Whether you are looking for culture, relaxation or fun, Dublin has it all. Often the first port of call for visitors to Ireland, Dublin offers a compelling mix of history, heritage, elegant architecture, activities, great shopping and a wide choice of dining options. The Heritage Island attractions in Dublin are diverse and vary from historic castles, viking interpretative centres, sport stadiums, cathedrals and gardens to breweries, chocolate experiences and a working farm!. They will each reward a visit.
TIP: The greatest mistake visitors to Dublin make is to try and take in too much in a short period. It's always a better experience not to cram too much into a day - doing less gives you time to absorb the experience and to enjoy a relaxing coffee, lunch break or shopping diversion. We've suggested some Heritage Island Attractions you could visit in each busy day, but you can also 'mix and match' to suit your own interests and available time. Enjoy Dublin.!
Dublin City Centre - Part 1
Enjoy your first day by exploring the city’s history and heritage. Visit Trinity College Dublin, the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. It's home to the famous 9th Century Gospel – The Book of Kells and to the longest single-chamber library in the world. Then on to Dublinia, an exciting heritage attraction in what was the heart of medieval Dublin. There are three themed exhibitions there to enable you to experience Dublin city as it was in times past - 'Viking Dublin', 'Medieval Dublin' and ‘History Hunters’. Nearby is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels was Dean from 1713-1745, and is buried there. Why not finish off the afternoon with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about the art of making, pouring and enjoying Guinness. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of GUINNESS®, telling the stories of its origins at St. James's Gate to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The tour ends at the Gravity Bar at the top of the Storehouse where you can enjoy panoramic views over Dublin whilst sipping a complimentary pint!
Dublin City Centre - Part 2
Staying around the city, why not start today with a visit to the National Wax Museum Plus, which has life-sized waxworks of local and global celebrities. Afterwards you can learn about the history of Dublin at Dublin’s City Hall – The Story of the Capital. Another chapter in Irish history can be discovered by visiting the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Emigrant Museum docked at Custom House Quay. This is a replica of the original ship which sailed between Ireland and North America during the Famine period, between 1847-1855.
Dublin City South
A day of adventure! Take a trip out to the Airfield Estate near Dundrum. It is Dublin’s only 38 acre working farm and visitor attraction. Highlights include the farmayard, an interactive exhibition, tours, ornamental walled garden, kitchen gardens and woodland walks. Head to Dun Laoghaire, by the sea, to visit The National Maritime Museum of Ireland. This is housed in a former Mariners’ Church and dates from 1837. Travelling back towards the city in the afternoon, don’t miss out on an exciting Aviva Stadium Tour (Lansdowne Road stop is right at the stadium). Here, you can immerse yourself in Ireland’s sporting heritage, experience the magic of a match day, and discover more about the iconic home of Irish football and rugby.
Dublin City North
Travelling north of Dublin city. First stop is Croke Park, an iconic stadium, steeped in history. It has been at the heart of Irish sporting and cultural life for over 100 years. It is also one of Europe’s largest and finest stadiums with a capacity for 82,000 spectators. Take a trip there and enjoy an unrivalled state-of-the-art interactive visitor experience and find out more about Ireland’s unique national games – hurling and Gaelic football. Then on to the picturesque seaside village of Malahide and visiting Malahide Castle & Gardens, set on 260 acres of land. The magnificent and historic 12th century castle was home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. Close by, Casino Marino is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. In the afternoon take in a stop at Butlers Chocolate Experience for the ultimate chocolate discovery tour. While on this side of town vist Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Recent winner of the Best Cultural Attraction in Ireland, Glasnevin is Ireland’s largest cemetery, a grand and impressive Necropolis. Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin - rich & famous, paupers & politicians, artists, warriors & heroes. Knowledgeable, witty and professional guides bring history to life on a fascinating cemetery tour. Dramatic re-enactments by actors in period costume, events, commemorations, and interactive exhibitions are just some of the exciting things happening at Glasnevin.
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