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6 Unique Experiences for Summer

By Visit Dublin

21st June 2021

Organise a fun family day out or book a stay with friends to soak up the unique charm of Ireland’s colourful capital city.

Make the most of a Dublin summer and make plans to discover these six incredible visitor experiences...

14 Henrietta Street

Head to 14 Henrietta Street, a social history museum that weaves an intricate web, telling the 300-year-old story of this unassuming Dublin building. From a grand Georgian townhouse to tenement flats, take a guided tour and learn the deeply personal stories of the people who once lived here.

Explore this hidden gem in Dublin’s fair city and discover its rich and complex history. Hear about the local legends of days gone by and appreciate the authenticity of this emotive experience. Find out more about how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Chester Beatty at Dublin Castle

One of Dublin’s best-kept secrets, visit the fascinating Chester Beatty Museum at Dublin Castle. Spend some time at the tranquil rooftop garden and catch a Qigong session. Experience this traditional form of Chinese training designed to improve posture and after, meditate in a peaceful oasis in the heart of the lively city.

Chester Beatty educate, entertain and engage with online workshops encouraging creativity and provided family learning resources. A major hit with parents and children alike, bring the kids to see this vibrant cultural hub in person. Wander around the creative exhibitions and you’ll soon understand why the museum is described as one of the best in Europe.

The National Gallery of Ireland 

When it comes to extensive collections, the National Gallery leads the way. Boasting some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media (including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture), every major European school of painting is well represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings, the majority of which are on permanent display.

Established in 1854 and opened in January 1864 in the heart of Dublin, it's just a short stroll from Trinity College and Merrion Square. A day in this national treasure's hallowed halls is food for the soul: find out everything you need to know about planning your visit.

IMMA: Irish Museum of Modern Art

Plan a trip to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, a spectacular space set on 48 acres of glorious grounds filled with beautiful flowers and plants. IMMA is a hidden gem off the beaten track in the city centre. Soak up the serene atmosphere and take some time out to explore the incredible art exhibitions and displays. Art at IMMA is truly special, the diverse range of contemporary works challenge conventions and captivate all who visit. 

Book your ticket (General Admission is free, or treat yourself to an Exhibitions Premium Ticket) and enjoy the beauty and inspiration within; after, wander around the gorgeous gardens. IMMA regularly shares online talks and discussions but there's no time like the present to make a real life visit to this intriguing museum that’s bubbling over with cultural riches.

Dublin Zoo

One of Ireland’s most-loved visitor attractions, the summer isn’t complete without a visit to Dublin Zoo. Live webcams give viewers watching at home a peek at what the animals are up to, but there's no substitute for the sights, sounds and smells as you experience the magic of the zoo.

Check out the Gorilla Rainforest, drop by the Sea Lion Cave, stroll along the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the splendid elephants take a mud bath... and don’t miss feeding time for the penguins. Just wait for the big grins and screams of delight when you tell your kids what’s on the agenda (and make sure to book in advance so you can avoid disappointed faces on arrival).

Airfield Estate

Explore the glorious grounds of Airfield Estate, with its vast, open spaces. Discover Overends Kitchen with their selection of home-baked goods, artisan products and hot drinks to go; breathe in the fresh air and revel in the sheer joy of a family day out on a glorious summer afternoon.

Meet the Oxford sandy black pigs, Rhode Island hens and Jersey cows on the working farm and let the little ones play in the gorgeous gardens. Visit the Farmers Food Market on Fridays and Saturdays and grab a special treat (or two) to enjoy at home.


Discover the incredible attractions on your doorstep or book a short break to the capital, the opportunities for exploration are endless. There’s so much to see and do, whether you’re planning a family day out or a weekend away.

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