Dublin Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Dublin, Ireland

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Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is Ireland’s capital and it plays a pivotal role in European history and you will fall in love with its green and aquatic surroundings. The city can be compared to Paris for its romantic and walkable waterway which splits the center into two and the river Liffey makes it more like London with its pop culture and it looks like Chicago because of its friendly residents. Some of the top things to do in Dublin are listed below.

Amazing Things to do in Dublin, Ireland
Amazing Things to do in Dublin, Ireland

Top things to do in Ireland

Party like the local at the Temple Bar

Dublin Temple Bar
Dublin Temple Bar
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This is one of the most iconic bars in Dublin and it is a hotspot for both the locals and tourist as they come here to drink from its famous walls. The bar is at the heart of the city and it is a huge part of Dublin’s central nightlife scene. This is the best place to come if you are looking for a strong Irish whiskey and have fun and have a blast.

Visit the Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol

This is a notorious site in the history of Irish nationalism and it is a forbidding jail which dates back to 1789. This is where the leaders of the 1916 rebels were first jailed before they were then executed for the act of high treason. You can tour the modern hall and the exhibition here will make you understand the struggles were like before Irish go independence. You can go on a guided tour throughout the rest of the jail where you will learn Irish history from 1796-1924. You can also visit the Stonebreaker’s Yard where leaders of the uprising were executed.

Tour the Guinness Storehouse Factory

Guinness Storehouse Factory by Greatal386 via Wikipedia CC
Guinness Storehouse Factory By Greatal386 at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5

This is situated in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery and it is one of the best things to do in Dublin. You will be amazed at the interior of the factory looks like a pint of Guinness and it is regarded as the largest pint in the world. The gate fee to come here is €18 to go on a tour of this factory which features seven floors of Irish brewing history and you will get to learn about the Guinness family and how the beer was made. The highlight of this factory is the gravity bar on the 7th floor where you will get a 360-degree of Dublin skyline while enjoying a pint of Guinness.

Go Back in Time to Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle

This is one of the best ways to learn about Dublin history as you will get to relive the 800 years’ Irish memories and some of the most iconic events that happened in the country’s history. The castle covers more than 11 acres and it is located on the highest ridge in the locality and you can decide to go on self-guided and guided tours of this ground which is home to many rooms, gardens, and museums like Chester Beatty Library, Chapel Royal, Revenue museum, and Garda museum.

Go on a picnic in Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park in Dublin
Phoenix Park in Dublin

This is a huge park which covers up to 1,700 acres and it is up to 2 miles from downtown Dublin. Visiting here is among the top thing to do in Dublin and you will get to see long stretches of green and several unique trees and plants from this park. Some of the highlights of this park are the sports field, Dublin zoo, Wellington monument and it homes the Presidential and US Ambassador’s residences. Some of the best thing to do here just spend your day relaxing and go sightseeing as you roam the area.

Visit the Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo

This is found within the Phoenix Park and a must visit while in the park. There are many varieties of animals that you can see here and there is a very well laid-out map to guide you while you are here. Coming here is suitable for every age group and encounter with the animals in this zoo is very close to the real thing as they are well cared for and they are kept in spacious habitats. You should also make sure you visit the Meerkat Café where you will get to be close to meerkats while you also have things to drink and eat.

Visit the National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland by Mike Peel via Wikipedia CC
National Museum of Ireland By Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., CC BY-SA 4.0

This is among the best free museum in Dublin and it homes some notable exhibits like Viking exhibit, a stunning collection of bog men which are bodies that are found and recovered from the bogs all through Ireland and there is also the exquisite gold artifact on display. You will get to learn the story about each body that will give you stunning insight of these men that once lived in the country and their part in Irish history.

Explore the National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland by NTF30 via Wikipedia CC
National Gallery of Ireland by NTF30 via Wikipedia CC

The national gallery of Ireland homes the finest collection of Irish art in the world and it also comprises of a spectacular collection of European art from the middle ages to the present day and this is a top thing to do in Dublin. The gallery has collections like Yeats Museum, and there are seven rooms that home the Irish art, Shaw room, Italian painters, and Baroque room. The gallery is divided into four levels and they host mind-blowing exhibitions regularly and you can also visit the café which is a hotspot for locals and visitors.

Go sightseeing at Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens by Folks at 137 via Wikipedia CC
National Botanic Gardens by Folks at 137 via Wikipedia CC

This is a perfect place to visit if you are a solo traveler or family and there are many plants, flowers and other things that are waiting for you to explore them. You can just roam around and spend the entire day through the lush gardens. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you will get to some Instagram worthy pictures from this garden and you can also visit the sculpture garden which is a vegetable garden that is designed to look like an old castle glass house and you can also go on a guided tour for €5.

Relax at St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephens Green in Dublin
St. Stephens Green in Dublin

This is a 22-acre park and it is a Dublin gem and also the best place to go to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. One of the best things to do is to stretch out on the grass and just rest or grab a lunch as the locals do. Some of the iconic features of the park are the ornate fountain which is located in its center, there is a bridge over a duck pond and there is also a children’s playground. This is a place that you and your family should come while in Dublin.

Explore Dublin Flea Market

Dublin Flea Market photo via FB
Dublin Flea Market photo via FB

This is a huge indoor flea market which happens on every last Sunday of every month which is now one of the most important things in Dublin. There are more than 60 stalls where you will be able to buy reusable household items from baby supplies to old clothes, you will probably find what you are looking for in this market.

Go on a Day Trip to The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

The tour of this stunning cliff of Moher will leave you mesmerized. These natural wonders are used for several films shoots like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and you will get a mind-blowing experience just coming here to view this cliff. You can arrange for a day tour to the cliff at any tourism center in Dublin and this will cost you between €15 to €40.

Try out Lunch at Avoca Wool Shop & Café

Apart from the stout beer and whiskey, another finest good which come out of Ireland is the wool and mohair products which are made from local sheep which spreads around the hills and valleys of Ireland. There are several Avoca shops around Dublin and you can even shop near the Dublin city center where you will get to buy the original handwoven luxurious scarves, blankets, sweaters which are made out of local Irish mohair. You can also eat a light lunch at the café and you can try out the tea or dessert of local Irish cuisine.

Go sightseeing at the Spire of Dublin

Spire of Dublin
Spire of Dublin

This an easiest monument that you can easily see from afar and it is found in the center of O’Connell street which is up to 120m tall. You are going to notice it exterior is illuminated gently by the sun on sunny days which makes the monument light up for all to see and at night, you are going to see as the tip of the structure is lit up by an external light source which makes it acts as a beacon in the night sky. You can also take pictures here.

Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin

The cathedral is close to Christ Church Cathedral it is the national cathedral of the church of Ireland. According to tradition, this is where St. Patrick baptized converts into Christianity in 450AD and the church has gone through many renovations before it went through substantial renovations in late 1800. The highlight of the cathedral is that you will get to see the tomb of Gulliver’s travels author who was the Dean of St. Patrick’s for 35 years and the tomb of his longtime love Stella.

If you are lucky to visit Ireland, one of the city you are definitely going to visit in Dublin and while you are here, there are many attractions and iconic landmarks that are waiting for you to explore them.

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