Whether you’re planning on visiting for a weekend getaway or for a few days longer, Dublin is a beautiful Irish city with plenty on offer.
Though small for a capital, the city is full of well-known attractions and hidden places just begging to be discovered. From history and culture to restaurants and nightlife, Dublin has it all.
Here are the top five destinations in the city that no visit is complete without.
1. Kilmainham Gaol
Built on Gallows Hill, Kilmainham Goal originally opened as a prison in 1796, but now operates as one of Dublin’s main tourist attractions.
A premier place to learn about Irish history. Once the closest thing to home to some of Ireland’s most prolific criminals, Kilmainham Gaol offers guided tours through the cell blocks and execution yards as well as a museum of artefacts.
The original architecture remains intact, including hidden doorways and a panoptic wing in the Victorian era. Some of the stories told during your visit are certain to leave you with chills.
2. Irish Museum of Modern Art
Also situated in the Kilmainham area of Dublin is the Irish Museum of Modern Art – a haven of tranquility and creativity.
Set in picturesque gardens, the gallery is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham: one of the finest examples of 17th-century architecture in Ireland.
The IMMA nurtures the development, understanding and enjoyment of modern art by playing host to changing exhibitions from national and international artists as well as education programmes.
Stop by to enjoy the scenery and breathtaking architecture as much as the painting, sculpture and photography exhibits.
3. The National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland
Whether young or old, The National Leprechaun Museum of Ireland allows you to let your imagination run free with tales of Irish myths and legends.
Unlike anything you will have experienced before, the museum offers you the chance to see the world through a leprechaun’s eyes. Wander through rooms of larger-than-life furniture, tunnels, forests and rainbows.
Taking you on a journey through Irish mythology, the museum encourages you to suspend your disbelief and enter a whole new world.
4. Guinness Storehouse
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You can’t think of Ireland without thinking of Guinness.
With Dublin being the home of the black stuff, make sure a visit to Guinness Storehouse is on your list of stops in the capital. Not only will you get a guided tour of the seven floors which make up the brewery experience, you’ll also get tastings on your way, and a free pint when you reach the top (on a rooftop bar, no less).
There’s a reason it’s the number one tourist attraction in all of Dublin.
5. Temple Bar
On the south bank of the River Liffey sits Dublin’s most famous district: Temple Bar.
Known for its hedonistic mix of pubs, bars and restaurants, no trip to Dublin is complete without a night of drinking and dancing in Temple Bar. Quieter during the day but full of cute cafes, coffee shops and brunch spots, the atmosphere really comes to life once the sun sets.
Plenty of pubs offer live music, from acoustic pop to traditional Irish folk. It’s the one place in the world where a great night is guaranteed.
Don’t forget to stop off at the namesake Temple Bar Pub either – even if only for the Instagram shot.
What To Wear While You’re There
No trip is complete without a great pair of sunglasses to wear while you’re there. With Dublin’s penchant for rain and grey skies, it can be a bit of a conundrum deciding which frame to go for.
We recommend a pair that offers high UV protection, because those harmful rays from the sun can penetrate even the gloomiest overcast skies. Give this pair of Gant GA7093 sunnies a go; with polarised lenses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, you can’t go wrong.
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