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Guinness Storehouse

Kilmainham & the Liberties 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded in 1759, the Guinness Brewery is one of the world's most famous breweries, producing a distinctive dark stout. — Frommer's

The Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, and its comprehensive visitor centre provides the answers to every question you ever had about the Guinness dynasty. — The Telegraph

The most popular visit in town is the beer-lover's Disneyland, a multimedia bells-and-whistles homage to the country's most famous export and the city's most enduring symbol. — Lonely Planet

Make no mistake—this is not so much an educational attraction as it is a shrine to the acclaimed stout. — Let's Go

Tour the laboratory to taste and smell the raw ingredients, and learn from the professional tasters. — Concierge

Chester Beatty Library

Grafton Street & Around 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This library, in the grounds of the beautiful Dublin Castle, is one of our favourite places. — On the Grid

Bibliophiles will be enthralled by the Chester Beatty Library, home to a vast collection of manuscripts and books, as well as prints and paintings. — Condé Nast Traveler

The world-famous library, in the grounds of Dublin Castle, houses the collection of mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968), bequeathed to the Irish State on his death. — Lonely Planet

Many of the finest works from Sir Alfred Chester Beatty's priceless art collection are housed in this purpose-built museum. — Time Out

A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered one of the overlooked treasures of Ireland. — Fodor's

St. Stephen's Green

Grafton Street & Around 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This green space... took on its present appearance when the brewer Arthur Guiness transformed it into a public garden. — Michelin Guide

St Stephen’s Green is one of the most beautiful parks in Dublin — Condé Nast Traveler

The buildings around the square date mainly from the mid-18th century, when the green was landscaped and became the centrepiece of Georgian Dublin. — Lonely Planet

This lovely urban park is filled with public art, and there always seems to be something new and imaginative. — Frommer's

Though it’s not the largest park in Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green is still a sizable piece of greenery in the heart of Dublin. — Let's Go

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham & the Liberties 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A key sight for anyone interested in Ireland's struggle for independence from British rule. — Frommer's

Atmospheric Kilmainham Gaol provides a riveting context for some of the most dramatic episodes in Irish history — The Telegraph

Leaders of many failed Irish rebellions spent their last days in this grim, forbidding structure, and it holds a special place in the myth and memory of the country. — Fodor's

This remains the best-known Irish lock-up and one of the most fascinating buildings in the country. — Time Out

Its walls contain the memories of some of Ireland’s bleakest years, but, as with Glasnevin Cemetery, provide us with a greater understanding of the country’s history and battle for independence — Condé Nast Traveler

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Grafton Street & Around 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With Collins Barracks, this forms the setting for the collections of the National Museum and focuses on archaeological and Celtic items, including the remarkable Treasury. — Michelin Guide

Established in 1877 by the Science and Art Museums Act, the National Museum is deservedly one of Dublin's most popular attractions. — Time Out

One of four branches of The National Museum of Ireland, and home to a fabled collection of Irish artifacts dating from 7000 BC to the present. — Fodor's

The mother of Irish museums and the country’s most important cultural institution was established in 1977 as the primary repository of the nation’s archaeological treasures. — Lonely Planet

The Archeology arm holds an extensive collection of treasures within a magnificent Victorian Palladian building. The exhibits are dazzling, with treasures spilling over several floors. — Travel + Leisure

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

Grafton Street & Around 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels, dating to the year 800, is one of Ireland’s national treasures. — Frommer's

To the south of the square is the Old Library, built in a rather severe style by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732. — Lonely Planet

Home to Ireland's largest collection of books and manuscripts, the Old Library's principal treasure is the Book of Kells. — Fodor's

A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance. — Travel + Leisure

The wonderful treasury includes some of the library's most important works including the extraordinary Book of Kells. — Michelin Guide

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This, the largest church in Ireland, dates from the 13th century but was founded on a far older religious site associated with St Patrick and dating from the fifth century. — Time Out

This is the largest church in Ireland, and one of the best-loved churches in the world. — Frommer's

It was at this cathedral, reputedly, that St Paddy himself dunked the Irish heathens into the waters of a well. — Lonely Planet

Not much remains of the original 12C church built close to the fountain (rediscovered in 1901) where the patron saint of Ireland is said to have baptised his first followers — Michelin Guide

The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's was built in honor of Ireland's patron saint. — Fodor's

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National Gallery of Ireland

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum houses Ireland's national art collection, as well as a collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th centuries. — Frommer's

A standout collection of European masters. Articles Surprising Dublin. — Travel + Leisure

Though relatively small, the National Gallery of Ireland holds an extensive number of works by Irish artists. — Condé Nast Traveler

The National Gallery has one of Europe's best collections. — Michelin Guide

This gallery houses a small but fine collection of European works from the 14th to the 20th centuries. — Time Out

Dublin Castle

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wandering the lavishly decorated rooms (which are sometimes closer to dizzyingly gaudy than merely ornate), you'll learn other golden nuggets of information. — Afar Magazine

Highlights include the 13th-century record tower; the state apartments, once the residence of English viceroys; and the chapel royal. — Frommer's

More a collection of 18th-century administrative buildings, albeit very fine ones, built on a medieval plan of two courtyards. — Time Out

At the urban heart of Dublin, it has evolved from an imposing fortress into an administrative hub... and is today the symbol of the Irish State. — Michelin Guide

Like the White House, Dublin Castle is a governmental building that also doubles as a tourist attraction. — Let's Go

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

North of the Liffey 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Collins Barracks (1700) used to house 3 000 men and 1 000 horses... the displays cover decorative arts. — Michelin Guide

In one gigantic treasure chest, is the full panoply of the National Museum's collection of glass, silver, furniture, and other decorative arts. — Fodor's

Housed in the breathtaking confines of the barracks... this branch of the National Museum of Ireland contains the nation's most significant collection of decorative art. — Time Out

As the name of this branch of the National Museum of Ireland suggests, this museum is unusually located in a converted 18th-century army building. — Frommer's

As magnificent as any structure you'll see in Ireland. — Lonely Planet

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National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Merrion Square & Around 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in a graceful building that is itself a sort of exhibit... this archaeological museum explores Ireland’s ancient Celtic heritage. — Travel + Leisure

Purpose-built in 1890, the museum houses the country's archaeological collections — Michelin Guide

Compared to the multimedia this and interactive that of virtually every modern museum, this is a beautifully preserved example of Victorian charm and scientific wonderment. — Lonely Planet

The section on Ireland's prehistoric gold, including exquisitely-wrought jewellery from the bronze and iron ages, is particularly interesting. — Afar Magazine

Dublin's "Dead Zoo" serves as a window to Victorian museum design.  — Atlas Obscura

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Kilmainham & the Liberties 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the most important 17th-century buildings in Ireland, the Royal Hospital was designed by Sir William Robinson in 1684 to serve as a nursing home for retired soldiers. — Time Out

In the splendidly restored 17th-century edifice known as the Royal Hospital, the IMMA is frequently used as a venue for theatrical and musical events. — Frommer's

Ireland's most important collection of modern and contemporary Irish art is housed in the elegant, airy expanse of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham. — Lonely Planet

The museum is a must for any art enthusiasts visiting Dublin! — Afar Magazine

IMMA is the best place in Ireland to experience contemporary art. — On the Grid

Marsh's Library

Grafton Street & Around 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the most atmospheric spots in Dublin, Marsh’s Library is a hauntingly beautiful building, which has barely changed in three centuries — Travel + Leisure

This is the oldest public library in Ireland (and the only 18th-century building still used for its original purpose). — Time Out

This caged library, founded in 1701, is the real thing. Unlike Trinity College's Long Room, which is largely for show these days, Marsh's Library is still functioning. — Frommer's

Though you can’t browse the books themselves, selected tomes are displayed according to changing themes. — Condé Nast Traveler

This magnificently preserved scholars' library, virtually unchanged in three centuries, is one of Dublin's most beautiful open secrets, and an absolute highlight of any visit. — Lonely Planet

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

North of the Liffey 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fine collection of French and Irish Impressionist art. — Time Out

An entire room is dedicated to Roderick O'Connor (1860-1940), a friend of Gauguin; his canvases reflect the influence of his fellow French painters, from Seurat to Van Gogh. — Michelin Guide

The Francis Bacon studio... makes this already impressive gallery a must see for art lovers and fans of the renowned British artist. — Fodor's

This is the world's first known public gallery of modern art. — Condé Nast Traveler

This little gallery, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2008, has a strong collection of Impressionist works led by Degas's Sur la Plage and Manet's La Musique aux Tuileries. — Frommer's

Trinity College Dublin

Grafton Street & Around 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There's hardly a more delightful place in Dublin than the grounds of Ireland's most prestigious university, a masterpiece of architecture and landscaping beautifully preserved. — Lonely Planet

Founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I... among its famous students are the writers Swift, Wilde, Stocker and Beckett. — Michelin Guide

The Book of Kells is an illustrated Latin manuscript of the four Gospels, probably written in the early ninth century. — Afar Magazine

An oasis of tranquillity in the teeming center of Dublin, this campus of wide green lawns and stately 16th-century buildings is the city’s undisputed jewel. — Travel + Leisure

A short stroll around the picturesque grounds is always appealing unless you hate fun. — Let's Go

Phoenix Park

North of the Liffey 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Europe's largest public park, which extends about 5 km (3 mi) along the Liffey's north bank, encompasses 1,752 acres holds a lot of verdant green lawns, woods, lakes, and playing fields. — Fodor's

Phoenix Park has something for everybody. — Afar Magazine

The vast green expanses of Phoenix Park are Dublin's playground, and it's easy to see why. — Frommer's

The largest enclosed park in Europe... the Botanical Garden and Zoological Gardens are found here. — Michelin Guide

Housed in the old coach house of the former Papal Nunciature, this centre explains the history of Phoenix Park. — Time Out

Christ Church Cathedral

Kilmainham & the Liberties 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The mummified heart of a saint beats in the basement - or did, until someone took it.  — Atlas Obscura

Dubliners chiefly know it as a place to hear the bells ring out on New Year's Eve (it boasts 'the largest full-circle ringing peal in the world') and for the beautiful choral evensongs. — Time Out

The vast, sturdy crypt, with its 12th- and 13th-century vaults, is Dublin's oldest surviving structure and the building's most notable feature. — Fodor's

Its hilltop location and eye-catching flying buttresses make this the most photogenic by far of Dublin's three cathedrals as well as one of the capital's most recognisable symbols. — Lonely Planet

A popular venue to host many high profile concerts throughout the year. — Afar Magazine

Four Courts

North of the Liffey 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Home to the Irish law courts since 1796, this fine 18th-century building overlooks the north bank of the Liffey on Dublin's west side. — Frommer's

James Gandon’s (1743–1823) masterpiece is a mammoth complex stretching 130m along Inns Quay, as fine an example of Georgian public architecture as there is in Dublin. — Lonely Planet

The building erected in 1785 by Thomas Cooley and James Gandon housed 4 courts. — Michelin Guide

Set in several pretty Georgian buildings overlooking the Liffey, this friendly hostel has all the basics, and a few charming details besides. — Time Out

The stately Corinthian portico and the circular central hall warrant a visit to the seat of the High Court of Civil Law in Ireland. — Fodor's

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St. Michan's Church

North of the Liffey 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There has been a place of worship on this site since 1096, and the current building dates from 1686, though it was drastically restored in 1828 and again following the Civil War. — Time Out

Founded in 1095, St. Michan’s Church is an active house of worship in Dublin. — Afar Magazine

However macabre, St. Michan's main claim to fame is down in the vaults, where the totally dry atmosphere has preserved several corpses in a remarkable state of mummification. — Fodor's

Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), this 17th-century edifice has fine interior woodwork and an organ (dated 1724) on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. — Frommer's

An Irish church where you can shake hands with an 800 year old mummy.  — Atlas Obscura

Newbridge House

Dublin 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This small, early Georgian house may appear modest from the outside but its style of furnishing is really rather grand. — Time Out

One of the greatest stately homes of Ireland. — Fodor's

This Georgian residence, designed by George Semple stands on the western edge of Donabate, surrounded by acres of park land. — Michelin Guide

This mansion 19km (12 miles) north of Dublin dates from 1740 and was once the home of Dr. Charles Cobbe, an archbishop of Dublin. — Frommer's

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