National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street. Open Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM; Su 2PM-5PM, closed Mon, Christmas Day and Good Friday. Archaeology and History. Other locations: Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barrack, Benburb Street. Natural History at Merrion Street. Free entrance. The National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West & Clare Street, Dublin. Open Mon-Sat 9:30AM-5:30PM (till 8:30PM on Thurs) and Sun 12PM-5:30PM. Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26. National collection of Irish and European Art. Free entrance. Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay. Open 10am-6pm. The Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre is an exciting visitor attraction located in Dublin's city centre at Grand Canal Dock just off Pearse Street. The centre is housed in an award winning architectural structure affectionately known as the box in docks situated in the waters of Grand Canal Dock.The centre will bring you on an informative journey of the waterways from the pre Christian period to its modern use. The exhibit contains child friendly interactives, environmental displays and much more… €4 Adults €2 Child €3 Students/Senior. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Military Road, Kilmainham. Open Tue-Sat 10AM-5:30PM (opens 10:30AM on Wed), 12PM-5:30PM on Sun and Bank Holidays. Closed on Mon. Summer Late Opening until 8.00PM on Thursdays from 5 June – 18 September.. Modern & contemporary art, formal gardens & cafe. Free entrance. Old Library at Trinity College & Book of Kells, College Green, Open Mon-Sat 9:30AM-5PM, Sun (May-Sept) 9:30AM (12PM Oct-Apr)-5:30PM. Closed Dec 23 - Jan 1. The gorgeously illustrated original manuscript of the Book of Kells is the main draw here, but the massive Long Hall of the Old library itself is equally if not even more impressive. Adults €9, +€2 for optional guided tour. Students & seniors €8, children under 12 free. Family admission €18. Dublin Castle, 2 Palace Street. Open Mon-Fri 10AM-5:45PM. Sat, Sun & Holidays. Former seat of British rule in Ireland. Guided Tour Prices Adults: €4.50, students €3.50, children €2, alternative Tour of Chapel Royal & Undercroft €3.50. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle. Open Sat 11AM-5PM, Sun 1PM-5PM, Mon-Fri 10AM-5PM (Closed on Mon from Oct-Apr). Contains a wide selection of early books and manuscripts, including sacred texts and manuscripts. European Museum of the Year 2002. Free entry. The Bram Stoker Museum, Clontarf Road. Open Fri 4PM-10PM, Sat,Sun 12PM-10PM. A frightening tour through the life of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. €7 for adults, €4 for children and €5 for students and OAPs. Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place. Open June-Aug 9AM-6PM, Sept-May 9:45 - 5 or 6PM. Dating back to the 11th century, it is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which predates the cathedral. Adults €6, students €4, children with parent free. Dublinia & the Viking World, St. Michael's Hill, Christchurch. Open March-Sept 10am-5pm, Oct-Feb 10am-4.15pm. A heritage centre, located in central Dublin, at the heart of the medieval city. The exhibitions at Dublinia explore life as it was in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings. Discounted admission to the Christ Church Cathedral available. Adults €6.25, children €3.75, student €5.25. Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham. Open Apr-Sep every day 9:30AM-6PM (last admission 5PM); Oct-Mar M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM (last admission 4PM), Sun 10AM-6PM (last admission 5PM). The prison where the rebels from the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. It is located slightly outside the city centre and can be reached by local bus (78a, 51b, 79 51c). Access is limited to guided tours, which leave every 30 minutes and are very interesting. It is well worth a visit if you are in any way interested in history. Adults: €6, senior and groups: €4, children and students: €2, family €14. Phoenix Park, Phoenix Park, The largest enclosed urban park in Europe. Includes a polo field and Dublin Zoo. The residences of the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador are situated in the park, but are not open to the public. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the herd of wild fallow deer that inhabit the park! Free. Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road. Tours (Daily:March to September) (Wed and Fri:October to February) at 2:30PM. Situated just two miles from the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery is currently running a series of walking tours. These tours give a valuable insight into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland's past and present. The walking tour last one and a half hours and visits the graves of Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Eamonn De Valera and many other graves of architectural and cultural interest. Adults €5 U12 Free. Dublin Zoo, Welington/Zoo Road, Open 9:30AM-4PM in winter and to 6.30PM in summer. Located in Phoenix Park and dating to 1830, the Dublin Zoo is the largest in Ireland, and notable for its role in wildlife conservation efforts. Adults: €15, students €12.50, Senior Citizens €12, children €10.50, family from €43.50 for 4 to €52 for 6. National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Open Daily Nov-Jan 9AM-4:30PM and Feb-Oct 9AM-6PM. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown. Located in the southern suburb of Leopardstown/Foxrock, there are regular meetings throughout the year. There is a "Pay as you Play" golf course within the racecourse grounds, as well as bars, restaurants and a nightclub (Club 92). €12.55, with reductions for students and OAPs. Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square. Located in an 18th century house, the museum is dedicated to Irish literature and the lives of individual Irish writers such as Shaw, Joyce, Yeats & Pearse. Adults €7.25, children €4.55, family tickets €21. Things to do in Dublin include:
Viking Splash Tours, Suffolk Street. Tours of the city and river in World War II amphibious craft - a bit different from your regular tour bus. Advance bookings are recommended. Adult €20; Student/Senior (with valid I.D.) €18; Child (aged 3-12) €10. Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate. Open Daily 9:30AM-5PM. Closed Good Friday and Dec 24-26. Retells the story of Dublin's most famous drink. The exhibition is interesting and is self-guided. Price of entry includes a pint at the seventh floor Gravity Bar, which has good views over Dublin and forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. Adults €15 (10% discount for booking online), students and seniors €11, children 6-12 €5. Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street Distillery, Smithfield. Open Daily 9:30AM-6PM. Last tour at 5:30. Closed Good Friday and Christmas holidays. This ex-distillery hasn't produced whiskey in a while, and you are expecting to see whiskey making, you will not find it here. However, there is a tour and recreation of the process, and whiskey tasting afterwards. After the video, make sure you raise your hand because they pick four people to volunteer for taste testing later in the tour! Adult €12.50, students and seniors €10, families €25. Gaiety Theatre, South King Street. The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama. Admission prices vary. Dublin Sightseeing. Hop on and off the open top bus tour around the city. Stops at all of the major tourist spots, and you can hop off and on as often as you like. The bus drivers are very funny too - a great way to get a feel for the layout of Dublin, and reasonably priced (especially if booked in advance with your hotel or ferry crossing). Dublin Ghostbus. A special theme tour provided by Dublin Bus. This tour takes you around Dublin's haunted sites on a gothic style-decorated theatre bus guided by live storytellers. Dublin Bus claims this tour is the only one of its kind in the world. In any case, a must for lovers of gothic tales, but not for the timid. Historical Walking Tour of Dublin. Meet at the west gate to Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2. The tours are led by knowledgeable graduate students from the College who tell the story of Ireland's history during a ramble through the south side of the Liffey. Johnnie Fox's Hooley nights, Famed as the highest pub in Ireland, 50 minutes from the city center by bus. The 200 year old pub offers its famous Irish music and dance, served with a 4-course meal. Dublin's Rock N Roll, Writers Bus Tour, Westmoreland Stteet. Guided bus tour of Dublin's music and literary past. Covers the likes of U2, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Oscar Wilde, Joyce and many more. Great value and really original. €15. South Docks tour, Pidgeon House Road. You can get a magnificient view and completely non touristic feeling on one of the beaches of Dublin on the southern docks. Go straigth ahead on North Wall Quai and pass the last bridge over the river on York Road. Along the way, you will pass near several industrial compounds. Then follow the road on the Pidgeon House Rd. The view is worth the long walk, besides, all the cruiser ships are leaving from nearby, less than 600 ft (200 m) away from you.