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Things to do in Dublin + The East

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Dublin + The East. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Dublin + The East attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Dublin + The East to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Dublin + The East.

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  • Arbour Hill Cemetery

    The resting place of 14 of the executed leaders of the insurrection of 1916. More
  • Archbishop Marsh’s Library

    The library's founder, the Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, believed that everyone should have access to books on medicine, law, science, travel, naviga... More
  • Avoca

    What started almost three centuries ago as a humble weaving shop (in the Wicklow village of the same name) is now a retail empire. The flagship sto... More
  • Berkeley Library

    A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance. More
  • Brown Thomas

    The most elegant of Dublin’s department stores stocks designer apparel from around the world. Brown Thomas has been part of the Grafton Street land... More
  • Café en Seine

    It’s brash and showy, but this archetypal Dawson Street bar is still well worth a visit. One of the city’s first “superpubs” (in which lavish, over... More
  • Cobblestone Pub

    At the long and narrow Cobblestone pub, in Smithfield, in the early evening and then again after dinner, musicians take turns depositing tall pints... More
  • Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Union of Irish Musicians)

    Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultura... More
  • Devitts

    Devitts on Camden Street is a great little pub for a chat and a couple of pints. The atmosphere is relaxed and the sound of conversation is all t... More
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

    Combining the city’s two most famous exports—writers and beer—this long-running tour takes thirsty readers on a two-hour spin through some of Dubli... More
  • Glendalough

    Just 35 miles south of the city, and right in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park, the hamlet of Glendalough makes a magical... More
  • Guinness Storehouse

    This temple to the city’s renowned stout—a product that’s helped sustain Ireland’s economy for centuries—is the country’s star tourist attraction. ... More
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art

    IMMA commissions site-specific works by an international roster of contemporary artists and displays them in a vast set of buildings that were once... More
  • Jack Carvill & Sons

    An old liquor store with a beveled-glass cashier's booth. More

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