If ‘Irish powder’ is right next to you and you find yourself in the famous city of Dublin, there will be many imperfections for you to do and see for yourself.
colors, too. Even if they are sharing long stories, singing local songs, or telling strange jokes here and there to make fun of you, locals will never fail to put a smile on your face. And, because this city is on the east coast, day trips and hiking trips or just a bus ride away, where you can testify
some of the greatest and most beautiful things in all of Ireland.
Here is a list of the top 8 things to do in Dublin:
1. Get locked up at Kilmainham Gaol
The top attraction in Dublin: Kilmainham Gaol. Just outside the city center, you will find this unoccupied prison. The prison opened its doors in 1796 and many political prisoners were detained here. In 1924 the prison was shut down and changed into a museum. Now it is still the symbol of the battle of Irish independence. To visit the prison you’ll have to take a tour, but it is worth it! Hearing about Irish history was very interesting and the tour guides are super enthusiastic. The best thing to do is book your tickets upfront as waiting lines can be very long!
Where? Inchicore Road, Kilmainham
Open? Whole year (except for June till September) from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM & June till September from 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Price? 8 EUR (adult)
2. Party at temple bar
Temple bar is located in the center of Dublin and it is the place to be when you want to have a drink and have some fun! It is a quarter with small streets and narrow alleys full of boutiques, bars, and restaurants. I would recommend coming here twice. One time during the day to look at all the fun shops and the nice architecture and one time at night. Enjoy the folklore, the typical music, and do a little dance!
Where? Temple bar
Price? Free, unless you want loads of beer
3. Stephen’s Green Park
In de middle of the city, you’ll find St. Stephen’s, Green Park. A calm and green oasis in between the crowds. There are a lot of historical moments in Irish history. I really loved the beauty and relaxing vibe in this park.
Where? St. Stephen’s Green
Open? Monday till Saturday from 7:30 AM – Dusk, Sunday from 9:30 AM – Dusk
4. Visit this gorgeous cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the biggest church in Dublin and is devoted to the patron saint of Ireland (Saint Patrick). This is because he converted many Irish to Christianity during the 5th century at this place. Later, in 1191 they started building the Cathedral.
- Where? Saint Patrick’s Close
- Open? Monday till Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, 00:30 PM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
- Price? 6 EUR (adult)
5. Get drunk at Guinness
Well, not really, because I don’t like it (LOL), but a city trip in Dublin isn’t complete if you haven’t been to the Guinness Storehouse. The museum is located in the St. James’s Gate Brewery, which was the production site of the beer since 1759. It is a really interactive museum where you’ll learn everything about the brand, how this beer is made, and of course, you can taste the beer. You’ll get your beers at the Gravity Bar (Head of the Pint) where you have those amazing panoramic views.
- Where? St. James’s Gate
- Open? Every day from 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM (In July & August from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
- Price? 17,50 EUR (adult)
6. Visit The Dublin Zoo
Located in Phoenix Park, you’ll find Dublin Zoo. In Belgium, there is a TV program about it, and now we are in Dublin, we wanted to see this zoo for ourselves. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in the world. If you are looking to do something different than a stroll around the city and looking at all those beautiful buildings, I suggest you go to Dublin Zoo for a nice afternoon looking at the animals.
Where? Phoenix Park
Open? Opening times
Price? 17 EUR (adult)
7. The Old Library of Trinity College Dublin
The oldest university in Ireland is open for visitors. The architecture of the building is remarkable and there is a lot of cool art around. In 1793 they got their first students. The biggest tourist attraction here is the “Book of Kells”, which is housed in the Old Library building.
- Where? College Green
- Open? From May till September – Monday till Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM / From October till April – Monday till Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 00:00 PM – 4:30 PM
- Price? 14 EUR (adult)
8. Take the train to Howth
If you want to get out of the busy city, a day trip to the small fishing village Howth is a good idea. It is only a 25-minute train ride from the city. There are many things to do here, but we just enjoyed a nice walk along the pier and the coastline. Strolling through the small street, you’ll pass nice boutiques, little restaurants, and good bars.
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