Places to Visit–Dublin, Ireland (Tourist Edition)

Ah, Dublin. Such a beautiful and historical city. Read more to find some fun things to do while in Dublin!

1. Guinness Storehouse

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The Guinness Storehouse has seven floors around a glass atrium that is in the shape of a pint of Guinness. The storehouse showcases the history of Guinness, the process of making the iconic beer, history of advertisements, exhibition on responsible drinking, and a Gravity Bar with a view of Dublin.

Click here to buy tickets ahead of time.

Hours

  • Open everyday
    • 9:30 AM-7:00 PM
    • Last admission- 5:00 PM
  • July-August
    • 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
    • Last admission- 6:00 PM

Prices

  • Adults: $17.50
  • Students: $17.50 (with ID)
  • Senior Citizen: $17.50
  • Children (13-17): $16.00

2. Trinity College

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Trinity College has created some of the best writers and poets in literature, like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, and more. Inside the college, has one of the largest libraries in Ireland, the Long Room or Library of Trinity College Dublin. It is here that where the Book of Kells resides. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript book of Gospel written in Latin. The Book of Kells contains four Gospels of the New Testaments created circa 800 AD.

Cost:

  • Adults (19+): 14 Euros per person
  • Concessions (60+, university students with ID, adults with groups of 10+): 13 Euros per person.
  • Family Combo (2 Adults and up to 2 children, 17 and under): 28 Euros
  • School Students (18 years and under acc. by teachers): 11 Euros per person (April-September)
  • School Students (18 years and under acc. by teachers): 7 Euros per person (January-March & October- December)

3. St. Stephens Green

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St. Stephen’s Green Park is a hidden gem in the bustling city of Dublin. It has four centuries worth of eventful and complex history. This park also houses many important sculptural monuments that are important to Irish history. The park also has a playground and a garden for the visually impaired.

Hours:

  • Open all year round
    • Monday – Saturday: 7:30 AM – dusk
    • Sunday & bank holidays: 9:30 AM – dusk
    • Christmas Day: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost:

  • Free

4. Temple Bar

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There’s obviously the Temple Bar above, which has been in business for 160 years. But Temple Bar is more of an area in Dublin that has a lively nightlife and very popular amongst tourists. Many of these bars include The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St., John Gogarty’s, and The Auld Dubliner.

Personally, I hate being surrounded amongst loud tourists who embarrass themselves in public. So I recommend going to a pub not around Temple Bar, there are SO many pubs in Dublin that are not going to be filled with lousy drinkers and will have enough seating areas.

5. Phoenix Park

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Have you heard of Nara Park with the bowing deer? Well, this is the largest enclosed recreational spaces within a European capital city. It is filled with large areas of landscape, trees, and home of the wild fallow deer.

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Main gates at Parkgate Street and Castleknock Gate is open 24/7.
  • Side gates to the park is open from 7:00 AM – 10:45 PM.

6. Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle was originally built in the 13th century where it was first settled by Vikings. The castle served as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law, and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. It was rebuilt from the 17th to 20th century. It is presently used for important State receptions and Presidential Inauguration, as well as a major tourist destination. Click here for more detailed information on busses, guides, educational resources, and more. 

Hours:

  • Open 7 days a week from 9:45 AM – 5:45 PM

Cost:

  • Adults: 7 Euros
  • Seniors (60+): 6 Euros
  • Student (with ID): 6 Euros
  • Child (12-17): 3 Euros
  • Family (2 adults, max 5 children): 17 Euros
  • Buy tickets online here

7. National Botanical Gardens

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The National Botanic Gardens are famous for holding more than 15,000 plant species from a variety of habitats from around the world. The gardens are stored in their glasshouse as well as their outdoor gardens.

Cost:

  • Free
  • Car parking: small fee.

Hours:

8. National Museum of Ireland–Archaeology

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The National Museum of Ireland–Archaeology houses antiquities and relics from prehistoric Ireland left behind from the Vikings and the medieval period. There are also displays from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus, and the Roman world inside.

Cost:

  • Admission to all four sites (Decorative Arts & History, Country Life, and Natural History) of the National Museum of Ireland is free

Hours:

  • Tuesdays – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sundays: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

9. National Gallery of Ireland

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National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish and European Art. This gallery houses a large collection of Irish paintings, but also Italian Baroque and Dutch masters.

Hours: 

  • Monday – Saturday: 9:15 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 9:15 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Cost:

  • General collection is free.

10. Ha’Penny Bridge

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A pedestrian bridge built over the River Liffey in Dublin.

Address:

  • Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin, Ireland

I recommend traveling outside of Dublin to see the beautiful nature and rich history of Ireland. Ireland is quite a small country, so it is very easy to travel to the other side of the country by bus. To get from Dublin to Galway is only 3 hours. So try staying in Dublin for maybe 2 days and travel around the country to see more beautiful sites that Ireland has to offer. Try doing the Wild Wicklow Tour and Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours to see beautiful nature for an affordable price.

 

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