it regularly performs in concert, on the radio or on tour (the high class).
If you want to take pictures, please honour the Irish tradition; pictures in exchange for a small donation.
Admission will cost you the damned sum of €6.5 (free with the Dublin Pass).
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When it was built in 1204, Dublin Castle was designed to represent British supremacy over Ireland during the reign of the Anglo-Normans. Its architecture was inspired by the Romanesque style, thanks to its very medieval construction rules, which include a structure composed of moats, ramparts, walls, etc.
The fortress will have hosted many celebrities, including members of the Irish government. The latter stopped using the castle in 1922, when Ireland became an independent state.
Renovated to become a tourist attraction, the castle is also used as a conference centre. The crypt of the royal chapel has become an artistic centre where concerts are occasionally held. All buildings are open to the public, except for official ceremonies. You can then visit St. Patrick’s Hall, a large ballroom, the Throne Room, the room where the throne was installed but also the room where the vices-kings received their hosts, the Record Tower, the oldest of the castle’s towers, and many other rooms brimming with history.
The last person to occupy one of the rooms was Margaret Thatcher.
The visit costs 4.5 €. You can leave us your luggage.
Dublin is fortunate to be a young, trendy and lively city (50% of the population is under 30 years old!). When night falls, Dublin puts on its best outfit and goes to party in its neighbourhoods where we don’t sleep. Countless clubs and bars are open every night, including the typical pubs that make up the charm of the Irish festive atmosphere.
The pub is a real tradition for them, from the traditional to the most modern. The vast majority of bars close around 11:30 pm, the clubs around 3 am, because the Irish start celebrating very early. Except for those along Leeson Street, which closed much later. It should be noted that young local partygoers like to mix with tourists! You can then share your evening with them and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
In order to better guide you in your search for places to go out, here are the best places to go out in the evening in Dublin.
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One of the most popular pub of the Temple Bar area, which is center of Dublin's nightlife. You should definitely visit this area at night during your stay in Dublin in order to enjoy great atmosphere, live music and taste best Irish whiskey & beer. One of the disadvantages of this place – usually it is pretty crowded.
The heart of Dublin’s nightlife beats at Temple Bar. This district is dotted with bars and clubs, it is the capital’s art and entertainment centre, and young (and old) people come there in the evening and enjoy live music, rock concerts, but above all Irish folklore. You will love the exhibitions and shows of street artists that give a real charm to the place. The Il district has given birth to many international rock bands such as U2, Hothouse Flowers and Boyzone.
Dame Street and George Street
These streets are much quieter than the Temple Bar area, but that doesn’t take anything away from their charm. If you are looking for small atypical restaurants and gourmet pubs, you are on the right street. Best prices and gastronomic quality are guaranteed! Outside the restaurants, you will also find trendy bars and pubs to continue your evening.
Long Harcourt Street
The trendiest place in the city to find the most famous clubs is on Long Harcourt Street! Very popular with the Irish, its clubs play commercial music if you want to sing all night on your favourite songs. The environment is more elegant than Temple Bar. Let’s say that if you want to put on your best outfit for an evening, that’s where you have to go.
The Feast of St. Patrick’s Day
Going to Ireland during the feast of St. Patrick’s Day is an event to be noted in its “to do list”. In winter, the whole city goes green and beer flows freely through the streets. The festivities last 4 days, and you attend concerts, folk dances, the big parade and a whole bunch of illuminations that make the city magical. Dress up in a great look and join the Irish!
What to remember
Dublin is a dream destination thanks to its many attractions, museums and other atypical places that develop the city’s cultural heritage. All the charm of the capital is also based on the welcome of the Irish people and their ability to know how to celebrate well! If you are planning to go there soon or if thanks to this article you are tempted to go, do not hesitate to drop off your luggage to make the most of your stay!