As the capital of Ireland there’s always a whole lot going on in Dublin, enough that it gets pretty hard to decide exactly what you’re going to do during your stay in the city. I’ve visited Dublin enough to put together a real picture of its must see attractions from iconic areas to more modern places, so I hope you’ll be able to experience the best Dublin has to offer when you visit.
From the start, I’d recommend not staying right in the centre of Dublin – the city’s very easy to get around whether you’re walking, taking a bus or using a tram. While you’ll get a bit of convenience, it’s rarely worth the extra cost and noise. I usually stay at the Dublin Hotel Travelodge Rathmines when I’m being budget-conscious: it’s just over a mile from the city centre and has some pretty good prices. There are plenty of hotels all around the city though, so you’ll be able to find something which perfectly suits you.
While I’ve put together a personal top 5 here, there’s a whole lot more to see around the city. I’ve always been able to find something new to do when I visit, even after a fair few years. With no further ado, my top 5 Dublin sights:
Top 5 Dublin Destinations
1: Guinness Storehouse
Maybe a bit stereotypical, but definitely a great time, the Guinness Storehouse brings visitors to Dublin through the history and creation of what’s commonly known as ‘Ireland’s favourite export’. The storehouse combines historic interest with a really modern tourist experience, and the complementary drink you get at the end of a tour just makes it even better.
2: The Science Gallery
The name might make it sound a bit childish, but Dublin’s Science Gallery is anything but. It’s a real combination of science and art, with regularly running exhibitions taking you through some of the latest creations from scientist-artists. If that’s a bit hard to get, just check out their website and you’ll understand exactly what the Gallery’s about.
3: Irish Museum of Modern Art
Before heading to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, I really recommend that you take some time to check what’s on. The museum varies hugely depending on when you visit, with pretty much everything based around a series of exhibitions. It always hosts some great shows from famous artists, but given how varied modern art can be, you’ll have a completely different experience every time you visit.
4: The National Museums
A perfect choice for anyone looking to save money while exploring the historical and cultural side of Dublin, the 3 National Museums placed round the city each offer a totally different look at Ireland. A Natural History Museum shows off animals from home and abroad, the Archaeology Museum takes a look at human creations while the Decorative Arts Museum zooms in to look at different parts of everyday life for Dubliners over the centuries.
5: Chester Beatty Library
I might be cheating a bit with a second museum, but the Chester Beatty Library is really worth a visit for anyone interested in international culture. With a host of exhibits ranging from East Asian art to Middle Eastern calligraphy and African design, the Library collects some truly unique artefacts from across the world. It’s a real spectacular for anyone fancying a getaway from Irish history itself.