Are you wondering what to do in Dublin?
If you are planning your trip to the Emerald Isle’s main city, you are in for a treat! I visited Dublin during our British Isles Cruise. We went around the city to see various Dublin attractions.
Being the largest city in Ireland, Dublin’s city life is buzzing with different activities and tourists. There are plenty of things to do in the city whether for a solo trip, fun group getaway, a romantic trip with your partner or an energetic holiday with the kids.
Dublin Attractions: Top 10 Things To Do In Dublin For A Weekend Break Contents
- History of Dublin
- Here are our suggested things to do in Dublin:
- Suggested tours in Dublin, Ireland
History of Dublin
The colourful history of the City of Dublin can be traced back to over 1000 years ago. It has been the major city of Ireland and its educational, cultural, and industrial centre. In the early 16th century, Dublin had gone through a turbulent period, especially because of separation of Henry VII with the church.
Dublin had faced huge street fighting from 1916 to 1922. Most of the finest buildings were destroyed at that time. Today, Dublin has the marks of the Civil War, 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish War of Independence, and 1916 rising.
Here are our suggested things to do in Dublin:
1. Visit the Trinity College
Established in the year 1592, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. The Alma Mater of some distinguished students like poet Oscar Wilde, famous author Bram Stocker, and Gulliver’s Travels author, Jonathan Swift. You should not miss the ancient Book of Kells Exhibition here which is known as the oldest book in the world completed in 800AD.
2. Experience the Guinness Brewery Tour
Founded by Arthur Guinness, The Guinness Brewery is one of the best Dublin attractions that you must not miss when you visit Ireland. As you go through each floor, you will learn what makes it an ideal pint of Guinness. Perched in the heart of Gate Brewery of St. James, the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular attraction in Ireland.
3. Enjoy the Irish Pub Culture
Irish Pub Culture has been the most popular and a must-experience when you visit Dublin. There are many pubs where you can party like the locals. These pubs are some of the important parts of tradition in Ireland. Join this pub tour and experience a great evening in pub hopping around the famous pub district in Dublin.
The area around the Temple Bar is a maze of steep streets with live music and pubs. It is located at the south of River Liffey and one of the oldest regions of Dublin. It houses some of the leading bars of Ireland. If you want to experience the nightlife of Dublin, you must get there.
On the other side, John Kehoe Bar is one of the well-kept secrets on the Irish pub scene. Founded in 1803, it is a traditional and an institution in the pub scene in Dublin.
Since 1796, Kilmainham Gaol has a long infamous history of the dark and gruesome penitentiary. It was known for the executions of many members of the Irish republican movement happened in 1916.
A skilled guide will give you the trip to the past of its cellars. It details extreme and worst treatments towards the prisoners at that time. It has a lot of amazing facts about the restoration and politics behind the prison. You will have much detailed and in-depth know-how of this turbulent period of Irish history.
5. Relax in the Phoenix Park
The largest walled urban park in Europe, Phoenix Park is a national treasure for Irish residents and visitors. The park is stretched over 7 sq. km. and is located in proximity to the city centre. Opened around 350 years ago, Phoenix Park houses Dublin Zoo and is well-known for wild herds of deer roaming around the forests.
6. Dublin Castle
Located at a Viking settlement site and built at the beginning of 13th century, Dublin Castle has so much history to share. Several parts of the medieval castle and the ruins of original defences used by the Vikings have been revealed by excavations. The stone covered the historical curtain wall, embankment, and the steps which led down to the moat which has been preserved to explore.
7. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick Cathedral was founded in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. St. Patrick baptized Christian himself in this church around 1500 years ago. It is not the only cathedral in the nation. It shares the title of ‘two-cathedral’ city with Christ Church Cathedral in the close proximity.
You can find both locals and tourists having fun at the grounds and soaking up its rich past. Therefore, visiting here is definitely one of the best things to do in Dublin Ireland. It is really an excellent architectural landmark and you can notice its beauty both inside and out.
8. Have fun in Dublin Zoo
Located in the Phoenix Park, the Dublin Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Dublin. With lots of animals to spot and well-planned map, this excursion is must do in Dublin for groups and visitors of all ages.
9. Visits Museums in Dublin
If you have ever been to Emerald Isle, you may know that it rains up to 160 days in a year. Luckily, there are plenty of galleries and museums if the weather is gloomy outside.
Located on the well-known Grafton Street, Irish whiskey Museum is a very popular museum aptly named and highlights the rich history while teaching the recent brands and next days of Irish whiskey. Whether you love whiskey or the culture of Dublin, it is an ultra-modern museum and stands among the crowd. There are plenty of brewery spots and distillery tours and you can definitely witness the true magic in its well-crafted detailing and history and its long-standing love affair with spirit.
EPIC Irish Immigration Museum
The EPIC Irish Emigration Museum exhibits the movement of millions of residents who left their homes looking for the family, opportunity, and a better lifestyle. It is a completely immersive and innovative museum experience, which educates and captivates the way only few can.
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
Ranked as one of the best things to do in Dublin City Centre, Jeanie Johnson Tall Ship and Famine Museum is really very fascinating and intriguing landmark to attract tourists. It exudes the turbulent history of Ireland during the 1840s.
Freemason Grand Lodge
Built from 1866 to 1869, Freemason Grand Lodge is another popular attraction, which has been the hub for Irish Freemasonry for around 150 years.
10. The Spire
The Spire is an ancient monument stands in the heart of O’Connell Street towering over 120m above the ground level. Hence, it is easily spotted from afar. It is an absolutely stainless steel monument which is around 15cm at its apex and 3m in diameter on the base.