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Top 10 Attractions in Dublin

10. National Botanic Gardens

If you came to Ireland looking for green, look no further than the beautiful National Botanical Gardens. This Top 10 Dublin attraction is great for families or adventuring travelers looking to have a little fun in the sun. Visit in the spring or summer to witness the breathtaking wonder of the flowers in bloom, while meandering through the many greenhouses on the grounds. Thistle make you smile: admission is free! Open Mon – Fri 9 AM – 5 PM and Sat – Sun 10 AM – 6 PM. 

9. Irish Whiskey Museum

Your glass can be half empty or half full, as long as there’s whiskey in it. At the Irish Whiskey Museum, you’ll get the whole experience of whiskey’s intriguing history plus an extraordinary taste testing at the end. Now travelers, the exhibits at this Top 10 Dublin museum are interactive and the staff is incredibly friendly, so try not to pre-game too hard at the pub down the road and remember to keep your Irish game face on. It’s learning/party time. Open daily 10:30 AM – 6 PM. 

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8. St. Stephen’s Green

It wouldn’t be a Top 10 Dublin landmark without a bunch of green that doesn’t take the green out of your wallet (if you catch our natural hint). Standing nobly as the city’s most popular park, St. Stephen’s Green has been open for over 100 years. This park boasts an unusual (but awesome) perk: a garden for the blind, complete with scented plants able to be handled and labeled in braille. How neat is that? The park is free to the public, open daily, and a great choice for your travels. 

7. National Museum

When is an Irish potato not an Irish potato? When it’s a French fry. If you want to learn more fun facts about Ireland’s interesting history, check out the National Museum of Ireland. This Top 10 Dublin museum has three branches in Dublin: Archaeology, Decorative Arts and History, and Natural History and the fourth branch, Country Life, is in Mayo. It might be the luck of the Irish, but all four branches of the museum are free admission! Open Tues – Sat 10 AM – 5 PM. 

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6. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This Top Ten Dublin attraction won’t be hard to see at all, it’s the tallest church in Ireland! Boasting a 43-metre spire and a gorgeous façade, St. Patrick’s is a must see (again, shouldn’t be difficult) while in Dublin. Founded in 1191, the cathedral houses a renowned choir school for children that perform up to 12 services per week, so check out the music! Open Mon – Fri 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Sat 9 AM – 6 PM, and Sun 9 – 10:30 AM, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, and 4:30 PM – 6 PM. Winter hours may vary. 

5. Old Jameson Distillery

Jameson: the original Irish flu shot. Attracting over 350,000 visitors a year, the Old Jameson Distillery is a classic Top 10 Dublin attraction on your Irish tour, after all, the Irish are never too busy for a pint. Take a tour of the distillery and educate yourself on the history of whiskey, then you get to taste it—trust us, you won’t regret it. With informative tour guides, Irish dancers, and a whole lot of whiskey, you’re bound to have a grand time. Tours bookable online.  

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4. Chester Beatty Library

Manuscripts, miniature paintings, drawings, art, and books galore, the Chester Beatty Library has been rated ‘European Museum of the Year’ and is a must see for our Top 10 Dublin attractions! Created in 1950 to house the collection of a famous a miner, the library is overflowing with charm and whimsy. The best part, it’s free! It must be the work of the leprechauns… Open Tues – Fri 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat 11 AM – 5 PM, and Sun 1 – 5 PM. Closed Mondays. 

3. Phoenix Park

This isn’t your average park, people. Phoenix Park, located near the city centre of Dublin, is over 350 years old, and has a lot of interesting facets still being uncovered. One third of the park is covered in deciduous trees, another part filled with a Victorian flower garden, and oh don’t forget the Viking burial grounds and Neolithic community remains. There are also herds of royal deer that have resided in the park and wooed its patrons since the park’s creation, oh deer! This Top 10 Dublin attraction is open for your adventures daily. 

2. Guinness Storehouse

If you have a limited time in Dublin, make this stop a top priority, unless you don’t like beer or something. Actually, even if you don’t like beer, the Guinness Storehouse has been an amazing part of Ireland’s modern history and the tour won’t disappoint. Sip on your Guinness in its birthplace and hang out on the rooftop overlooking the city: your worries will fade in no time. As one would imagine, this is a pretty popular Top 10 Dublin attraction, so make sure to book in advance! Open daily 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 

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1. Kilmainham Gaol

Earning the number one spot for our Top 10 Dublin attractions is none other than Kilmainham Gaol: Dublin’s ultimate prison museum. You read that right travelers: a museum located in a prison, built in 1796. The inside of the building is truly spectacular and has a mysterious vibe. Wander through the corridors and imagine what life was like in old Ireland. Take a tour or explore for yourself, just don’t get locked in a cell…Irish you luck. Open daily 9:30 AM – 6 PM. 

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