Things To See in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Things To See

While Dublin doesn’t have one attraction that instantly jumps to mind like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome, you'll still find plenty to see and do on both sides of the River Liffey during your stay. From taking your picture with the Molly Malone statue at the bottom of Grafton Street to a stroll through St. Stephen's Green, or from a taste of the 'black stuff' at the Guinness Storehouse to a day out at Dublin Zoo, the Irish capital is filled with attractions.

If shopping is more your thing, don't worry as Dublin has plenty of places where you can part with your hard-earned cash. Check out Henry Street on the northside and Grafton Street on the southside, and between the two you'll come across a huge array of big-name brands, shopping centres and department stores.

One thing to keep in mind when planning your Dublin itinerary is that many of the city's main museums are completely free to visit. These include the National Gallery and the Museum of Natural History, both of which are located on Merrion Square, along with the National Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham and the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks.

Like with most capitals, you need to venture out of the immediate city centre to discover what else it has to offer. Just west of the centre you'll find the Phoenix Park, one of the largest city centre parks in the world, and home to Dublin Zoo, as well as plenty of other attractions. Dublin also boasts some great neighbourhoods for you to check out. North of the city centre on the DART line are Malahide and Howth, two of the most picturesque suburbs in the city, while south of the Liffey you will discover Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey.

Attractions in Dublin

  • Trinity College Dublin

    College Green, Dublin, Ireland

    Trinity College is one of Dublin's oldest colleges is situated in the heart of Dublin's city centre and was founded back in 1592. You can stroll around the grounds or visit its premier attraction, the Book of Kells, one of the oldest and most magnificently illustrated manuscripts in the world. Totalling 680 pages, it was rebound in the 1950s into four volumes. At any one time two of these volumes are always on show, one open at a completely illuminated page, the other at a text page.

    Book of Kells open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 12 noon-4.30pm (Oct-Apr)/9.30am-4.30pm (May-Sept); admission €9.

  • National Museum of Archaeology and History

    Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland

    Situated beside Dáil Éireann, where Ireland's government assmebles to discuss the country's issues, is Ireland's National Museum. The museum was established by the Science and Art Museums Act in 1877 and houses numerous archaeological and historical collections. The Treasury and Viking exhibitions display such masterpieces as the Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch, St Patrick's Bell and the Cross of Cong. The brooch in particular is perhaps the greatest piece of Irish metalwork and is well worth seeing.

    Open Tues-Sat 10-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm; admission free.

  • Bank of Ireland

    College Green, Dublin, Ireland

    Bank of Ireland’s biggest branch, facing Trinity College, was founded in 1729 as the Parliament of Independent Ireland. With the passing of the Act of Union in 1801, this massive building was sold to the Bank of Ireland and still adheres to tradition by having a guard in a top hat and tailcoat, and a coal fire in the lobby. You can visit the former House of Lords and tours also occur in the Arts Centre. Look out for free concerts in the bank's Arts Centre.

  • Christchurch Cathedral

    Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Dublin, Ireland

    Dating back to the 11th century, Christchurch Cathedral is the city's most famous cathedral. Highlights include Strongbow's Tomb and the Crypt, one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland.

    Open Mon-Sat from 9.30am-5pm, Sun from 12.30pm-2.30pm; admission €6.

  • Dublin Castle

    Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin Castle was founded by the Normans, and symbolized British power over Ireland for 700 years. Though odd bits date back to 1207, it was largely rebuilt in the eighteenth century. Tours of the State Apartments (€4.50) reveal much about the tastes and foibles of the Viceroy. With a visit to the chapel you also get to see the lovely Chapel Royal (free), and excavations of Norman and Viking fortifications in the Lower Yard.

    Open Mon–Sat 10am–4.45pm, Sun 12 noon–4.45pm.

  • Merrion Square

    Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

    Merrion Square on the southside of the city is the perfect place to unwind and relax in the summer as it is landscaped with beautiful gardens. When the weather isn’t good enough to lie out in, this square is still well worth a visit as it is surrounded by wonderful Georgian buildings. And if art is your thing, an open air art exhibition, the largest of its kind in Ireland, is held here every Sunday.

  • National Gallery

    Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

    Head to Ireland's National Gallery and you'll be able to feast your eyes on countless paintings by old European masters and French Impressionists. While the images painted by these European artists are enough of an excuse to visit the Gallery, the real draw here is the fantastic collection of Irish paintings, including pieces by Jack B. Yeats and many more.

    Open Mon–Sat 9.30am–5.30pm (until 8.30pm Thurs), Sun 12pm–5.30pm; admission free.

  • St. Stephens Green

    Top of Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland

    Walk up Dublin’s premier shopping street, Grafton Street, and you will discover St Stephen’s Green. This large and very pleasant park is an extremely popular place with students and office workers, who retreat to the park for their lunch breaks. In the centre of the green is the largest open area, complete with fountains and benches where you can sit and watch the world go by. The park covers 27 acres in all and is a great way to pass an hour or two when roaming around the city.

    Open according to daylight hours.

  • Leinster House

    Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland

    Situated on Kildare Street, Leinster House is the majestic building where Ireland’s Government congregates to discuss the various issues concerning the country. The building was originally known as Kildare House after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, commissioned the building to be built. It took two years to complete and eventually became known as Leinster House when he was pronounced Earl of Leinster House in 1776. German architect Richard Cassels was behind its construction.

  • Phoenix Park

    Wolfe Tone Quay, Dublin, Ireland

    Covering 1752 acres, the Phoenix Park is one of the world's largest city centre parks. Home to the President, the Garda Headquarters and Dublin Zoo.

  • Dublin Writers Museum

    18 Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland

    Museum dedicated to the lives and works of Dublin's famous authors, playwrights and poets.

    Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

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