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A city rich in history and culture, Dublin makes the perfect city break or a must-see stop on part of a bigger trip to Ireland. From visiting Dublin castle to tasting the local brews, here's our list of our favourite things to do.


Old Library of Trinity College

Built by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732, this “must see” destination is in the heart of Dublin and will make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

The star of the show (with the crowds to match) is the Book of Kells, a world famous manuscript dating back to 9th century of the four Gospels of the new Testament.

Once finished, proceed upstairs to see the 65m Long Room. The main chamber of the library, the room houses around 200,000 of the library's oldest volumes.

Entry fees are around €11-14, with family tickets at €28 with (children under 12 have  free entry).  Your ticket includes entry to temporary exhibitions and displays, for more information about admission fees and planning your trip here.


The long room in Trinity College’s Old Library is one of the most visited sights in Dublin (source)


Guinness Storehouse

You can’t say you’ve been to Dublin unless you’ve paid a visit to the Guinness Storehouse.  Set in 26-hecters and spread across 7 floors, the brewery gives to opportunity to learn all about the brewing process of making Ireland’s iconic brew and even having a taste on their top-floor gravity bar.

Buying tickets online can give you savings of around 30%, with online prices starting from 17.50euro. For more information, visit their website.


The gates to St James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin (source)


St Stephen's Green

Once you’ve had a taste of the local brews, relax in one of Dublin’s most popular parks. Filled with a variety of plants, trees and with lush green grass, a variety of plants and flowers and a series of ponds, this makes the perfect chill out spot after a day of city exploring. 



National Gallery

First opening it's doors in 1854, the gallery offers a wide array of pieces from major European artists like Caravaggio, Monet, Picasso. However, it's actually the irish art that makes the National Gallery stand out. With pieces from Jack B Yeats, Gareth Reid and Paul Henry. The best part is; it's free. Including tours, workshops, lectures and concerts and 'art packs' to keep the kids busy. 

As mentioned, entry to the permanent collections is free, however you may have to pay for certain exhibitions. For information on what's on and new exhibition openings, visit the galleries website

The Temple Bar

With its iconic red exterior, Temple bar is one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin, the pub was first built in 1300s and remains to this day both a favourite watering hole of locals and tourists alike. 


Temple bar is one of the most famous pubs in all of Ireland (source)


Dublin Castle

Take a trip back in time to Dublin castle. Built just over 800 years ago in the 13th Century and set in an impressive 11 acres, the fortress first started on a Viking settlement.  First used for the English, then the British and now the Irish. The castle is still in use as a government building but also now a major tourist attraction to take in the history of the city.

Open 7 days a week (including bank holidays), 09:45-17:45. Tickets can be bought on site or online, with self-guided starting at €7 per adult or €17 for families. You can also learn a bit on the way with a guided tour with adult tickets at €10 and with family tickets €24. Read more and plan your trip here


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