Things to See & Do in Dublin
The tourist info center is located on Suffolk Street.
Bus Tours of Dublin
Hop-on, hop-off bus tours of the city are an excellent way to explore Dublin. Most tours include about 12 stops and cover most of Dublin’s attractions. The Dublin City Tour ticket costs 15.50 and leaves from 59 Upper O’Connell Street daily. Guide Friday and The Old Dublin Tour costs about the same but include an additional stop. Most tours last from 75 to 90 minutes.
Belfast Day Tour
Leaves at 8am from Dublin and costs £35. Includes an excellent Black Taxi Tour through Belfast. Operated by Paddywagon Tours. (01-823-0882)
A visit to Ireland is not complete without a Guinness brewery tour and, of course, a pint of true Guinness (included in the 15 admission price). Located on Crane Street and open daily.
There are several fun and interesting walking tours that unmask the city’s character and its players. On the Traditional Irish-Music Pub Crawl you are guided by two musicians to several pubs while drinking Guinness and listening to them play Irish music (01-475-3313). The Literary Pub Crawl similarly introduces you to actors spouting Yeats and Joyce in between a pint or two (01-670-5602). The non-alcoholic and more studious tour is given by Historical Walking Tours of Dublin (87-688-9412). All tours last approximately two hours and cost between 10-12.
Areas & Attractions
National Museum of Ireland
This free museum offers a glimpse as far back as the Bronze Age with ancient Viking artifacts and Bronze age Irish gold on display. Located on Kildare Street and is open daily except Monday. DART: Pearse St.
Trinity College & Library
Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I and is one of the most important sites historically for Dublin in terms of architecture. Of special interest is the “Book of Kells” on display in the Old Library. The book dates back to 800AD and is one of the oldest in the world. The Old Library is open daily and costs about 8. Take the DART to Pearse Street.
Built in the late 1700s, Leinster House has been home to the Irish Parliament since 1922. You can get free tickets to watch parliamental debates if you are in Dublin when Parliament is in session. Located on Kildare Street. (01-618-3000). DART: Pearse Street.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
This museum housed inside a former hospital was built in the late 17th century. It’s open daily and is free. At Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham.
Between 1796 and 1924, thousands of Irish prisoners fighting for independence from Britain were executed and held prisoner within these damp gray prison walls. The cost of 5.30 includes an audio visual tour. Located on Inchcore Road and open daily.
Food & Nightlife
Many pubs have good traditional food at great prices. In particular check out the Temple Bar area. It’s touristy but great for a good pint and cheap places to eat. Definitely check out the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin at 20 Lower Bridge Street.
Belfast Day Tour
Leaves at 8am from Dublin and costs £35. Includes an excellent Black Taxi Tour through Belfast. Operated by Paddywagon Tours. (01-823-0822)
Malahide & Howth
Get away to these coastal towns, each with a castle to check out. Located south of Dublin, both towns offer nice beaches and are about 30 minutes away by DART.