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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 →

This 'visitor experience', housed in a six-storey listed building dating from 1904, has become the popular public face of what is undoubtedly Ireland's most recognisable brand. — Time Out

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

Ireland's all-dominating brewery—founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759 and at one time the largest stout-producing brewery in the world—spans a 60-acre spread west of Christ Church Cathedral. — Fodor's

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

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

Chester Beatty Library

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

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

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty was an American of Irish heritage who made a fortune in the mining industry and collected rare manuscripts. — Frommer's

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

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

St. Stephen's Green

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

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

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

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

Flower gardens, formal lawns, a Victorian bandstand, and an ornamental lake all within the park's borders. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

Established in 1890, this museum is a reflection of Ireland's heritage from 2000 B.C. to the present. — Frommer'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

Kilmainham Gaol

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

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

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

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... — Condé Nast Traveler

If you have any desire to understand Irish history – especially the juicy bits about resistance to English rule – then a visit to this former prison is an absolute must. — Lonely Planet

Indeed, Kilmainham Gaol is most famous for having housed many famous Irish revolutionaries—many of the central figures in the 1916 Easter Rising were taken here and killed. — Let's Go

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

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

'Kelly's Book', as it still gets called occasionally, is Trinity's most famous artefact, but it suffers slightly from Mona Lisa syndrome. — Time Out

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

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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

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

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

You know all about St&*& Patrick—he chased the snakes out of Ireland, and he’s the reason you wear green and drink a lot on March 17. He’s also the namesake of this impressive Gothic... — Let's Go

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

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

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

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

With works by such luminaries as Velasquez, Vermeer, and Caravaggio, this museum is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. — Let's Go

Dublin Castle

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

The stronghold of British power in Ireland for 700 years is principally an 18th-century creation that is more hotch-potch palace than medieval castle. — Lonely Planet

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

As seat and symbol of the British rule of Ireland for more than seven centuries, Dublin Castle figured largely in Ireland's turbulent history early in the 20th century. — Fodor's

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

Dublin Castle was founded in 1204, and remained for the next 800 years the main centre of English and British rule in Ireland — The Telegraph

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

North of the Liffey 89 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

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

Home to Impressionist masterpieces, the best of modern Irish work from 1950 onward and...the actual studio of one of the 20th century’s most famous artists, Francis Bacon. — Lonely Planet

The modern art museum bears the name of Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915), from whom the core of the collection came. — Michelin Guide

Also known as the Dublin City Gallery, this delightful and manageable contemporary art gallery is arguably the city’s finest art space. — Travel + Leisure

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 →

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

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

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

One of four branches of the National Museum of Ireland, this museum is little changed from Victorian times and remains a fascinating repository. — Fodor's

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

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 →

IMMA commissions site-specific works by an international roster of contemporary artists and displays them in a vast set of buildings that were once the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. — Travel + Leisure

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

This museum exhibits 20C Irish and international art, as well as putting on associated live theatre and music performances. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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. Home to 25,000 books (and, apparently, the... — Travel + Leisure

Though visitors tend to flock to see the Book of Kells, less make the journey down to Marsh’s Library, the atmospheric home to nearly 25,000 rare books. The library hasn’t changed in... — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25 000 volumes here. — Michelin Guide

Trinity College Dublin

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

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

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

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

The oldest university in Ireland, Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to offer an education to the children of the upper classes. — Frommer's

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 enclosed urban park—encompassing more than 1,700 acres—is set just two miles west from the city center. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

One of the world’s largest city parks is where you’ll find MP3-rigged joggers, grannies pushing buggies, ladies walking poodles, gardens, lakes, a sporting oval, and 300 deer. — Lonely Planet

Christ Church Cathedral

Kilmainham & the Liberties 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This magnificent cathedral was designed to be seen from the river, so walk to it from the riverside in order to truly appreciate its size. — Frommer'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

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

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

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Four Courts

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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Dublin Writers Museum

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

"If you would know Ireland—body and soul—you must read its poems and stories," wrote W. B. Yeats in 1891. — Fodor's

It can be hard to showcase the real achievements of writers, but this small, jam-packed museum does pretty well. — Time Out

Memorabilia aplenty and lots of literary ephemera line the walls and display cabinets of this elegant museum devoted to preserving the city’s rich literary tradition up to 1970. — Lonely Planet

There are letters, memorabilia, and a first edition of Bram Stoker’s Draculain the collection, and the museum also holds lunchtime theater and readings. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Writers' Museum is devoted to the works of Irish writers, particularly those from Dublin, who have won no fewer than 4 Nobel prizes ( Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney). — Michelin Guide

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