Things to do in Dublin

There is so much to do in Dublin, it would hardly fit in a post! But we tried, and this is little rundown of things to do in Dublin, focusing on cultural attractions (check out rest of the blog for clubs, pubs and tours!)

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FREE walking tour is the best way to get familiar with Dublin. Explore the “real Dublin” on foot learning about the characters, mysteries, architecture and histories of this thousand year old city whatever your budget may be. Book at reception, departs every morning! FREE!

Trinity College

Ireland’s oldest University located on College Green just 2 mins from Barnacles Hostel Temple Bar. Once the sole preserve of the Protestant elite, Trinity is now occupied by students from all religions and from all over the world. Guided Tours are available daily in summertime and it’s well worth a visit if only to see the imfamous library.

trinity college

Book of Kells

Found in the Trinity College Library, this illuminated manuscript painstakingly decorated and written by the Monks around 800AD. It’s one of the oldest books in the world. You will also get to glimpse into long room – amazing library that looks straight out of Harry Potter!


 Guinness Brewery

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery. The Brewery produces over 2 million pints of stout every day and you can visit the Guinness Hopstore, which includes a “How Guinness was first made” tour. Make sure to have a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which has spectacular views of Dublin City.

Guinness Storehouse


This was once the centre of Medieval Dublin and is home to Christchurch Cathedral on Christ Church Place. The Church was restored in the 19th Century and is steeped in cultural history and architectural detail. Beside the Cathedral is Dublinia – an audio visual display around the Medieval City of Dublin with models of historical events and scenes depicting medieval life.

Dublin Bus Tour at Christchurch

James Joyce Centre

Here you will see the room where the dancing instructor Dennis Maginni, who featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses once taught. The house has been beautifully restored to its original Georgian grandeur and contains lots of photos of the characters featured in his other books.

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Kilmainham Gaol

Built in 1792, the gaol was the site of the executions after the 1916 Easter Rising. A visit consists of an audio-visual introduction and then a tour around the gaol that ends in the Courtyard where the executions took place.

Kilmainham Gaol Entrance Aerial View


Dublin Writers Museum

Located next door to the Hugh Lane Gallery, this museum celebrates the life and works of Nobel prize winners Shaw, Yeats and Beckett and other names like Joyce, Swift and Wilde. The Museum also houses an excellent Restaurant.

writers museum