Lives in County Leitrim, Ireland
Since Feb 2012
35-49 year old female
I enjoy travel of all kinds that i can experience local culture , heritage and food .I have worked in many sectors of tourism , heritage ,arts and conservation and would like to share the secrets of great travel in ireland in a sustainable way
Historic Sites, Castles, Government Buildings, History Museums, Architectural Buildings
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Libraries, Art Museums
History Museums, Natural History Museums
Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
Arenas & Stadiums, Speciality Museums
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!