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10 Great Spots to Visit in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

21st May 2021

You may think you know Dublin, but how many places have you really been to? It’s time to experience the hidden gems of the capital. Walk in the footsteps of literary giants at great museums, view the city from a skywalk and visit a secret rooftop garden. Get out and explore, starting with these 10 amazing places.

The Little Museum of Dublin

Explore the history of our incredible capital at The Little Museum of Dublin, a beautiful Georgian Townhouse in the heart of the city. Discover quirky facts about Dublin and marvel at the unique collection of over 5,000 artefacts created by public donation. 

Let expert guides entertain you on an hour-long tour beginning at the museum and meandering through St Stephen’s Green. Follow the footsteps of famous scribes on the Writers of Dublin Walking Tour or enjoy a family day out at the Big Little Treasure Hunt.

Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

A trip to the Museum of Literature Ireland at 86 Stephen’s Green is a must for literature lovers. Roam the interactive exhibitions and historical artefacts, download an audio guide, or book a 50-minute guided tour. Irish writers down through the ages are celebrated here, and exhibits change regularly. Check before you visit as workshops for children and adults run throughout the year.

The building was once UCD’s Newman House, where James Joyce himself studied, and you can see the first copy of his classic work Ulysses here. Pop into the Commons Café, set in the original student dining halls, and spend the afternoon watching the world go by over a coffee.
 

Windmill Lane Recording Studios 

Head to Ringsend and visit Windmill Lane Recording Studios, a familiar name in the world of music. The Rolling Stones recorded Voodoo Lounge here, Lady Gaga laid down the tracks for Born This Way, and Kylie Minogue worked on Fever.
 
Take a tour of the famous studios hosting musical greats since 1978 and learn exactly how the magic happens. Experience a band recording and see how technology meets talent. You’ll also learn about the history of the area from the days of Oliver Cromwell to the 1916 Easter Rising. Make sure to book in advance as this is a real working studio. 
 

The Chester Beatty

Discover the Chester Beatty in the grounds of Dublin Castle. American mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty left his amazing collection of manuscripts, paintings, costumes, and unique artefacts to Ireland after his death in 1968. 
 
Attend a talk or workshop and download the free audio tour as you explore the museum. Stop by the stunning rooftop garden, a haven of serenity in the centre of the city and order a Middle Eastern dish from the Silk Road Café. 

After, drop in to Dublin Castle. Take a self-guided tour through the State Apartments or check out an exhibition at the Coach House Gallery. 

Marsh’s Library

Did you know that the oldest public library in Ireland is in Dublin 8? 
 
Visit Marsh’s Library, where Bram Stoker started work on the very first draft of Dracula. Browse the 25,000 rare books and sit for a while to examine your findings. Literary legends Jonathan Swift and James Joyce spent time within these hallowed walls, and the ghost of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh is said to rummage through the bookcases of the 300-year-old library at midnight. 

Walk over to St Patrick’s Cathedral, mere steps away from the library. Admire the spectacular architecture, and if you check in advance, you might catch one of the incredible choral performances that take place regularly.
 

Jameson Distillery Bow Street

Crowned the World’s Leading Distillery three years in a row, Jameson Distillery was opened in 1780 by owner John Jameson. 

Enjoy a tour of the distillery and learn how the famous tipple is made, or book a Whiskey Shakers Masterclass and make some delicious Jameson-based cocktails; you can taste test your creations in the impressive JJ’s Bar. Get a group of friends together and book this unmissable experience.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Make your way to the striking CHQ building overlooking the Liffey and immerse yourself in EPIC’s interactive galleries. Learn why 10 million people left Ireland and trace your ancestry at the museum’s Irish Family History Centre

Walk around the Docklands to see other iconic Dublin landmarks, including the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, The Custom House, Dublin Convention Centre, getting a feel for this vibrant area of the capital, which effortlessly fuses old and new.

Croke Park Stadium Tour, Skyline & GAA 

Take your day to new heights with a skyline tour at Croke Park Stadium. Gaze at the jaw-dropping panoramic views of Dublin as you move along the open-air walkway on the stadium’s rooftop. Experienced tour guides point out buildings and landmarks as you view the city from above. 

Entry to the GAA museum is included in the price of your Skyline Tour, and sports fans can’t miss a visit an opportunity to see the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy trophies. Test your hurling and Gaelic football skills in the Interactive Games Zone and make time for the Remembering Bloody Sunday exhibition, which marks the tragic events of November 1920.

National Print Museum

Plan a trip to the National Print Museum and discover its stunning collection of art from recognisable names such as Maser, Annie Atkins and Damn Fine Print. See the permanent collection, which includes an original 1916 Proclamation and explore the layout of an old printing workshop.
 
Stop by the on-site shop to pick up a print and enjoy a Cloud Picker coffee (hand-roasted in the capital) in PRESS café. If you’re visiting at the weekend, time your visit to try the delicious brunch menu.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & National Botanic Gardens

Visit the resting place of historical figures Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Eamon DeValera at Glasnevin Cemetery on Dublin’s north side. The biggest cemetery in Ireland, it features the most extensive collection of Celtic crosses in the world, and a choice of excellent walking tours (book in advance). 
 
A linking gateway through a shared wall leads from the graveyard to the National Botanic Gardens, where you can walk through rose gardens, enjoy the award-winning architecture of the Great Palm House, and see the 15,000 plant species that live in the gardens. 
 
Whether you travel back in time at EPIC Museum or discover the next big thing in musical talent at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, there are so many great things to see and do in Dublin. Now all that’s left to do is start planning a day out in our fantastic capital city.

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