City Guide to Dublin, Ireland

Author: | Last Updated: 18 Oct 2018

The city of Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland and it is a very popular city, as there is a lot of things to see and do. There are many historical buildings in the city, one of which is Dublin Castle, and this dates back to the 13th century. Although Dublin is located on an island it is actually very easy to get to with the option to either take a ferry or get one of the many flights to the island, whichever option you choose it is actually very easy and inexpensive to get to the city. Visitors that opt for a ferry crossing have a choice of disembarkation points which are Dublin port which is just minutes from the city centre or Dun Laoghaire port which is on the southern side of the city about half an hour from the city centre.

Best time of the year to visit Dublin:

The mountainous areas of Ireland tend to have more than three thousand millimetres of rain per year and the wettest months tend to be December and January. The driest month tends to be April however many parts of the south tend to have a rather dry June. The busiest tourist season for Ireland tends to be July and August, therefore is could be a good idea to visit in May, June or September as their weather will still be as good and it will be probably be a bit quieter.

The National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is split across four different sites and each one specialises in a specific area of science and culture. For archaeology visit the museum in Kildare street, Decorative arts and history visit Collins Barracks, Country life visit Turlough Park however if natural history is more your area of interest then visit the museum in Merrion Square. At the archaeology museum you can discover bog bodies, gold, Viking artefacts, ceramics and glass. The decorative arts and history of the museum displays includes furniture, ceramics, silver, Asian art, Asgard, costume artefacts and folklife artefacts. The country life part of the museum is an ideal location to immerse yourself in many unique stories, fascinating traditional culture and rich heritage of rural ancestors. The natural history museum has a collection of geological samples and zoological models all in an area of engaging activities.  Each of the museums have a gift shop where you can find a souvenir to take home.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland and it is located in Phoenix Park. A visit to this zoo will give you a stimulating, fun filled day out which will be a hit with all the family. This attraction provides a great way to learn about wild animals including some endangered species. The zoo is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in the heart of Dublin and the zoo is spaced across twenty eight hectares and is home to about four hundred animals. The zoo is designed to deliver an environment for conservation and education.

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the centre of the St James’s Gate Brewery and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. This storehouse is the home of the Black Stuff and a visit here will give you unforgettable memories from your Irish adventure. The journey around this attraction begins at the bottom of the largest pint glass anywhere in the world and the experience continues through the use of interactive displays across the seven floors which takes you through the stages of the long brewing heritage and the rich history with Ireland. At the top of the pint glass you will be rewarded with a pint in the world famous Gravity Bar.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle dates back to the early part of the thirteenth century and it was built on a site that was once occupied by a Viking settlement. For centuries this castle has been used as the administrative headquarters for England and later Britain. Following Ireland’s Independence in 1922 Dublin Castle was handed to the new Irish government and it is now a major government complex and a very popular tourist attraction.

Irish Whiskey Museum

For visitor who enjoy whiskey a trip to the Irish whiskey museum will be a great day out as this will take you back in time and teach you about the origins of this famous drink. The tours around this museum offer the perfect way to get a wealth of information and the guides have many fascinating and entertaining stories to tell. For a small fee it is also possible to sample some of the local produce as you can taste whiskey that has been matured for a minimum of ten years.

Jameson Distillery Bow Street

Jameson Distillery Bow Street is where the Jameson Distillery started in 1780 and a visit here will teach you about the brewing process and the history of this company. There are many fascinating stories surrounding this company and its history, therefore it is a good idea to take one of the tours, as this will give you access to these stories and you will also get to sample the local produce.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol first opened in 1796 and it closed the doors in 1924. Nowadays the building symbolises the tradition of constitutional and militant nationalism from the 1798 rebellion to the Irish civil war, which took place 1922 – 1923. It is only possible to visit this attraction using one of the guided tours and these are worked on a timed ticket system, therefore your visit needs to be booked in advance.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Since 1832 over one and half million people have been interred in Glasnevin. This museum is located a short distance from the city centre. Glasnevin Cemetery cover an area of one hundred and twenty four acres of parkland and there is plenty to appreciate. This Victorian Garden cemetery is hauntingly gorgeous, and it is home to a vast amount of history. There is a café at this museum which provides an ideal location to relax and enjoy some tasty food and refreshments. The café was opened in 2010 and is constantly revolving and updating menus and aims to make use of local produce.

St Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals

St Patricks and Christ Church Cathedrals are ancient, intriguing and dramatic. These cathedrals have some striking architecture and they are built beside a well which was the baptism place for the famous patron of Ireland of St Patrick. These cathedrals date back to 1220 and they are filled with monuments and stained-glass windows which date back to the 19th century. Christ Church is just ten minute walk from the cathedral and it has attracted pilgrims for more than a thousand years.

The Irish Emigration Museum

The Irish emigration museum is located in the Docklands of Dublin and it covers the history of emigration and diaspora from Ireland to other countries. There was over ten million Irish people who left their homeland in search of a better life in another country.  This attraction has recently been voted as one of the leading attractions in Europe.

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