Top 20 things to do in Dublin in 2024

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Top 20 things to do in Dublin
Top 20 things to do in Dublin

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland, hence ranked one of the best places to visit for one to experience Irish culture. Irish culture is mainly known for literature, drama, and music, with the most important museums and libraries in the country placed in Dublin. Whether you are a first-time visitor staying in one of their cosy Airbnbs or you’re a resident who wants to tour sites within the city, this list is going to help you take advantage of the top 20 things to do in Dublin in 2024, and there’s something for everyone here.

1. Tour Kilmainham Gaol

One great thing to do in Dublin is to walk down memory lane and gain insight into Irish history and culture. Visiting the former prison, now museum, Kilmainham Gaol is one way to this. The tour tells the story of many Irish revolutionaries and it has become one of the favourite tourist attractions in Dublin. 

2. Check Out the Book of Kells at Trinity College

Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and also the site of Trinity College Library, the largest research library in Ireland. The library comprises a complex of buildings with the earliest library building called the Old Library housing the ancient gospel manuscript, Book of Kells. This is an interesting place for new and incoming college students who want to see an educational epicentre.

3. Discover Historic Collections at Dublin Castle

A different kind of history to check out is one you can find at Dublin Castle. It was built above a Viking settlement. Some of its walls have been exposed by excavation. The Castle’s collection has paintings, sculptures, furniture, clocks, china glassware, tapestries, stained glass, and textiles from the 17th century. The castle also includes Chester Beatty Library, one of the best museums in Europe.

4. Catch a Six Nations Game at Aviva Stadium

The Six Nations 2024 kicks off on the 2nd of February. Among the fixture list, Ireland will be playing 3 home games at Aviva Stadium. Purchasing a ticket and attending any of these games is probably the best thing to do in Dublin for a rugby fan in 2024. You get to cheer on the team, soak in all the positive atmosphere, and enjoy nice pints at the nearby pubs.

5. Drink a pint at Guinness Storehouse

Speaking of pints, Dublin houses some amazing pubs and breweries. What they also house, is the Guinness storehouse. This storehouse is dedicated to Guinness history. After learning about the history of the brand and getting a complimentary pint,  there’s a stunning view over Dublin City from the Gravity bar, the tallest point that can be admired.

6. Eat at the Church Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

For the foodies, there’s a slot in our top 20 things to do in Dublin. One restaurant to try is the Church Cafe. Located at a former church located at Jervis Street, Church Cafe combines history and culture with Irish cuisines and traditional Irish dance shows. It’s an awesome culinary experience and a great place to have a date.

7. Explore Temple’s Bar

Temple Bar is one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods with a vibrant nightlife having a great blend of music, cafés, and good restaurants. By day it becomes a cultural centre with outdoor markets, exhibitions like the Irish Photography Centre, buskers, theatre, galleries, gorgeous architecture, historic cobblestones, and so many more.

8. Go back in time at the Marsh’s Library

The Marsh Library is more than a traditional library. It can be visited by architecture and history lovers in particular. Being the first public library founded in Ireland, most of the inside remains so identical to the seventeenth century that it more often sends its visitors back in time.

9. Explore Phoenix Park

The Phoenix park, initiated about 350 years back, was meant as a deer park in the beginning, now it has become so much more. The amazing cycling route has many attractive locations to see, interestingly including the Áras an Uachtaráin (The house of the president of Ireland) and the Dublin Zoo.

10. Visit the Dublin Zoo

Might look a bit cliche to go to the zoo, but the Dublin Zoo is one of the city’s attractions that you should add to your checklist when you come to visit. Located in the beautiful Phoenix Park, the Dublin Zoo is well-kept, housing animals of different varieties including endangered and rare species of animals you may not get to see ever again.

11. Take the Jameson Distillery Tour

The Jameson distillery on Bow Street is where Jameson Irish Whiskey originated. They offer tours with guided tours highlighting the history and craft of one of the best whiskeys globally. You could take blending classes, whiskey tasting, and so many other fine excuses to leave the house. 

12. Watch the 2024 UEFA Europa League Final

Rugby is not the only sporting event that happens at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. This 2024, football fans can watch the final UEFA Europa League on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin which occupies over fifty thousand people. Whichever team reaches this stage, rest assured it’s going to be a spectacle.

13. See a Play at Abbey Theatre

Dublin is home to this globally known playhouse that exhibits plays by modern and historic playwrights and is worth a visit for most tourists. The 300+ seated Abbey Theatre stages local and touring productions, you can catch one during your leisure.

14. Relive the past at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum

The famine museum provides a feel of the experience of the thousands of emigrants who fled across the Atlantic to a new life in North America. With the help of a guide, you will be taken through a humorous and exposing adventure.

15. Take a stroll across Ha’penny Bridge

Ha’penny Bridge, or Liffey Bridge is a cast-iron bridge across the River Liffey was named for the “half-penny” toll required to cross it. The Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most aesthetic-looking bridges. Crossing it while just enjoying the sight of the river and the city can be a serene memory to have when you visit Dublin.

16. Have a picnic at St. Stephen’s Green

A list of top things to do in Dublin isn’t complete without a nice place to have a picnic. St. Stephen’s Park offers a serene escape from the busy life in the city and provides a nice area to have a picnic. It also has a garden for visitors who are visually challenged.

17. Listen to Live Music at the Brazen Head

This pub filled with traditional Irish music, Irish food, and decor that has traditional charm claims to be the oldest pub in Ireland. The atmosphere at Brazen Head is one that you will easily enjoy while keeping your mouth busy.

18. Trace your Irish roots at EPIC

For those with Irish origins who probably haven’t been here before or don’t know much about their roots, here’s one for you. EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum uses technology to create an emotional experience. The picture of history and culture presented by the museum provides an overview of emigration based on its impact on the country of Ireland. Your Irish family ancestry can be discovered at the Irish Family History Centre located at the same site.

19. View mummified remains at St Michan’s Church

St. Michan’s Church has a main attraction of famous vault containing mummified bodies in open caskets from the 17th century. The mummified bodies lie in open coffins covered by dust. This is a nice way to add a bit of mystery and adventure to your visit.

20. Enjoy the Dublin Bay Cruise in the Spring

The final entry on this top 20 things to do in Dublin is to take advantage of the various boat tours to destinations including Howth, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey Island, and Ireland’s Eye. The best time to do this will be in the spring. You can relax with the breathtaking sights of Dublin from a different angle.

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