Rich in history, architecture and culture, there is so much to discover in Dublin, whether you are travelling for leisure or business purposes.

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world. Written over 1,200 years ago and hidden in a peat bog until it was rediscovered in 1653, it lavishly depicts the gospels.

Visit the Book of Kells and accompanying exhibition in the Old Library, Trinity College.

Christchurch Cathedral

Founded c. 1028, Christchurch Cathedral features beautiful carved stone adornments, soaring stained glass windows and artworks. Descend to the crypt to see fascinating memorials and artefacts.

Dublin Castle

Standing in the oldest part of the city, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Irish history. The castle includes two museums, cafes, beautiful gardens, Chapel Royal and State Apartments.

Entry to the grounds, Chapel Royal, Chester Beatty Library and the Garda and Revenue museums is free.

Kilmainham Gaol

Step through the foreboding gates and into one of the largest unoccupied goals in Europe. Kilmainham has witnessed some of the most heroic and tragic events of Ireland’s emergence as a nation which are told through excellent guided tours and exhibitions.

Kilmainham Goal is very popular, particularly during peak season, so we recommend visiting as early as possible in the day. The best way to get to Kilmainham is on the Hop On, Hop Off bus tours or catch the Red Luas (tram) to Suir Road.

St Patrick's Cathedral

Dedicated to our patron saint, legend tells St Patrick baptised converts in the adjacent well. Built between 1220 and 1260 the medieval cathedral is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. The cathedral has many fascinating monuments and artefacts and the free guided tours are highly recommended – if you can’t make a tour we recommend downloading the self-guided tour before you visit.

Dublinia

Vikings settled in the area over 1,000 years ago. Discover what life was like as a Viking warrior and the sights, smells and sounds of medieval Dublin.

Dublinia is adjacent to Christchurch Cathedral.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

A cemetery may seem like an unusual recommendation but the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is an incredible introduction to the history of the ordinary and extraordinary people who shaped Ireland.

The stories of normal people, revolutionaries, rebels, heroes, statesmen, even villains, gravediggers and body snatchers are told in the visitor centre. We particularly recommend the guided tours which are led by passionate historians.

If you wish to uncover your families Irish ancestry the Glasnevin genealogy service has records dating from 1828.

The easiest way to get to Glasnevin Cemetery is the City Sightseeing Dublin Tour Blue Route from the city centre.

Guinness Storehouse

You can’t visit Dublin without paying a visit! Guinness has been brewed on the site since Sir Arthur famously opened in 1759. The Guinness Storehouse will teach you everything about the world famous beer before rewarding you with a freshly pulled pint in the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy 360° views across the city.

We suggest using the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour to get to Guinness Storehouse, alternatively it is 5 minutes' walk from St James Hospital Luas stop (red line).

Old Jameson Distillery

Expert guides tell tales and share the secrets of the magical craft. All visitors enjoy a complimentary sample and lucky volunteers are selected to take part in whiskey tasting with advisors to guide you every sip of the way.

The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is a short stroll from O’Connell Street, on the Red Luas line or use your Hop On, Hop Off bus.