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Best Things To Do in Dublin

Dublin is one of the most walkable cities in Europe. Start in the north at Phoenix Park and head south to the River Liffey, cross the famous Ha'Penny Bridge and find your way to the medieval streets of Temple Bar. Pause for a pint before heading to the Trinity College campus. Shop along nearby Grafton Street before jaunting on to the peaceful St. Stephen's Green. From there, literary fiends can drop by the Writers Museum or the James Joyce Centre while visitors that enjoy a drop of the good stuff can tour the Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery.

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#1
St. Stephen's Green Free attraction
Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This beautiful park (known for remaining green throughout the year) is a great place to spend a day outside without ... read more»

#2
Phoenix Park
Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When the hustle and bustle of the city gets to be too much, seek refuge in Phoenix Park, Europe's ... read more»

#3
Chester Beatty Library Free attraction
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Chester Beatty Library is said to be one of the most notable museums in Ireland. As Fodor's puts ... read more»

#4
Kilmainham Gaol
Museums, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: According to many, this is one of Dublin's most somber sights. During its days as a prison, Kilmainham Gaol ... read more»

#5
Trinity College and The Book of Kells
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most notable college. Among its alumni ... read more»

#6
National Gallery of Ireland Free attraction
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're an art lover, make sure to save some time for this extensive museum, which houses Ireland's ... read more»

#7
Old Jameson Distillery
Wineries/Breweries | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Did you know that in Irish, whiskey is called uisce beatha and is literally "the water of life?" Chronicling the ... read more»

#8
Grafton Street Free attraction
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When you need a break from all the museums and historical sites, head to Grafton Street. This pedestrian street -- which ... read more»

#9
Meeting House Square Free attraction
Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Meeting House Square is centered in the heart of the Temple Bar area and is a contemporary enclave amidst old-time ... read more»

#10
Dublin Castle
Castles/Palaces | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you've ever watched Showtime's The Tudors, you'll definitely recognize Dublin Castle. This massive structure -- which acted ... read more»

#11
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Churches/Religious Sites | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Dublin and the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Originally ... read more»

#12
Guinness Storehouse
Wineries/Breweries | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Like the Old Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse is no longer a functioning brewery, but it will give you an ... read more»

#13
Dublin Writers Museum
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Dedicated to Dublin's rich and exciting literary traditions, avid readers and aspiring wordsmiths will have trouble tearing themselves away ... read more»

#14
Temple Bar Free attraction
Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This neighborhood is Dublin's famous party hub. During the day, this district thrives on artistic vision, featuring numerous independent ... read more»

#15
Malahide Castle
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: While most of Ireland's castles are in ruins, Malahide Castle still stands tall. Originally built in the 12th century ... read more»

#16
Abbey Theatre
Entertainment and Nightlife | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Although the Abbey Theatre looks quite contemporary, even swank with its glass front and the theater name bathed in blue ... read more»

#17
James Joyce Cultural Centre
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: James Joyce, the Irish literatus, famous for beautiful lines like this one from Ulysses, "The heaventree of stars hung with ... read more»

#18
Merrion Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: On your way back from St. Stephen's Green, you might want to pass through the nearby Merrion Square. This ... read more»

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