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St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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A parade performer dressed in a costume smiles at the camera

Dublin’s massive street parade aims showcase the talent and skills of Irish people of every age and background. The resulting green flotilla of floats, marching bands, street performers and dancers and more is a spellbinding spectacle, roared on by huge crowds.

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 5 days

When: 14-18 March

Frequency: annually

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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he Long Room in the Old Library at the college, a hall between rows of floor-to-ceiling old bookshelves filled with old books, with a marble bust next to each shelf

Birthplace of Oscar Wilde, and originally built in 1592, Trinity College is Dublin’s hallowed seat of learning, and home to the world-famous Book of Kells.

Best for ages 13+

Guinness Storehouse

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Exterior of Guinness Storehouse building

Dublin is the birthplace of the legendary pint of Guinness – Ireland’s national drink. This fun and interactive museum tells the story…

Adult price: £15

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Irish Whiskey Museum

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Irish Whiskey Museum

Take an expert-led guided tour and discover the origins of Irish Whiskey, how it has developed through the ages, the secrets of how to make it, and the leading Irish Whiskey brands. Tours end, of course, with a tasting.

Adult price: £17

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Dublin Literary Pub Tours

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Two men standing back to back wearing black jackets and black fedoras on the streetpulling

Award-winning walk-through Dublin via historic pubs, combining drinks and entertainment, with literature and history.

Adult price: £12

Min age 13

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 2 hours 20 mins

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

A visitor stands in front of a wall of framed art inside the museum

Set in the elegant 17th-century Royal Hospital on the outskirts of Dublin, this small permanent exhibition has works by great Irish artists such as Jack B Yeats and Louis Lebroquy, supplemented by regular temporary exhibitions. The manicured grounds are full of topiary and sculptures.

Best for ages 18+

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National Gallery of Ireland

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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People wandering in the internal galleries looking at the artwork on the walls

You’ll find everything from works by Van Gogh to contemporary portraits in this sprawling gallery, that’s an architectural masterpiece itself.

Best for ages 18+

Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Internal view looking at the central atrium with cells on 3 floors all around

Kilmainham opened its doors in 1796 as the city’s County Gaol, and over the next century and a half, many leaders of the Rebellions, and the Republican movement, were imprisoned within its walls.

Adult price: £7

Best for ages 13+

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Temple Bar Food Market

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Organic fruit in wooden buckets on a fruit stand

One of the city’s oldest markets, Temple Bar comes to live every Saturday when the best local food producers come to sell everything from charcuterie and cheeses to artisan breads and cakes.

Best for ages 13+

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Christchurch Cathedral

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

The cathedral exterior on a sunny afternoon

Built by the Vikings in 1030, this grand Gothic structure features one of the largest medieval crypts in Britain and Ireland – and the earliest surviving structure in Dublin.

Best for ages 18+

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Day trip to Howth

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Landscape photo of a small fishing village marina with fishing boats

Escape the city for the day and take the coastal railway to the pretty village of Howth on Dublin Bay, with great coastal walks and fresh seafood.

Best for ages 4+

Dublinia

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Exterior of the stone Dublinia museum infront of the cathedral

A historical museum that documents and ‘re-creates’ life in Dublin during Viking and medieval times. It’s a ‘living’ museum with interactive displays and staff dressed up. Great for families.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 4+

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Marsh’s Library

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Old stone steps leading up to the library entrance

This atmospheric library dates back to 1707 and has barely changed in the last 300 years – the mahogany shelves groan with books. A bibliophile’s paradise.

Adult price: £4

Best for ages 18+

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Hugh Lane Gallery

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Exterior of the grey stone gallery

A giant, airy gallery right on the edge of the historic Parnell Square, Hugh Lane has the foremost collection of contemporary masterpieces in the city. Visit on Sunday for free music recitals.

Best for ages 18+

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Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Outdoor seating in the central atrium of a beautiful historic building

A chic mix of speciality shops, art galleries and restaurants housed in an atmospheric, 18th-century Georgian mansion that retains many of its period features. Centrally located, just off Grafton Street.

Best for ages 13+

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Brown Thomas

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

A festive Brown Thomas department store entrance with All Aboard signage and clock

Dublin’s equivalent of Fortnum & Mason, this elegant department store first opened its doors in 1849 and remains the city’s go-to place for designer brands.

Best for ages 13+

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Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

Known locally as ‘the wedding cake’ this architecturally interesting Shopping Centre looks like a traditional paddle-steamer from the outside, with glass and ornate white iron work used throughout to create a historic look (in spite of it being built in the 1980s).

Best for ages 13+

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