The capital has changed enormously in recent years – as has the country – but the city still manages to combine the old with the new. Even though the city center has a metropolitan feel to it, visitors here will still get a sense of Dublin’s history.
The Guinness Storehouse has retained the top spot for the third consecutive year in the listing of Ireland’s top visitor attractions.
A tourist in Dublin will never be stuck for things to do. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle are all must-sees. Culture vultures, as well as history buffs, will also delight in Ireland’s capital as there are plenty of galleries and museums to choose from, including the National Gallery of Ireland.
Many of the attractions listed above are within walking distance of each other. And there is simply no better way of getting to know Dublin that getting lost on its meandering, haphazard streets.
Dublin has a myriad of visitor attractions to suit all interests and we’ve compiled a list below of the top visited attractions!
Top 10 Most Visited Attractions in Dublin
1. The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, which has been home to the ‘black stuff’ since 1759. The seven storey building, a former Guinness fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness.
To many, Dublin is the heart and soul of Ireland, and Guinness® is at the heart of the city itself. So a trip to this vibrant capital is not complete without a visit to the home of Guinness® and Ireland’s number one visitor attraction – Guinness® Storehouse.
At Guinness® Storehouse you’ll discover all there is to know about the world’s most famous beer, from how Guinness is made, to the ancient craft of Guinness barrel making in the cooperage and on to the creation of the world famous brand.. A dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends…where else – in the Gravity® bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff and relax and enjoy the 360 degree views across Dublin City.
2. National Museum Of Ireland
The National Museum Of Ireland was built in the 1880s to the design of Sir Thomas Deane and since then it has been filling in the blanks for us through its extensive archaeological collections.
The treasury houses priceless items such as the Broighter gold boat, while Ór- Ireland’s Gold, an exhibition focusing on Ireland’s Bronze Age gold, contains beautiful jewellery such as the Gleninsheen Gorget. Other permanent displays include Irish Silver and glassware, the Viking exhibition, the War of Independence exhibition and more.
The new and fascinating Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition centres on a number of bog bodies dating back to the Iron Age. Displayed along with other bog finds from the museum’s collections, it offers you an opportunity to come face to face with your ancient ancestors.
3. Phoenix Park
This park is the largest urban enclosed park in Europe, with a Circumference of 11km (7m) and a total area of 712 hectares (1,760 acres). Situated 3km (2m) west of the city centre and is more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park. As with all outdoor pursuits in Ireland, the rain can often stop play. But on a good day, this park is a real treat. The park is also home to the residence for the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as Dublin’s zoo.
This Dublin’s playground – the largest urban enclosed park in Europe Ornamental gardens, nature trails, and broad expanses of grassland, separated by avenues of trees, including oak, beech, pine, chestnut, and lime. Livestock graze peacefully on pasturelands, deer roam the forested areas, and horses romp on polo fields.
4. Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, is Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors annually. As one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos, the 70 acre park is home to some 600 animals in an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable experience.
There are plenty of amazing animals to discover including orang utans, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, meerkats, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few! Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffes, rhinos and zebras as you go. Hang out with the gorillas at the new Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes, then travel through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants. The Asian Forests is the newest development to open at Dublin Zoo where visitors can see Asian lion cubs, Sumatran tigers and Sulawesi crested macaques!
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