County Dublin Things to Do

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County Dublin Things to Do

  • Kilmainham Jail

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Kilmainham Museum can be accessed before or after the guided tour of the jail. There are some truly amazing exhibits and some extremely poignant ones as well. Here you will see letters written by some of the prisoners to their families before they were executed. There are some memorabilia concerning Michael Collins who was one of only two...

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  • Howth Head

    Howth Things to Do

    I went to Howth on a daytrip by bus from Dublin. I got off the bus at the Summit Inn a few miles outside Howth, and then followed the coastline walking path down to the village. It was a very beautiful (1 hour) walk where I passed the Baily Lighthouse (from 1814) and numerous stunning views of the cliffs and the ocean...

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  • Trinity College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The campus of Trinity College is located right in downtown in Dublin in the heart of the tourism district and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. There are a number of beautiful historic buildings on the campus and it's free to walk around and view the buildings, take pictures, or enjoy a relaxing snack. If you want to learn a...

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  • Howth Pier

    Howth Things to Do

    Leaving the seals (for awhile) we head towards the end of the pier, stopping along the way to look into the fish merchants such as Dorans and Nicky's Plaice, to see their fresh fish and seafood displays. The businesses on this pier are mainly related to the fishing industry, whether selling raw fish, or prepared meals in the restaurants, boat...

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  • Guinness Brewery

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Guinness Factory was really interesting, it is a self tour so you can take it at your own pace. They have lots and lots of signs, boards, things you can read and it makes your tour really long. So if you are planning on taking this tour and others in the same day, then just make sure you are paying attention to the time. They have about 7 or 8...

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  • Howth Castle

    Howth Things to Do

    As I was staying at the Deer Park Hotel for the night, I had the opportunity to see this medieval castle, that has remained in the same family for over 800 years, as the hotel is in the Castle grounds. Not generally open to the public (apart from Charity Open Days, etc, bookings for individuals or groups can be arranged by contacting the...

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  • Dublin Castle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The first structure was built here by King John in 1204 and served as the seat of British power in Ireland until 1922. Today, the Irish government uses the castle for state events along with other offices.

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  • Howth Abbey

    5 out of 5 stars

    Howth Things to Do

    The small graveyard surrounding Howth Abbey is quite interesting, and has wonderful views over the harbour and to Irelands Eye. Sounds from the harbour and sea drift up to the Abbey, which adds to the atmosphere of the place. I find graveyards quite interesting places, as they tell a bit of social history of the place- names of people, sizes of...

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  • Christ Church Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Initially built in 1038 the cathedral suffered several transformations until the Victorian period when they decided to restore it following its medieval characteristics. Mixing some original details with pastiche, it keeps being a good example of medieval religious architecture.

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  • Martello Tower

    Howth Things to Do

    Having visited Howth quite a few times, and having seen this Martello tower overlooking the marina and East Pier, it wasn't until my most recent visit in April 2015 that I made my way to this construction. A short walk up a fairly steep path, off Abbey Street led to stunning views over the pier and to Ireland's Eye. This is thought to be the site...

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  • Temple Bar

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Music, beer and joy. No matter the ages, sex or culture, life pulses in Temple bar, where people converge naturally. It was funny, and the lunch at Oliver St John Gogarty was good, but I must admit that our best night and our best meal they both happened in different places, somewhere else in Dublin.

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  • Fry Model Railway Museum

    Howth Things to Do

    Hello, As you probably have heard, the Fry Model Railway is no longer operating at Malahide Castle. To avoid disappointing visitors, it would be helpful if references to the Model Railway be removed from your website.

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  • St. Stephen's Green

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    We arrived in Dublin very early in the morning so took a city bus into town from the airport. We stored our luggage at the hotel until check-in time and headed out to St. Stephen's Green to get our Hop-on Hop-off bus tickets. Aha . . . full stop. St. Stephen's Green was wonderful. We lingered and returned often during our three days in Dublin. We...

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  • St. Mary’s Church

    Howth Things to Do

    St. Mary's Church is located near the entrance to the grounds of Howth Castle. A first church was built on this site in 1816 to house the congregation that had previously worshipped at Howth Abbey, in the town centre, and then in the chapel of Howth Castle. Again it was replaced by yet another church in 1866, and this is the one that is still in...

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  • Ha'penny Bridge

    Dublin Things to Do

    Situated on the River Liffey not far from O'Connell Street. This was Dublin's only pedestrian bridge up until the year 2000. For a 100 years Iit cost a half penny to cross it, now of course it's free. You can access the bridge through Temple Bar, its brings you over the north of the Liffey into Henry Street, another shopping area. You can also see...

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  • Millennium Spire

    Dublin Things to Do

    Located on O'Connell Street, The Spire of Dublin (Spuaic Bhaile Átha Cliath), or it's official title, The Monument of Light (An Túr Solais) . It is also commonly known as The Spike - It is a tradition in Dublin to re-name statues/ Structures with an alternative name/ nick name- some are quite derogatory Other names for this 382 foot stainless...

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  • Jameson Distillery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Dublin is a very distinct city. There is no other location on the globe where the visitor's options of sightseeing would be gravitating exclusively around drinking alcohol. Beer, hard liquor... you name it! For the non-drinking prudes it must be totally dull (they have the choice of contemplating the origins of the nocturne as musical genre) and...

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  • O'Connell Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The largest (and longest) avenue in Dublin has a long and rich history, since its creation in the 18th century. After being neglected for some years, it was recently recovered, and shows today a wide and clean look, with several classical buildings and statues along its 500 meters.

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  • Grafton Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Grafton street is the most commercial street of Dublin. Closed to traffic, you may find there... the usual! All the great brands that are taking control of the world, and all locals and visitors in a constant parade.

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  • Merrion Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Notice how this house is five windows wide! It would have been very prestigious indeed. There was a clear social hierarchy based upon how many "bays" your house possessed. Pity those whose Georgian townhouse was only two windows wide.

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  • Phoenix Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    VT-member Anne Marie took me to Phoenix Park, a place I had never been to before in Dublin. She told me we would probably see some deer and we did. There is a herd of 400 – 450 deer in the park, and they are the descendants of a herd introduced already when the park was established in the 1660s. Phoenix Park is a very large park, it is 709...

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  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    During the 19th Century, Irish beer baron Benjamin Guinness was a member of St. Patrick's. Guinness made very generous contributions to the building (and re-building) fund, and the structure of the building was "restored" heavily at that time. Unfortunately, record-keeping was somewhat lax, so it is difficult to tell exactly what in the Cathedral...

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  • Other things to do

    Dublin Things to Do

    We did a tour of Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough with HilltopTreks from Dublin and had a very nice time. Our tour guide was Emily and she was great! She was full of information about the sights we were seeing and even sung us some traditional Irish songs, both in English and in Gaelic, on the tour. We got picked up from the Dublin Tourism Office...

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  • Molly Malone Statue

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    I love Molly Malone! No, I'm not exactly talking about the lady. As a matter of fact, we really don't know who she was - a fishmonger, a prostitute, or just a name. I was talking about the song with her name, which is one of the best melodies to listen in front of a Guinness mug (I don't drink beer, but in Dublin I forgot it, of...

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  • Famine Memorial

    Dublin Things to Do

    Life-size bronzes, beautifully sculpted by the brilliant Rowan Gillespie (b. 1953). The sculpture group is on the quayside, in front of the Custom House. Gillespie is Dublin born and has his studio here. I think it's interesting that he was greatly influenced by the work of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

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  • General Post Office

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The post office itself is a beautiful building with Georgian, neoclassical architecture. Indeed, it was the last of its kind to be built in Dublin and opened to the public in 1818. Inside, all the wooden counters from the early 20th century has been kept, which makes the post office itself an attraction to visit. However, there is far more about...

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  • Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    A charming wonderfully landscaped zoo. The circuit is laid out so you can stroll the entire zoo without the necessity of doubling back. While the animal collection is somewhat limited, the walk around the grounds is most pleasant...my favorite sightseeing venture in Dublin. As with everthing in Dublin, it is pricey..12.5 Euros for seniors. The bus...

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  • Dublinia

    Dublin Things to Do

    Located within and connected to the infamous Christ Church Cathedral of Dublin (a.k.a. "The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity") is now one of Dublin's most spectacular and interactive museums/tourist attractions. Christ Church is the elder of Dublin's two medieval cathedrals, next to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Christ Church is officially claimed as a set...

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  • National Gallery of Ireland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The National Gallery has a very good collection of 19th and early 20th century Irish art, and also an excellent, world-class, Old Masters collections that includes a Caravaggio and a Vermeer! Some of my other favorites included pieces by Velasquez, Ribera, Breughel, Titian, and Reynolds. Admission is free - yay! The main entrance - which I...

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  • St. Michan's Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Protestant Church of St. Michan is built on the site of an early Danish chapel (from 1095), but the current church dates from a reconstruction in 1685 – with the latest restoration in 1998. The church itself has an interesting interior; some very fine woodwork, a 1724 organ (on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah), a chalice dating...

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  • Natural History Museum

    Dublin Things to Do

    I spent a couple of very interesting hours in the National Museum of Archaeology and History. The place has loads of collections from different eras and you can easily forget the time passin by as you wander from the Stone Age through Iron Age, Middle Age etc. towards the 20th century. There's jewellry, metal works, everyday items as well as...

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  • Bank of Ireland aka former Houses of...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The building known as the Bank of Ireland today was originally home to the Irish Houses of Parliament - from the 1700s. This was the world's first structure purposefully built to house a bicameral legislature! Architect Edward Lovett Pearce is considered to be one of the masters of Dublin's Palladian (Georgian) style. The Westmoreland Street...

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  • Writers Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    If there's one city in the world that truly deserves a Writers Museum it is Dublin. This fair city on the banks of the Liffey has been imagined and re-imagined by generations of poets, playwrights, memoirists, novelists, journalists, bards, and other assorted pen-pushers. Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, O'Casey and O'Brien are only a few of the names...

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  • Four Courts

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Four Courts building was completed in 1796. During the Irish Civil War it was significantly damaged, but restored to its original design in 1932. The name reflects the 4 division of the old Irish judiciary...Chancery, Kings Bench, Excheqeur and Common Pleas. It is the current home to the Irish Supreme Court.

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  • Liffey Boardwalk

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Board Walk is another recent addition to Dublin. It is really nice to take a stroll especially when the weather is good, however it does have a bit of a bad reputation because a lot of drunks and drug addicts seem to gather and share needles and bottles of wine. However the police are very active and tend to get rid of them fast as so many...

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  • James Joyce Statue

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    One of the most famous Irish authors is James Joyce. Some may have had the doubtful experience of having read into “Ulysses“ or “Finnegan’s Wake“. Joyce is known for having influenced 20th century literature as well is for his ribald humour. Probably he would like the nickname of his statue: “The prick with the stick”. It is located in the North...

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  • Garden of Remembrance

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Commemoration Garden is dedicated to the memory of "all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom." The Garden was opened in 1966 by President Eamon de Valera, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. Notice how the reflective pool is in the shape of a cross? It was designed by Dáithí Hanly. The Gardens also...

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  • Chester Beatty Library

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    When I was in Dublin most of the Museums are free of charge. So was the Chester Beatty Library. It's a great place if you're interested in old manuscripts and papyrus! You can see many biblical papyrus and Quran fragments in original here. Chester Beatty was a very famous collector in his days and there are some exihibitions each years.

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  • Book of Kells @ Trinity College

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    The Old Library and Book of Kells are one of the top tourist attractions in Dublin. Admission is €10 or you can be combined with a student-led tour for €12 (see my Trinity College tip). Visitors enter on the lower floor where there are exhibits on the Book of Kells and the process of creating an illuminated manuscript before leading to the Book of...

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  • Howth

    Dublin Things to Do

    The village of Howth is located 13 km north-east of Dublin, and used to be a small fishing village. It a very cosy place to stroll around, and what I liked the most was walking up above the village getting a fabulous view of it all in the middle of Irish nature. During my stay in Dublin, I went twice to Howth, once with Dublin Bay Cruises and once...

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  • Oscar Wilde Monument

    Dublin Things to Do

    Oscar Wilde appears comfortable seated on this rock - and he seems to be about to break into the telling of one of his famous children's stories. The sculpture is in Merrion Square, roughly opposite the house where he grew up during the 1860s and early 70s. The artist Danny Osborne (b. 1949) very consciously avoided putting Oscar on a pedestal or...

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  • Viking Splash Tour

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Viking Splash Tours offers a novelty which is pricey and doesn't quite work. The tour covers what every tour of Dublin offers as the selection of sights in Dublin is quite limited. The novelty of wearing ersatz Viking helmets and roaring at passers-by quickly wears off (also Dublin is quite enured to this activity). You are then left with an...

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  • City Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Dublin's City Hall sits at the top of Parliament Street, where it runs into Dame Street just short of Dublin Castle. This late 18th century structure was originally the Royal Exchange, and follows the designs of Thomas Cooley (1740-1784). It's been the home of Dublin's civic government since 1852.

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  • Leinster House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    Home of the Irish legislature, the Oireachtas Éireann. This was originally the townhouse of the Dukes of Leinster, built between 1745 and 1748 for the FitzGerald family. Architect Richard Cassels (1690-1751) was one of the pioneers of this "mellow" form of neo-classsicism in building design. The Third Duke of Leinster sold the structure to the...

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  • National Museum of Ireland, Kildare...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    There are three separate museums all coming under the umbrella of the National Museum of Ireland. The one I am talking about here is the museum featuring Archaeological and Ethnographic remains. It is located in Kildare St. I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. It's only small and focusses on older artefacts and items from Bronze age up to...

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