10 Best Things to Do in Dublin [Top Tourist Spots]

Experience the best things to do in Dublin, Ireland. Explore these top tourist attractions in this popular city in Europe! Featured photo by Diliff under creative commons.

Are you planning to visit Dublin, and thinking of the best things to do in Dublin, Ireland? If yes, then you are in the right place. The cozy and homey city, Dublin is well known for its friendly locals gaining its name as the friendly capital city of Ireland, and delectable cuisines such as the Guinness pie and Irish stew.

To make your visit to Dublin worthwhile, here are the 10 best things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

Hop on a Big Bus

With all the great attractions Dublin has to offer, it would be quite a hassle to travel on your own from point to point. So booking a tour at Big Bus Dublin is recommended to be able to go around the city trouble-free. During the tour, you will be able to hop on and hop off on some of the famous landmarks in Dublin such as the Guinness Storehouse, discover the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and meet the residents of Dublin Zoo. Get a Big Bus Dublin Ticket online or Pay less and experience more with GO Dublin Pass!

Big Bus Dublin | Photo via BigBus.com

Visit the Dublin Castle

Go back in time, and learn about the history of Dublin and real insights of British rule in Ireland at the Dublin Castle. Situated in the heart of Dublin, the Irish government structure is an architectural treasure that has become a popular tourist attraction that is open to the public, and where various state events are being held. Seasonal concerts are also being held on the grounds of the castle.

Dublin Castle | Photo by J.-H. Janßen under creative commons

Explore the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Nominated as one of Europe’s Leading Tourist Attractions in the year 2019 and 2020 at the World Travel Awards, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an informative and interactive museum that can stimulate your entire senses. Established in the year 2016, and founded by Neville Isdell, the museum showcases the rich history of Ireland and the present. It is a highly recommended spot for tourists, as well as for kids due to the interactive games in the facility. Skip the line and buy your ticket online.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum | Photo by Eleanor Milano under creative commons

Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Established in the year 1191, the Gothic Revival national cathedral of Ireland, the St Patrick’s Cathedral is the tallest church in Ireland with a 141-foot high spire and a famous tourist attraction. It is also where the Irish Satirist, author of Gulliver’s Travel and former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jonathan swift, and his lifelong partner “Stella” Esther Johnson, are buried. The historical structure holds 12th-century old floor tiles, a 19th-century Celtic cross, medieval stone font, and a bronze statue of Benjamin Lee Guinness which was erected in the year 1875 by John Henry Foley. Wander through 800 years of epic history at Dublin’s iconic cathedral.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Photo by William Murphy under creative commons

Go on a day tour at The Teeling Whiskey Distillery

A must-stop when visiting Dublin is the Teeling Whiskey Distillery where you can grab some of the finest whiskey and cocktails to taste. Originally established in the year 1782 by Walter Teeling, and reestablished in the year 2015 by Walter Teeling’s sons, Stephen and Jack Teeling, the Irish whiskey distillery is open for public tours that are informative, and offers whiskey tasting to visitors. Buy a ticket now.

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery| Photo by William Murphy under creative commons

Experience the National Wax Museum Plus

Another worth place to visit and spend your money in Dublin is the National Wax Museum Plus. The museum is a popular tourist attraction for all ages and a great place to spend with your family. However, the horror section is not suitable for kids. The exhibits in the museum are fascinating and vary depending on the tickets you acquire that are suitable for kids, adults, and seniors. Purchase a ticket

National Wax Museum Plus
National Wax Museum Plus | Photo by DubhEire under creative commons

Explore the GPO Museum

Situated on O’Connell Street, Dublin at the General Post Office (GPO) building is the GPO Museum, which is a popular tourist attraction to learn the Irish history, and get deeper insights into the 1916 Easter Rising event. The museum offers an informative tour via multi-media presentation, and interactive activities via games and challenges. Some of the collections exhibited in the museum are historical artifacts, photos, articles, and reconstructed equipment.

General Post Office Dublin
General Post Office Dublin| Photo by William Murphy under creative commons

Explore the National Gallery of Ireland

If you are visiting Dublin and you’re an art enthusiast, never miss stopping by at the National Gallery of Ireland. Established in the year 1854, the museum holds around 14,000 national collections of Irish and European oil paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and other valued art pieces. The place is a perfect spot to relax and immerse in interesting art and cultural appreciation.

National Gallery of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland | Photo by NTF30 under creative commons

Get up close to ancient artifacts at National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Located on Kildare Street in Dublin, The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology was opened in 1890. It has massive archaeological collections and is considered one of the must-visit tourist attractions in the city.

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology | Photo by Author Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin under creative commons

Visit the IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is home to the National Collection of modern and contemporary art. It has over 3,500 artworks by both Irish and International artists.

A visit to IMMA can include time to discover and reflect in the galleries, browse the IMMA shop, explore the formal gardens, and chill in the café.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Irish Museum of Modern Art | Photo by William Murphy under creative commons

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