County Dublin Things to Do

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County Dublin Things to Do

  • Kilmainham Jail

    Dublin Things to Do

    Kilmainham Jail or Kilmainham Gaol as it is known in Ireland is a former prison where the main rebellious leaders of the Irish Revolution were incarcerated. There is a small museum where you can look at various artefacts from people who were imprisoned. Unfortunately you are not allowed to wonder around the prison on your own, you must take a group...

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  • Howth Pier

    Howth Things to Do

    A crowd of people on the piers edge, were peering into the water and pointing excitedly. I was quite surprised to see a couple of seals bobbing around in the water, looking further, I could see another bobbing about beside one of the moored fishing boats, then another immerged from underwater. A small terrior dog was barking at the seals, while...

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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 Head

    Howth Things to Do

    Cliff walk on the peninsula Howth Head is a beautiful walk during the sunny day. You can enjoy cliffs above the sea and if you are lucky you can see also seals swimming close to them. It's beautiful when it's windy. The sea is beautiful then. It's a nice, not difficult walk which can last up to 7.5 km. It depends which way you are taking. It...

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  • Trinity College

    Dublin Things to Do

    Created in 1311, this ever since has been Dublin's largest college. For the tourist its famous as the home of the medieval manuscript, "the Book of Kells", one of the best preserved medieval manuscripts.

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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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  • Christ Church Cathedral

    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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  • Howth Abbey

    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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  • Temple Bar

    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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  • 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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  • St Stephen's Green

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Martello Tower

    Howth Things to Do

    On a hill above the East Pier is a Martello Tower (one of two that can be found on Howth Head). It dates from 1805 and was built by the Englishman, who built several Martello Towers around the Irish coast to watch out for an invasion by Napoleon and the French. The towers are round with a flat roof.

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  • Castle

    Dublin Things to Do

    Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of...

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  • St Patrick's Cathedral

    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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  • Phoenix Park

    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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  • O'Connell Street

    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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  • Jameson Distillery

    Dublin Things to Do

    Jameson was founded in 1780 by John Jameson, and whisky was produced on this Dublin site until 1971. The buildings and machinery are now restored, and you can join a guided tour around the old distillery. The tour starts with a video entitled ‘The Story of Jameson Irish Whiskey’, and then continues through the stages of whiskey making: Malting,...

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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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  • 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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  • Grafton Street

    Dublin Things to Do

    Do you know who did we meet in Grafton street? James Joyce, would you believe? He didn't accept any kind of conversation, but didn't refuse a picture. Not bad, but I do prefer his words to his image.

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  • Merrion Square

    Dublin Things to Do

    The birthplace of Oscar Wilde still exists and the building looking the very same as back in Wilde's times. It is located in the Merrion square almost on the opposite side of the Oscar Wilde monument. Today it is the place of Irish American University and outside the there's a memorial sign to Wilde's father who was a famous surgeon. Merrion...

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  • Pubs

    Dublin Things to Do

    Prior to my recent very quick trip throught Dublin in November 2012 (merely in transit to and from Connolly Station to the ferryport) if you had told me there was a pub in Dublin that does not serve Guinness, I would have said you had taken leave of your senses and suggested some sort of therapy. However such a place exists, right in the centre,...

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  • Molly Malone Statue

    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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  • General Post Office

    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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  • National Gallery of Ireland

    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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  • Zoo

    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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  • Smithfield

    Dublin Things to Do

    A very nice square in the Western part of the northbank of the Liffey is a square called Smithfield Plaza. The square is mostly famous because it has the Jameson Distillery at its eastside. Today you can visit this distillery and enter the old chimney that is now used as a viewpoint from where you can overlook the complete centre of Dublin. But...

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  • St. Michan's Church

    Dublin Things to Do

    Speaking of spooky mummies, that's exactly what St. Michan's Church is famous for! St. Michan's is the oldest church north of the Liffey and the present building, dating back to 1686, was built on the foundations of an old Viking chapel dating back to 1095. The church is very simply decorated, so our eyes are immediately drawn to the church's...

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  • Natural History Museum, Kildare Street

    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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  • Custom House

    Dublin Things to Do

    Constructed in the 1780s for the enormous sum of 200,000 pounds, to a design of architect James Gandon (1743-1823), who was also responsible for the Four Courts building and other neoclassical piles around Dublin. The Custom House was heavily damaged (though later rebuilt) in the 1921 War of Independence. The post-war restoration used native Irish...

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  • Ha’penny Bridge

    Dublin Things to Do

    How can a bridge be a tourist attraction you might ask. Well, seriously I don't know. But if a bridge deserves to be one, this here surely does! It is one of the best know bridges of Dublin, a pedestrian bridge that everyone walked over at least once. I will give you a brief history lesson before I go on: This pedestrian bridge orignates from...

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  • City Hall

    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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  • Garden of Remembrance

    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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  • Four Courts

    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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  • Writers Museum

    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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  • Chester Beatty Library

    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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  • Bank of Ireland

    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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  • The River Liffey

    Dublin Things to Do

    There are many nice opportunites to see Dublin from the Liffey river perspective. The Liffey rises in the Liffey Head Bog between Kippure and Tonduff in the Wicklow mountains, forming from many streamlets. It flows for around 125 km (78 mi) through counties Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin before entering the Irish Sea at its mouth at the mid-point...

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  • Viking Splash Tour

    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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  • James Joyce Statue

    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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  • Liffey Bridges

    Dublin Things to Do

    The River Liffey flows through the heart of Dublin. It's the dividing line between the North and South sides of the city. It is not that big or impressive in comparison to the Thames, Seine, or even the Shannon. It rises in the North Wicklow mountains and enters the sea at Dublin Bay. The sea tides reach up as far back as Heuston station. It...

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  • City Tour

    Dublin Things to Do

    There are a few companies that do the 'tour bus' route in Dublin. They all do the same route (as far as I can work out) and cahrge the same prices. The only exception to this is the 'viking splash' tour that takes to the waters. Sourbugger and co took the Dublin bus version for no other reason than there was an offer on one of those 'voucher'...

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