Whilst Dublin is well known for its rich history and architecture, there is a lot to see and do aside from this. Those planning a trip to Dublin should make time to take in these sites as well.
The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is a favourite amongst locals and travellers alike. While it was once a fermentation plant for the world-famous beer, the Guinness Storehouse is now dedicated wholly to educating the public about the beer-making process and showing them a good time. Visitors are treated to seven floors of interactive exhibits as well as a pint of the good stuff at the top. Check out Guinness-Storehouse.com for more information.
Located in the Phoenix Park and established in 1831, Dublin Zoo is hands-down the biggest family attraction in all of Ireland. As one of the world’s oldest zoos, Dublin Zoo is devoted to animal conservation and features many endangered animals that are part of international breeding programmes due to their rarity. Overall, more than 400 animals are spread out across the 28-hectare park, making it possible to spend an entire day exploring and still have more to see the next time around. Learn more about the animals and get the zoo’s hours at DublinZoo.ie.
The National Aquatic Centre in Dublin is one of the world’s largest indoor water parks and a huge portion of it is set aside for AquaZone, Ireland’s most popular water park. From a water roller coaster called Master Blaster, to Pirate Ship for the wee ones, and lots of slides for people of all ages, there’s plenty of fun to be had. The park draws in nearly three-quarters of a million people annually. For additional details, go to AquaZone.ie.
The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin was established in 1854 by an Act of Parliament and opened its doors about a decade later. Today, it features an impressive assortment of various works of art, such as watercolours, sketches, sculptures, and prints, and represents every European School of painting. Overall, more than 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other pieces are on display. Best of all, admission is free. Go to NationalGallery.ie to learn more.
The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Since 1890, The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology has been giving visitors the opportunity to connect with the past. Exhibitions include a wealth of ancient Irish artefacts as well as items from around the world. A selection of Irish Medieval art and Viking artefacts are on display, though a curious new addition drawing attention is the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition; a collection of bog bodies and artefacts from the Iron Age. Like the National Gallery, admission to the National Museum is free. Additional details can be found at Museum.ie/Archaeology.
The National Botanic Gardens
Located in Glasnevin, County Dublin, only 3 km from Dublin city centre, is the National Botanic Gardens. The gardens are known for their gorgeous glasshouses and conservation efforts, home to some 300 endangered species of plants, as well as 6 that no longer exist in the wild. Overall, the gardens host more than 15,000 unique species from around the world and have some of the most beautiful displays in all of Ireland. Admission to the National Botanic Gardens is also free. Go to BotanicGardens.ie for additional details. Or if you are hoping to create somewhat of a garden in your Dublin home, you can find some beautiful flowers here.