Dublin is a city bursting at the seams with things to do and see, there really is something to keep every visitor happy. From unique visitor attractions, art galleries and museums to legendary theatre and traditional and contemporary live music played in cosy pub venues Dublin’s unique location is within easy reach of the coast and mountains where you will enjoy stunning scenery. Need a reason? Here’s 10.
1. Top attractions
There are almost too many to mention!! Immerse yourself in The Guinness Storehouse and sample the black stuff, visit Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the historic Kilmainham Gaol. Venture outside the city centre and explore scenically beautiful Dublin Bay.
2. Unique museums
There are a number of niche museums in Dublin to enjoy. Step inside the fascinating Irish Jewish Museum to explore life in Dublin past or explore the city’s more recent history at The Little Museum of Dublin. The Irish Whiskey Museum will tell the story of the current renaissance of the Irish Whiskey industry. The GAA Museum in the iconic Croke Park stadium offers an interactive visitor experience learning about Ireland’s National Games.
Dublin loves art and the city boasts a wealth of galleries to prove it. Whether you’re into contemporary or more traditional styles, there’s a space dedicated to every art-lover. Feast your eyes on more obscure, and lesser known pieces at the Hugh Lane Gallery or take in the cream of modern art at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Celebrate the classics at the National Art Gallery or explore the history of fine art printmaking at the Graphic Studio Gallery.
4. Irish Design
Dublin is a leader when it comes to innovation and creativity. Celebrate the best of Dublin design by discovering some of the coolest craft shops in the city and fill your carry-on with souveniers you’ll keep forever. We like to think of ourselves as a trendy bunch so why not indulge in a little high fashion and explore some of Ireland’s top fashion designers, or alternatively hit the streets for some good old-fashioned retail therapy!
5. On the water
Dublin is a city that enjoys close proximity to a stunning coastline. A short trip on the DART will open up a world of places worth exploring. Southbound will take you to the Dun Laoghaire and Bray with a mountain backdrop and northbound to explore Howth with its many gastronomic cafes and restaurants on the pier, it is a sea food paradise. Don’t fancy leaving the city centre? Take in a visit to Grand Canal Dock and try your hand at wakeboarding with Wakedock.
Dublin’s theatre scene is legendary, so get involved during your trip. Check out the Olympia, the Abbey or the Gate Theatre and watch Ireland’s best actors tread the boards. Dublin’s oldest theatre, Smock Alley in Temple Bar, shows an eclectic mix of theatrical performances.
7. Live music
Dublin is a melting pot of music and one of the best places to experience both traditional and contemporary sounds. Immerse yourself in a session at the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, or take in a gig at Whelan’s where you’ll find everything from singer-songwriters to punk.
It might come as no surprise that Dublin has more than 1,000 pubs. Famous haunts of the literary set, artists, rock stars and of course, great Dublin characters! Take your pick from Victorian watering holes that have not moved with the times such as The Stags Head, Toners or O’Donoghues on Baggot Street.
Dublin definitely punches above its weight when it comes to the written word. Boasting four Nobel laureates in the form of Shaw, Yeats, Beckett and Heaney and many influential authors poets and playwrights like Joyce, Wilde, Swift & Kavanagh you would be crazy not to indulge in a literary tour while in the city.
There are many varied shopping experiences to be enjoyed in Dublin. From Grafton Street and Henry Street famous for Department and High Street Stores to The Georges Street Arcarde, a Victorian Market and much loved landmark, there is so much to choose from. Take the LUAS and pay a visit to Dundrum Town Centre, truly a shoppers paradise!