10 Best Things To Do in Dublin

There are very few places packed with as much character as Dublin, Ireland. The birthplace of Oscar Wilde, Guinness, Riverdance, and the cure for leprosy boasts a thousand years of turbulent history. Dublin is home to the tallest sculpture in the world, the Book of Kells, and Bono.

Make sure you take advantage of your trip to Dublin and enjoy everything it has to offer, from the famous hospitality to the countless number of pubs. If you want help narrowing it down, here are the 10 best things to do in Dublin. 

Visit the Guinness Storehouse

A woman standing outside of the Guinness Storehouse gate in Dublin, Ireland.

We don’t mean to start with such a predictable first suggestion, but it truly can’t be missed. The Guinness Storehouse is not only one of Ireland’s top attractions, it has also been named Europe’s top tourist attraction.

During the Storehouse tour, you’ll learn all about the stout’s history beginning with Arthur Guinness in 1759. Your tour will end with a complimentary pint in the Gravity Bar where you’ll have a panoramic view of Dublin.

Combine your Guinness Storehouse tour with a Jameson whiskey experience.

Tour the Giant’s Causeway & Belfast

The Giant's Causeway is one of the best things to do in Dublin, Ireland.

If you’re thinking “well that’s not in Dublin”, you’d be right. However, the 14 hour tour starts and ends in Dublin. If you’ve got a day to spare during your visit and you want to pack it full with the Emerald Isle’s famous beauty, this is the way to do it.

The bus tour will take you through stunning scenery on your way up to Northern Ireland where your first stop will be the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. From there, you’ll head to the Giants Causeway and explore the fascinating rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you’ll head to Belfast where you’ll learn about the Troubles and do some shopping before heading back to Dublin.

Rock out on a traditional Irish music pub crawl

Irish musician playing in a pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Is there anything more iconically Irish than pubs and Irish trad? Have some fun on a pub crawl through the Temple Bar district led by local musicians. They’ll take you to the best spots for dinner, drinks, and sing alongs.

Make sure you brush up on Molly Malone and The Galway Girl (no, not the Ed Sheeran one) before your trip.

Go kayaking with seals

Two people kayaking in Dalkey, Dublin.

Head to Dalkey, a beautiful Dublin suburb on the coast for the opportunity to watch wild seals in their natural environment.

Your guides will supply you with a wetsuit and quick lesson before heading out in kayaks to Dalkey Island. The Dalkey Island seals will join you on your trip as you paddle to the island and back.

Tour Game of Thrones shooting locations

Shooting location from Game of Thrones in Ireland.

The famous TV series was shot in stunning locations all over the world. Ireland, thanks to its breathtaking coastline and rolling green hills, became a frequent spot.

Visit scenes from your favourite show on a Game of Thrones tour that starts and ends in Dublin. A guide will take you to the locations and explain their significance to the show. The best part? Costumes will be provided. You can dress up as your favourite character during the Game of Thrones tour and reenact infamous scenes.

Take an Irish cuisine cooking class

Plates of food made during an Irish cuisine cooking class near Dublin.

If you’re not quite sure what Irish cuisine looks like (outside the drinkable kind), you wouldn’t be alone. But what better way to get familiar with it than by learning to cook it?

During this gourmet Irish cuisine cooking class, a local celebrity chef will teach you to make 2 or 3 courses using seasonal ingredients. The host is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Explore the Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The Wicklow Mountains National Park is the largest national park in Ireland. Stretching over 20,000 hectares, the diverse park consists of woodlands, bog, rivers, lakes, grassland, and of course; mountains. It’s a favourite destination of both tourists and locals who love the outdoors.

This tour of the Wicklow Mountains offers you some bonus experiences including a visit to Kilkenny, and a stop to watch a shepherd and his sheepdogs herd a flock of sheep.

Visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College

The Long Room at Trinity College in Dublin.

The 9th century Book of Kells is housed in the Old Library of Trinity College. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Dublin both for culturally significant book, and the very photogenic Long Room that contains the library’s 200,000 oldest books.

On a fast-track tour, you’ll skip the queue and head straight in to see the Book of Kells and the exhibit. The tour guide will explain the significance of the symbolism in the book and delve into its mysterious history.

Explore the Glasnevin Cemetery

A tour guide at Glasnevin Cemetery in Ireland.

The 19th century Glasnevin Cemetery is the burial place of 1.6 million people and is a source of fascination and significance in Ireland.

During a tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery, you’ll learn what role certain people played in Ireland’s history as you visit their graves. You’ll listen to stories of grave robbers, of rebels, and of heroes.

Go on a literary pub crawl

Pictures in a Dublin pub of Irish authors.

Do these two things really go hand in hand? In Ireland, absolutely.

Ireland has produced a great number of literary greats including Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw. Learn all about their lives and accomplishments as you drink your way through famous Dublin pubs.