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I have been to Dublin a couple of times and Trust me, there are loads of things to do in Dublin that will fascinate you every time you visit. From its charming streets to its lively pubs, this vibrant city has no shortage of beauty.

The people of Dublin are some of the friendliest and most welcoming you’ll ever meet, and their warmth and hospitality only add to the city’s beauty. Whether you’re enjoying a pint of Guinness in a cozy pub or exploring the city’s many parks and gardens, you’ll always feel right at home in Dublin.

Dublin is also renowned for its rich culture. Walking through the streets of Dublin feels like taking a step back in time, and it’s impossible not to be swept away by the city’s unique charm.

Drink at the Guinness Storehouse

I have mentioned this in a Popular Irish Alcoholic Drink in my previous article, don’t hesitate the storehouse is for sure worth your time.

25 Best Things To Do In Dublin - 2024 (With Photos)

Especially visiting the Guinness Storehouse was a unique and exciting experience for me. If this interests you, you can read my guide on the Guinness Storehouse here.

Guinness storehouse

You can learn about the rich family history of the Jamesons and take a tour of the process of how the stout is produced and stored. The best part about the tours is the tastings!

Do taste Jameson Whiskey & Guinness if you haven’t before. Also, feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.

Picnic in Phoenix Park

I know how tiring travelling can get, the whole day you are on your feet walking from location to location. Now, what if instead of relaxing in your hotel room, you spend a couple of hours in a huge, clean, beautiful park and have some quality time?

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in Europe and the best place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its scenic beauty and relaxing atmosphere will leave an impression on you.

Whether you’re taking a stroll, enjoying a peaceful picnic, or simply soaking in the serene atmosphere, the park’s vast and diverse landscape never fails to captivate you.

Click here for a detailed guide to Phoenix Park.

Night Culture At Temple Bar

When you think of happening places in Dublin, the Temple Bar is first on the list. With its iconic red exterior, this bar is an eye-catching one. It is always lively, but especially at night.

Temple Bar

There are many bars and restaurants inside, where you can have a good pint or a good meal with your friends. Temple Bar is something you must not miss out on.

The energy at the Temple Bar is so much fun and this is one of the most exciting parts of Dublin.

Dublin Generation Pub Crawl

Visiting Dublin Generation Pub Crawl is one of the fun and exciting things to do in Dublin to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Dublin Generation Pub Crawl with its lively atmosphere, friendly people, and diverse entertainment options will leave you with unforgettable memories.

If you’re interested in exploring this fantastic place, here is a guided tour to help you. The tour is suitable for anyone looking to meet new people and make friends while exploring the city.

Here are some more cafes in Dublin you can check out.

And here are some more great restaurants in Dublin for some delicious meals.

Kilmainham Gaol

The Kilmainham Gaol or jail is an abandoned 18th-century prison that gives you a perfect insight into the dark side of Irish history and the fight for independence. It used to be a house for both common criminals and political prisoners.

Kilmainham Gaol

We paid €8.00 for an in-depth tour of 30 to 45 minutes and learned everything about the prison and how the Irish revolutionaries and leaders were treated by the British. For more information about the prices and to book your ticket you can click here.

You will leave with a different and better understanding of Ireland’s culture and history.

Cross Ha’penny Bridge

One of the most beautiful bridges in Dublin, the Ha’penny Bridge was built over 200 years ago. It has been built over the Liffey River and it’s a delight to cross this bridge!

Hapenny Bridge

One of the main attractions here was the “love locks” that had been latched onto the bridge. Although they have been removed (because of the damage they caused to the bridge), it’s nice to remember this story while you’re there and think of all the love. 

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery is considered the monument to Irish Whiskey and offers the world’s leading distillery tours, cocktail-making classes, premium whiskey-tasting sessions, and the opportunity to learn how to blend your whiskey.

Jameson Distillery Bow St. is a place of timeless beauty and cultural significance, offering a unique opportunity to explore the heritage of Irish Whiskey and enjoy a truly immersive and delightful experience.

Shop at Grafton Street

“Grafton Street” is a street name that has featured in a couple of pop songs. This street is a shopper’s dream. Boutiques, jewelry shops, and other brands give you variety.

Grafton Street

To add to the buzz, buskers on the street give you live music. This street is one of the most happening and popular streets in all of Dublin. 

Visit The Spire

The Dublin skyline is a sight to see at night, and the Spire contributes to that. This innovative monument is 120 meters high and is pointy at the top, almost like a spoke.

During the day, the daylight reflects the stainless steel of this monument. At night, the Spire comes alive with ambient lighting that illuminates its stainless steel surface, creating a captivating visual effect. This is so nice to spend your time with friends and have a stroll.

If you’re walking down O’Connell Street, you’ll probably see the Spire because it lies right in the middle. 

Walk Through The O’Connell Bridge

One of the most historic and popular bridges in Dublin, O’Connell Bridge is built over the Liffey River. It is known to be a direct route between Grafton Street and O’Connell Street, which are two shopping hubs of Dublin.

O'Connell Bridge

O’Connell Bridge is a stunning example of architectural beauty and a symbol of Dublin’s rich history. It’s a hard one to miss when you’re in Dublin and a famous landmark of the city. 

Its elegant design, charming details, and vibrant and fantastic nighttime display captured my attention.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s is probably the first thing people learn when researching Ireland. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin is a true masterpiece of architectural and spiritual significance.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

A visit to this iconic landmark is a journey through time and a testament to the enduring connection between art, faith, and the human spirit.

It is among the few buildings that are still standing from medieval times. You can also see the tomb of Johnathan Swift, the famous author of Gulliver Travels.

Book of Kells

Dublin was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010 and the Book of Kells in Trinity College is a perfect example if you are looking for a reason.

The Book of Kells is not only a testament to the artistic and religious devotion of its creators but also a window into the rich cultural heritage of Ireland.

Book of Kells

I might have mentioned this in a Top 5 Scenic Places in Ireland but the long room of the university is a sight to see. One of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, it is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

If you are a literary nerd then this is probably what heaven looks like for you.

Avondale Forest Park

Avondale Forest Park is a hidden gem located in the heart of Wicklow, Ireland. This scenic place is great to have a quality time and a perfect family day for picnics.

This park offers you a fully accessible treetop walk and viewing tower to enjoy the fresh air and the unique and breathtaking panoramic perspective of the scenic forest. Trust me, you can immerse yourself in its wonderful beauty and just enjoy your time.

Visiting Avondale Forest Park is truly one of the best things to do in Dublin. For more information about this natural beauty just click here.

Dublin Castle

Located right in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Castle has played a huge part in Irish history. Dublin Castle is a stunning blend of historical glory and modern elegance.

Dublin Castle

The Vikings used the land in 930 AD to build a fortress and since then the castle has been reconstructed time and again but the oldest structure which is the Record Tower dates back to the 13th Century.

The castle’s grand interiors, fascinating history, and picturesque gardens make it a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the best of Dublin’s cultural and natural offerings.

Marvel At The Art In The National Gallery of Ireland

If you’re one for art, the National Gallery of Ireland is a place you must visit on your trip to Dublin. The National Gallery of Ireland is a treasure of artistic beauty.

The National Gallery of Ireland

Some of the rooms include works from famous Italian painters, Baroque Art, and of course, Irish Art. Its diverse and extensive collection, combined with its focus on Irish art, makes it a truly special destination for anyone with an appreciation for the arts.

Shop at Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Just at the beginning of Grafton Street, you’ll find Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. This place is one of the biggest shopping areas in Dublin, and there’s no doubt that it is always lively.

Stephens Green Shopping Centre

With several brands including United Colour of Benetton and Boots, you’ll find everything here. Unique gifts, Irish fashion, bars, and restaurants make Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre a fun place to hang out. 

Visit The Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo, located inside the popular phoenix park is a perfect place to visit with family and kids. From Orangutans to Red Pandas and Snow Leopards to Elephants, Dublin Zoo is home to over 100 different species.

Dublin Zoo

It is also one of the oldest zoos in the world. A zoo is always an educational and interesting experience, and Dublin Zoo is nothing short of that. 

A Day Trip To Killiney Hill

Killiney Hill in Dublin is a true hidden gem, offering stunning panoramic views and a peaceful escape from the city.

Killiney Hills

The Hill stands at a height of 153 meters and offers wonderful views of Dublin City, Wicklow Mountains, and much more. This hill is a fantastic place to go for a walk, providing beautiful vistas and a sense of tranquillity without having to leave Dublin.

Click here to read a detailed guide about Killiney Hill Park

Explore Bray

Bray is a charming coastal town with a short distance from Dublin. Bray is an ideal getaway for you seeking a break from the city.

One of the highlights that make Bray a must-visit destination is Bray Beach with its beautiful surroundings and relaxing atmosphere.

With its picturesque beach, beautiful cliff scenery, and thriving urban centre, Bray offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern amenities.

Howth Cliff Walk

The Howth Cliff Walk is a place of sheer beauty and tranquility and one of the unique things to do in Dublin. In this scenic stroll, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking coastal views that stretch as far as your eye can see.

One of the most enchanting aspects of the Howth Cliff Walk is the opportunity to witness the dramatic cliffs and the vast expanse of the sea.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Howth Cliff Walk is sure to captivate you with its stunning landscapes.

Kildare Shopping Village

Kildare Village Shopping Centre is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. From Nike to Prada, Michael Kors to Tommy Hilfiger, there is something for everyone in this village.

Kildare Shopping Village

Besides its wonderful shopping experience, the open-air setting and picturesque surroundings make Kildare village a lovely place to spend a day to enjoy the atmosphere.

Get In Touch With Nature At The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland 

Located a couple of kilometers from the Dublin City Centre, The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is the epitome of calm and beauty.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland 

It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and get away from bustling city life for a moment. While the gardens aren’t like your usual gardens (you can read the rules on their website), you’ll certainly feel peaceful and relaxed here. 

The Brazen Head

Established in 1198, The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin. With a combination of food, live music, and of course, great drinks. This is the place to go to for a pint.

 Brazen Head

While Irish Folk music brings out the country’s culture, the indoor/outdoor seating adds a modern touch. When you’re in Dublin, The Brazen Head is a pub you should check out. The design of the pub is truly captivating and its live music gives you a unique touch to the Irish culture.

Here is a list of some more pubs you can go to in Dublin.

Visit The Museum of Modern Art

Art is something that brings people together, and the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) is where you’ll exactly feel this. With over 3500 Irish and international artworks, modern and contemporary art is highlighted here.

Exhibitions and shows are constantly bringing art lovers together at the IMMA. If modern art is your thing, you cannot miss the IMMA when you’re in Dublin. It will create both wonderful and unforgettable experiences.

Hike the Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains are a great one-day trip to enjoy with your family/friends. The stunning landscape has also made its debut on the larger screen in PS I Love You and they are truly a sight to see.

Wicklow Mountains

A traditional Irish lunch, a brief history of the place, and the scenic views, sound like a perfect way to spend a day in the city. What do you think about this? Let me know about it in the comments below.

I have visited the Wicklow Mountains twice and here’s my detailed guide for you – Things to do at the Wicklow Mountains.

Check out this Dublin Itinerary to help you plan your trip.

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Dublin is a lovely place to visit and the list of things to do in Dublin is diverse and amazing. If you’re a history enthusiast or looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Dublin has something to offer you.

I hope you enjoyed reading the 25 best things to do in Dublin. If you plan to visit Dublin anytime soon, let me know which place appears the most appealing to you.

25 Best Things To Do In Dublin - 2024 (With Photos)


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