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LGBTQ+ Guide to Dublin

By Visit Dublin

16th June 2021

Dublin is famous for its welcoming, inclusive vibe and its thriving LGBTQ+ scene is no exception; you'll find it full of colour, character and fun. More than ever before, since Ireland voted to become the first country to pass the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, Dublin has come into its own as an emerging European gay capital. With the celebration of this monumental day still visible throughout the city, discover where to go and what not to miss with our guide to LGBTQ+ Dublin...

Map of Dublin with highlighted LGBT locations

What to see

A trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of Dublin's most famous writers. Make a pilgrimage to Oscar Wilde's memorial statue in Merrion Square Park, right across the street from Wilde’s childhood home on this beautiful Georgian square. The park itself is well worth a wander through too.

Nearby, if you’re interested in history The Irish Queer Archive at the National Library of Ireland holds the most comprehensive collection of material relating to LGBTQ+ history and literature in the country. A short stroll away, visit the stunning Dublin Castle buildings and courtyard, a beautiful and historic landmark where huge crowds gathered in May 2015 to witness the declaration of the Marriage Equality referendum result. Here you’ll find vast castle grounds and gardens; museums including the Chester Beatty (with its diverse collections from across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe); and even the odd Hollywood star – shows such as Penny Dreadful and The Tudors have been filmed here in recent years.

On the city’s north side, check out Outhouse on Capel Street, a not-for-profit LGBTQ+ community and resource centre which acts as a lively cultural hub with theatre space and events. The building also houses a newly refurbished library stocked with classic LGBTQ+ literature. Should you wish to explore the capital’s illustrious literary tradition a little more, the Dublin Writers Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Learn about writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Brendan Behan and read about their impact on international literature, as well as finding out about their favourite haunts.

What’s on

Planning your trip to Dublin around some of the city’s numerous pride celebrations is a great way to catch the city at its best.

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride is the city’s biggest celebration next to the St. Patrick’s Festival; the 2021 festival will take place with events throughout June and into July. Listen in to an online panel discussion: Pride & Protest - Unfinished Business will reflect on the origins and evolution of Pride and ask what Pride means today, while Look at Me! This is Who We Are! focuses on identity and creative expression across different media, considering LGBTQ+ representation and visibility. The festival centrepiece — the Virtual Pride Parade — is set for Saturday, June 26.

Other events throughout the year include the GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival during the autumn, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in the summer and the Bear Féile weekend in the spring.

For those seeking outdoor adventure and activities, Out and About is Dublin’s lesbian and gay hillwalking group who take regular excursions to the Wicklow Mountains where you can enjoy unrivalled views of the city. Out2Tennis, meanwhile, is Ireland’s gay tennis network who organise social events and tournaments.

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