7 Things to do in Dublin:
I have been to Dublin numerous times but have never posted a blog about it. I decided to write this one to give you a guide to things to do in Dublin. I have been to each of these places and there are many more things that I haven’t do yet! I hope this guide helps!
Kilmainham Gaol is perhaps my most favourite museum, full of history about the Irish-Anglo civil war in 1910s. Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin and closed its doors in 1924. The building represents the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions were detained and in some cases executed here. The tour guides here are INCREDIBLE full of information and I haven’t had a better guided tour anywhere else since. At €4.00 it is very cheap too! There are chances to take pictures throughout and the tour lasts about 45 minutes. Easy to access via the Luas and rail station it is something I highly recommend.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Dublin I went here with loads of friends and spent a long time in the gravity bar at the top. The storehouse showcases how the stout is produced and was produced through time. You get shown how to taste Guinness correctly and your ticket includes a free Guinness at Gravity Bar which gives you a 360-degree view of Dublin. The Gravity bar does get quite busy though so the view can be limited. Also for some reason when booking online the adult ticket price is €14.00 and student is €18.00 which is a bit odd. It is something different to do instead of looking at buildings and walking around stereotypical art and history museums.
Temple Bar is the main touristy area in Dublin full of pubs, bars and restaurants. If you like drinking and partying this is a great place to go. Walk just out of Temple Bar and you will find yourself by the River Liffey and O’Connell Bridge. There is a great view down the river from here. O’Connell Street leads on to many more shops and restaurants.
I have characterised this as St Stephen’s green and Grafton Street. Grafton Street is where most shops are found, and many street artists perform here. At the top end this leads to St Stephen’s Green a park where you can relax in the sun after a long time shopping and sightseeing.
Known through out the world as a prestigious university, Trinity sits in the centre of Dublin. You can walk around the grounds for free and get a feel of Ireland’s oldest university. The historic book of Kells is located here and can be seen for a fee.
Just off Dame Street Dublin Castle has a long history and most of it now dates back to the 18th century. The castle is a great place to relax on a nice day as it is located very centrally, the grounds are well kept and it becomes full of people in the day. The castle is now used for state dinners and the inauguration of the new president.
While not exactly in Dublin, Bray is a great place to take a day trip too. Approximately 1hr €5.00 on the DART, Bray is a seaside town in Wicklow just outside of Dublin. The beach is rocky and often filled with people eating ice cream. A walk up Bray Head is a must as when you get to the top there are great coastal, mountain and cities views.
I hope this post helps, Dublin is a great city with many things to do so I couldn’t fit them all in. Other things to do include the Leprechaun Museum and the National Museums. How do you get to Dublin? Check another blog post I have written about travel to Ireland here.
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