The Dublin Pass has collaborated with key Dublin bloggers for their top recommendations of things to do in Dublin. With their local knowledge and cultural pride, they have come up with iconic attractions, like the Guinness Storehouse, to the more historic landmarks like the Cathedrals, as well as quirky alternatives like the Leprachaun Museum! Explore the best of Dublin with this list of 23 things to do...
Go on a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, to see how Guinness has been made. Every floor of the building is a different part of the tour. On the top floor, enjoy a lovely Guinness and a meal, accompanied by a great view of Dublin. As well as, on every floor, enjoy a taste of the true and hard Guinness. You will be drinking Guinness right from the source. You couldn’t get it better anywhere else.
Old Jameson Distillery
Old Jameson Distillery is a great place to go with families, spouses or friends, as long as you are over 18 years of age. Go see how magnificent the distillery is, and how whiskey has been made since 1780. During the tour, a taste test will be provided, along with a fun and friendly tour guide who is filed with knowledge. You’ll also get a sense of how to correctly drink whiskey, as well as order their seasonal whiskey drinks at the bar.
The Wax Museum
The National Wax Museum PLUS is a great place for families and friends to go to. There are plenty of spaces to roam around in and take pictures, such as kids world, science, music and entertainment. There is plenty to see in the museum, and you will never get bored. Go see some cartoon heroes such as SpongeBob and Harry Potter, along with James Bond and Ronan Keating.
The Leprechaun Museum
This is a great place to go with friends, family and kids. You’ll learn about Irish folklore and have an experience in a leprechaun’s world. You will hear stories about the leprechauns and their history, and you’ll hear about the myths and legends that have been around for years. Most of all, you will understand how the leprechaun became what it is today in a guided walking tour.
The Viking Splash Tour
An experience on both land and water, along with a traditional Viking hat. Going around Dublin, this engaging city tour is fun to do with everyone. Learn a bit about the Viking’s history, and go site seeing around Dublin as well. All the tour guides have a “Viking” background that you will learn on the tour. A fun and laughter filled tour that is sure to be unforgettable!
Suggested by Daniel, Community Manager at DublinTown
The home of all things rugby-related, go and cheer on the greens at the iconic Aviva Stadium! This iconic sporting arena is Ireland’s pride and joy where the Irish have defeated opponents in legendary matches. Aviva Stadium is a fantastic place to visit with all the family or friends and you’ll get the chance to go behind the scenes and learn about the players’ pre-match rituals and even step on the hallowed turf – if you’re lucky…
Our top choice for day-trips is Dublin Zoo. We pick different walking routes each time, depending on the energy levels of little legs, and it’s always captivating. The African Savanna is a firm favourite with my kids, who love watching the giraffes and ostriches, before running off to the playground. Tip: bring a picnic and eat outdoors, overlooking the water outside the Nakuru restaurant.
Walking Dun Laoghaire Pier is special. Watching boats bobbing on glittering blue water, 99s from famous Teddy’s Ice Cream in hand. It’s a walk that’s just the right length for little legs, with a stunning view of the coast as we head back inland. Afterwards, we head to the People’s Park for a picnic, or on a Sunday, for lunch at the weekly farmers’ market.
Suggested by Andrea, Dublin mom bloggers at OfficeMum.ie
Christ Church Cathedral
Arguably Dublin’s oldest building, Christ Church Cathedral can be dated back to the 11th century when it was founded by the Viking king of Dublin, King Sitric Silkbeard. One of the most important buildings in the city, Christchurch boasts medieval tombs, impressive stained glass windows and an accessible medieval crypt with a mummified cat and rat! This is a must-see when you visit Dublin.
Celebrate Dublin from its inception right up to the present day at Dublinia, one of Dublin’s most popular museums. See what day-to-day life was like in Dublin as a Viking, and experience the busy, bustling streets of the Medieval city in the 1300s. Appreciate how this amazing city has evolved over the centuries into the Dublin of today – and judge for yourself if it’s any better!
St Michan’s Church
Slightly off the beaten track, St Michan’s Church is situated on the aptly named Church street near the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. Without doubt, Michan’s is one of Dublin’s most unique attractions. While the church itself is impressive, the mummified remains in the crypt are what draw thousands of visitors each year. No one knows for certain why the crypt preserves the remains of Dubliners from the last few centuries in such remarkable condition. Not for the faint hearted, this is definitely worth checking out.
Suggested by Fin Dwyer, historian, author and blogger at Irish History Podcast
EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum
Did you know over 70 million people around the world claim Irish heritage! Housed in the historic Custom House Quay, EPIC takes you on a journey back in time to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world. The museum's 20 themed and interactive galleries will explore why people left and how they influenced the communities they joined around the world. Discover more about Irish culture and the dramatic story of the people who left and spread across the globe.