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  • Museums & Attractions
    Geological Museum

    Geological Museum

    The Museum Building in Trinity College as been home to the geology department almost 160 years and housed the Geology Museum with over 80,000 specimens until 2014. The Geology Museum has moved to Trinity Technology and Enterprise Centre (TTEC), Pearse Street, open by appointment. But the Museum Building interior is stunning and well worth a visit. The lobby has giant Irish deer skeletons from the Pleistocene era and some displays of minerals and fossils.

  • Museums & Attractions
    Freemasons Hall

    Freemasons Hall

    The Grand Lodge and Freemasons Hall is located in Dublin City, near the National Library and the National Museum of Archaeology. In Summer, you can drop in for a guided tour of the Lodge at 2.30pm on weekdays. The Museum is open year-round and offers a fascinating look at artifacts, clothing & tools of the Knights Templar, tapestries, jewellery and other objects that are rich in the curious symbolism of the Freemasons.

  • Crafts & Design
    Dublin Writers Museum

    Dublin Writers Museum

    The Dublin Writers Museum, across from the Garden of Remembrance, celebrates Irish writers and is a must-see for anyone who wants to discover, explore or enjoy Dublin's immense literary heritage. The museum has a fascinating collection of personal items, first editions and more. It holds occasional exhibitions, lunchtime theatre and readings. The book shop is free to visit.

  • Museums & Attractions
    Royal Irish Academy

    Royal Irish Academy

    Found on Dawson Street in Dublin City, the Royal Irish Academy promotes scholarship and learning in science and the humanities. It is home to one of Ireland's research libraries with a range of activities and collections, with exhibitions and public talks.

  • Activity Tours
    Farmleigh House

    Farmleigh House

    Farmleigh House & Estate in Phoenix Park is well-worth a visit and is known for its Georgian-Victorian architecture, Gallery and beautiful Gardens. The former Guinness family estate is open to the public when not hosting visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Many cultural events and markets take place here.

  • Activity Tours
    Malahide Castle and Gardens

    Malahide Castle and Gardens

    Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The Demense has much to offer visitors of all ages: an award-winning children's playground, a fairy trail, a butterfly house, old Abbey ruins, walking trails, Avoca handweavers & café, guided tours of the Castle interior and the Talbot Botanic Gardens with unusual specimens. It is a 10-minute walk from the Malahide DART station, or take Toots the Malahide Road Train.

  • Historic Houses & Castles
    Bullock Castle

    Bullock Castle

    Bullock Castle ruin stands on the Dun Laoghaire- Dalkey Road overlooking Bullock harbour. It can be dated to about 1150 from its curved pointed arches mixed with older round arches along with the style of the warrior's head, high up on the outer wall.

  • Museums & Attractions
    14 Henrietta Street

    14 Henrietta Street

    14 Henrietta Street is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the history of Dublin City. See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls, going back 300 years.

  • Activity Tours
    Newbridge House & Farm

    Newbridge House & Farm

    Newbridge House is an 18th century Georgian Mansion with original furnishings about a 15-minute drive from Dublin Airport. It is set in 370 acres of beautiful Parkland including a working Farm, an excellent children's Playground, a Café and a range of seasonal events. It is a great day out for all ages.

  • Activity Tours
    Marlay Park

    Marlay Park

    Marlay House was built about 1794 and today the 300-acre historic demesne provides a wonderful park space for the public. Located in Rathfarnham, Dublin, 9km from Dublin city centre, the park caters for various sporting activities, markets and events.

  • Museums & Attractions
    Dublin City Archives

    Dublin City Archives

    Located on Pearse Street in Dublin, the Dublin City Archives houses records of the city's civic government dating from 1171 to the late 20th century. A reading room is available for consulting materials.

  • Historic Houses & Castles
    Wood Quay

    Wood Quay

    Wood Quay is the location where the Vikings first settled in the Dublin City in 841. Today, much of the quay is occupied by Dublin City Council’s Civil Offices. The dark wooden sculpture outside represents the prow of a Viking longship. The bronze plaques in the footpaths depict Viking artefacts. Inside the building is a section of City Wall dating from 1100A.D.

  • Historic Houses & Castles
    Howth Castle

    Howth Castle

    Howth Castle and the adjoining estate, the home of the Gaisford-St. Lawrence family since 1177, has been sold to developers with a view toward upgrading the Deer Park Hotel and golf courses into a luxury destination. This will ensure that the Castle is preserved and maintained to the highest standard. Check website for developments. You can still see the Castle from the outside.

  • Museums & Attractions
    Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

    Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

    The Ye Olde Hurdy-Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio is located in the Martello Tower in Howth, County Dublin, and houses a collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to present day. It is the vast collection of one man, Pat Herbert.

  • Cafés
    Rathfarnham Castle

    Rathfarnham Castle

    Rathfarnham Castle, which dates from Elizabethan times, is probably the earliest example of what is termed a ‘fortified house’ built in Ireland for the Archbishop-Chancellor Adam Loftus in 1583. It was substantially remodeled in the eighteenth century and transformed into a fashionable Georgian residence. Access to the interior of the Castle is by guided tour. It is open 7 days a week from May - Sept and closed Mondays and Tuesdays the rest of the year. It hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

  • Historic Houses & Castles
    The Black Church

    The Black Church

    In Dublin City centre stands St. Mary’s Chapel of Ease, commonly known as the Black Church due to the dark coloured calp stone used to build it. It was constructed in 1830 for the Church of Ireland and is interesting for its architecture.

  • Museums & Attractions
    The Irish Architectural Archive

    The Irish Architectural Archive

    The Irish Architectural Archive, located in No. 45 Merrion Square, is of architectural importance as a Georgian building and as an immense collection of records going back to the late 1600s on every significant building and architect in Ireland. It also contains 500,000 photographs & exhibitions.

  • Cafés
    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Built in 1680, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is the oldest classical building in Ireland and was based on Les Invalides in Paris. It occupies the site of a former Medieval hospital and monastery. It contains a chapel, great hall, formal gardens, burial grounds and artist studios. It has also housed the IMMA since 1991, the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

  • Historic Houses & Castles
    Lusk Round Tower

    Lusk Round Tower

    Lusk Heritage Centre encompasses a 9th century Round Tower, a Medieval Belfry Tower and a 19th century Church. They form a unit, although they were built over a period of almost a thousand years. They are free to visit. Tours are self-guided.

  • Activity Tours
    War Memorial Gardens

    War Memorial Gardens

    Located adjacent to Phoenix Park in Dublin City, the War Memorial Gardens pay tribute to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the WWI from 1914-1918. These gardens are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe.

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