Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are renowned and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. It’s disproportionately large for the size of Ireland with nearly two million in the Greater Dublin Region – well over a third of the Republic’s population! The center is, however, relatively small and can be navigated by foot, with most of the population living in suburbs.
Where to Eat Local Cuisine
- Balfes – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast approach or you’re wanting a traditional Full Irish breakfast then look no further than Balfes. We also offer a fine selection of pastries.
- Gerry’s Coffee Shop – Veg Friendly & GF Options – Traditional Irish Cafe, with great Irish breakfast. Don’t miss.
- Bloom Brasserie – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar is owner-operated by two young Dublin brothers who are fully committed to delivering a fantastic dining experience for all their guests. Pól, at the helm in the kitchen, with over 15 years of experience, both nationally and internationally believes in creating the finest of dishes using locally sourced ingredients and preparing them simply.
- Lovinspoon – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Small breakfast/lunch sandwich coffee shop.
- The Vintage Kitchen – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Welcome to the vintage kitchen , a pop down to restaurant nestled in the old part of Dublin town beside the famous Mulligans pub & between the river Liffey and Trinity college, here you will find the vintage kitchen, a small eatery specializing in local ingredients
- Mulberry Garden – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – Here in Mulberry Garden we open 4 nights a week, every Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm. We offer a 3 course set menu based around seasonal produce grown on the island of Ireland. We have two cosy bar areas and a heated garden, so it’s always a good idea to come along early and enjoy a cocktail before dinner.
Top 6 Tourist Spots
Immersive brand experience & rooftop bar. Brewery experience telling the tale of Ireland’s famous beer, with tastings and a rooftop bar.
Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes. Crowded pubs host live folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants serving Asian, American and Irish cuisine. Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers. The National Photographic Archive highlights Ireland’s past, while the Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios shows contemporary art.
Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. It is located off Dame Street in Dublin, Ireland. Until 1922 it was the seat of the British government’s administration in Ireland.
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre spire, St. Patrick’s is the tallest church in Ireland and the largest.
Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Jameson Distillery Bow St. is an Irish whiskey tourist attraction located just off Smithfield Square in Dublin, Ireland. Jameson Distillery Bow St. is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971.
Unusual Things to Do in Dublin
National Leprechaun Museum
A museum that cashes in on its infamous little people while teaching you a thing or two about the Irish fey. It may be named after the wee little men with a pot of gold, but the museum is not focused merely on the worldwide fame of the Lucky Charms mascot. This one of a kind museum features exhibits on all kinds of folklore and mythology, bringing to life the long history of the faeries and other Irish legends.
Statue of Oscar Wilde
The comedy and tragedy of Oscar Wilde is preserved in a Dublin park, captured in a sculpture of colorful stone.
Merrion Square in central Dublin is not far from Trinity College. One of Dublin’s famous blocks of Georgian homes, Merrion Square was once the stomping grounds of many prominent Irishmen, including the poet W.B. Yeats at No. 82, and straight across, at No. 1, the childhood home of Oscar Wilde. Wilde now lounges just inside the park, on a boulder of white quartz, sculpted from a colorful assemblage of polished granite and semi-precious stones.
The Little Museum of Dublin
More than 5,000 artifacts donated by the people of the city, plus a room entirely devoted to the band U2.
In 2011, Trevor White and Simon O’Connor put out word that they needed items for a museum about Ireland’s capital city. Dubliners responded in force, and to date the quirky, crowdsourced museum exhibits over 5,000 artifacts that have been donated or loaned.
The Famine Memorial in Dublin
The somber sculptures commemorating Irish Famine on the river Liffey in Dublin.
The Famine Memorial sculpture was created by Rowan Gillespie and unveiled in 1997. The sculptures consist of emaciated men and women trudging along the banks of the river, with various expressions of sadness, despair and determination. To really drive the point home, the bronze sculptures also include a starving dog walking behind the people. They are one of the most photographed public art pieces in all of Ireland.
The Joker’s Chair
This courtly monument celebrates an influential comedian who turned taking the piss out of the powers-that-be into an art.
Just a short distance away from the powers-that-be in Ireland, the Joker’s Chair is a memorial to one of the country’s most beloved alternative comedians, Dermot Morgan, who made his career satirizing Irish politics, and rose to international fame playing Father Ted, a priest that had quite a weakness for fame and money.
Experience what life was like in Ireland during the Viking and medieval ages.
Located in what was once the heart of medieval Dublin, this excellent museum takes you through the history of the city, beginning in the Viking age with ship replicas and Norse mythology, into the Middle Ages and the horrors of the Black Plague.
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