Ireland’s capital city of Dublin packs a mean punch when it comes to terrific things to do and see. It attracts a multitude of visitors all throughout the year, and with very good reason! There are many great things to do in Dublin, from exploring the city sights to experiencing the lively night life and craic. It is a warm and welcoming city, and one that is sure to remain in your heart for a long time after your visit has ended.
Some of the best things to do in Dublin include:
Tour Breweries and Distilleries
Ireland has somewhat of a reputation, fairly or not, for being a nation that enjoys a tipple or two. Two of the country’s most famous drinks are produced in the heart of the capital; Guinness and Jameson Whiskey. You can enjoy a tour of each factory, with both being premier tourist destinations.
Learn all about the history and production of the black brew at the Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy a glass in the bar, where you will also have incredible views of the city.
Wander around the Jameson’s Distillery, see equipment and machinery, learn about the distillation process, and enjoy a shot of the fiery drink.
Sample the Food
Traditional Irish fare is often thought to be rather bland and uninteresting, that that is somewhat unfair – there are lots of places to enjoy great food around Dublin. As well as a wide range of international cuisine you should also try some of the local dishes – you will probably be in for a pleasant surprise. Irish food is typically hearty and filling, with meals such as soups, stews, shepherd’s pie, chips, and salmon high on the list. You should also try some succulent Irish mussels.
Dublin boasts a large number of museums that will appeal to all tastes. Kids and adults alike will enjoy exploring Viking and Medieval Dublin with a journey through time in Dublinia.
Kilmainhaim Gaol lets you see what life was like for convicts and inmates – it was the scene of executions of rebels, and you can still step inside some of the cells and imagination life behind bars.
Walk through a period Georgian home at 29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower and take an tour of the famous Trinity College.
See Churches and Cathedrals
Dublin is home to two magnificent cathedrals – Christchuch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral. There are also a number of splendid churches. Descend into the underground crypt at Saint Michan’s Church – you will be in for an eerie and unusual sight! The environmental conditions have led to the bodies becoming mummified inside the coffins, and time has led to the decay of some of the wooden caskets, leaving the mummies open for grisly viewing.
Go on a Pub Crawl
No visit to Dublin is complete without participating in a hop around some of the city’s numerous watering holes. Temple Bar is one of the city’s most famous night time spots, although there are plenty of bars and pubs all around the city. Many of the pubs are as they have been for many years – if you are looking for plentiful trendy bars you may be a bit disappointed!
Shop ‘till You Drop
Dublin has some great places for shopping, with Grafton Street being one of the most well known. Other top places for shopping in Dublin include the trendy Henry Street, antique laden Francis Street, the New York inspired Loft Market, and the kooky shops around Temple Bar.
With plenty of things to do in Dublin make sure you add it to your travel wish list.