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Top 10 things to do and see in Dublin

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By Hans-Peter Bock (Own work)

If you’re planning a trip the capital of the Emerald Isle or perhaps it’s your home and you want to be like a tourist for the day, here are some of the top things to cross off your Dublin bucket list.

Guinness Storehouse

This often tops all the lists of the best thing to do in Dublin so must be worth a visit. Home to the famous beer since 1759, take a tour around the home of Guinness. Even if you’re not a fan of the black stuff, you will still appreciate the story behind the iconic drink. With a 360° view across the city and a free pint during the tour, this is a must see.

Kilmainham Gaol

A must for those wanting to understand some Irish history. Operating as a jail between 1796 and 1924, you can now have a tour around this forbidding prison. Kilmainham has held some of the most famous Irish political and military leaders including the leaders of the 1916 rebellion.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built in the 13th century, St Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the last remnants of medieval Dublin. It is Ireland’s largest cathedral and the national cathedral for the Church of Ireland. This is also the burial place of Gulliver’s Travels writer Jonathan Swift who was Dean of the cathedral.

Phoenix Park

One of the largest European enclosed recreational spaces, Phoenix Park has thousands of years of history. Home to the official resident of the Irish President as well as a herd of wild fallow deer. There are so many things to do in this park for all the family.

Dublin Zoo

In the centre of Phoenix Park is Dublin Zoo. A zoological garden has been present here since 1831. With over 600 animals including tigers, elephants, gorillas and giraffes, there’s something for every animal lover.

Trinity College

Ireland’s most prestigious university was founded in 1592. It’s home to the stunning illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, which were written around 800 AD.

Dublin Castle

This castle has at times been a Norman fortification and a Viking fortress. The Record Tower is all that remains from the 13th century now but the whole building is still impressive nonetheless. The castle is now used for State functions and the inauguration of the Irish President.

Croke Park

The perfect place for any sports fan; Croke Park houses the museum of Gaelic sport. It’s the third largest stadium in Europe and the largest not mainly associated with football. Successful concerts have also been held here with artists including U2, Beyoncé and Bon Jovi. Take an access all areas tour to see this monumental stadium.

National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology

Transport yourself back in time and see Dublin through the ages. From prehistoric and Celtic artefacts to Viking and Medieval displays; there’s something here for everyone.

Temple Bar

Dublin’s cultural heart, Temple Bar is home to many popular bars, boutiques and galleries. It’s also where you will find the Irish Film Institute and the Central Bank of Ireland.

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