Best Restaurant: Elephant & Castle - Located in the heart of Temple Bar, this is one of the most popular restaurants in Dublin. Try their famous chicken wings!
Best Kept Secret: Escape the hordes of people at St Stephen's Green and find some solace from the city centre at the Iveagh Gardens (between Harcourt Street and Earlsfort Terrace).
To help you get around Dublin here are some helpful websites that provide route and fare information:
CIE - manage the national trains, national coach and bus service and Dublin Bus servicesLuas – Dublin’s light rail service
Dublin Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Dublin Zoo is also a registered charity, so your visit will help maintain the zoo to a high standard and contribute to conservation programmes. The Zoo is located in Phoenix Park, more information is available on the Dublin Zoo website.
Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed recreational parks in a European capital city. You can get maps and an events listing from the Phoenix Park website.
Situated in Glencullen in the Dublin Mountains, Johnny Fox's is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous Traditional Irish pubs. Visit Johnny Fox's website.
Discover the 2,000 year old history of Dublin on foot with Pat Liddys Walking Tours of Dublin.Hidden Dublin Walking Tours take you around the most spectacular and memorable locations in Dublin, focusing on the characters of Dublin throughout the ages.
Play a round of golf at Howth Golf Club located on the beautiful scenic peninsula of Howth in north-east County Dublin, Ireland. The club features wonderful views over the city of Dublin, south to Co. Wickow, north over Co. Dublin and Co. Louth and the sea to the east. On a clear day you can see as far as the Mountains of Mourne in Co. Down.
Dublin's oldest building, erected in 1038, Christ Church Cathedral was the centre of medieval Dublin. Inside are a range of oddities and relics, including the heart of St Laurence, Dublin's patron saint.
Inside Dublin City Hall is an interesting exhibition about Dublin's history, with historical items from the old city and multimedia presentations. The building, which dates from 1779, was recently renovated. Guided tours are available.
This is a joy for anyone interested in archaeology or history. Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century on top of the foundations of a Viking structure. The castle served as a military fortress, prison, court of law and the core of British administration in Ireland until 1922. It's now used for state functions and government conferences. Guided tours are available. Open Monday to Friday 10am-4.50pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 2-4.50pm. Closed during state functions. Admission is €4.50. Phone 677 7129 or 677 7270. http://www.dublincastle.ie.
Until the 1920s, the British incarcerated and, in 1916, after the Easter Rising, executed, Irish political prisoners at this site. The jail was closed in 1924 and it is now a moving place to visit. See the audiovisual show and take a guided tour.
Opening Times - April - September: Daily 09:30 - 18:00 (last admission at 17:00)
October - March: Mon -Sat 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission at 16:30), Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission at 17:00. Admission is €6 for adults, €4 for seniors, €2 for children and €14 for a family. Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, (8). Phone- 453 5984.
Just a few steps away from St Patrick's Cathedral is Ireland's oldest public library. Founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1701, this tiny gem is charming and well worth a visit for its collection of early books and manuscripts, not to mention the cages used to confine readers in an effort to discourage theft of rare or valuable volumes. Open Monday and Wednesday to Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 10.00am-1pm. Admission costs €2.50 for adults. St. Patrick's Close (8). Phone 454 3511. http://www.marshlibrary.ie.
The sole college of the University of Dublin, Trinity was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The reason most visitors venture to Trinity is to take a look at the Book of Kells, the renowned "illuminated" manuscript created by monks around AD 800. It's one of the oldest books in the world and one of the most exquisite. The Book of Kells is on display at the Old Library, and the ticket price includes admission to the Long Room, a striking space that contains 200,000 of the college's oldest books. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5pm, Sunday noon-4.30 pm (from 9.30am June to September). College Green (2). Phone 608 1177.
Housed in the beautifully restored Royal Hospital Kilmainham (which was modelled on Les Invalides in Paris), the museum exhibits contemporary art and has an impressive permanent collection that includes pieces representing the cutting edge of Irish and international art. A historical tour and slide show of the hospital is available depending on demand. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday and holidays noon-5.30pm. Admission is free. Military Road, Kilmainham (8). Phone 612 9900. http://www.imma.ie/en/index.htm.
James Joyce is one of Dublin's most famous 20th century writers. Author of such works as Dubliners, Ulysses and his autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce's name is forever linked to the city of Dublin. The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to promoting the life and works of James Joyce to novices and scholars alike. Open Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 12.30-17.00, admission costs €5.00 for adults. North Great George's Street (1). Phone 878 8547. Visit the James Joyce Centre website for more information.
Visit the Leinster Rugby website for more information on the dates, locations and prices of future rugby matches.
For more information on things to see and do in Dublin, visit the Discover Ireland website.
Relive the fascinating story of Jameson at The Old Jameson Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and tutored whiskey tasting, and discover how Jameson became the world's leading Irish Whiskey. Lunch in the 'Still Room Restaurant', enjoy a Jameson cocktail in the '1780 Bar', or choose a Jameson branded gift from the extensive shopping facilities. Visit The Old Jameson Distillery website for more information.
Daily Open Top Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tours of Dublin with Irish City Tours. See it all with a 24hr ticket to use on over 20 stops. Enjoy full day & half day tours to experience Wicklow, Newgrange, Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough. Irish City Tours has been awarded the Failte Ireland Service Excellence Award in both 2004 & 2005. For more tour details, please visit the Irish City Tours website.
Experience the attractions of Dublin with a Dublin Bus Tour, Dublin Daytours offer live commentary. Kids go free with Dublin Bus Hop on hop off tour. The Hop on Hop Off tour offers a day out for all the family visiting attractions across the city including Dublin Zoo, the National Gallery and the National Wax Museum Plus, Dublinia and more.
There more to the Wicklow Hills than just the Wicklow Way. Wicklow Walks give detailed hill walking routes and map directions for the Wicklow and Dublin hills, ranging from short (< 1 hour) to more challenging (3 hours or more) walks.
The Wild Wicklow tour is a guided tour though some of the most scenic areas of Wicklow from Glendalough, a 6th century monastic settlement, to the breath taking Sally Gap.