Glimpse at the detail in the renowned Book of Kells in Trinity College. This lavishly illustrated manuscript of the Gospels dates back to the 19th century, and it is simply a marvel of Early Christian art carried out by the monks’ steady hands. The 65-metre Long Room in the Old Library is an incredible sight, and it is filled with old books, marble busts and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. This is also the room that inspired the imagery of the Jedi Archive in Star Wars Episode II.
Dublin’s majestic Iveagh Gardens are the best-kept secret of the city. Enter a floral world of rustic grottoes, twinkling fountains and sunken lawns. The gardens were designed by Ninian Niven in 1863 and thry include a rustic grotto, cascades, fountains, maze, a rosarium, archery grounds, wilderness and woodlands. You’ll love this little slice of city heaven.
The National Gallery of Ireland was established by an Act of Parliament in 1854 and it first opened its doors to the public in January 1864. Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and almost 10,000 other works created in different techniques including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture.
Kilmainham Gaol opened its doors in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. The great collection consists of a wide variety of object types, including manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, weaponry, artwork, medals, uniforms and personal effects especially related to the political imprisonment in the 1916-23 period, and to the experience of women during the Civil War.
Dubliners love sport and adventures and the backdrop of beautiful mountains and rugged coastline, just few minutes away from the city centre, provide the perfect arena for an unforgettable experience. Aboveboard is a water sports adventure centre located in the heart of Dublin's south coast in Dun Laoghaire. The club offers kite-surfing lessons and rentals.
Dublin Bay Cruises sail between Dun Laoghaire and Howth up to six times a day from March to October. Your 90 min trip brings you not only around the beautiful vista of Dublin Bay, but it also helps you to travel through time and to understand how and why the modern city of Dublin developed to become the capital city of Ireland.
Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and you will be magically transported back in time to 7,000 B.C. Take time to visit The Treasury which features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard.
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park-land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and it is an interesting display of different architectural styles. Many additions and alterations have been made to this romantic and beautiful structure, but the contours of the surrounding park-lands have changed little in 800 years, retaining the sense of the past.
Dublinia is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like on board a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs; explore the Viking legacy and much more.
There are over one million stories buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, ordinary and extraordinary people. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is a wonderful introduction to the wealth of national history. This interactive visitor attraction offers a fascinating view of Ireland’s Necropolis and the many renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today. It also provides guided tours of the cemetery which are a unique opportunity to learn more about Ireland’s complex history.
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. Indeed the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collections and presentations of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection.
Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Chester Beatty Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. The Library's rich collection of manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and objects d'art from countries across the world offers visitors a visual feast.
Located in Stoneybatter (better known as Maron Street by the locals), this restaurant offers a seasonal and regularly updated selection of food and beers. Each course is matched with a beer or cider and the desserts are matched with a whiskey. Regular tasting events in the pub are another draw.
Da Mimmo Italian Restaurant Dublin was opened in 2010. It is a family-run Italian restaurant especially renowned for its homemade wood fired pizzas, pasta, antipasti, delicious desserts and a wide range of fine Italian wines. If you want to savour authentic made-in-Italy cuisine, this is the right place to visit.
Located in a basement and tucked away deep in Dublin's Northside, Chapter One worked hard to reflect the Irish culinary tradition in its cuisine. Dining here is a multi-sensory experience as every course is carefully made with high quality products and served in an elegant interior.
Simple modern European food with a classic French influence. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, the dining room is spacious, bright and airy in the style of a French Brasserie. It has a bustling atmosphere every day of the week. Don't miss the Aged Irish Angus Sirloin & Fillet Steaks and Burgers!
Whitefriar Grill is located in Dublin’s south city centre village quarter. this funky New York styled restaurant is specialised in modern Irish cuisine. Roast Marrow Bone and Duck Shepard’s Pie exemplify its tasty grounded cooking. It is considered as the best destination for weekend brunch in Dublin, so don't miss this unique taste experience.
BANG Restaurant, recommended by the Michelin Guide, offers discerning diners great choice -from the unique experience of 'The Gathering' Tasting Menu, a seven course meal proudly showcasing the very best of Ireland to the great value pre-theatre menu. Passionate about food, menus are seasonal, fresh and locally sourced.
Il Vicoletto restaurant is a cosy little Italian situated in Crow Street – a cobblestone lane-way just off of the main strip. Step inside and you will immediately be transported to an authentic Italian trattoria. Its kitchen is famous for its homemade bread and pastas, authentic Ragu served with Pappardelle in Chianti Classico recipe, impressive Italian wine list which contains both medium range priced wines but excellent.
Located next to The Merrion Hotel and opposite the Government Buildings, Pearl Brasserie is a cosy basement exuding style, glamour and luxury. The celebrated food takes casual dining to new levels. Winner of Restaurant of the Year 2009, it has been at the top of the pack in Dublin for 14 years.
This award winning cafe can be accessed through the Daintree paper shop. Inspired by the rain-forest in Australia, Daintree meets some of its own energy, material, food and water needs. The leafy courtyard is an oasis of calm in a busy area of the city .It is the perfect place to relax with a savoury tart and a glass of wine.
Queen of Tarts opened its doors for the first time in 1998 and today it is one of the most homely and welcoming space offering the best breakfasts and weekend brunch in Dublin, the tastiest lunches, the finest cakes, scones and brownies in the business. Everything here is baked and prepared fresh on the premises.
A veritable institution in Dublin, Bewley's Cafe has played an essential role in the literary, cultural, artistic, architectural and social life of the Irish capital since it opened in 1927. Today this place still keeps its traditions of coffee roasting and baking along with its famous breakfast. A contemporary Mediterranean menu is also available until late evening.
The Silk Road Café is one of Dublin’s best hidden treasures. It’s located in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle with a view over the Castle garden and next to the Coach House. The menu reflects the specialities of many parts of the world: Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes are created using only the freshest ingredients.
Tucked away on a first floor overlooking Dublin’s famous Grafton Street, this is a haven for cigar lovers.The Decent Cigar Emporium is recognised as Ireland’s leading importer of premium cigars, and it is home to one of Europe’s largest selections of hand rolled produce. All coffees are 100% Arabic bean, grown without the use of any chemicals. Try the best Cuban coffee at a very reasonable price.
The building that houses McDaids can be traced back to the late 18th century and it is reputed because many literary greats have frequented here over the years: Brendan Behan, Paddy Kavanagh, Brian O’Nolan, Austin Clarke, Anthony Cronin, J.P. Donleavy and Liam O’Flaherty are just a handful of the famous writers that have graced the floors, quenched their thirsts and sought their inspiration in McDaids over the years and some of their portraits adorn the walls and look down now.
A favourite haunt for Dubliners and visitors from every corner of the world who come to share the authentic character of one of Dublin's oldest bars and to admire the artistry of real Irish musicians coming to share their love of Irish traditional music in one of Ireland's most famous bars.
In a city of full of pubs, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. But that’s exactly what Grogan’s does. The perfect place to grab a sandwich and a pint and escape the bustle of the city. Or, come night time, a buzzing spot with a traditional heart. Unfussy and authentic, it’s a winner.
This is probably Dublin’s best preserved Victorian pub and everything here is of authentic Victorian origin. Take time to look around and savour the sumptuously carved Victorian mahogany fittings, the mosaic marble tiled floors and granite table tops. Dating back to 1770, it was the first pub in Dublin to be lit by electricity. Magnificent stained glass depicts the Stags Head theme throughout eight windows. This was a pub Joyce drank in from time to time.
The Cobblestone Pub and Music Venue is based in Smithfield, close to the Four Courts, a few hundred yards from the North bank of the Liffey. The pub has music seven nights a week, two informal sessions down stairs and a pay-in listening venue on the upper floor. One of the best and most loved pubs for trade sessions in the city.
Unspoilt and unmodernised, this small pub has fame vastly out of proportion to its size. Established in 1823, it is one of Dublin’s oldest pubs. Take a seat in the snug where many a historic meeting has taken place or the backroom with its high ceiling and stained glass, where literary stock used to gather.
Live DJs and bands 6 days a week playing across the board from house to drum and bass, Baltimore to grime, roots reggae to disco, hip hop to rock. Large outdoor areas & bars, exhibition space, live bands, Djs, street food & flea markets, pizza bus & cafe are only few of the many possibilities you have in this stunning pub.
Pygmalion is one of Dublin’s liveliest pubs right in the middle of the city. With its unique sprawling venue & live international DJs it never fail to provide a great night out on weekends and is somewhere intriguing to go for a relaxed mid-week beverage. Make sure you pay Pygmalion a visit!
Established in 1766 The Long Hall is one of Dublin’s oldest, most beautiful and best loved pubs abundant in traditional charm and exuding genuine Victorian originality the interior dates from 1881. Attentive bartenders, a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere await you. Renowned for great Guinness.
Known as ‘one of the foremost jewels of Victorian Dublin, with a range of quality food all day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it takes great measures to ensure that the customer’s experience consistently meets with their needs and exceeds their expectations. It was awarded the National Hospitality Ireland Bar of the Year 2011, 2010, 2009.
Grafton Street is Dublin’s top thoroughfare for high street shopping where you will find the best of Irish and international fashion to Irish gifts and craft ware. The Street is surrounded by side streets and winding lanes, each of which hide a treasure trove of uniquely Irish Boutique, allowing you to find that something special that’s not for sale on the high street. There is a wealth of unique and affordable shops in this area along with St. Stephen's Green park and many museums and galleries. This area is also densely populated with restaurants and bars catering for a broad range of tastes.
Henry Street is located North of the river and it is a pedestrian-friendly zone. As well as oodles of shops from H&M to Zara, there are department stores such as Arnotts and nearby favourite Clerys, as well as shopping centres, Jervis Street and the Ilac Centre. Take a moment to look up between bargains at The Spire, one of Dublin’s iconic monuments. It soars to a needlepoint on O'Connell Street.
The George’s Street Arcade may be Ireland’s oldest shopping centre, but there’s always something new to discover. A feast of eclectic stores, galleries and eateries are housed within the old Victorian building, from Bollywood belly dancing gear at Maharani to awesome iced teas at Bubblicity and good honest sandwiches at Honest to Goodness.
Dublin’s markets have been part of the fabric of city life for hundreds of years. There’s now dozens of eclectic markets with everything from art, antiques, gourmet food, vintage and designer clothes, books and good old-fashioned fruit and veg. So explore the stalls and don’t forget to haggle!
Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities: if you are a UK citizen, you can just use official photo identification, whereas if you are an EU citizen, you just need a national identity card. Visitors from EU countries (including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, don’t need a visa to visit the Republic or Northern Ireland. South African visitors can visit the Republic of Ireland visa-free, but they need a UK visa in order to enter Northern Ireland. If you're not sure whether or not to apply for a visa, we recommend you to contact the embassy or consulate in your country.
The Dublin Central Airport is located 10km north of Dublin, in Collinstown (Fingal) with access to a large number of buses, coaches and taxis all allowing you to easily get to/from the city center. Dublin Bus offers many routes throughout Dublin from the Airport, including the 16 to Ballinteer, the 41 to Lower Abbey Street and the 102 to Sutton Station. Aircoach operates regular services from Dublin Airport to the city centre and to Cork and Belfast.
The best time to visit Dublin is during the summertime (May to August) when the weather is warmer than the rest of the year and you can enjoy numerous festivals. Unfortunately summer season is also the most expensive time to visit. So, if you’re planning a vacation to Dublin but you don't want to spend a fortune, Spring and Fall make for a happy medium with moderate temperatures, less crowded street and lower prices.
Dublin has an extensive bus network but only a few rail and tram lines. Most of buses are operated by Dublin Bus with some smaller companies operating other routes, most usefully an express service to Dublin Airport operated by Aircoach. If you plan to use buses more than a few times in Dublin, it's well worth getting some type of prepaid ticket or pass, many of which are also valid on rail and/or tram services, such as the Leap Card. While the rail service is not extensive, a nice way to see Dublin Bay is to take a trip on the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) suburban train and to travel from the city centre as far as Bray. It's not particularly expensive and you get to see some spectacular views of Dublin Bay. LUAS trams began service in 2004. The Red Line connects the two main railway stations of Heuston and Connolly whici is also the route of the most popular points of interest for tourists.