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03 Apr The 16 Best Things To Do In Dublin

Dublin is well-known for its extravagant nights out, the Guinness Storehouse, and Temple Bar, but how much more does Dublin have to offer? A lot more. Dublin offers guests numerous locations where travelling through time is seemingly possible, it offers tours where you get to see the world a little differently and is home to the largest enclosed recreational space in any European capital city. So, we have put together the best things to do in Dublin to help you take full advantage of your city break to this marvellous city.

Dublin Zoo

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Whether your favourite is tigers or penguins, Dublin Zoo is the perfect place to visit for the whole family. Dublin Zoo runs regular talks on the animals throughout the day so don’t miss out. You can find a list of the talks and times right here. Dublin Zoo also provides restaurants and gift shops along the way so you can treat yourself to pizza, sandwiches, or hot drinks after a day of visiting the animals.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland are a calm and tranquil place to venture after spending your city break in the vibrant city centre. Famous for the restored glasshouses and providing events, talks, and activities these gardens give a little extra to your usual botanical garden experience.

The Little Museum of Dublin

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Although “little”, The Little Museum of Dublin packs a fun-filled experience. Rated as Dublin’s best museum experience by the Irish Times, you are able to take a guided tour every hour on the hour and learn about the history of Dublin and how people lived in the city during the 20th Century. This little museum seems to be on everybody’s list of the best things to do in Dublin.

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

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Situated on the historical site of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the incredible IMMA gallery offers an inspiring space where visitors can view and learn about contemporary art. Guided tours are available and the gallery also provides a cafe and shop. However, step outside the gallery and you will find a stunning 48 acres of land where visitors can explore the gardens and meadows.

Viking Splash Tours

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The Viking Splash Tour is more than just a boat ride along the river. These tours combine both land and water tours into one and create a fun-packed adventure for everyone. Combining some of Dublin’s best views from the city centre and from the water, the amphibious Salamander vehicle is one of the best things to do in Dublin as

EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum

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How did the meaning of being Irish expand further than Ireland? Who are the famous Irish outlaws? And what does it mean to be Irish? EPIC has all the answers to these questions and more, with interactive exhibits and individual stories from over 300 Irish people. This is the perfect place out for those wanting to learn more about Ireland and Dublin citizens.

National Leprechaun Museum

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Of course, a trip to Dublin would not be complete without a little luck from the Irish. The National Leprechaun Museum is among one of the best things to do in Dublin, you will find yourself immersed in folklore and storytelling in this wonderful otherworldly experience.

Glasnevin Trust

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The Glasnevin Museum is a one of a kind museum. This cemetery museum is a storyteller for over 1.5 million people and home of The O’Connell Tower which visitors can climb to see views over the city. The museum offers state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions and tells guests about the lives of the people who contributed to the history of Dublin who are now buried in the grounds.

Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral founded c.1028, is not only a stunning place to visit but offers a lot more then meets the eye. Beneath the cathedral visitors will find the medieval crypt which is the largest in Ireland and the earliest surviving structure in Dublin. The crypt is also home to priceless silver and Ireland’s first copy of the Magna Carta.

Trinity College Tours

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Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and holds popular tours around its grounds and stunning exterior. A must-see for anyone visiting Dublin has to be the Trinity College Library, a legal deposit library which is also home to the Book Of Kells.

Phoenix Park

Fallow Deer in Phoenix Park Dublin

Originally a royal hunting park in the 1600s, Phoenix Park officially opened to the public in 1747 and even today, a herd of fallow deer remain in the park. This large open space is home to Dublin Zoo, Victorian Gardens, and many landmarks. Walk among the forested areas or find a quiet lawn to take a picnic on, whatever you decide to do, Phoenix Park is the best location for it.

The Irish Whiskey Museum

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It wouldn’t be Ireland without a visit to The Irish Whiskey Museum, learn about the creation of Irish whiskey and try some of the samples for yourself. A fully guided tour will help you make the most of this experience and understand more about how the whiskey is made.

National Gallery of Ireland

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The National Gallery of Ireland houses many world-class permanent and changing exhibitions throughout the year. Whether you are a Monet Maniac or a fan of Freud, this gallery will satisfy the artist within. This gallery is completely free, so head over to take in a bit of peace and quiet while honing your drawing skills.

The National Wax Museum

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The National Wax Museum isn’t just your average waxworks. This museum offers a unique insight into science, horror, and history, whichever zone you enter you will be greeted by a learning adventure like no other, plus many instagrammable pictures with your favourite Irish writers and Father Ted. This museum is well known for being one of the best things to do in Dublin no matter the time of the year or the weather.

Dublin Markets

Markets in Dublin

Whether you are after a bargain from the Ha’penny Flea Market or want to try the range of street food at Temple Bar Food Market, Dublin hosts a variety of open-air and indoor markets throughout the weekdays and weekends for you to enjoy during your stay. Why not pick up some fresh fruit and veg to try your hand at homemade cuisine in your serviced apartment in Dublin.

Kilmainham Gaol

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As a county gaol, this prison held many ordinary children, men, and women with all types of crimes behind them. Some had been put in Kilmainham Gaol for petty theft, and some, for murder. Visitors are now able to tour the gaol by guided tour and can learn more about the history of the prison from inside the walls. Exhibitions run regularly as well from the centre.

Looking for more tips on where to visit in Dublin? Read our top things to do with the family guide.

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