Dublin is the ideal holiday destination for the entire family. Take the kids to the Dublin Zoo, feed the local Mallard ducks and other birds in Stephen’s Green or bond with the family for a hearty picnic in Phoenix Park. Trace the scholarly life and writing history of WB Yeats and James Joyce, learn all about Gaelic Football in the open fields, drink a Guinness as the locals cheer for their football team, all of this while shoppers have their pick of the latest in fashion at the signature brand boutiques that are sprawled within the city.
When To Go:
With a mellow atmosphere all year round, Dublin can be easily visited at whatever time of the year. Summer registers the most astounding number of guests, when schools are on vacation and the climate is at its hottest. The busiest time happens during the summer season (June to August); the coldest and low season occurs during the months of mid-November to February. Despite the fact that winter might be cold and damp with shorter days, it’s also an extraordinary time when services marked down their proposed costs (hotel rate, flights, tour packages, and shopping malls). The spring and fall season bring numerous traditional events and a more pleasant climate.
Here are the
things to do
when in the city of Dublin…
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Before visiting the
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
it is better to consult the site’s opening hours, otherwise you will have to wait until the holy service begin. Buying a ticket comes with a free booklet along with a small circuit map and a brief description of the cathedral. It is very interesting to walk in silence inside to admire the beautiful medieval cathedral (with eye catching stained glass windows) that represents the living religious history of Ireland. Inside may be photographed, plus the huge cathedral also has a large gift shop.
It is blessed with a beautiful park full of tulips of every color and many other flowers; hence, the Cathedral shows itself in all its majesty and grandeur. The interior of the floor is a colorful mosaic, which makes the interior of the cathedral less gloomy outside. The view from outside the cathedral is really fantastic; there are Gothic elements which make it look impressive, especially since it appears in a secured park in the middle of the city.
Gallery of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
is a small museum with absolutely stunning masterpieces. The most important piece is called the “Kiss of Judas” by Caravaggio. Caravaggio is certainly one of the most interesting artists from all his past predecessors including Leonardo and Michelangelo, and among his contemporaries like; El Greco and Reuben’s.
He depicted himself with a lantern in his hand, and with undisguised curiosity (not sympathy, no compassion, but namely curiosity) looks at the most dramatic story of betrayal, it is clear and understandable and easily understood. The gallery is located in a modern building in the city center. The 4 floor building has sectioned halls that are dedicated to the art of Ireland, Europe and love for sculpture. European art is represented with a great interest on classicism. You can walk around the entire museum in less than half an hour. Don’t miss the gift shop on the ground floor because there are many interesting books, office, reproductions, documents, articles and small souvenirs you can give as gifts to friends back home.
The exhibitions change and you can always find an old venerable painter / interior. Overall, it is instructive and thanks to the audio guides, visitors can learn more about the pictures and the story behind it. Another plus, the museum is free but a donation must be dropped into the container near the entrance gate.
is one of the oldest zoos in Europe (founded in 1830). It is located in a wonderful park called “Phoenix”, which in itself is very interesting. If you have time and the weather is suitable, choose to visit at noon when the feeding time is done for some animals. In winter, it only works up to 16 hours. The zoo is large and there are lots of different animals that live as if in natural conditions close to their habitat.
The zoo is divided into zones. There are African savannah, Asian forests, etc. It is interesting, informative, and one of the great places to walk around and absorb the nature and kids can freely stroll and have their pictures taken with the animals. There are peacocks and herons that live outside the cells. There is a schedule of feeding some of the animals that you can see and videotape. The enclosures are spacious and comfortable. The zoo is large, and if you want to watch the animals you should allocate half a day to explore the entire park and zoo.
is located in the city center, along Dame St. behind the City Hall. The Castle is one of the most important symbols of the city. It was the home of the Lordship of the Normans from 1171 until 1541; from then until 1800 it hosted the Kingdom of Ireland; and after that until 1922 it housed the Irish Parliament. The castle is of great charm, particularly the circular tower known as Tower Records, the only remaining building of the Norman fortress dating from the thirteenth century. The rooms of the castle were restored after 1941, because a large fire damaged it all; they did a great restoration because now it looks very luxurious and beautiful. The castle is worth a visit while in Dublin City because it is well maintained and furnished. On weekdays, you can pay a modest entrance fee, which also includes a resident tour guide who will help you understand the significance of this castle to Ireland’s history.
The medieval part can be visited for a fee with a booklet that is available in many languages. One of the best parts of the castle is the little church next to it, at no cost of entry.
Upon entering the front door from the Temple Bar district, the square with the tower and the Gothic church already has a great visual impact. Unfortunately, the rest of the walls collapsed and this side of the building was replaced with a number of administrative offices that deal with, among other things, what is inside the museum — for a fee. But the idea of the castle and its ancient greatness is in the air and it shows even more after a visit to the Gothic cathedral on the left side of the square. You can see the remains of the walls, together with other buildings and you will arrive at the green lawn in front that is beautifully landscaped and fenced in by a series of hedges (whose entrance is also in front of a police station.) Inside the park, you can take wonderful photographs, following the paths of stone and taking care not to step on the grass.
When you’re in the middle, turn 360 degrees and you can see all the remains of the castle including the front door, which is now separated from the walls but still perfectly preserved. After the tour of Dublin Castle, you will finally have the idea of beauty that has been and the time that has passed. Every first Wednesday of the month, the Castle opens its doors to the public free of charge. Each guide offers a personalized visit, in English of course. It also presents the history of Ireland: his contentious relationship with the United Kingdom, the War of Independence and the relationship between two countries in the contemporary period.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
is the largest burial ground in Ireland and where some of the leading Irish figures such as President De Valera lies buried. There are a lot of artistic monuments and the visit is best done with a tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the cemetery and the story behind the tombs of such enclosure. For those who enjoy a different adventure and cemeteries full of history, this is the best option.
There are several Irish heroes of the revolutions and wars, and some artists buried out here like; Michael Collins, who is responsible for the release of the Republic of Ireland from the British Empire. The place is beautiful and worth making the visit. Under a gray sky, surrounded by Celtic crosses, cold graves, and a memorial complete with a bagpiper makes the atmosphere all seem surreal. It gives an interesting opportunity to admire the tombs of national heroes, which probably has an important effect on the native Irish, but still exerts a certain fascination from curious foreigners.
National Botanic Gardens
National Botanic Gardens
is located just outside the city center. The Dublin Bus stops right in front of it which is really convenient. There are greenhouses with tropical plants, olives, papyrus, etc. There is a rose garden filled with statues, old and rare trees and other types of roots that look interesting and so on. It is a beautifully landscaped garden where guests can relax and find time to contemplate.
It offers a great contrast to the city itself. The glass green houses are excellent and the story behind the preservation is quite impressive (created by Eiffel). The old and historic greenhouses offer a great diversity of plant. Flower, and orchid species and can be visited with a guide. It has free entry, well marked paths, friendly staff and great food in the attached cafe (restaurant).
St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green
is the best choice for a place of recreation when in Dublin. Bred almost in the center of Dublin, the park is a great place to stay and be comfortable. Around the park there are a lot of cafes, pubs, restaurants, and shops. One of the amusing things to find is a market with paintings by local artists where a lot of the art presented is really beautiful and interesting work. At the lake area, ducks, gulls, and swans are numerous, bring a piece of bread to feed them and take pictures, these are all allowed.
They approach the guests without fear. There is a large playground, so it is safe to go with the kids. This park is a little oasis in Dublin and stands close to Grafton Street. It is incredibly well maintained and preserved with lots of shade and the ability to prop up with a good book to read, lie on the grass, or simply admire the lush green and quiet surroundings.
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
If you are passionate about history and archeology can not help but put the
National Museum of Ireland -Archaeology
on your list of things to see during your trip to Dublin. Particularly interesting are the findings about Vikings and the mummies. It contains loads of archaeological and historical sites relating to different historical periods. Unique in its kind are the rooms dedicated to the men found in the ‘bog’ (bog) that you can only see at the unique exhibits in this museum.
There is also the bell of St. Patrick with which the saint once used to cast out all the snakes from Ireland. It is not to be missed and definitely wins the award for the most characteristic and museum related to the Celtic history of Ireland. It holds many ethnographic exhibits starting from the Mesolithic Age of Ireland until the Late Middle Ages. There is also an Egyptian section. Admission to the museum is free.
is an exciting and authentic journey through Ireland’s prison history. It is filled with living stories, humor and visual sensory experiences and a must if you come to Dublin. Use any one Sight Seen-bus ride where you can hop on and off and you will land right at the entrance gates of this famous jail. The tour begins with hiring a good guide. It starts with a short exhibition on the development of the Irish / British prison system from 1700 onwards. In 1916, 60 Irish prisoners were shot there by the English soldiers.
The tour of the prison provides a good illustration of the development of peace and binds well with Irish history and the long struggle for independence by the Irish people. If the walls of the former prison could talk, it would be stories of poverty, heroism, rebellion and hope. Fortunately, the guides on the site are great communicators of the history with many vivid tales of tragic fates in the light of historical events in Ireland. A visit to one of Dublin’s exciting attractions is definitely recommended.
is a 7 floor historic brewery dedicated to Arthur Guinness and his main creation; the magnificent Irish beer. The brewery is slightly away from the center, but it is within walking distance. For guests traveling by car there is an ample free parking space within the grounds. The ticket price includes a glass of the freshest beer. An excursion provides the chance to see the whole process of beer production, to understand the family history and beer brand, watch their numerous commercials, see the collection of bottles and labels in different years, buy souvenirs, a chance to try different varieties of the Guinness beer, and much more.
The friendly staff will tell you about what and how the famous beer is brewed, teach you the basics about the “perfect pint”, and afterwards, you will be awarded a certificate of it and give your complimentary drink. At the top there is a panoramic bar with views of Dublin, where you can leisurely enjoy the freshly made beer. Below there are restaurants where you can eat well and try the other products offered by Guinness.
Picture this; if you love green, flora, fauna, relaxing, the smell of grass, then go and visit the
which is one the biggest park in Europe. Expect to get and lose yourself hidden among trees, lay on the grass and fall asleep listening to the cheerful fine birds singing, whistling bike in the rain, look and feel the serene tranquility of the place. The park occupies a vast territory. On its eastern side dwells flock of deer who are not afraid of people. It is just a zoo, but there are often long queues. The place is well maintained and pleasant for walking. One of the best things to do while in Phoenix Park is to ride a bike, go rollerblading, skateboarding, or go for an early walk on foot along its marked paths.
It is well maintained and is an exceptionally beautiful area that is a complete paradise for families. The park is a great place for a picnic on a sunny day. The presence of the White House adds brightness and a lasting impression. If you are visiting the city’s sights on the tour bus, then calculate your tour schedule so that you have enough time for everything. Here is what to watch, be sure to visit the zoo because it is one of the oldest in the world.