Share this travel adventure! adventures with a twist of history
Latest ArticlesAdventures

Dublin is a city with a rich and colorful history. Built at the mouth of the River Liffey, this vibrant city has something that will interest everyone. Whether you want to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral or sample a pint of Guinness at the original factory, you’ll find it here in Dublin.

Here are some of the things everyone should do when they’re in the Irish capital city.

1. Trinity College

Trinity College -- just one of the things to do in Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Image by h s from Pixabay

Acclaimed authors Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift are graduates of the prestigious college which was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The beautiful manicured lawns and gardens are open to the public and are worth the stroll. However, it is the library that brings visitors to the college. Inside visitors can line up to see the 800 A.D. Book of Kells manuscript.

2. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

There is no shortage of churches in Dublin, but none stand out like St. Patrick’s. It is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, and it’s one of the few buildings standing from the Irish medieval period. Completed in 1259, it is a beautifully imposing example of the period’s architectural style.

Inside, visitors can gaze at the vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. The delicate stone carvings and details are awe-inspiring, and make this a must-see stop when you’re in Dublin. You can also visit the grave of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift.

3. Visit a Pub

It is estimated that there are more than a thousand bars and pubs in Dublin, so you’ve got plenty of options to choose from for some liquid refreshment. Some of the most popular stops for a pint include the John Kavanagh pub (nicknamed the Gravediggers pub), the Brazen Head, and Toners pub. Last but not least, a pub tour of Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting.

4. Kilmainham Gaol

This prison is an example of the dark side of history in Ireland. Operated from 1792 to the mid-1920s, it is infamous for its deplorable conditions and famous prisoners. Some of the leaders in the fight for Irish independence were held here, including James Connolly and Thomas Francis Meagher.

Executions, including hangings, were held here. Some that weren’t executed were sent to the penal colonies in Australia. All this information and more can be found at the on-site museum. There is also a café where visitors can relax and get a bite to eat.

5. Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle  - just one of the things to do in Dublin in Ireland

Dublin Castle in Ireland. Image by papagnoc from Pixabay

Situated in the middle of the city stands Dublin Castle. The land that it’s built on has a long history dating back to the Vikings in A.D. 930. Since that first fortress was built, Dublin Castle has played a role in the country’s history. Visitors can learn all about its many roles by taking one of the guided tours. You can also stroll through the castle at your leisure, but you might miss out on some things that only the tour guides know.

6. Grafton Street

The museums, cathedrals, and other historical sights are fascinating, but they’re not all that Dublin has to offer. Grafton Street is a shoppers paradise. Running from St. Stephen’s Green to Trinity College there are two distinct shopping centers, along with the independent shops and stalls along the street.

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is full of familiar brands and unique treasures that can only be found in Ireland while Powerscourt Centre is best suited to those looking for luxury brands and goods. When you’re taking a break from shopping you can relax and watch the street performers. If you love people watching, this is the perfect place for it.

7. Abbey Theatre

The theatre might have a contemporary look but it was first opened in 1904 by Irish writers W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. It has been rebuilt since it’s opening and now seats 628. It still hosts the most promising playwrights in Ireland and has managed to keep ticket and tour prices surprisingly low. It is recommended that you take the tour before seeing that evening’s performance.

Looking for a multi-stop city break? London is the ideal added stop with plenty to do that will make the visit worthwhile.

Liffey Bridge or Ha'penny Bridge - a foot bridge in Dublin built in 1816.

Liffey Bridge or Ha’penny Bridge – a foot bridge in Dublin built in 1816. Image by Howard Walsh from Pixabay


Charles Kirk is a freelance writer who loves neon lights, tinkering with vintage timepieces, and reading steampunk.

More Places to Visit in Great Britain

Top 10 Adventures to Have In Great Britain

Discover 10 adventures to have in Great Britain. Add windsurfing, rock climbing, kayaking, kite buggying and more to your bucket list.

Things To Do When You Visit London

London is a city of diversity that has a bubbling culture. Check out tips to plan your visit, from nightlife, to the foodie scene, to morning activities.

Why You Should (Re)visit Stonehenge and its Surroundings

Here are some great reasons to visit Stonehenge in England, a UNESCO Heritage site. Now, you can also visit the nearby largest prehistoric site in England!

Guide to Northern Ireland: An Unexpected Hit with Tourists

A guide to Northern Ireland providing planning tips for a visit to Ireland and cities such as Belfast. See attractions from UNESCO sites to Titanic Museum.

8 Best Road Trips in Great Britain

Looking for fabulous road trips in Great Britain? Discover 8 road trips in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England showcasing nature sites to country villages.

London’s Shoreditch District: 4 Unique Date Plans

Shoreditch District is an arty must-visit neighborhood in London. Learn more from top videos and a planning guide for your day or night out.

Ultimate Guide to the Best Things to Do Near London City Airport in a Day: A Detailed Itinerary

Flying into London can be a breeze if you choose the London City Airport. Check out nearby things to in Greenwich, Canary Wharf, & Thames Path.

8 Great Day Trips From London, England

Experience England with these 8 day trips from London. Walk cobblestone streets & check out history, culture, art galleries, dunes & beaches.

10 Things To Do In London, England

The best way to learn about London is off the beaten path. These 10 things to do in London will help you find things to do on your holiday to England.

Best Places To Visit in London To Learn More About the Royal Family

Great Britain’s Royal family have 1200+ years of history in London–this itinerary of attractions takes you through the city to learn more about British Royal family history.

About the Photo

The photo in the header above is of Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland. Image by Pratheesh Ayyappankutty from Pixabay

Pin Me!

If you enjoyed this article, please pin it to share later.

7 Things to Do in Dublin, Ireland

Visit historic Dublin, Ireland

Discover 7 things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

Share this travel adventure!