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Things to do in Dublin

Much of the charm of Dublin is wandering through its various neighborhoods and taking time to linger over the details of a Georgian home or the goods in, say, a traditional lace store. That said, there are some must-see sights as well.

  • O'Connell Street. Dublin's main thoroughfare is lined with neoclassical buildings, many with shops on their grand floors. The street was also the sight of many key battles in Ireland's uprising against British rule.
  • National Museum. The National Museum of Ireland is actually three museums in Dublin (as well as another one in County Mayo). Visits to all three, which focus on archeology, the decorative arts, and the history museum, will give you a nuanced overview of Ireland and its people.
  • Temple Bar. Head to this area south of the River Liffey to visit galleries by day and the nightlife after dark.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral. The largest church in Ireland dates from the 12th century. Much of Ireland's history has played out here, including some surprising footnotes: Jonathan Swift was the dean of the cathedral for more than 30 years.
  • 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
  • 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
  • National Gallery of Ireland

    A standout collection of European masters. More

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