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First time to Dublin and want to enjoy the perfect day in the city? Look no further than this guide!

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  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Dublin Zoo

Zoos

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Speciality Museums

Kilmainham Gaol

Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Viking Splash Tours

Boat Tours

Grafton Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bewley's Oriental Cafe

Restaurants

St. Stephen's Green

Parks

Trinity College Dublin

Historic Sites, Universities & Schools

The Port House

Restaurants

The International Bar

Bars & Clubs, Comedy Clubs

Darragh O's City Tips

  • The city becomes a little wild when the pubs/bars close. Stay in lit streets, and avoid lanes and alleys.
  • Dublin city centre is perfectly suited to walking – all its major sights and popular eateries are situated 10-20 minutes away from each other.
  • For inexpensive clothes, try Penneys on O'Connell Street, and the shops on Tara/Henry Street.
  • Do not confuse Ireland and the UK as this is likely to offend some locals.
  • Public transport is efficient: If you need to travel further than the city centre, take a bus, tram or train. Taxis are also available, but expensive.
  • Avoid the Temple Bar area – prices are extortionate and hiked-up for tourists. Go one street over and you will find plenty of authentic Irish pubs and bars.
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    Dublin Zoo
    Zoos
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    Darragh O Says:

    Set in one of the largest urban parks in Europe (Phoenix Park), Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the country, and a must-do for families visiting the city. Not far from the centre of the city, the zoo is easily accessible on foot or by the Red Line Luas (tram line). With African Plains-themed settings, petting areas and interactive exhibits, this zoo is incredibly popular with tourists and locals alike.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look up animal feeding times in advance and plan your visit around these.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Never fails to please 28/03/2017
    • Off the hook, amazing zoo! 28/03/2017
    • Dublin Zoo
    Address:
    Cunningham Road
    Phoenix Park
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 474 8900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Darragh O Says:

    Glasnevin Cemetery is located in the north of Dublin, and well-connected to the city centre by local buses. Set in more than 250 acres, this beautiful Parisian-style graveyard contains close to 1.5 million graves – more than the population of Dublin today - and a large number of famous Irish political, cultural and historical figures are buried here (making this almost a site of pilgrimage for locals). Follow the shaded, higgledy piggledy routes of cobblestone paths and admire the vast expanse of beautiful marble tombs and gravestones you'll find here. The museum, based on the grounds, also boasts an amazing interactive exhibit, chronicling the history of the museum, Ireland and Irish religion.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you take a cemetery tour, which runs frequently throughout the day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Glasnevin Trip 28/03/2017
    • Dead Interesting! 27/03/2017
    • 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:
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    Kilmainham Gaol
    Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    Darragh O Says:

    If you want to learn about Irish history in a unforgettable location, Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is the perfect museum for you and a must-see when visiting Dublin. The former home of many famous and infamous Irish characters, the jail is perhaps most notable for the part it played in Irish independence, with numerous revolutionaries imprisoned and executed here throughout its 200 year-old history. Regardless of your level of interest in history, this makes for an interesting and memorable visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk here from the city centre, along the River Liffey. It may take you 30 minutes but you'll see Dublin in all its glory.
    • You may recognise the Victorian Wing, which is used frequently in television, and films including 'The Italian Job' and 'In the Name of the Father'.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent experience 28/03/2017
    • A must-see 28/03/2017
    • Kilmainham Gaol
    Address:
    Inchicore Road
    Kilmainham
    Dublin 8
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 453 5984
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Viking Splash Tours
    Boat Tours
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    Darragh O Says:

    Dublin has a rich Viking history and the best way to experience this is with Viking Splash Tours. Their WW2-era amphibious vehicles take you around the city, while friendly and comedic guides provide you with a detailed account of Dublin's colourful history. Get ready to dive into the Grand Canal (literally) and experience the city by both land and water - while it's not cheap, it's certainly memorable. Get ready to roar like a Viking! Really.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Make sure you get a Viking helmet when you board the bus!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just Brilliant 28/03/2017
    • ROOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 27/03/2017
    • Viking Splash Tours
    Address:
    Stephen_s Green North
    close to Grafton Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 707 6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Grafton Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Darragh O Says:

    Love shopping? Right next to St. Stephen's Green park and Trinity College, lies Grafton Street, one of the most popular shopping streets in the city, and home to many well-known international brands. Although always busy – as it is popular with both locals and tourists – it is still worth the visit if shopping is on your agenda. Plus, go just one street over – to the smaller connecting streets – and you'll find countless good-quality restaurants, bars and independent shops.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Pick up a coffee or a hot chocolate from Bewley's Oriental Cafe.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must Do 28/03/2017
    • A Dublin must see! 27/03/2017
    • Grafton Street
    Phone:
    +353 1 872 9891
    Other:
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    Bewley's Oriental Cafe
    Restaurants (Irish, Cafe, Contemporary)
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    Darragh O Says:

    Time for a coffee and a snack? Bewley's Oriental Cafe beats the international coffee chains hands-down with its delicious, freshly-brewed drinks and memorably-luxurious setting. It's a famous (and very popular) tea and coffee brand in Ireland, and while it may not be the cheapest option for a refreshment stop, its quality and decor will make it worth your while.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Don't buy Bewley's packaged teas and coffees here – they can be found in any Dublin supermarket at a much cheaper price.
    • This cafe is midway up Grafton Street, the main shopping street in the city, and only a few minutes' walk from St. Stephen's Green park and Trinity College.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Can't wait until it re-opens! 27/07/2015
    • Fresh and fun with old world feel 10/07/2015
    • Bewley's Oriental Cafe
    Address:
    78-79 Grafton Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 672 7720
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 22:00
    Thu - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    St. Stephen's Green
    Parks
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    Darragh O Says:

    Located in the centre of the city, this Georgian-style park was the inspiration for Central Park in New York and is needless-to-say, a must-visit! Passing under the Fusiliers' Arch – a controversial war memorial – enjoy being transported into a serene green haven, soon making it easy to forget the hustle and bustle of the busy city surrounding you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go exploring! Countless statues are hidden throughout the park.
    • St. Stephen's Green Shopping (the white domed building) and Grafton Street are both great city shopping spots, located close by.
    • Grab some lunch, and join local office workers lying on the grass in this city centre oasis.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well kept 28/03/2017
    • Relaxing 28/03/2017
    • St. Stephen's Green
    Address:
    at the top end of Grafton St
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 475 7816
    Other:
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    Trinity College Dublin
    Historic Sites, Universities & Schools
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    Darragh O Says:

    One of the most well-known historical universities in the world, Trinity College Dublin is a beautiful setting for a stroll through well-maintained grounds and a relaxing lounge on the grass. Despite being over 400 years old, it's still an active university campus, and young couples especially will appreciate its vibrant atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Long Room of the College Library – this stunning mahogany library houses 200,000-plus books and has been the source of inspiration for writers throughout history.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 498 things to do in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delightful tour of Trinity College and Books of Kells 28/03/2017
    • Great gardens and grounds 28/03/2017
    • Trinity College Dublin
    Address:
    Grafton St.
    College Green
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 896 1000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Port House
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar)
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    Darragh O Says:

    Based on South William Street (a few minutes' walk from Grafton Street), this Spanish tapas bar – set in a cosy cellar – is very popular with locals and food lovers alike. Fill up on delicious tapas dishes, accompanied by a long list of wines, sherries and ports, served straight from the cask, or simply relax with a cocktail at the lovely bar. Authentic Spanish food at its best.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Book in advance to guarantee a table.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #227 of 2,088 restaurants in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hot chocolate, expression n churros 27/03/2017
    • Gorgeous Tapas 24/03/2017
    • The Port House
    Address:
    64a South William St
    Dublin 2
    Dublin 2
    Ireland
    Phone:
    +353 1 677 0298
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$11
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Wed
    11:30 - 00:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:30 - 02:00
    Other:
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    The International Bar
    Bars & Clubs, Comedy Clubs
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    Darragh O Says:

    Referenced in James Joyce's 'Ulysses', the International Bar has existed for more than 200 years, serving regulars including the revolutionary Michael Collins, and poets Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh. A friendly and atmospheric setting for a quiet drink – or a more lively one during one of their live music or comedy shows – head to International Bar for an authentic local experience, and the perfect end to a day in Dublin.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Look out for historical paintings and photos on the walls of this city-centre bar.
    • Avoid the nearby Temple Bar area. It's a tourist trap with hiked-up prices.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 75 Fun & Games in Dublin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Irish pub 21/03/2017
    • Tipical irish stew 13/03/2017
    • The International Bar
    Address:
    23 Wicklow Street
    Dublin
    Ireland
    Other:
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