Local Attractions Dublin
Enjoy the vistas and taste the delicious seafood in famous restaurants along Howth and Dun Laoghaire piers. Head back to the city for a historical tour around Trinity College and Dublin Castle.
Visit the world famous Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin to learn about the origins of the iconic drink known as the ‘black stuff’, see the stages of production and most importantly sample a pint at the end of the tour. The attraction comprises 7 floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness. The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar with spectacular views of Dublin where visitors can sample a pint of Guinness.
Home to one of the most famous manuscripts in the world, the Book of Kells, Trinity College is a popular visitor attraction in the centre of Dublin. As well as being one of Ireland’s leading universities, there are also several points of interest on the campus. The Old Library building houses the Book of Kells, the world famous 9th-century manuscript. The main chamber of the library is called the Long Room and is one of the most impressive libraries in the world. Visitors can also enjoy the Science Gallery and the Zoological Museum.
Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park in Dublin was established in 1662 as a royal deer park and is one of the largest enclosed parks in any European capital city. The park is 707 hectares in size and is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds. One of the most popular attractions in Ireland, Dublin Zoo is located within the grounds of the Phoenix Park. The zoo covers over 28 hectares and visitors can enjoy various different areas including the Arctic, the plains of Africa, Indian Rainforests, Pets Corner and the City Farm.
If you are interested in Irish whiskey, its origins and how it is made, then a visit to the Jameson Distillery is a must. The attraction comprises a recreated distillery and visitors can enjoy a guided tour on how whiskey is made, the distilling process and complimentary tasting at the end of the tour.
The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin, on the north side of the city and are one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions. The site is also home to the centre for horticultural research and training in Ireland. The gardens are well known for the exquisitely restored glasshouses located in the centre as well as other features including herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard and other trails and points of interest.
Dublin Castle lies in the heart of historic Dublin, just off Dame Street. The site was originally home to a Gaelic ring fort and later a Viking fortress. Highlights for visitors include the castle gardens, the State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal.
Kilmainham Gaol, located in Dublin 8 and just a short distance from the city centre, is famous for detaining leaders of the main rebellions in Irish history. Key political and military leaders including Charles Stewart Parnell, the leader of the 1916 rising and Eamon de Valera were held in the gaol. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol provides a realistic insight into what prisoners experienced here between 1796 and 1924 when it closed.
Tours of Dublin
Visitors to Dublin can enjoy a host of different tours around the city centre as well as exploring the country and further afield. The hop-on hop off bus tour is a great way to see the city in a short space of time and stops at all the main tourist sites and points of interest. Buses depart from O’Connell Street daily. There are also a range of walking tours on offer in the city including the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour, The Georgian Tour, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl and Food Walking Tours. For family fun take the Viking Splash tour, which takes place in a World War II vehicle which goes on land and water.
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