Dublin is not only Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey. Here, everyone will find something for themselves: medieval castles, gardens and parks, temples, and museums. Travel Mode ON prepared a selection of the most interesting sights!
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Some of the benefits:
- the right to visit most of the popular attractions for free and without a queue: Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Dublin Museum, Dublin Castle, Zoo, Little Museum, National Museum and others;
- free access to Hop on Hop buses for 24 hours;
- discounts and special offers from program partners;
- transfer from airport;
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One of the oldest areas of Dublin. There are dozens of restaurants, pubs, night clubs, and shops. The fun does not stop here for a minute, and on St. Patrick’s Day, the streets are full of drunk people who sing songs and walk slowly from one bar to the other.
- The oldest pub in the Irish capital, The Brazen Head (20 Lower Bridge Street), opened in 1198;
- The Clarence Hotel (6-8 Wellington Quay), owned by U2 members;
- Smock Alley Theater (6-7 Exchange Street Lower) – one of the oldest theaters in Europe;
- The New Theater (43 Essex Street) is the smallest theater in Ireland.
This is the most atmospheric and fun district of the city, so we advise you to pay special attention to it. For example, go on a tour of the back streets of Temple Bar! As a result, you will learn to navigate in the center of Dublin, explore its best places and surely feel the spirit of Ireland.
National Botanical Garden
It is located on the south bank of the River Tolka. On an area of almost 20 hectares, there is an arboretum, a sensory garden, a rock garden, a pond, a rose garden, an alpine courtyard, an exhibition of ornamental plants. There are more than 15,000 species from different countries, among which are about 300 endangered, including 6 that are not found more in the wild. More information here.
Cost: Admission is free. Tour – € 5, on Sundays for free.
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This interactive museum situated in the building of the former fermentation workshop of the Guinness brewery, this is the most visited attraction in Ireland. There are expositions on seven floors, so you could know about the process of producing popular beer and the rules of use, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops. We recommend to go up to the Gravity Bar, which offers a panoramic view of Dublin. More information here.
In the tasting room, you will be taught to drink Guinness so that you can fully appreciate the taste.
Address: St James’s Gate.
Work schedule: from 9:30 to 17:00, depending on the season.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Built-in the period between 1220 and 1260, the temple is one of the few surviving buildings of medieval Dublin. This is the largest cathedral in Ireland.
The author of Gulliver’s Journeys, Jonathan Swift, who was dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745, is buried here. There is an exhibition dedicated to him, which presents the writer’s personal belongings, his books, and the death mask. The cathedral regularly hosts concerts, the schedule of which is on the site.
Address: St Patrick’s Close.
Cost: around € 7.
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One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Ireland. There have graduated famous writers and playwrights, Nobel Prize in Literature Samuel Beckett, English writers Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, and Jonathan Swift, musician Chris de Burg and many others. Official site here.
Most visitors come here to see the legendary Book of Kells, written by Irish monks around 800s.
You can also visit the Zoological Museum or the Science Gallery, or just lie down on the grass and watch the lively campus life (entrance to the grounds is free).
Address: College Green.
Cost: Entrance to the territory is free. A guided tour with a library is € 14, for guests under 19 years old – free of charge. Entrance to the Science Gallery is free. Ticket to the Zoological Museum – € 3 for an adult, € 2 for a child.
The castle was built in the XIII century to protect the city. Over the years there have been: the royal residence, parliament, court, the residence of the president. Currently, the castle is used by the government for official receptions and banquets.
On days when no events are planned, the castle is open to visitors. Excursion route includes:
- The underground exposition of The Viking Excavation;
- The Medieval Tower;
- The State Apartments;
- The Chapel Royal.
Address: Dame Street.
Work schedule: 9: 45–17: 45.
Cost: € 7 for an adult, € 3 for a child of 12-17 years old – without a guide; € 10 and € 4 respectively with a guide. More information here.
Prison Kilmainham Gaol
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The prison was closed in 1924, after which the building was empty for a long time and gradually collapsed. From 1960 to 1971, restoration work was carried out, after which the Museum of Irish Nationalism was opened. During the tour, you will learn how the prisoners lived and how their life was organized.
Address: Inchicore Road.
Schedule: From 9:30 to 18:00, depending on the season.
Cost: € 8 for an adult, € 4 for a child 12-17 years.
One of the largest fenced parks in Europe (707 hectares). Do not be surprised to see deer – they are peaceful, they are not afraid of people.
In the park are:
- the residence of the President of Ireland;
- the cross, established in 1979 for an open mass during the visit to Dublin of Pope John Paul II;
- Wellington Monument – an obelisk 62 meters high, immortalizing the victories of the Duke of Wellington;
- People’s Gardens is a 9-hectare garden with a playground, picnic areas, and decorative lakes. It is open daily from 8:00, closing time varies throughout the year.
Opened in 1831, ranks among the oldest and most visited in the world. The territory of 28 hectares is divided into thematic zones, where animals live in conditions close to natural: “Primate World”, “Cats World”, “City Farm”, “Arctic Ice”, “African Plains”. Among the pets of the zoo are elephants, giraffes, monkeys, hippos, lemurs, lions, rhinos, tigers, leopards and other animals from different continents. More information here.
Address: Phoenix Park.
Cost: € 17.5 for an adult, € 13 for a child 3-16 years.
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