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31+ Things to Do in Dublin

Dublin has a lot of fun and uniquely Irish things to do for tourists. From an abundance of museums to iconic monuments, here’s a list of 31+ things to do while you’re in Dublin.

Places to See

  • Learn at Trinity College. Established in 1592, Trinity College is one of the most visited places in Dublin. You can take a tour here or simply go in and walk around by yourself.
  • Touch the Molly Malone statue. I personally think this is way overrated but people love taking a photo of themselves *touching* the Molly Malone statue. They also touch it with their mouth. Please don’t do that.
  • See Christ Church Cathedral. Built almost one thousand years ago, Christ Church Cathedral is a popular place for visitors to visit and catholics to worship.
  • See St. Patrick’s Cathedral. You’ve probably heard of St. Patrick, who cast all the snakes (pagans) out of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is built on the site where St. Patrick baptised people into Christianity. This cathedral was also built almost a thousand years ago.
  • See the Oscar Wilde house. Unless you can get a group of 25+ people together, the Oscar Wilde house is inaccessible to the public. However you can still view it at 1 Merrion Square West.
  • Go across the street to see his statue. Directly across from the house is a statue of Oscar Wilde.
  • See the O’Connell Monument. Right in the centre of town, Daniel O’Connell’s Monument is important to Irish history. O’Connell is credited with the Catholic emancipation, allowing Irish to practice Catholicism in the 19th century.
  • Cross the Ha’Penny Bridge. This Victorian-era pedestrian bridge is a quite popular spot to cross the River Liffey. Is it weird looking? Beautiful? That’s up to you.
  • Admire the Harp Bridge. The Samuel Beckett Bridge is a bit out of the way but it’s very unique. It’s designed to look like a harp, the national symbol of Ireland.
  • See the Temple Bar. It’s very tourist-y and overpriced, so not worth having a drink there. However the area is pretty cute and has a lot of live street music.

Museums

  • Visit Dublin Castle. At Dublin Castle, you can go inside the State Rooms, medieval castle, or both. However I didn’t think it was anything spectacular.
  • See the Book of Kells & Trinity College Library. You can see two very famous Irish icons at once. You can see some original pages from the Book of Kells and then the famously beautiful interior of Trinity College Library by going on their special exhibition. I recommend getting tickets in advance.
  • See the bog bodies at the National Museum – Archaeology. If you like archaeology, you’ll have heard of the “bog bodies.” Ireland’s are on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. I also found this museum to be incredibly informative as to the history of Ireland.
  • Visit the National Museum – Decorative Arts & History. I still haven’t been since it’s a bit out of central Dublin but Ireland’s National Museum system also includes a branch on decorative arts & history.
  • See the National Museum – Natural History. Like other large cities, Dublin also has a national natural history museum.
  • Revisit the 20th century at the Little Museum of Dublin. I personally thought the Little Museum of Dublin was uninteresting as it only covers the big parts of Ireland’s 20th century history – the parts everybody knows about. However it is a popular museum.
  • Taste at the Irish Whiskey Museum. Conveniently located, the Irish Whiskey Museum has exhibits on Irish Whiskey and an included tasting.
  • Or go to another distillery. Dublin has a few distilleries, including Jameson Distillery and Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
  • Shrink at the National Leprechaun Museum. Yes, Ireland actually has a National Leprechaun Museum. Here you can feel small as you seat yourself in oversized furniture, turning you into a wee leprechaun. They also have night tours with “twisted tales” if you’re looking for something a bit spookier.
  • Visit the National Gallery of Ireland. Of course Ireland also has a national gallery that has an array of art from the past few hundred years.
  • Visit the Dublin Writers Museum. The pro about this museum is that there are a tonne of Dublin writers. The con is that they have only about 2 feet exhibits on each writer. It’s out of the way so I don’t think it’s worth going.
  • Look up your family history at EPIC. The Irish Emigration Museum (EPIC) houses information on emigration from Ireland. However you can also look up your Irish family history here.
  • Learn about the famine aboard Jeanie Johnston. The Jeanie Johnston is a replica ship of one that carried immigrants from Ireland to Canada. Today you can learn more about famine in Ireland on the ship, and you can also see the statues of Famine right by it.
  • Visit the Kilmainham Gaol. A bit of dark tourism, the Kilmainham Gaol was the site where Irish rebels were imprisoned during the war in the 20s. It’s on the outskirts of the city but is still a popular place for tourists to visit.
  • Step back in time at Dublinia. I still haven’t been but I’d love to go to Dublinia. It’s an experience that allows you to enter Viking and medieval Dublin.
  • See the National Botanic Gardens. Of course, Dublin does have its own botanic gardens.
  • Visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art. If you like modern art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) should be a good stop for you.

Activities

  • Have a drink at the Brazen Head. The Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 1198. Though it’s cool to have a drink there, we found their food to be a bit mediocre.
  • Stroll through St. Stephen’s Green. This park is a nice escape from the city. It’s also where many rebellion battles were fought.
  • Get lost in Phoenix Park. Phoenix Park is a huge park located on the outskirts of Dublin.
  • Experience Gaelic games with Experience Gaelic Games. The company Experience Gaelic Games offers lessons in Gaelic Football, Hurling, and Gaelic Handball. I have no personal experience with them but it looks like a unique thing to do. They also have lessons in Galway and Cork.

Dublin has a good number of activities for tourists, and it’s interesting that a lot of them are very specific to Ireland. The country has a lot to be proud of and that’s clearly on display in their capital city of Dublin.

Have you ever been to Dublin? What was your favourite thing to do?

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31+ Things to Do in Dublin


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