Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest University and was founded by England’s Queen Elizabeth in 1592. It is steeped with history. Best known for the Book of Kells, the book is held in the “Long Room” and is worth seeing. Apart from the Book of Kells, the Old Library is worth a visit for its magnificent main chamber. Other attractions include Douglas Hyde Gallery, Oscar Wilde Centre and Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was formerly the centre of British rule in Ireland. The Chester Beatty Library is the best thing to visit at Dublin Castle and has some of the finest collections of Eastern art in the world.  Alfred Chester Beatty, an American mining magnate, was a major collector of Eastern art. The castle also contains a beautiful garden and a police museum.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral is one of Dublin’s oldest buildings. The exhibitions include various rare manuscripts, historic artefacts and gold and silverware. The cathedral is best known for hosting the first performance of Handel’s Messiah and it continues to put on various choral performances.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was founded in the 12th century and is Ireland’s largest church, situated in the heart of Dublin City.  There is plenty of history here; Jonathan Swift (author of “Gulliver’s Travels”) who was the dean of the Cathedral from 1713-1745 is buried here. The cathedral regularly hosts choral concerts and is worth experiencing.

Dublinia & The Viking World

Dublinia combines modern and medieval Dublin for an educational step back into the city’s Viking era. The exhibits allow the visitor to interact with the exhibition and engage, learn and share, allowing you to witness the sights, sounds and smells of a busy medieval city. The buildings and streets have been recreated to offer the visitor a view of what everyday life was like during that period of Irish history.

Old Jameson Distillery

Relive the story of John Jameson and Son through the history, the atmosphere and the taste. The tour takes visitors through the seven stages of whiskey making but also grounds the whole process in the tradition and social history of this interesting and special, cobbled corner of Dublin City.

The Guinness Storehouse

No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to The Guinness Storehouse and every tourist seems to come back there at least once. The Guinness Storehouse is an impressive building: the core of the building is shaped like a giant pint glass, consisting of seven floors. Visitors get to see how Guinness is made. The Gravity Bar is on the top floor, where you get a complimentary pint of Guinness, whilst overlooking the most spectacular view of Dublin.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol tells part of the story of Irish history. The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed at Kilmainham Gaol while several Irish nationalist leaders were imprisoned here over the years.

Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park is the largest urban enclosed park in Europe and is one of Dublin’s must see tourist attractions. The park is also home to the residence for the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as Dublin Zoo. The Phoenix Park also provides bikes, which are located inside the main gate on Parkgate Street.