This former prison is one of Dublin's most historic buildings. Dating back to 1796, the Kilmainham Gaol is a massive building that housed men, women and even child prisoners. Most notably, the Gaol is known for incarcerating famous rebels and prisoners of war. Today the building serves as a museum with exhibits, artifacts and docent-led tours.
Located at Stephen's Green, this little non-profit museum revives 20th Century Dublin for visitors. The little museum focuses, among other things, on the cultural transition that took place during the entire existence of the nation. There's a surprising amount of things to discover here, such as the Golden Age of Dublin, contribution of women in significant socio-economic movements, and a special exhibit dedicated to U2, Ireland's biggest rock band. Overall, it is a great way to acquaint yourself with how far the great city has come, and it is highly recommended to join one of their super engaging tours.
More than 235 species of wild animals and birds inhabit Dublin Zoo, a vast expanse within Phoenix Park. Created in 1830 and later restored and extended, this zoo is one of the oldest in the world. The thirty acres (12.1 hectares) provide lots of treats for the family, including a pet's corner and attractions such as Family Farm and Fringes of the Arctic. The train ride around the zoo is also fun and a welcome rest for weary feet! Refreshments are available in the restaurant and coffee shop, while a variety of cuddly toys can be found in the gift shop.
One of only two Anglican cathedrals in Dublin, this venerated church stands alongside the serene meadows of the symbolic Saint Patrick's Park. Constructed in the year 1192, the cardinal cathedral of Glendalough is an architectural masterpiece whose multiple spires soar over the urban landscapes of the Coombe, Warrenmount, and Portobello. The main attractions within St Patrick's are the tombs of Jonathan Swift and his companion, which are located in the nave. The cathedral also contains the longest medieval nave in Ireland and a stone slab engraved with a Celtic cross that covers the well from which St Patrick blessed his subjects. The adjoining garden is a welcome oasis in this densely built-up district of the city.
Founded in 1908 by art enthusiast Sir Hugh Lane, this elegant gallery houses Sir Hugh's collection of paintings by Dégas, Monet and Courbet; in addition to Rodin sculptures and a fine selection of modern Irish paintings. A magnificent stained glass room includes panels by Evie Hone and Harry Clarke: most notable of late, however, is the Lane's acquisition of Francis Bacon's studio, which is now reproduced in the gallery untouched. Free classical music concerts are held here on winter Sundays, lectures are frequently given: the Hugh Lane is worth a visit all year long. They also have a cafe and a bookshop that are open all the hours of the operation of the museum.
Dublin Castle symbolized English rule for 700 years, ever since the Anglo-Normans built their fortress on this site. Later, the castle was to serve as the headquarters of the English-appointed Viceroy of Ireland. It was not until 1922 that it was finally handed over to the Irish Free State. The castle's apartments boast of opulent, wonderfully-decorated rooms, while carpets of rolling, formal gardens lend it an alluring aura. Sheltered within the castle's fabric are insignia and collectibles of historical interest. The Castle is in use even today as a venue for state functions as well as home to multiple government agencies. The castle grounds are also home to the magnificent Chapel Royal and the splendid Chester Beatty Library. A window into the country's monumental, medieval past, this mighty castle is indeed one of the most priceless possessions of Dublin.
Ukiyo, in the true Japanese tradition, offers multiple karaoke booths, delicious sushi and sake. The menu features appetizers like Tuna Croquette and Steamed Chinese Buns, mains like Marinated Tofu Steak and sushi such as Caterpillar Roll and Gunkan Sushi. The beverage menu includes the Mark Bourbon-based Old Fashioned cocktail and Sweet Plum Sake. Seated in one of the soundproof and air-conditioned karaoke booths, guests can choose from 40,000 songs in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English. For the best experience, opt for one of the packages that offer a combination of food, drinks and karaoke. It also has good deals for private parties. Check the website for the playlists and the latest events.
This building was previously owned by the Church of Ireland and was the Synod Hall right up until 1983. The Medieval Trust now supports the Dublinia exhibition, which aims to cover Dublin's early history, starting with the arrival of the Vikings in 1170 and ending with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Start the tour in the basement with an audio-tape, taking you through life-size reconstructions, depicting major events, including the Black Death, the rebellion of Silken Thomas, and the United Irishmen uprising. Upstairs features a huge model of Dublin in about 1500. Also of note, in the Great Hall, is a multi-screen presentation on medieval Dublin.
Step into a world of fantasy where your dreams come alive at the National Leprechaun Museum. Learn the history and fables behind the myth (or perhaps truth) of leprechauns. Children will enjoy playing in a room with over-sized furniture, where even adults can feel like the "wee people." Although you won't leave with a pot of gold, you will leave with a smile and a whole lot of magical memories.
This popular museum tells the long history of Whiskey in Ireland. Learn about the role its played throughout the centuries and even how its made at the Irish Whiskey Museum located near Trinity College. Modern and up to date, the museum features a variety of displays and exhibits. Tours are offered with a a tasting flight of three different whiskeys at the end.
Gaiety is one of the oldest theaters in Dublin and is popular for screening international films. A Victorian-era landmark with some of its original elements intact, this beautiful historic theater also features celebrity, bronze-cast handprints of theater stalwarts within its premises. Apart from showing new and old movies, Gaiety is also famously home to the Christmas pantomime, an annual performance that has been a tradition at the theater since 1874.