things to do in Dublin

Ireland, known around the world as the Emerald Isle, partly due to the stunning green landscape and natural beauty and the many cultural gems that lie within its borders. If you’re planning a trip to the country, Dublin is the hub for all the excitement.

Dublin has something for everyone and every occasion with historic buildings, serene gardens, and action-packed ghost tours. Dublin has also been a source of inspiration for many artists so you’re bound to come across a location from James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ or a filming location from ‘Braveheart’.

Whether you’re after history, culture, or simply the best pint of Guinness in the world, Dublin truly has it all. Read on and discover fun & unusual things to do in Dublin.

1 – Enter the hallowed halls at Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College in Dublin

This stunning college, built all the way back in 1592, is a must see for history buffs.

It may be an easy couple of minutes walk from Pearse station right in the middle of Dublin, but it’s worth seeing even if you had to travel for hours across the countryside.

Wander through the historic quadrangle, and gaze at the iconic pillars as you bolster up your camera roll.

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2 – Get a backstage pass to the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Learn all about the worlds most famous stout beer at the source.

With a $35 admission, you can go on a self guided tour of the production facilities and get a pint of the freshest Guinness you will ever taste, on the house.

Beer lover or not, this is one of the essential things to do in Dublin.

3 – Head over to The Book of Kells in the Old Library Exhibition

Book of Kells, Old Library Exhibition, Dublin

Right in the heart of Trinity College is one of the most incredible exhibitions you can get to in Ireland.

Supposedly Ireland’s most significant cultural artifact and the worlds most famous Medieval text lives in the Old Library Exhibition.

The library is a stunning sight by itself, so make sure you keep your eye on the prize and catch a glimpse of the incredible Book of Kells!

4 – Explore your ancestry at the Irish Emigration Museum

Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin

The Irish Emigration Museum has one of the most comprehensive ancestry discovery services around for those with Irish heritage.

Located in the beautiful, old, historic docks, the world’s first fully digital museum is anything but old-fashioned.

Learn all about Ireland’s 1500 year emigration history, get a complimentary audio tour and souvenir passport if you book your admission tour ahead of time!

5 – Visit the famous Game of Thrones filming locations

Game of Thrones filming locations in Dublin
The Dark Hedges, known as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones

If you have ever seen (or even just heard) of the iconic TV show Game of Thrones, this tour of the filming locations in Ireland will surely blow your mind.

On a day trip from Dublin, you’ll be taken to wild forests, crumbling ruins and castles, all by extras from the TV series who will give you the insider information on how and when certain shots were made. You can’t get any more of an insiders view than that!

6 – Spot some deer at Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park, Dublin

This is one of the more soothing things to do in Dublin. With incredible gardens, historic buildings and fields of frolicking animals, this is the place to take a book, a picnic rug and truly settle in on a sunny day (just remember to be patient with the Irish weather!).

A visit here is sure to drop the heart rate a few beats per minute so if you need a bit of relaxation, Phoenix Park has got you covered!

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7 – Snack your way around town on a food tour

food tours in Dublin

Make sure you arrive hungry at this one because you will be taken to some of the best eateries around Dublin and you’re going to want to try just about everything on the menu.

This 3.5 hour tour kicks off in the morning so you can try everything from bakery breakfast snacks, to local cheeses for lunch. Just make sure you save room for dessert because rumor has it, Ireland makes some incredible chocolate.

8 – Skip the line at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Admiring the stunning stained glass windows and incredible monuments at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is on just about visitor to Dublin’s list.

Whilst that does mean that it’s definitely a sight to behold, it does mean you could find yourself waiting a while to get in. With a skip the line walking tour, you’ll head right on in with your guide and learn all about this bewildering example of gothic architecture.

9 – Find the heart of Dublin at Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle in Ireland

Built all the way back in the 13th century, Dublin Castle has a fair few tales to tell. With a stunning gallery displaying Irish works of art, as well as occasional live performances, this is a hub of action in Dublin.

The best bit? Admission is free! However, make sure to book your free ticket ahead of time so you can make sure you can get in!

10 – See the city your way on a hop on hop off bus

bus tour in Dublin

Forget about navigating the complex local public transport system or racking up a pricey taxi bill and opt for a hop on hop off bus pass.

They are more or less exactly what they sound like; a bus that stops at all the key places around town, with the driver providing audio commentary where you can get on and off at your own pace to discover Dublin your own way.

You even have the option for 24 or 48 hour tickets so how much you want to see of this great city is truly up to you!

11 – Explore Dublin’s history at the Little Museum of Dublin

Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin

Housed in a beautiful old Georgian building in St Stephen’s Green right in the middle of Dublin, you’ll find one of the most comprehensive displays of Dublin’s history.

With a skip-the-line ticket you can head straight on in to learn about everything from the Vikings to U2. An absolute essential thing to do for history buffs!

12 – Cross the historic Ha’penny Bridge

Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin

A stunning 1816 cast iron bridge crosses the River Liffey in Dublin and it has got to be on your list of things to do in Dublin.

With one of the best views and photo opportunities available in Dublin, you just need to take a short walk from O’Connell Street right in the heart of the city and you’ll be getting some prime people watching done in no time!

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13 – Journey back in time at Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Get a taste of what it was like to be a pilgrim in middle age and clamber your way through the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral.

Built all the way back in 1028, this has got to be one of Ireland’s most sacred historical monuments. Explore the stunning architecture, countless exhibits, and even spy the historic Magna Carta.

Book your ticket ahead of time, skip the queue, and jump straight into your self-guided tour of this historic gem!

14 – Stop and smell the roses at the National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

The weather in Ireland isn’t all cloudy and miserable. The climate allows for some of the most vibrant and diverse gardens to grow and the best way to experience that is by stopping by the National Botanic Gardens.

With 17,000 different plant species packed into 50 hectares, there’s going to be something colorful at every turn.

15 – See the Braveheart filming locations on a Wicklow Mountains day trip

Wicklow Mountains day trip from Dublin

This is one of the most breathtaking escapes you can head on in all of Ireland. A full-day trip out of Dublin will take you to 6th-century ruins, the set of the movie Braveheart and the stunning wilderness of Wicklow Mountain National Park.

You even have the option to swing past a traditional Irish pub in the heart of the countryside. You couldn’t plan a better day in this beautiful country!

16 – Meet the animals at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo, Ireland

A short drive from the center of Dublin, or a brief walk if you find yourself near the Guinness Storehouse (not totally unlikely), Dublin Zoo is the city’s hub for animal lovers.

The zoo has been in the animal welfare and conservation game for 190 years so you can expect a great experience and a huge variety of happy animals if you make the journey over there.

17 – Explore Dublin’s haunted side with scavenger games

scavenger games in Dublin

If an ordinary walking tour doesn’t quite seem exciting enough for you, grab your friends and hop on a scavenger game that takes you around all of Dublin, using puzzles and clues to uncover the dark, haunted side of this historic city.

You’ll hear all the scary stories of Olympia Theatre and St. Ann’s Church as you use the phone app to help you around on this 1.5-hour spine-tingling tour of the city.

18 – Visit the incredible Chester Beatty Museum

Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin

The Chester Beatty Museum gets a raving review from Lonely Planet, being hailed as “not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe”.

Drawing world-class collections from famous artists all over the world, raving reviews or not, you know you’re seeing one of the best art collections in the area. One of the best bits? Free admission!

19 – Travel to the end of the Earth on a Cliffs of Moher day trip

Cliffs of Moher day trip from Dublin

One of the most stunning natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher’s incredible rock face that plunges into the sea feels like you are literally standing at the end of the Earth.

The area was rumored to be used in some of the Star Wars films and you’ll understand why once you see it for yourself. If you’re in Dublin, the best way to get the best experience is to hop on an expansive 12 hour day trip that takes you to all the key stops along the stunning Galway coastline.

20 – Cruise through the Canals of Dublin

boat tours in Dublin

When a city has a beautiful river that flows right through its center, hopping on a boat tour is almost always going to be one of the best ways to gentle roll past all of the sights. A boat tour of Dublin, flowing down the River Liffey is no exception.

Just 15 euros for adults (children under 4 free) this is one of the best value things to do in Dublin if you want to learn all about the city’s history!

21 – Get some celebrity selfies at the National Wax Museum

National Wax Museum, Dublin
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Get close up and personal with all your favorite celebrities and characters and come home with a camera roll full of shots your friends won’t quite believe.

Of course, they’re only wax models but with the right angle, no one will ever know whether you met the entire Star Wars cast on your latest trip to Dublin.

Admission gets you into all the exhibits and for an extra cost you can learn all about the technology and make a wax casting of your hand!

22 – Visit the iconic St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

For those familiar with James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ will know a thing or two about St. Stephen’s Green, an iconic location mentioned in the famous novel.

You will definitely feel the magic of the place as you walk through the dappled light coming through the glorious, old trees. A scenic walk just south of the Ha’penny Bridge.

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23 – Set out on a hike through Howth

hike in Howth, Dublin

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the ancient village of Howth, is now simply an outer suburb of present-day Dublin. Despite being close to the city, you’ll find yourself traversing some of the wildest hiking paths you’ve ever been on.

You don’t need to discover it without a guide as you can hop on a four-hour hiking tour where an experienced guide can take you further than you would ever be able to discover on your own.

24 – Uncover history at the National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

Dublin has one of the finest collections of Irish treasures and artifacts and the four museums that make up the National Museum of Ireland are the cream of the crop.

The best bit is, all four locations have a powerful curation theme so you can really explore your passions.

All located within the center of the city, you can choose to visit the natural history, archaeology, country life or decorative arts museum, or head to all four!

25 – Tour the ruins at Glendalough on a day trip

Glendalough day trip from Dublin

Head out to the stunning Irish countryside for the day on a tour to Glendalough. Here there are the ruins of a monastery and other structures all the way from the 6th century.

Not only will you get a taste of Irish history on this tour, but you’ll also get a complimentary taste of Irish whiskey, as well as the chance to pick up some incredible handmade souvenirs at Avoca Handweavers.

26 – Capture some magic at the National Leprechaun Museum

National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin

The Irish are famous for their folklore and storytelling, and the National Leprechaun Museum is one of the finest examples around town. With great exhibits and tours that teach you all about the magic side of Irish history.

There are even daytime tours for the young ones and nighttime tours for the 18+ for those who want a spookier, darker take on Irish folklore.

27 – Ride around town on a bike tour

bike tour in Dublin

if you can’t cover enough ground on foot or want to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle on the same day without exhausting yourself, best to hop on a bike tour.

There are even electric bikes available for those who don’t want to tackle the hills or simply want to save energy for the pub crawl that night!

28 – Play the national sports at Experience Gaelic Games

Experience Gaelic Games, Dublin

The Gaelic culture created a few fun and unique sports that you won’t really get the chance to play anywhere else, or at least won’t have an experienced player to show you the ropes.

You can book a group activity if you’re traveling with a large group or simply drop in if you’re traveling solo (a great way to meet some fellow travelers).

Experience Gaelic Games is great for all the sporty types who want to try their hand at hurling or Gaelic football.

29 – Walk past famous tombstones at Glasnevin Museum

Glasnevin Museum, Dublin

Consistently rated as one of the most unique things to do in Dublin, a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will take you past the resting places of many iconic Irish characters.

The incredible guides will tell you all about Dublin’s weird and wacky history as you pass the tombstones of the many thieves, authors and politicians from the Victorian era that are buried there.

30 – Escape the weather at Fun Galaxy

Fun Galaxy in Dublin

If the weather outside is rainy and the kids are restless, Fun Galaxy in Dublin has you covered.

Open rain, hail or shine this incredible indoor play and entertainment center will help the sour weather days pass in no time.

A great way to let the young ones roam free in a supervised environment whilst you eat some of the fresh, local food and plan the rest of your trip to this magnificent city!

31 – Spot the iconic Molly Malone Statue

Molly Malone Statue, Dublin

The tale of Molly Malone is such a popular Irish folk tale that the resultant song has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin.

The tale tells the story of a woman who works all day selling fish just to keep her head afloat. Whether it’s true or not, the stunning bronze statue down at Suffolk Street is sure to inspire some romanticizing about the past!

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32 – Watch the sun go down on Galway bay on a day trip

Galway bay day trip from Dublin

Supposedly one of the most romantic sunsets in the world, you better get yourself to Galway bay at least once whilst you’re in Dublin.

The best way to do that is to book a day trip from Dublin, a beautiful, scenic 14-hour tour that takes you through the countryside, down the Wild Atlantic Way, with free time to venture through the historic city of Galway.

With so much beauty in one part of Ireland, this tour is the best way to pack it all in!

33 – Travel back in time at Dublinia

Dublinia, Dublin

This one is for the history buffs. Ireland has a rich history, with many cultures finding refuge in the green rolling hills over the years.

The incredible Dublinia Museum gives you more than just a taste of this incredible city’s medieval and Viking past.

Located in the heart of the old city at Christchurch, you will be literally walking in the footsteps of Vikings!

34 – Paddle through Dublin Bay on a kayaking tour

kayaking tour in Dublin

If visiting the wild seals in a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve sounds alright to you, you better consider hopping in a kayak and seeing Dublin from the water.

Simply hop on the train down to the bay, have all the equipment and safety gear taken take off, and get straight to exploring the area’s picturesque sand dunes and beaches. You even get to choose from morning or afternoon, so this tour works right into whatever your lunch plans are!

35 – Dive into AquaZone

AquaZone, Dublin

Touted as the perfect family day out, this place doesn’t disappoint on its promise to cater to all ages.

With 8 different rides, there’s something designed for everyone, so whether you are traveling as a family or even just want to unwind on a rainy day, this is the best place to spend the day.

Simply head to AquaZone in Blanchardstown and let the rolling waves and exhilarating slides do the rest!

36 – Hop on a train to Burren and Limerick on a day trip

Burren and Limerick day trip from Dublin

Most will know Ireland for stunning greenery, rolling hills and beautiful stone houses. Well, this day trip by train is undoubtedly the way to see all that.

Head out at 7 am, stop by Limerick to see the historic sites, stop by Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (a reconstructed 19th-century village) before a scenic trip through the one-of-a-kind landscape of The Burren before taking the gentle train ride back to Dublin. It sounds like a dream!

37 – Head to the spooky Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

This 19th-century prison was known for treating prisoners extremely poorly and harshly. Luckily these days, it’s no longer active and simply a museum, displaying and documenting the dark past of this spooky building.

One of the most incredible (albeit chilling) insights you can get into the life of a 19th century Irishman, Kilmainham Gaol Museum is definitely one of the quintessential things to do in Dublin!

38 – Climb aboard the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, Dublin

The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship was a famous ship built for taking Irish people across the seas who were hoping to escape the Irish Famine.

If you head down to Custom House Quay, a knowledgeable guide will take you below deck on this incredibly accurate replica of the original ship, telling you the spine-tingling stories of real passengers who were aboard trying to escape across the Atlantic to the Americas.

39 – Stop by The Famine Sculptures

The Famine Sculptures, Dublin

These incredible bronze sculptures were constructed in 1997, depicting the lives of those who needed to flee Ireland in order to get away from famine and disease.

These breathtaking creations will truly bring you into the world of a 19th-century Irish person and are a great way to connect with the history of this city. Just down by Custom House Quay in Dublin, a very easy stop on a walk around town!

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40 – Have a drink at The Temple Bar

The Temple Bar, Dublin

The oldest pub in the area has an incredible history and incredible nightlife, but you really need a local to help you discover all its sides. Luckily, you’re able to book a tour with a local guide who will reveal all the incredible sides of this iconic local spot.

You’ll learn all about the longstanding and impressive creative arts scene that revolves around The Temple Bar, as well as enjoy a drink (included with tour) in the most popular place in town!

41 – Slow down at the Garden of Remembrance

Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

These beautiful gardens were put together in 1966 in honor of the many Irish people who gave their lives to fight for Irish freedom.

There are commemorations for various rebellions against the British settlers so whilst you soak up the sunshine in these stunning surroundings, you’ll be able to learn a thing or two you probably didn’t know before coming to the Emerald Isle!

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42 – Open your mind at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

This place is an exceptional hub for Irish creatives. From screenings of local short films to incredible workshops that teach you all about Ireland’s history, there’s something for everyone at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Keep an eye on their website as they have a steady stream of free exhibitions and workshops during every season. A great place to soak up some culture without breaking the bank!

43 – Breach the walls of Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle, Dublin

Take a day trip and discover some of the ancient parts of the North Bay of Dublin. A stunning seven-and-a-half-hour trip will take you to the 11th century Malahide Castle.

You’ll even be taken inside to see all the wonders of ancient Irish architecture and gardens. You even have a bit of free time for lunch to sample some local snacks at one of the historic pubs nearby.

44 – Plunge into SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium

SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium, Dublin

Hop on a scenic 30-minute train ride from Dublin and end up at Sea Life Bray for a healthy dose of marine life. They have an impressive collection of sharks, turtles, octopuses, and everything in between.

Make sure to book ahead because this place can fill up. You can also check their feeding times to make sure you’re there for when your favorite creature struts its stuff!

45 – Pay the National Gallery of Ireland a visit

National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

No matter the weather outside, the day of the week or your budget, the National Gallery of Ireland is for you.

Open seven days a week and with free admission, wherever you’re up to in your trip, this is definitely one of the must-see things in Dublin.

Simply book a free admission ticket ahead of time and head on in and gaze at the stunning collection of local and International art they have on offer!

46 – Get lost in a hedge maze

hedge maze in Dublin

Ireland is known for its greenery and the gardening skills of the locals definitely come to the foreground with some of the incredible hedge mazes around the country.

Kildare Maze in the North Kildare countryside and Greenan Maze in the Wicklow Mountains are prime examples that you can reach from Dublin. Open every day during the summer months, there’s no better time to test your puzzle-solving skills in the great outdoors!

47 – Live the life of a Dubliner at 14 Henrietta Street

14 Henrietta Street, Dublin

This is the most multidimensional museum you will ever set foot in.

14 Henrietta Street is a museum within the walls of a house some 300 years old and it tells the story of how the house came to be, and all of the lives that have lived there and called it home.

The most interactive way to learn about the urban Irish way of life and definitely one of the most unique things you can do in Dublin!

48 – Explore the countryside on horseback

horse riding in Dublin

Forget worrying about connecting buses, trains or taxis, hop on a round trip from Dublin around County Wicklow, all on horseback.

You’ll get to move through the stunning hillsides and scenery at a pace that will really let you soak it all in. You’ll see a 6th-century monastery and have time for lunch in a historic village, what more could you possibly want?

49 – Feel like a rock star at The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum Experience

The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum Experience, Dublin

Dublin has a rich musical history and thriving arts scene and The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum is a great place to connect with it.

You’ll get to marvel at an iconic performance space that has contained Thin Lizzy, Hozier and Van Morrison, spot some memorabilia from Michael Jackson and U2, and even try your hand (or voice) at recording your own song in the beautiful rehearsal studios.

50 – Head out to Powerscourt Gardens

Powerscourt Gardens, Dublin

Escape the city for the day and head out for 8 hours on a scenic tour of Glendalough and Powerscourt.

You’ll be sure to return to Dublin more relaxed as you walk through the incredible Powerscourt House (voted in the top ten mansions by Lonely Planet) and the tallest waterfall in Ireland; Powerscourt Waterfall, 121 meters of flowing water, home to a plethora of wildlife. A peaceful scene to say the least!

51 – Let your hair down at Funderland Dublin

Funderland Dublin, Ireland

One of the best amusement parks in Ireland can be found just a short train ride from Dublin DART train station.

An incredible traveling entertainment company that has rides and performers from all over the world has been a success all over Europe.

It was all an Irish idea and you can experience it at home base at Funderland Dublin!

52 – Connect with nature at St Anne’s Park and Rose Gardens

St Anne’s Park and Rose Gardens, Dublin

Not only are these some stunning gardens to visit, unwind at and take the camera to, they are also home to the annual rose festival and delicious farmers markets every Saturday.

So whether you want to stop and smell the roses, or pick up some local organic produce, St Anne’s Park and Rose Gardens definitely need to be high up on your list of things to do in Dublin!

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53 – Visit the Edwardian Mansion at Farmleigh

Farmleigh, Dublin

If you head over to Phoenix Park, you’ll find one of the most stunningly maintained examples of Edwardian architecture, along with a beautiful guesthouse and currently working farm.

Farmleigh has free parking on site for the motorists and an easy trip for those traveling by train or foot, you can walk through the mansion, view the works in the stunning gallery or simply soak up the serenity in the farmyard!

54 – Sample the local liquor at the Irish Whiskey Museum

Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin

Chances are you’ve had an Irish whiskey or two in your time, so why not brush up your knowledge on the stuff whilst sample a few of the finest examples?

If you head over to the Irish Whiskey Museum, you’ll get to talk with a master blender about the history of several whiskeys whilst sampling them for yourself.

You even get to take home a small bottle of your own blend you make on the tour!

55 – Stroll through Merrion Square Park

Merrion Square Park, Dublin

Head to the historic Merrion Square Park on the Southside of Dublin’s city center and you’ll be in awe of the incredible history maintained in this place.

This incredible Georgian architecture was built in the late 18th century and has lived many lives since then. Long story short, a great place to take the camera!

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56 – Peek into Francis Bacon’s studio at Hugh Lane Gallery

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

One of the most incredible and unique exhibits lives at High Lane Gallery in Dublin. Francis Bacon, the famous Irish artist was notorious for keeping his studio in a state of disarray.

So much so that one clever conservator had the idea to transplant his chaotic studio setup into Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, Francis Bacon’s hometown.

At this exhibit, you’ll get to see the studio the way he would have left it, a very interesting look into the mind of an artist!

57 – Explore Northern Ireland on a day trip

Northern Ireland day trip from Dublin, Ireland

There’s a lot to see in Ireland, luckily, Dublin is within a day’s reach of just about everywhere. A day trip on a luxury coach can take you to Ireland’s other major city; Belfast.

Not only will you be able to see another major city, but on this tour, you’ll also get taken to the UNESCO-listed heritage site, Giant’s Causeway, the incredible stone formation that is famous around the world.

58 – Let loose at Fort Lucan Adventureland

Fort Lucan Adventureland in Dublin

This is Dublin’s biggest playground. But it’s not only large, it’s also densely packed with action. With go-karts, slides and zip lines, there’s so much fun to be had over at Fort Lucan Adventureland.

It’s also suitable for all ages so whether you’re traveling as a family or simply a group of friends, no one will miss out on the action here!

59 – Relax at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Dublin

Just in the suburbs of Dublin, these humble gardens have become one of the most famous memorial gardens in all of Europe. Once you stop by and walk through the incredible scenery and monuments, it’ll be clear why.

Dedicated to the soldiers that fought in World War I, this garden was designed by one of the most prestigious landscape designers in the world and provides both a soothing and solemn place to visit in Dublin.

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60 – Learn about the rebellion at Gpo Witness History Visitor Center

Gpo Witness History Visitor Center, Dublin

The Easter Rising of Ireland is commonly known as one of the most significant events in Irish history.

It was a six-day rebellion in 1916 and the Gpo Witness History Visitor Center provides the most comprehensive view of the event.

You’ll learn all about how the Republic of Ireland came to be if you grab a skip-the-line ticket and head on over!

61 – Explore the incredible Tayto Park

Tayto Park, Dublin

Both a zoo and a theme park, Tayto Park has something for everyone, quite literally.

Everything from adrenaline-pumping rides to breathtaking tiger enclosures, this is an adventurous day out for the thrill-seekers that is sure to leave you likely to get a good night’s sleep after!

62 – Cross the stunning Samuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin

Opened in 2009, the Samuel Beckett Bridge is an incredible feat of design and construction that is a sight to behold.

Connecting Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to Guild Street across the River Liffey, this is a scenic walk that will show you a magnificent blend of old and new as you cross this modern masterpiece into historic Dublin.

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63 – Stroll over to Spire of Dublin and O’Connell Street on a walking tour

walking tours in Dublin

The Spire of Dublin, also known as the Monument of Light is a stunning 120-meter tall pillar in the middle of historic O’Connell Street.

If you hop on a walking tour, that begins with a drink at International Bar, you’ll be taken around to these iconic landmarks and learn all about their history and significance, from a knowledgeable local!

64 – Kiss the famous Blarney Stone on a day trip to Cork

Blarney Castle, Dublin

Down in the south of Ireland are some iconic spots that you must see whilst visiting Dublin.

If you hop on a Dublin Rail tour down to Cork, you’ll get to see the iconic medieval stronghold Blarney Castle as well as a chance to kiss the globally famous Blarney Stone. You can’t say you’ve been to Ireland until you’ve been down here!

65 – Shake hands with an 800 year old Mummy at St Michan’s Church

St Michan’s Church, Dublin

Underneath the ancient St Michan’s Church lies a crypt that has preserved all that lies within it. There are ancient bodies of exiled Vikings as well as other antiquated items.

You’ll also get to see the organ on which Handel supposedly first played the Messiah. There is so much history wrapped up in this church in Dublin that any history buff will be devastated to have missed it.

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66 – Test your balance at Harbour Splash Aqua Park

Harbour Splash Aqua Park, Dublin

Harbour Splash is Dublin’s first inflatable water park, which bears a strong resemblance to obstacle courses like ninja warriors.

Suited for the skill levels of children and adults, everyone can enjoy the exhilarating race around the course. Just make sure you’re prepared to fall in a few times!

67 – Watch a game of Gaelic football at Croke Park Stadium

Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

Croke Park is the hub for all things Irish sports. Home of Gaelic football, hurling and the Gaelic Athletic Association, this is the place to go for those interested in the local games.

You can keep an eye on the calendar and catch a game, or for those who crave even more information, you can book a two-hour tour of the stadium that teaches you all about the history of the games. You’ll be able to teach everyone at home a thing or two!

68 – Visit the iconic Sweny’s Pharmacy

Sweny’s Pharmacy, Dublin

A location in the famous James Joyce novel ‘Ulysses’ Sweny’s Pharmacy is a GP’s office turned pharmacy that had changed very little from when a young James Joyce first walked through the doors in 1905.

This is truly a time capsule back into the early 1900s and is a perfect way to get a look into what Dublin looked and felt like all those years ago.

69 – Have lunch and a drink at church

The Church Bar, Dublin

It may be called The Church and be housed in a stunning old church, but this restaurant and cafe is not where you’ll find regular mass or services at Easter.

Open late, this is one of the most bizarre and unique things to do in Dublin as there aren’t many churches in the world where you can have a glass of Pinot Noir at 11:30 pm.

70 – Head to the ‘secret’ Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

One of Dublin’s best-kept secrets, the Iveagh Gardens have lived many lives over their 300-year history and much of this history has been very well maintained and conserved.

Once you’ve learned all about the incredible history of the landscapes and structures in the gardens, don’t forget to stop and breathe in the fresh, green, Irish air before retiring to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Dublin.

71 – Discover Celtic history on a Boyne Valley day trip

Boyne Valley day trip from Dublin

Journey back in time on a bus tour, hosted by an expert guide, through the rich Celtic History of Ireland.

You’ll get to see Celtic tombs, 6000-year-old artwork and some of the oldest archaeological sites in all of Ireland.

You’ll get entrance fees and transport to and from every site taken care of, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!

72 – Get your adrenaline pumping at Glencullen Adventure Park

Glencullen Adventure Park, Dublin

One of the most exciting things to do in Dublin is to head over to Glencullen Adventure Park and ride around dodging obstacles and racing up hills.

This is a BMX bike park with trails suited to all skill levels, so it doesn’t even matter if you’ve never ridden a BMX before or you’ve done it a thousand times.

Maybe even race your friends to see who’s got the best skills!

73 – Grab some of Leo Burdocks famous Fish & Chips

Leo Burdocks, Dublin

Serving up some of Irelands finest feeds since 1913, Leo Burdocks has survived the wars and much of Ireland’s tumultuous history.

But if time is anything to go off, you know the fish and chips aren’t going to be anything short of extraordinary, so head down to the old city in Christchurch and taste it for yourself!

74 – Spot the castle on a Kilkenny day trip

Kilkenny day trip from Dublin

Widely known as south-east Ireland’s top attraction, Kilkenny Castle is a must-see whilst you’re in Dublin.

If you book a bus tour that takes you out there, you’ll get the convenience of hotel pick up (and drop off on the way back) whilst you’re ferried out to Kilkenny castle via the scenic Irish countryside!

75 – Visit the haunted Montpelier Hill (Hellfire Club)

Montpelier Hill, Dublin

Montpelier Hill is a sight full of ghost stories and a dark past. Known as the Hellfire Club to the locals, it’s a worthwhile trip for those wanting to learn all about the strange stories you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

If you really want to learn all about these haunted tales, get yourself on a dark side of Dublin tour where you’ll learn all about them from a guide who’s an expert on the supernatural side of the city.

76 – Sample some whiskey on a Distillery tour

Distillery tours, Dublin

With probably the most famous Irish exports being whiskey, you might as well get the local’s view whilst you’re in town.

Luckily, the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery are both in Dublin, so there’s plenty of avenues to learn all about this great local product.

Both distilleries offer great insider tours, showing you how their whiskey is made, giving you a sample along the way. Why not visit both and decide once and for all which one is better?

77 – Soar through Dublin with Zipit Forest Adventures

Zipit Forest Adventures, Dublin

A zipline through the stunning green landscape of Ireland, what more needs to be said?

Nestled in the beautiful Dublin Mountains, Zipit Forest Adventures is an incredible high ropes course and zipline park that is sure to get the blood pumping.

This has got to be the best way to connect with the brilliant nature Ireland has to offer!

78 – Place a wager at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium

Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium, Dublin

If you don’t mind a little flutter, then booking a spot at Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium is definitely a place to consider dropping by whilst you’re in Dublin.

It is important to remember to book ahead of time because they’re only operating at a limited 200 person outdoor capacity!

79 – Soak up the Dublin Theatre festival

theatre in Dublin

If you’re lucky enough to be in town during the later stages of summer in Dublin, the Dublin Theatre Festival is always a hotspot for arts and culture and a perfect place to see the local artists and theatre-goers do their thing.

If you don’t make it in time for the festival, you need not despair as the Gate Theatre and Abbey Theatre have shows running all year round, so if you love theatre and want to catch some while you’re visiting, there’ll always be something on.

80 – Party like the Irish on a pub crawl

pub crawls in Dublin

Dublin isn’t short on incredible pubs, but it can be hard to sort the historical icons from the touristy gimmicks. Luckily, plenty of local experts are happy to lend their knowledge of the streets to take you to all the hottest places in town.

There’s even a tour that takes you to all the pubs that inspired the many great Irish writers so you can hear their stories whilst enjoying a pint at the very table they conceived one of their greatest novels!

81 – Live like the locals at The Hairy Lemon

The Hairy Lemon pub in Dublin

One of the most famous pubs in Dublin, this is a great way to feel like a local Irishman as you order a pint of Guinness, watch the local sport or even jig to some traditional Irish music.

The Hairy Lemon is where all the locals will be on a weekend or even during a lunch break, so make sure to keep your eyes open for some great people watching!

82 – Celebrate at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

One of the biggest dates on the Irish Calendar, this is one of the most exciting things to do in Dublin if you happen to be in town at the right time.

The center of Dublin comes alive and is taken over during the day of the 17th of March (even if it’s a weekday) for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

This is a great opportunity for the solo traveler on a budget to soak up some incredible local culture with free access.

83 – Immerse yourself in an Irish music show

Irish music show in Dublin

There’s no better way to feel like you’ve truly experienced all that the Irish culture has to offer than seeing a performance of traditional Irish music whilst sitting down to a three-course meal of entirely traditional Irish food.

There’s even the chance to get yourself involved as a guide will run you through some basic Irish dancing steps so that you can join in on their action. You’re bound to have a great story to tell everyone at home after this!

A handy little tip to make things a bit easier is to grab a Dublin Pass, which grants you access to over 35 of the cities greatest attractions. Not only do you save a bit of cash, think of all the websites you no longer need to navigate in order to book!

Also, be sure to grab an airport transfer if you’re traveling by air as they really take the stress out of landing and getting to and from wherever you’re staying so you can start (and end) on a high note.

There’s plenty of great places to stay in Dublin, so be sure to check out all the best hotels to make sure you have a great home base.

This list has hopefully bolstered your interest and excitement in heading over to Dublin. If you need any more ideas of things to do, check out TourScanner’s full list of tours in Dublin.

Don’t hesitate to comment below if you wish to recommend other places in Dublin.

Happy travels!