You may have heard that Guinness and whiskey taste better in Ireland, but Dublin has a lot more to offer than just its alcohol. If you’re lucky to be visiting soon or are thinking of going, here are our favourite things to do to experience its bustling vibe and rich history.

 

Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery

Located in the Liberties, St. James's Gate Brewery is and has been home to Guinness Brewery since 1759 when a lease was signed by Arthur Guinness for 9,000 years. Opened as an attraction in 2000, the storehouse covers seven floors where it introduces the stout's ingredients, its history, infamous advertising and an interactive talk on responsible drinking. On the top floor of the glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness is the gravity bar, where visitors can have a drink while enjoying views of the city.

 

If you prefer to drink whiskey, take a tour and tasting at the birthplace of Irish whiskey, Jameson. In 1780, the doors were opened by John Jameson, and to this day remain open. Visit to learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey, master the craft of the whiskey cocktail and draw whiskey straight from the cask, all in Jameson’s home in the heart of Dublin.

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Dublin Zoo and Phoenix Park

Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is fun for all the family. Across 28 hectares, it is one of the world’s oldest and most popular zoos which is home to over 400 animals. Learn about wild animals, including those that are endangered, in a safe environment of conservation.

 

Kilmainham Gaol

A former prison up until 1924, Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. It is one of the biggest unoccupied gaols, giving visitors a real insight into life within the walls. Visitors will receive a tour and learn all about its disturbing history.

 

St. George's Arcade

St. George’s Arcade offers a unique shopping experience which is only a short walk away from Grafton Street and Temple Bar. Enclosed in a Victorian market, which first opened in 1881, (before closing in 1892 due to a massive fire and re-opening 2 years later after a rebuild), it is home to boutique shops and stalls selling anything from trendy clothes, music, souvenirs, and food.

 

Temple Bar

A busy neighbourhood located by the riverside, Temple Bar is full of quirky boutiques, packed restaurants and crowded pubs hosting live music. It is one of the main hubs of Dublin and worth a visit at both night and day.

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DART to Howth

When you're done exploring Dublin, take in your surroundings on a trip on the DART (train). Enjoy a picturesque journey before getting off at the small village of Howth. Here you can tuck into some great seafood and take a walk along the seafront while breathing in the fresh air.

 

If we've inspired you to take a trip to the bustling city, book your Dublin airport transfer with hoppa and arrive happy. 

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