The visitdublin.com website is great for checking out the amazing sights and attractions in Dublin City, but I’ve also listed a few of my personal favourites below.
I love architecture and culture, so hence the long list of museums, but like everything in Dublin they’re all small and compact and definitely worth a visit!
14 Henrietta Street
This is my favourite museum in the city. This fine house has been beautifully restored by the city council and takes you on a journey from its grand Georgian beginnings to the tenement dwellings of its later years. The walls literally tell the story of how people lived here and how the house and its residents evolved through Ireland’s turbulent struggle for independence.
Georgian Townhouse Museum
This is a fine example of a classic Irish Georgian townhouse that was part of the longest Georgian terrace in Dublin, that is until the ESB (Electric Supply Board) demolished sixteen of the houses in the 1960’s, but thankfully the last two houses were saved.
They have been beautifully restored and furnished to replicate a typical 18th century Georgian home.
Little Museum of Dublin
A charming museum located in an 18th century Georgian townhouse with fine views over St Stephen’s Green, the city’s finest Georgian Square. The Little Museum houses over 5,000 artefacts from Dubliners and chronicles the history of the city in the 20th century.
It offers visitors an intimate glimpse into the life and culture of Dubliners, including an exhibit about the success of U2.
Don’t forget to stop off at Hatch & Son’s in the basement for some traditional Irish food.
Guinness Store House
No visit to Dublin is complete without a pint of the black stuff! So why not visit the home of Guinness and complete your tour with a pint in the gravity bar overlooking the Dublin skyline.
Set in the grounds of the Phoenix Park (Europe’s largest city park) Dublin Zoo was established 1831and it’s still Ireland’s number one family attraction. There are large natural open enclosures with a wide variety of animals to see. Dubliners have a great affection for this zoo and it’s still a tradition to visit here after making your First Holy Communion!
Viking Splash Tours
Viking Splash Tours take you around the city in an amphibious vehicle from World War II, not only do they drive around the streets but they also go into the Grand Canal Basin!
See Dublin’s tallest landmark buildings, hear stories all about Dublin’s Viking Heritage and the old medieval city. It’s a novel and entertaining way to take a tour of the city with your kids!
EPIC Irish Emigration Museum
EPIC is located in Dublin’s docklands, in the vaults of the CHQ Building, which was built in 1820 and used as a bonded customs warehouse for tobacco and wine. This awarding winning museum experience depicts the impact Irish emigrants have had all over the world, since mass emigration began on the island over three centuries ago.
Discover Ireland from the outside in through this visual and interactive museum experience. Make sure to allow plenty of time to explore all the vaults!
Natural History Museum & National Art Gallery
Known to Dubliners as the ‘Dead Zoo’ the Natural History Museum has changed little since Victorian times. It houses a comprehensive zoological collection in beautiful wooden cabinets. I spent hours in here as a young art student sketching the animals with hardly a visitor in sight, nowadays it’s so popular they’ve had to remove some of the displays to make way for tourists!
The National Art Gallery is right door and even if you’re not into art, it’s still worth walking around these beautiful galleries that house permanent and visiting collections. The galleries are compact and easy to navigate with free entry!
National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks
Collins Barracks is my families favourite museum to visit. It was a former military barracks, which would have housed both British Armed Forces and Irish Army garrisons through three centuries. They are the oldest continuously occupied barracks in the world and have been beautifully restored to house exhibits from the National Museum for Decorative Arts and History.
There is lots of Irish culture and history to explore here and don’t forget to visit the ‘Asgard’ boat which is housed in the old army gymnasium.