Read about the other towns we suggest visiting outside of Dublin, in this "Where To Travel In Ireland" blog post - here!
Dublin is an old city with a rich history from over 1,000 years ago. There are castles, churches, and cobblestone streets all around the city telling the stories of the kings, revolutionaries, and people of the past.
During both times in Dublin, we tried our hardest to get the most in-depth, hands-on look at the city’s historic past by visiting certain places to learn as much as we could.
Here are some places we recommend:
Visit the fortress that was built in the year 1200 to protect the city and the king. You can see artifacts of royalty and read about the painful chapters in Irish history while walking through lavish hallways and rooms.
The Book of Kells at Trinity College
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Another glimpse into Ireland’s Catholic roots, is St Patrick’s Cathedral. This cathedral is the national cathedral of Ireland and is a stunning display of craftsmanship. Even the grounds outside are well kept and constructed in a beautiful array. Outside is a cemetery and statues to represent those buried there.
St Stephen's Green and Oscar Wilde statue
Behind the church, alcohol, especially Guinness, might be the second most important thing to Irish history. The Guinness brewery has changed the course of modern Irish history by providing jobs, drinks, and good times to Irish folks since the late 1800’s. Grab a pint and learn just how important this company has been to the city and country.
This was one of the first places we toured in Dublin in 2018 and we loved it! Read all about it in our review post, here.
To continue on the history of drinking, head over to the famous Temple Bar and grab a pint from one of Ireland’s oldest pubs. Don’t stay at the one pub though. Check out the entire Temple Bar area to explore some of Dublin’s other, less crowded bars.
We have never toured The Jameson Factory ourselves, but it comes highly recommended. Their website says, “Founded by John Jameson in 1780, today the former factory stands as a monument to Irish Whiskey. “ Sounds like a good time to me!
Other places we have not toured but want to:
St Michan’s Church, Crypts, and Mummies
This church was built in 1095, and because of its natural construction, has managed to preserve the dead bodies stored inside. The mummies date back over 800 years. We tried to visit on our last trip, but the church closes for lunch from 12-2 in the summer, so we missed them!
Another thing we missed was The National Leprechaun Museum, because they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This museum was highly recommended by a local who said, “the museum makes you feel like you yourself are a leprechaun, and that everything around you is gigantic!”
We know we have only scratched the surface of things to do in Dublin. The city has so much to offer, and we cannot wait to come back to keep learning and seeing more!
Read about the other places we recommend visiting in Ireland:
Things to do in County Cork
Things to do in County Kerry
Killarney National Park
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