10 Things You Must See in Dublin
1. Trinity College Dublin
To soak up the academic atmosphere of a historical university, take a student-guided tour of Trinity College Dublin. Established by Queen Elizabeth I over four centuries ago, this college is one of the country's major architectural landmarks, its campus boasting numerous well-maintained Georgian and Victorian buildings. The college library holds 250,000 rare volumes, most notably the "Book of Kells," a lavishly decorated sacred text created around the year 800. End your day with a visit to the science gallery, featuring engaging exhibits about the relationship between art and science. Check online for available tour dates and times.
The award-winning GPO witness history visitor centre and the 1916 tour is one of the main things to do in Dublin. It is an immersive, interactive and engaging tour of life in Ireland during the Easter 1916 Rising. They house original artefacts, live footage and stories straight from survivors of what was the era that changed the Nation. They also look at how we have developed into a modern Ireland since the 1916 Rising.
3. The Spire
The huge, striking and innovative monument of the Spire stands in the middle of O'Connell Street just across from the GPO. 120m high and 3m in diameter at the base, the Spire rises above O’Connell Street, breaking above the roof line with as slender and elegant a movement as is technically possible.
4. St. Stephens Green
St. Stephen's Green was re-opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880 for the citizens of Dublin. This 22 acre park in Dublin City Centre, has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting and spring and summer Victorian bedding.
Over 3.5km of pathways are accessible for all users. The park features a waterfall and Pulham rock work on the western side of the green and an ornamental lake which provides a home for waterfowl. A number of sculptures are located throughout the green. A children's playground is also available in the park. Lunchtime concerts are performed during the summer months.
5. Powerscourt Shopping Centre
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre is just steps from Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin city centre. It is an historical building, having served as Lord Powerscourt’s townhouse and courtyard in the 18th Century. Today, it is a shopping centre not only with stunning architecture, but also with many one of a kind boutiques and restaurants. Why not take the Tour at Powerscourt Townhouse with the meeting place at the South William Street entrance?
6. Aviva Stadium
The Aviva Stadium is an architectural marvel built on the foundations of the first ever international sporting stadium in the world. The views will take your breath away while the story of the stadiums origins will be sure to move you. This tour is both an educational and inspirational attraction. Whether you are a die-hard rugby fan, a soccer supporter, or interested in a guided walk to explore the architecture, management or history within the space – this is the tour for you!
7. Guinness Storehouse
Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.
Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years.
The Guinness Storehouse is the Home of Guinness, where you will discover what goes into the making of each and every pint, and learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years.
8. Dublin Historical Walking Tour
In just two hours this award-winning and entertaining 'seminar on the street' conducted by history graduates of Trinity College, explores the main features of Irish history – Dublin’s development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the Potato Famine 1845 to 1849, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, partition, and concludes with the Northern Ireland peace process and Ireland today. Assemble at the front gate of Trinity College, passing the Old Parliament House, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Wood Quay, Christ Church Cathedral and the Four Courts along the tour.
9. Jameson Distillery
The new look Jameson Distillery Bow St. carries on this ambition through three fully guided experiences: Bow St. Experience, The Whiskey Makers, and The Whiskey Shakers - all of which have a firm focus on immersive storytelling. You’ll be invited to touch, smell, and most importantly, taste Jameson in the original Bow St. Distillery buildings.
An exciting part of their Whiskey Makers & Whiskey Shakers experiences is a visit to their live Maturation Warehouse, where you’ll get to taste Jameson straight from the barrel. The only way to get closer to the source would be to have John Jameson guide you through the distillery himself.
10. The RDS
Home to Ireland’s best known venue, the RDS is Ireland’s Philanthropic Society. It was founded in 1731 to support Ireland to thrive economically and culturally. Funded by their commercial operations, the RDS continues this mission today through their philanthropic work programme that spans across science, the arts, agriculture, business and equestrianism.