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Capital Attraction: Epic Dublin Encounters

By Visit Dublin

18th May 2021

Discover for yourself the experiences that make Dublin so special and unique. Here are some fantastic things to do on a city break in Dublin...

 

Incredible experiences

Tour of Phoenix Park

Embrace the outdoors with a bike tour of Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed park within a capital city. Join Phoenix Park Bikes and see landmarks while you hear the story of the park told by an experienced guide.

Vintage Tea Trips

Don’t miss the chance to see the capital’s iconic landmarks aboard a charming Routemaster bus. Enjoy scones with jam and clotted cream and a soundtrack of 1950s jazz as your Vintage Tea Trips host regales you with tales of Dublin’s fair city.

Dublin Castle

Visit the site of the 'dark pool' that gave Dublin its name in Dublin Castle and take a guided tour of the impressive staterooms. Afterwards, check out the fascinating library at Chester Beatty and its world class collection in the Castle's grounds. 
 

Outdoor adventures

City Coast

A boat on the clear blue waters of Dublin Bay near Howth, Dublin.

Breathe in the fresh sea breeze on a visit to Howth, a picturesque fishing village. Get close to nature on the Cliff Walk and enjoy the tasty classic of fish and chips afterwards. On the southside, Dún Laoghaire's pretty seafront has been popular with holidaymakers since Victorian times. Walk the pier, spot seals and sailboats and feast on a '99.

Docklands

There's more adventure to be had on the water at Wakedock in Dublin's docklands. In cable wakeboarding, the cable replaces the boat and pulls you along for a thrilling experience. While you're in the neighbourhood, take a stroll to discover stunning street art, some of the best coffee in town and stunning modern architecture like the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre — the perfect backdrop for Instagram worthy photos

Dublin parks

Dublin's city parks are the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon during your stay. Meander around Merrion Square, say hi to the ducks on the St. Stephen's Green pond and take a scenic stroll in the Iveagh Gardens.
 

Rich history

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Interactive displays at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin.

The story of Ireland and our diaspora is told in fantastic detail at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, a beautifully restored Georgian warehouse on the banks of the Liffey. Discover why 10 million people left Ireland and engage with the history of Irish emigration in 20 interactive galleries.

Christ Church Cathedral

An impressive spectacle by day or night, Christ Church Cathedral dates back to the 11th century, and was built to overlook the old Viking settlement at Wood Quay. Visit the atmospheric crypt, admire exquisite floor tiles and the marvellous collection of manuscripts and artefacts.

Dublinia

While you're in Christ Church, stop at Dublinia and see Viking and Medieval Dublin brought to life. Walk in the footsteps of Vikings, learn about their legacy and discover life onboard a Viking warship.

The Little Museum of Dublin

Drop by one of Dublin's most-loved museums, The Little Museum of Dublin where friendly experts tell the fascinating history of the city through a quirky mix of objects donated by the public. 

National Museum of Ireland

Uncover Irish history through the ages at the National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks. View ceramics, silver, glassware, furniture and weaponry telling the story of Ireland's past; afterwards, head to the Anna Livia statue in Croppies Acre Memorial Park for some great photos. 
 

Cultural treasures

Book of Kells

Books and marble busts of famous writers lining the walls in the Long Room at Trinity College, Co. Dublin

See Ireland's most significant cultural treasure The Book of Kells on a self-guided tour of Trinity College. While you're there, take the time to appreciate the incredible interiors of the Long Room library.

The Hugh Lane Gallery

Visit the Hugh Lane Gallery to marvel at the superb collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art with masterpieces by Monet, Renoir and works by Harry Clarke, the renowned 20th century stained glass artist. View Francis Bacon's perfectly preserved studio with free admission to this popular gallery.

The National Gallery of Ireland

Spend an afternoon at the National Gallery of Ireland where there's over 12,000 works from artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Jack B. Yeats and Vermeer. Experience one of Dublin's most captivating places with free entry to the permanent collection.

With so many things to do and places to see wrapped up in one county, Dublin is just waiting for your next short break. 

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