Wondering what to do in Dublin during your next visit? With so much on offer, it can be hard to choose what tours, experiences or sites to spend your precious time on. We’ve put together this list which features some of the absolute best things to do in Dublin, including informative tours, exciting day trips, food and drink experiences, historical sites, plus much more!
The Best Tours in Dublin
Jameson Distillery Tour
If you like your whiskey, then the Jameson Distillery Tour is a must do in Dublin. Located on Bow Street, in the heart of Dublin, the Jameson Distillery Tour will give you the chance to experience, not only a tour of the distillery, but also a whiskey tasting session. If cocktails are your thing, then you can also book a 60 minute whiskey cocktail making masterclass and learn some great skills to take home with you! Tickets are priced from €25.00 for a distillery tour and whiskey tasting, and €50 for a whiskey cocktail making class.
Jump aboard an open topped DoDublin bus and take in the sites with the top Dublin sightseeing tour provider in the city. Offering 24 hour and 48 hour ‘hop on, hop off’ tickets, a DoDublin city tour is the perfect way to see Dublin city at your own pace. One child goes free with every adult ticket purchased, and you will also be treated to free entry at the Little Museum of Dublin, which you can read more about below. Check the DoDublin website for the most up to date ticket prices.
GPO Museum Witness History Tour
Learn more about Ireland’s fight for freedom at the historic GPO (General Post Office) on Dublin’s O’ Connell Street, where you can experience the GPO Museum Witness History Tour. Watch history unfold before your eyes as you take in the informative exhibitions which will guide you through Ireland’s history, right up to modern times. Adult tickets are priced at €15.00 each.
Food and Drink Experiences in Dublin
Visit Temple Bar
For good food, drinks, music and atmosphere, Temple Bar is just the place. With this area of Dublin being a haven for tourists, you can expect to pay more for drinks and food than in other areas of the city, that said, it’s still definitely worth a visit. For food, try Gallagher’s Boxty House, where you can dine on authentic Irish boxty. If it’s drinks, music and dancing that you want, then the Auld Dubliner and The Temple Bar are both very popular spots.
Drink a proper pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse
For the absolute best Guinness in Dublin, there really is only one place to go…the Guinness Storehouse. As this is Ireland’s top tourist attraction, we recommend booking your tour in advance. Once you have spent some time exploring all that the storehouse has to offer, you can look forward to the creamiest pint of Guinness in Ireland, which you will enjoy in the Gravity Bar, surrounded by the best views of Dublin.
Day Trips from Dublin
Take a Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher
Just because you are staying in Dublin, doesn’t mean you can’t explore some more of the beautiful Emerald Isle. Hire a car, hit the road and head for the Cliffs of Moher in stunning Co. Clare. See the majestic cliffs up close and personal by taking a Cliffs of Moher cruise with Doolin Ferry Co. Don’t forget your camera - this really is an unforgettable experience!
Game of Thrones Locations Tour
If you are a Game of Thrones fan then this is the day trip for you! Operated by Wild Rover Tours, this unique day trip will take you from Dublin towards the north of Ireland, where you will visit some iconic Game of Thrones filming locations including the ‘Dark Hedges’, the City of Braavos, and much more.
Historical Dublin Sites and Attractions
Visit Kilmainham Gaol
Undoubtedly one of the most important sites in Irish history, for over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol imprisoned thousands of children, men and women (many for minor offences). Kilmainham Gaol played a key role in many monumental events in Irish history including the 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish Civil War. If you are interested in learning more about Ireland’s history, and the fight for independence, then this is one of the top things to do in Dublin. Tickets are priced from €8.00 for adults.
Molly Malone Statue
As the famous song says, “In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone”. Molly Malone was a fishmonger who died in 1699 during a Cholera outbreak in Dublin. Molly’s memory lives on in her statue, located on Suffolk Street in Dublin, just a short walk from Grafton Street and Dame Street.
Visit the Theatre in Dublin
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
One of Dublin’s newest theatres, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has welcomed over 5 million visitors since it opened in 2010. Welcoming shows such as Swan Lake, The Lion King, Sister Act, Beauty and The Beast and Lord of the Dance, this Dublin theatre is the ultimate venue for a night out in Dublin. Check the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre website for the most up to date show listings and ticket prices.
The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theatre, which is audience-focused and artist-led. This historical theatre was founded in 1904 by Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats. As well as attending the theatre to enjoy one of the current show listings, you can also participate in a unique walking tour of the city which promises to help you ‘discover Dublin’s dramatic side’. Find out more on the Abbey Theatre website.
The Best Museum in Dublin
Little Museum of Dublin
Of all the stuff to do in Dublin, the Little Museum of Dublin is definitely one of the best! Spend 30 minutes discovering the story of Dublin in this unique museum, which is packed full of humour and history. Join a guided tour, enjoy a walking tour of St. Stephen’s Green with an expert guide, or take part in The Big Little Treasure Hunt. Adult tickets are priced from €8.00.