Dublin is the type of city that just radiates happiness and exuberance. The locals express a type of comradery that’s hard to find, and cosmic entertainment can be found on every corner. A place where you can visit an ancient castle and go on a beer tour on the same day; Dublin is full of amusing diversity.
Dublin has something for every type of traveler and unique personality out there, and you’re more than likely to meet a few characters along your journey. From authentic street markets to the glistening Wicklow Mountains, here are some of the most significant attractions in Dublin:
Guinness and Jameson Tours
Everyone knows that Dublin is the famous Guinness hub of the world, where this smooth stout originated. The “Home of Guinness” Storehouse is located in the heart of Dublin, and contains seven elaborate floors open to visitors.
The Ground Floor tells you how it all started. Learn the story behind Arthur Guinness himself, and observe the 9,000 year lease signed by the Guinness founder in 1759, all while standing in the largest pint glass in the world. The First Floor shares more of Arthur’s life story, including the one only known portrait of him that exists. After the historical tours, embark on a much desired tasting experience, where you’ll have the opportunity to try some of the richest and tastiest beer in the world. The world of Guinness Advertising is located on the next floor, which makes guests feel like they’re walking through a movie. Pour a pint for yourself on the fourth floor, and then stop by for a bite to eat at the Guinness Storehouse restaurants. Once you’ve reached the very top, enter into the Gravity Bar, a flamboyant and modern rooftop bar, with incredible views of the city. The perfect place to sip drinks and look below from one of the highest points in Dublin.
Another must-see Dublin gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, which is located right off Smithfield Square. The distillery provides tours similar to the Guinness Storehouse, which entail both the historical side and a complete whiskey-tasting experience. The Jameson tour is unique because at the end, guests receive an exclusive Whiskey Taster Certificate that validates your knowledge in traditional Irish whiskey!
The Wicklow Mountains
The Irish country is just pure charming, and it doesn’t take much to get there from the city. The Wicklow Mountains are a mystical range of hills that stretch into County Dublin, or the Dublin Mountains. By touring the Wicklow Mountains, you can explore the vivid countryside of Dublin, hike along routes that are wide open for miles, and enjoy the picturesque views. The Glendalough and Wicklow Mountain Tour starts with an introduction to Dublin city, then travels south toward the Garden of Ireland. Gorgeous lakes and forests that the small country consists of surround the mountains along the way. This tour is perfect if you need a minute to catch your breath outside the busy city attractions, or for some physical pursuits. You can find access to the tour here
Arguably the most fun location in Ireland, Temple Bar is a busy, party-centric street in Dublin. Booming with both locals and tourists, Temple Bar is home to shops, pubs, restaurants, live music, and more. Eccentric street markets fill Temple Bar, so guests can sip a refreshing drink while hopping from tent to tent. You may also want to opt in for a traditional Irish pub crawl, or the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. These eclectic tours will drop you off at some of the most intriguing spots in Dublin.
Dún Laoghaire Market
If you’re interested in cruising the fresh markets that occupy Dublin, but want to avoid the population, stop by Dun Laoghaire Market. Around 50 vendors are usually found here selling original goods such as honey, baked items, fresh farm produce, oil, cheese, and art. The park itself offers spectacular views of European, Victorian style architecture. This is the perfect place to leisurely pick up a snack and observe the local culture, or hand select gifts to bring back home to family. The Dun Laoghaire Market differs from American markets in many ways, so exploring this area is a pleasing cultural activity to engage in.
Travel back to Medieval times at The Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle has stood throughout the last 800 years, and has captured some of the most vital events in the country’s history. The massive castle stretches over 11 acres and stands strong on the highest ridge in the site. Guests can tour independently or on guided tours, which include the Castle’s various rooms, museums, and gardens. The Dublin Castle also features the Chester Beatty Library, Revenue Museum and Garda Museum.
The State Apartments, Viking Excavation, and Chapel Royal are three separate tours that are regularly held at Dublin Castle. Each tour carries its own fascinating set of characteristics and will take visitors on a journey back in time.
The State Apartments reside in the south range of the Great Courtyard. They were originally built as the headquarters for residents of the high end, superior social life, and now are the venue for Ireland’s Presidencies of the European Union, as well as inaugurations and prestigious functions.
The Viking Excavation in the Medieval Undercroft is located at lower ground floor level in the Lower Castle Yard, where the city walls adjoin. Here, historical features and construction of the Viking Dublin’s original defences are present.
The Chapel Royal is a gothic revival building that’s known for its intricate, detailed vaulting and architecture.
Trinity College Library
Whether you’re a book fanatic or not, Trinity College Library is a significant site. Once you enter through the massive doors, a dreamy realm of tales and stories is presented.
The largest library in Ireland is also where the famous Book of Kells lies, which is an embellished, decorated manuscript containing all of the four Gospels of the New Testament that’s over 100 years old.
Tourists are able to visit the Old Library and gift shops, however the main library is open only the staff, current students, and graduates.
Cliffs of Moher
Another awe-inspiring landmark beyond the city is the Cliffs of Moher. These breathtaking ridges are so incredible that they’ve been used for movies such as Harry Potter and The Princess Bride, and stretch far out into the ocean. While the Cliffs of Moher stand over 500 feet in length, they’re intimidating beauty is peaceful and welcoming. An abundance of greenery covers the tall peaks like a blanket, and sits on top of a polished slate of rock formation. Any tourism center in Dublin provides booking information for guided tours, or you can go solo and hike along the various rocky trails that cascade across the cliffs.
How to get the most out of your trip
Dublin is an incredible city that is welcoming, full of entertainment, and rich in both history and culture. The city is booming with endless activities, and the region beyond city limits is geographically remarkable. When you visit Dublin, try to visit places that are categorically diverse, even if it may not fit your direct interest. Dublin has a reputation for nightlife fun, but there are so many other rare sights that make up the eccentric city.