Dublin has been known as the most friendly metropolis in Europe for a reason, and is the perfect city to explore during your first trip to Ireland. It’s a smaller city, which means you’ll be able to walk most of it, which is always helpful on a tighter budget. From historic castles, to beautiful museums, to the zoo and more, your first time to this capital city will be filled with fun activities. Since there is so much to do, we have compiled a list of the best activities to help you with your planning.
People have been in Dublin for over 2000 years, which means there is a lot of history to explore in this area. Malahide Castle is the best place to check out some of the more modern history of the city. Originally built over 800 years ago, the Malahide Castle is a perfect representation of a dream castle. Don’t forget your camera because you’ll want to document the old stone architecture in all its splendor.
Many say the castle, and much of Dublin, are haunted. While we can’t speak to the veracity of this claim, you can check it out for yourself by jumping on the Ghost Bus Tourwhich includes a haunted walking tour of the city.
National Museum of Ireland
Not only filled with a plethora of artifacts, the National Museum of Ireland is also a beautiful 140 year old building that should be appreciated its own right. If you are looking to get a good understanding of the country’s past, look no farther than this museum. There are artifacts from prehistoric times all the way up to modern days, along with a natural history section for those who are interested in animals from all around the world. No matter your interests, you’ll never be bored exploring the millions of artifacts and specimens found here.
It is no surprise that this zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Who wouldn’t want to see all the giraffe’s, Siberian tigers, elephants, squirrel monkeys, pigs, and more? This zoo is the perfect destination for those with young ones and animal lovers alike. The zoo is huge, so make sure you budget enough time to see all it has to offer. Dublin Zoo sits on the edge of downtown. It is not a far distance from all the best hotels in Dublin and should definitely make your bucket list for the city.
Those travelers who are of the proper age cannot miss a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. This popular Irish beer has been around for centuries and is an icon of the country. You’ll be able to walk around and experience the history behind the beer and its tie to the country. If you’re more of a whiskey person, the Old Jameson Distillery is in the city as well. The Old Jameson Distillery was where the alcohol was made up until the 1970’s and houses a lot of history, for those interested in learning more about the drink.