Nine Dublin hidden gems ranked among world’s best by travellers


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A new report released by Bókun, a tour operator software provider, reveals that Dublin boasts wonders worthy of international acclaim.

An examination of more than 1,000 locales mentioned in Tripadvisor critiques with the phrase “hidden gem” led to the identification of the best travel spots globally according to tourists’ assessments.

With approximately six percent of the world’s wonders situated within its borders, the Emerald Isle ranks third among the top nations for undiscovered gems, claiming 6% of the total wonders.

England took first place with 33 percent and the United States of America came in second with 31 percent.

Dublin, Ireland’s capital, left a substantial mark on international travellers. Nine destinations in Dublin appear on the global list of top “hidden gem” spots.

Drimnagh Castle emerged as Dublin and Ireland’s number one hidden gem, claiming both the city and country’s top spot with 19 percent of all reviews mentioning it as such.

This recognition highlights Dublin’s rich cultural significance, placing it among some of the most esteemed wonders worldwide.

For all of Ireland, the runner-up attraction to Drimnagh Castle is Kilfane Waterfall and Glen, with 19% of reviews stating its noteworthiness.

The third spot went to the National Botanic Gardens in Kilmacurragh, which accounted for a 14 percent share of mentions.

Nine of the top 10 hidden gems in Ireland are in Dublin.

Top Hidden Gems in Dublin

Drimnagh Castle stands out as the most celebrated hidden gem in Dublin, accounting for an impressive 19% of all mentions in tourist reviews. This remarkable find is just one of the many hidden treasures that Dublin has to offer.

Other noteworthy gems include Casino Marino, Marsh’s Library, Richmond Barracks, St. Audoen’s Church, Chester Beatty, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 14 Henrietta Street, and The Little Museum of Dublin. These hidden wonders add depth and richness to the city, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking unique experiences off the beaten path.

Casino Marino is Ireland’s miniature architectural masterpiece. The Casino, designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont, is only accessed by guided tour.

Going into Marsh’s Library would be like stepping into the 18th century. Though just a short stroll from the main shopping areas of Dublin’s city centre, the 18th-century building remains unchanged. Soak up the atmosphere and explore the hidden garden.

Richmond Barracks, a building of historical importance, is home to a library, garden, and Culture Connects. Culture Connects is a program of activities that celebrate the experiences and cultural interests of the local communities and the people.

St. Audoen’s Church and Visitor Centre grants you the experience of visiting a medieval church at the centre of city life. The church is the only remaining medieval parish church in the capital and allows a view of the 15th-century tomb of Baron Portlester and his wife.

Chester Beatty is an Irish Museum that promotes the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

with a total of nine destinations appearing on the global list of “hidden gem” spots

Among the permanent collections to be enjoyed at The Hugh Lane Gallery is Francis Bacon’s studio. Born in 1909 Dublin, Bacon grew up in county Kildare.

14 Henrietta Street. This Georgian townhouse that became a tenement dwelling allows one to experience over 300 years of city life in the walls of one address.

At The Little Museum, you will experience a Dublin welcome you are not likely to forget. The 29-minute guided tour celebrates Irish history and storytelling.

These gems not only add to the city’s allure but also contribute significantly to its reputation as a global tourist destination.

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