The Best Things to See and Do in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. In recent years, as tourist numbers have grown, so many Dublin attractions have opened it can be difficult to decide what to do first. There are however some things to do in Dublin every visitor to the city should experience at least once, as no visit is complete without them.

Guinness Beer BarrelsTake the Guinness Storehouse Tour – Anyone who knows anything about Ireland has heard about its most famous export, Guinness beer. That’s why it’s not surprising the Guinness Storehouse tour is Dublin’s most popular attraction. Here you’ll get taken on a seven-floor tour of the storehouse, and learn all about the history of the beer, the ingredients that go in it to give it that unique taste, and what makes it one of the best brews in the world.

Dublinia – A unique museum, Dublinia gives visitors an in-depth look at the history of Dublin from the Vikings to Medieval times. It even includes an authentic reconstruction of old Dublin town complete with streets, houses, shops and a merchant ship you can board. Watch videos, play with models and interactive displays, enter homes and businesses, and experience Dublin – just as it was 800 years ago.

Dublin Bus Tour – One of the easiest ways to see the city is to take one of the many fun Dublin tours. The Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour is the most popular, as you can get on and off the bus anywhere in Dublin for two full days, and all for one inexpensive price.

The tour includes commentary by an Irish tour guide and makes stops at fun places like the National Wax Museum and the Dublin Zoo. Kids get to travel free too, so it’s a cost-effective way to see the city for the whole family.

Temple Bar, Dublin, IrelandHave a Night Out at Temple Bar – Temple Bar is the must visit place if you’re into live music, cool restaurants, unique tourist attractions, or trendy shops, as this area of Dublin is packed with them. Visit The Ark, a wonderful children’s cultural center. Spend time at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre to learn about Irish history. Then head to the Irish Film Institute, where you can catch a film in one of its two cinemas, or eat lunch at the excellent restaurant.

At night, Temple Bar is famous for its many pubs and nightclubs. Club M plays cool music and has a huge dance floor. Cassidy’s Bar is famous for its amazing food and good jazz music. Or, if you love traditional Irish folk music, Ha’penny Bridge Inn is one of the best places in Dublin to find it.

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