We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

96%
Found this guide helpful

Follow my guide to the best of Dublin's museum culture, plus the unique, often-missed gems waiting to be discovered, just a short hop out of the city.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

12 Places

10 City Tips

Print
Map

12 Places

Dublin Castle

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites

The Little Museum of Dublin

Speciality Museums

Dublin Writers Museum

Speciality Museums

Casino Marino

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Chester Beatty Library

Speciality Museums

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

History Museums, Natural History Museums

Science Gallery Dublin

Science Museums

National Leprechaun Museum

Speciality Museums

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Art Museums

Kilmainham Gaol

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum

Speciality Museums, Arenas & Stadiums

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Speciality Museums

Ecoireland's City Tips

  • Be careful when cycling in Dublin – stay aware of the traffic and Light Rail (Luas).
  • Buy a Luas Card and keep it topped up with credit, for travel on all buses, trains and light rail.
  • The best way to experience local culture in Dublin is to attend events, such as Literary Pub Crawls, readings, debates etc. Search for these online.
  • A "Dublin Pass" gives you entry to 32 top Dublin attractions, but keep in mind that most museums in Dublin are free!
  • Search online for unique events or talks taking place in buildings not normally open to the public, such as Merrion Square.
  • Dalkey Castle – a real Dublin village – is in easy reach of the city centre, and was home to writer Maeve Binchy, Bono, Enya and many more famous Dubliners.
  • The Dublin bus "3 Day Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour" is also valid for travel on city buses (including Airlink Express), Luas Light Rail and Nitelink.
  • Rent bikes through the Dublin Bike Scheme – a great way to get between museums, which are near to the city centre and surrounded by great green spaces.
  • Dublin can be expensive. Look out for lunch specials, afternoon teas, and discounted early-bird/theatre dinner menus.
  • Most of the national museums, galleries and attractions in the city have high-quality cafes. The Silk Road Cafe at Dublin Castle is one such treasure.
  • Save
    Dublin Castle
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    Dublin Castle is a great place to start your cultural exploration of Dublin – here in this historic building, you can learn all about the origins of the city and admire the source of River Liffey. The castle has also made more recent history politically, being the site of the Inauguration of President Mary Robinson (Ireland's first female President).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss The Silk Road Cafe at the rear of the castle, which is also the site of The Chester Beatty Library.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    • nice 1 hour tour of Dublin Castle 19/01/2017
    • First impression is a little disappointing 19/01/2017
    • Dublin Castle
    Address:
    Dame Street
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 645 8813
    Other:
  • Save
    The Little Museum of Dublin
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    Offering short but entertaining tours led by dedicated staff, The Little Museum of Dublin is a real gem in the heart of the city centre. Learn about everything from unusual items like Sudocream (invented in Dublin), to quirky tales from Irish band U2, and other iconic national figures.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • For unusual souvenirs made by local artists, check out St. George's Market on South Great Georges street nearby.
    • The Little Museum is also close to Powerscourt Shopping Centre, a great restoration project housing a variety of coffee shops and other lovely places to linger.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 19/01/2017
    • A quick history fix in the centre of Dublin 19/01/2017
    • The Little Museum of Dublin
    Address:
    15 St. Stephen's Green
    Dublin 2
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 661 1000
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Thu
    09:30 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Dublin Writers Museum
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    Dublin is a designated UNESCO City of Literature, and there's no better place in which to enjoy, celebrate, and learn about Ireland's great literary legacy than at Dublin Writers Museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Needless to say, there's a fantastic bookshop here.
    • Dublin Pass is accepted here.
    • Irish music fans should check out iconic shop, Waltons, located in the same Georgian Square.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    • Good if you have an interest in the literature history of Dublin 29/12/2016
    • Dublin museum 30/11/2016
    • Dublin Writers Museum
    Address:
    18-19 Parnell Square North
    Dublin 1
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 872 2077
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Casino Marino
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    An aesthetic wonder, this unique structure was designed to be lit entirely by natural light and features beautiful marquetry floors and plaster reliefs. Little-visited by tourists, Casino Marino is worth a trip off the beaten path!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • For a nice coastal walk, continue out to Malahide or Howth head, and experience village life in one Ireland's tidiest towns.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extremely interesting & great value for money 01/11/2016
    • Wow! An architectural gem. 23/10/2016
    • Casino Marino
    Address:
    Marino
    Dublin D3
    Ireland
    Phone:
    833-1618
    Other:
  • Save
    Chester Beatty Library
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    Containing one of the most overlooked collections of Asian and Middle-Eastern manuscripts and artworks, the Chester Beatty Library is a real delight for culture lovers. Exhibits are presented to a very high international museum standard, and best of all, entry is free!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss a visit to The Silk Road Cafe, a popular haunt for Irish office workers from the nearby government buildings.
    • Entrance is free.
    • The shop is a great place to find interesting cultural souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Museum of the art of books 19/01/2017
    • Great collection and wonderful exhibit 16/01/2017
    • Chester Beatty Library
    Address:
    Clock Tower Building
    Dublin Castle
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 407 0750
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
    History Museums, Natural History Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    The Natural History Museum is an extraordinary Victorian-era museum, packed with stuffed and pickled specimens. Think 'Night at The Museum' (the film), and you'll come close to imagining what to expect here. The Darwin collections are enough to bring out the child in most visitors, and the recently restored building itself is much-loved by architects.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • The museum is close to Merrion Square and the National Gallery, which has a great coffee shop.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    • More animals than you can shake a stick at!! 17/01/2017
    • Great day out with the children and FREE! 16/01/2017
    • National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
    Address:
    Merrion St.
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 677 7444
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Science Gallery Dublin
    Science Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    One of the more recent additions to the Dublin cultural scene, the Science Gallery hosts some great events – including TED talks – in addition to its cutting-edge, interactive exhibits and well-stocked shop.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is a good location from which to explore Dublin's Docklands area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really interesting exhibits 08/01/2017
    • Violence & Design 07/01/2017
    • Science Gallery Dublin
    Address:
    The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College
    Trinity College Dublin
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 4091
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 - 20:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Save
    National Leprechaun Museum
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    While adults may prefer something a little more high-brow, the National Leprechaun Museum is great for an hour or so of pure novelty fun. Kids big and small will enjoy learning all about the mythical creatures of Ireland, made famous by the film, 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People'. Plus, there are plenty of memorable photo opportunities!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Winding Stair bookshop and cafe is close by, a great place to read and enjoy coffee overlooking the Halfpenny Bridge and the River Liffey.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    • Terrible 20/01/2017
    • Fun, interesting place to go 20/01/2017
    • National Leprechaun Museum
    Address:
    Jervis Street
    Dublin Dublin 1
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 873 3899
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 18:30
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 18:30
    Other:
  • Save
    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Art Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    While the IMMA's rotating exhibits can be a little hit-and-miss, this 18th-century building – modelled on Les Invalides in Paris and set within 64 acres of beautiful grounds – offers a welcome 'green' cultural escape. And if the art doesn't appeal, the coffee shop is a pleasant place to linger in for a little while longer!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ryans of Parkgate Street, one of Dublin's best pubs, is just a short walk from Euston Station, nearby.
    • Entrance to the permanent exhibitions is free. Temporary exhibits may charge.
    • To get here easily, take the LUAS to Euston Station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    • Not very impressive 06/01/2017
    • You are better off watching paint dry – I suggest magnolia 22/12/2016
    • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Address:
    Royal Hospital
    Military Road, Kilmainham
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 612 9900
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:30
    Tue - Fri
    11:30 - 05:30
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Save
    Kilmainham Gaol
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    If you're truly interested in learning about the history and struggles of Ireland, then Kilmainham Gaol is the place for you. Most of the country's key historical moments happened at this very spot, and many national icons have been imprisoned here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Gaol is close to Liberties of Dublin, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city.
    • The Irish Museum of Modern Art is just next door, and since you're already outside of the city centre, it's worth visiting both on the same trip.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating insight into an historical gaol 21/01/2017
    • A must highly recommend 20/01/2017
    • Kilmainham Gaol
    Address:
    Inchicore Road
    Kilmainham
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 453 5984
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum
    Speciality Museums, Arenas & Stadiums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    Head to Croke Park to better understand the passionate culture and history behind Ireland's unique national sports and the Gaelic Athletic Association (founded in 1884). Here, you'll find a great interactive exhibition – including the opportunity to test your hurlling skills. You can also visit the roof of the stadium. It's a real treat for lovers of top-quality field sports!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to see a game here, or head to any local Dublin club or university to witness the passion involved firsthand.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic! 19/01/2017
    • Croke park tour 19/01/2017
    • Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum
    Address:
    St Josephs Avenue (Off Clonliffe Rd)
    Drumcondra
    Dublin cod3
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 819 2323
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Save
    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Ecoireland Says:

    This graveyard is one of Ireland's most important sites, containing the remains of many of the country's most iconic heroes. The variety of themed tours offered through the museum visitor centre are full of flair and constantly updated, meaning there's always something new to discover here. You'll never say graveyards are boring again!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try great local pub "The Gravediggers", or take a slightly longer stroll to the cafe at the National Botanical Gardens .
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 485 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a visit 20/01/2017
    • So much irish history in one place 19/01/2017
    • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
    Address:
    Finglas Road
    Dublin 11
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 882 6550
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo