Things to do in Dublin

Dublin’s interesting past culminating in a battle for independence is a defining part of the city. Numerous remnants from this era still stand within the city today, namely Dublin’s Georgian buildings. A great way to spend an afternoon in Dublin is to have a look around some of these spectacular buildings, the most notable being Dublin City Hall, which was erected in 1779 and used as a centre for government. Baggot Street, Merrion Square and Fitzwiliam Square are other key locations to see examples of Georgian Dublin.

For a taste of modern Dublin, check out The O₂ amphitheatre at North Wall Quay, which can hold a crowd of up to 15,000. Past acts who have appeared at the venue include Jay-Z, U2, Beyoncé, Ricky Gervais and Michael McIntyre among many other world-class performers. Buy tickets in advance from the official website and combine your Dublin holiday with an unforgettable show.

Sitting beside the official residences of the US Ambassador to Ireland and the Irish President is Phoenix Park. The urban park’s centrepiece is the Phoenix monument, which lies within 708 hectares of greenery making it one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. This spot, just 3 kilometres out from the city centre, is a perfect spot for a picnic during the pleasant summer months. It is thought to become a World Heritage-listed site soon, and has also been home to a number of wild fallow deer since the 17th century, which you may be lucky to spot!

Dublin is thoroughly modern city with clear intensions of massive growth in the coming years. The Science Museum, opened in 2008, is very popular with visitors and shows around 4 to 6 temporary exhibitions every year. The free museum thrashes out up-to-the-minute scientific theories and breakthroughs through interactive lectures while showing mindboggling exhibitions to make you think. Want more sightseeing suggestions? Here’s our Dublin must-sees.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is situated in the beautiful grounds of Phoenix Park and is Ireland’s largest zoo. The attraction’s mission is to educate visitors, extensively research wildlife and conserve the endangered species of the world. Currently enrolled in an international breeding program, why not head over to Dublin Zoo and catch a glimpse of some of the rarest animals in the world?

Dublin Castle

Don’t let the name fool you. Dublin Castle is less of a castle and more of an inner-city stately home where lords once stayed in the apartments during official duties under British rule. The castle is over 800 years old and has seen its fair share of action including the great Irish crown jewel heist. Take a tour around the historic building and peer into the flash life of the country’s past rulers.

Guinness Storehouse

Welcome to the home of the world-famous ‘black stuff’ – Guinness, of course. Back in 1759, Arthur Guinness took a 9,000-year lease out for the Dublin storehouse at St James Gate and created the iconic drink enjoyed by millions across the globe. Take a tour of the 7-storey building, see the world’s largest pint glass and finish the tour with a complimentary pint at the rooftop bar.

Kilmainham Gaol

One of the largest decommissioned prisons in Europe, explore the once overcrowded correctional facility that dates back to 1796. The jailhouse is now a commemorative museum dedicated to the struggle for independence in which many Irish Nationalists were executed out in the public courtyard. The story told within is both chilling and fascinating.

St Patrick’s Festival

St Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland on March 17 annually and is by far the most popular event on the Irish calendar, now a 5-day festival. So massive is this day, people from across the world celebrate along with the resident Irish population. Celebrations tend to be in public spaces and feature parades along with many festive activities throughout the day.