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15 must-see things to do in Dublin
It is not for nothing that Dublin is one of the most famous and most visited cities in the world. In fact, there are several good reasons for this: The variety of activities that Dublin has to offer is something for every traveler. There is the rich history and culture of the Irish capital, its literature and music. And then the fun that comes with a visit to Dublin with Irish food, wonderful pubs, friendly locals and of course a pint or two of Guinness.
With so many attractions and things to do, how do you choose what to do in Dublin? The Guinness Storehouse is obviously a great place to start - it's Ireland's most popular attraction, after all. Inside, you can discover the history of Guinness, enjoy fine dining and of course, all-important product tastings while taking in 360-degree views of Dublin from our Gravity Bar.
And there is so much more to do and see (often with a Guinness connection because beer and family have been closely linked to the city for over 250 years). To help you plan your visit to Dublin, we've used our inside knowledge to compile a list of 15 other top spots in the city that we think you absolutely must visit.
1. Get a crash course in Dublin's history
The Little Museum of Dublin is relatively new to the list of things to do in Dublin, but it has quickly risen to the top of the must-do with its ingenious approach to educating visitors about Dublin's history! What it lacks in size it makes up for in effect, as every room of this Georgian townhouse is steeped in history. You can also take a fun, informative, guided tour of the two main exhibition rooms, each with a collection of visual cues expertly woven into a Dublin history from 1900 to 2000. The tours are shorter than half an hour and only cost € 10, including admission, so that you not only leave the museum informed and inspired, but also have enough time and money to see more of Dublin!
The Little Museum of Dublin is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
2. Watch an ATM game in Croke Park
There are few iconic Irish sites more than the sacred lawn of historic Croke Park - and there is nothing more Irish than watching 30 people indulge in the hectic, fantastic, and often painful sports of Gaelic football and hurling, all of which are themselves the latter is the fastest field sport in the world. Ask a friendly local (all locals are friendly by the way) to explain the basics to you. Then have a glass of Guinness and enjoy one of the most exciting sporting events you have ever seen, in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. Sports fans must have seen this in Dublin.
Croke Park is just 20 minutes from the Guinness Storehouse by taxi.
3. People watch over a pint in Kehoe’s
When you visit Ireland you will soon find that Irish pubs are an integral part of local life. That is why there are so many wonderful pubs in the city. Everyone has their own charm and they all offer a good drop of Guinness. Kehoe’s has changed little over the years and has become a real Dublin institution and one of the best places to people watch. There are few ways to spend a sunny day than standing outside the pub with a glass of beer and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the city. And when you can't resist the occasionally humid Dublin weather, have your glass in one of the pub's many nooks and crannies and people watch from there.
Kehoe’s is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
4. Browse old books in the Marsh’s Library
The 16th century clergyman Narcissus Marsh was once the Archbishop of Dublin, ruler of Trinity College and founder of the Dublin Philosophical Society. He also somehow had time to build this great library near St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is still used as a research library and the collection of over 25,000 books has been expanded to include the Benjamin Iveagh Library, a gift from the Guinness family and located in Farmleigh House. Without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Ireland - an abundance of hidden gems.
Marsh’s Library is just 15 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
5. Have a cheese toastie at Grogan’s
Guinness isn't the only thing to eat in Irish pubs: the food in Irish pubs isn't bad either. Many Dublin pubs serve hearty dishes (this helps with the unpredictable Dublin weather), but none is better, more traditional or flavorful than the legendary toasted cheese sandwiches at Grogan’s. Simple and delicious combinations of Irish cheddar and local ham are served throughout the day. So when you are there ask for the "special" and you will be amazed! Of course, you also want to have the perfect drink with you - what could that be?
Grogan’s is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
6. Listen to the choir in St. Patrick’s Cathedral
This Church of Ireland cathedral has been part of the Dublin skyline for over 800 years. As the name suggests, it was built in honor of Ireland's serpent-hunting patron saint. However, the largest cathedral in the country is more than just a place of worship. There are fascinating tombs (including the tomb of Jonathan Swift, once provost of the cathedral), beautiful art and architecture, and guided tours throughout the day. Perhaps the most magical draw, however, is the choir, which performs every day outside of the school holidays and warms the heart of every visitor.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is just 15 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
7. Take a look inside the “secret” Iveagh Gardens in Dublin
Some secrets are too good to be hidden. That's why we're introducing you to Iveagh Gardens, often known as Dublin's Secret Park. Created by the first Earl of Clonmell and once an elegant odic public space under the name Coburg Gardens, it fell into disrepair before being rescued and revived by Sir Benjamin Guinness in 1862. The family then looked after the park before donating it to the Irish state in 1939. You can now enjoy a rustic grotto and cascade, fountains, wilderness forests, maze, rosarium and archery range. When the weather is good, there are few better things to do in Dublin.
Iveagh Gardens is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
8. Try something new at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Believe it or not, there are more Irish beers out there than the Guinness Draft. Yes, it's still hugely popular and an integral part of Dublin life, but this pilot brewery at St. James's Gate is proving to be just as fundamental now that we've opened its doors to the public in recent years. So if you are looking for an Irish wheat beer, a seasonal beer or an India Pale Ale, or if you want to experience some of the unique Guinness innovations that change monthly then we recommend you go to the taproom and try some of them! And if you can't decide, you can get a tasting board and try four types of beer for just € 8. And don't worry - the black drink will also be served.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery is just 5 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
9. Broaden your horizons at Trinity College
You don't need to enroll in a degree to broaden your horizons at Trinity College. One of the best universities in the world - and alma mater for Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and Samuel Beckett - and its beautiful buildings proudly sit in the heart of the city and are open to all. The university's most famous attraction is the amazing 9th century Book of Kells manuscript. But any Dubliner will tell you that the real treat here is the Old Library, which houses the book itself. This impressive room made of oak from the 18th century is an impressive experience.
Trinity College is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
10. Eat fish and chips at Leo Burdock’s
At Leo Burdock's you not only get salt and vinegar with fish and chips, but you get a touch of history because this chipper chain has been part of Dublin life since Leo's parents first opened their shop in 1913 (Leo was then 13 years old). No weekend in Ireland is complete without fish and chips at one of these seven restaurants that serve the best in the country - ask famous customers Tom Cruise, Charlize Theron and Conor McGregor! However, we opt for the chipper on Werburgh Street, right by Dublin Castle. And while we're talking about it ...
Leo Burdock’s is just 15 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
11. Immerse yourself in history at Dublin Castle
There are few buildings that better reflect Ireland's changing and often turbulent political history than Dublin Castle. The castle has stood here for almost 900 years. Most of the current building dates from the 18th century. It was the seat of the English and British Governments in Ireland until the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 (the building itself saw several major events in the struggle for independence). Irish Presidents have since been established here and thousands of visitors have been welcomed to one of Ireland's top tourist attractions.
Dublin Castle is just 15 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
12. Follow the literary greats to Neary's
Ireland, and Dublin in particular, are synonymous with great literature, and many of their great writers represent Dublin pubs. They drank, talked, and absorbed characters and conversations that ended up in the books. Any pub will tell you that James Joyce, Brendan Behan, or Flann O'Brien drank there - which they probably did - but none have a stronger literary connection than Neary's. Long popular with writers and actors, this quaint Grafton Street retreat is a UNESCO City of Literature bar that makes it a must-see for fans of the written word.
Neary's is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
13. After your pints, take a stroll in St Stephen’s Green
If you're in the center of Dublin and feel like enjoying your pints of Guinness, cheese toasties, or oysters, there are few places to stretch your legs than St Stephen's Green (another public area used by the Guinness Family after Sir Arthur Edward Guinness bought, laid out and opened the park). The 3.5 km long paths lead you past an ornamental lake with many birds and several green spots to protect yourself from the occasional rain showers in the city. In summer, midday concerts are the perfect accompaniment to an outdoor picnic.
St Stephen’s Green is just 25 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
14. Eat oysters at the Temple Bar Food Market
One of the great advantages of a city by the sea is that you get to eat the very best seafood, and Dublin is no exception. Irish oysters are famous for being among the most delicious in the world and one of the best places to eat them is the Temple Bar food market. You can wolf down the slippery customers at this foodie paradise every Saturday morning, but don't worry if you're not around then - the 1837 Bar & Brasserie at the Guinness Storehouse specialises in them (it's even named after the year that pairing Guinness with oysters first became famous).
Temple Bar Food Market is just 20 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
15. Take a trip back in time at the Long Hall
When a pub has been serving beer since 1766, you can be confident that they know what they're doing. This visually stunning and historically significant pub is one of Dublin's best and most famous pubs, serving an excellent pint of Guinness, and is like a real museum business. The interior dates from 1881 and has hardly changed since then, with ornate handcrafted wood carvings, stained glass, and gold leaves. The bar staff are chatty and attentive, and you might even run into a celebrity or two: on the street they say it's Bruce Springsteen's favorite place in Dublin.
Long Hall is just 20 minutes walk from the Guinness Storehouse.
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