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Best things to do in Dublin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Victorian flower gardens. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be viewed or pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more. The Glen Pond is set in very scenic surrounds in the Furry Glen. There are many walks and cycle trails available to the public.”
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Brewery
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“A favourite amongst tourists, and well deserved. Book in advance to avoid long queues. ”
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Park
“A favourite amongst Dubliners, this public park is beautiful and an oasis in the city. It can get very busy when the weather is good. ”
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Distillery
“Take a tour of the Jameson Distillery and find out how Irish Whiskey is made.”
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Museum
“Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924. Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. It should not be forgotten however that, as a county gaol, Kilmainham held thousands of ordinary men, women and children. Their crimes ranged from petty offences such as stealing food to more serious crimes such as murder or rape. Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held here for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is operated and managed by the Office of Public Works. Guided Tours Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only and is managed through timed tickets. Advance booking online is essential to guarantee entry. Tickets can be booked online 60 days in advance. Cancellation tickets for the day will be released online every morning between 9:15am-9:30am. Further information on tours, tickets and facilities can be found on Plan a Visit & Frequently Asked Questions. ”
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Government Building
“Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen’s Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. It is dedicated to St Ouen the 7th century bishop of Rouen and patron saint of Normandy. Most of the building is maintained by the Office of Public Works, whose Visitor Centre is open in the warmer months. The Guild Chapel of St Anne houses an award-winning exhibition on the importance of St Audoen’s Church in the life of the medieval city. Visitors to St Audoen’s can see the part of the church still in use by the Church of Ireland as a parish church. They can also view the 17th century memorials to the Sparke and Duff families and the 15th century effigial tomb to Baron Portlester and his wife”
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Pub
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“If you're coming to Dublin this is a must see place. If you don't know it you need more research. About 30 mins by car. But you'll be drinking so plan to take the Luas (Tram) or Bus This place is world famous and theres alot going on so give yourself time here to do it all.”
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Church
“The Cathedral stands majestically as a memorial to our historic past. But it stands for much more. A historic cathedral such as this lifts us out of the realm of things and circumstances which change into the realm of things which are eternal and do not change. It gives us a sense of perspective both in space and time and it brings us face-to-face with our faith in God through Christ, who alone can give our lives true meaning and lasting satisfaction. Learn more about the life and history of the Cathedral”
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Farmers Market
“20 minutes away from the Lodge the wonderful Fishing village of Howth, lots to see and great restaurants ”
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Pedestrian Plaza
“Best Shopping area in Dublin. Favorites are of course Brown Thomas, Otehr Stories and the new White Company”
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Irish Pub
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“Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is Irelands oldest pub. There is a palpable sense of history within these timeworn walls. If you are looking for the true Irish pub experience then The Brazen Head should be your first port of call. Walking distance from the Guinness Storehouse!”
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Zoo
“Good conditions for most animals. Plenty of space. Go mid-week. Very busy weekends in summer. Bring a picnic. Long Day!”
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Art Museum
“A wonderful gallery with great contemporary and older art. Recently refurbished, it's beautiful to walk around. The portrait gallery is excellent. Has a good Cafe and gift shop also. This is also a great area for The natural history museum, Trinity college, Merrion square and not far from Stephens Green, Trinity College and Grafton Street.”
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Art Museum
“Nestled in 48 acres of land in the heart of Dublin 8, IMMA’s home is the extraordinary historical site of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Our programme extends beyond the gallery space, activating the beautiful grounds and buildings of the entire campus. A visit to IMMA can include time to discover, connect and reflect in our galleries, grounds, formal gardens, meadows, café or shop. You’ll find important info to inform your visit below. We look forward to welcoming you to IMMA.”
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Soccer Stadium
“Great to see a rugby match, or if you are visiting in the summer, check out the gigs that are on.”
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Theater
“Fantastic Theatre - the venue for a the big West-End & Broadway shows visiting Dublin. Book in advance for popular shows, but tickets are held back for all events, so always check availability.”
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