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Discover Dublin: Top Things to Do in the Heart of Ireland

Dublin Ireland

Welcome to Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland, where history, culture, and a lively pub scene converge to create an unforgettable travel experience. Whether you're a history buff, a whiskey enthusiast, or simply looking to immerse yourself in Irish music & culture, Dublin has something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some must-do activities and attractions in this charming city.

Iconic Dublin Experiences

Guinness Storehouse Tour No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Dive into the history of Ireland’s most famous stout as you explore the seven-story building. Learn about the brewing process, the story of Arthur Guinness, and enjoy a pint with panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar.

The Book of Kells at Trinity College Another unmissable attraction is the Book of Kells, housed in Trinity College's Old Library. This illuminated manuscript, created by Celtic monks around 800 AD, is a masterpiece of medieval art. While there, marvel at the stunning Long Room, home to over 200,000 ancient books.

Whiskey Lover's Paradise

For those who appreciate a good whiskey, Dublin offers several fantastic distillery tours and experiences:

Jameson Distillery Bow St. Discover the story of John Jameson and his famous whiskey at the original Jameson Distillery on Bow Street. The guided tour includes a tasting and a chance to blend your own whiskey.

Teeling Distillery. Located in the historic Liberties area, Teeling Distillery is Dublin’s first new distillery in over 125 years. Enjoy a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and sample some of their award-winning whiskeys.

Irish Whiskey Museum. For a broader look at Irish whiskey, visit the Irish Whiskey Museum. This interactive experience covers the history of whiskey in Ireland, offers guided tastings, and showcases a range of whiskeys from various distilleries.

Dive into Irish History

Dublin is steeped in history, and there are several museums and attractions that offer fascinating insights into Ireland’s past:

GPO Witness History Museum. Located in the General Post Office, the GPO Witness History Museum provides a compelling account of the 1916 Easter Rising, a pivotal event in Irish his

tory. The interactive exhibits bring the story to life, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts. Outside you can see the 100-year old bullet holes in the building's pillars.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum EPIC is an award-winning museum that tells the story of Irish emigration. Through interactive displays, learn about the experiences of Irish emigrants and their contributions to the world. It’s a moving tribute to the global Irish community. You can even research your own Irish heritage with their genealogy database.

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston, a replica of a 19th-century famine ship, to learn about the harrowing journey of Irish emigrants during the Great Famine. The guided tour of the original boat offers poignant insights into this tragic period of Irish history.

Experience Irish Music

No visit to Dublin would be complete without experiencing its legendary music scene. Here are some top spots to enjoy traditional Irish music:

Temple Bar Area The Temple Bar area is renowned for its lively pubs and vibrant music scene. Popular spots include:

  • The Auld Dubliner: Known for its cozy atmosphere and live music sessions, this building is the picture perfect photo for a Dublin pub visit.
  • The Stag’s Head: One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, this historic building with a Victorian interior, offering great music and a fantastic pint.
  • The Temple Bar Pub: Famous for its traditional Irish music and lively ambiance, everyone must stop in for a pint.

Dinner Shows For a combination of Irish music, dance, and dining, consider attending a dinner show:

  • Merry Ploughboys: Enjoy a delicious meal while being entertained by the resident band, traditional Irish musicians, and Irish dancers.
  • Irish House Party: Hosted in a Georgian townhouse, this event offers an intimate setting for traditional music, storytelling, and dance, along with a hearty dinner.

Discover Dublin's Magic

Dublin is a city that seamlessly blends the old with the new, offering visitors a rich tapestry of experiences. Whether you're sipping a pint of Guinness, savoring fine whiskey, delving into Ireland’s history, or tapping your feet to traditional Irish music, Dublin promises memories that will last a lifetime.

Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Ireland on an Ireland with Michael Tour by Quest Travel Adventures.  These special itineraries have been curated by famed Irish tenor and PBS host Michael Londrta. On his carefully designed trips, tour the scenic landscapes of Ireland, visit Michael's favorite places and maybe even his hometown on the sunny south east coast. Let Michael show you Ireland through his eyes and retrace his steps from his hit travel and music show "Ireland with Michael" on Public Television. Enjoy some local insight as you explore wonders of the majestic Irish countryside, hear some great music, and meet surprise guests along the way. Sláinte!


 

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