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Whether you’re a history buff or simply keen to soak in the surroundings, there’s much to do in Dublin and an itinerary for every interest.
Our list of the best things to do in Dublin comes from in-the-know locals who spilled their favorite off-the-beaten-path activities, both inside and adjacent to the city center. Before, after, or instead of hitting the major tourist sites, save time for these hidden gems that fly a bit more under the radar.
Howth Cliff Path Loop
Given Dublin’s coastal location, the Howth Cliff Path Loop is an ideal place to reconnect with nature. Hike around the cliff, taking in Ireland’s Eye and the expanse of Dublin Bay, then return to the village for a well-earned pit stop at one of the many famous seafood restaurants.
While Guinness is certainly well known, it’s a must-visit stop on any Dublin trip. You’ll also smell the aroma of Guinness brewing in the air before you even catch a glimpse of the Guinness Storehouse, found in the west of the city. The exhibition is a delightful way to learn about the famous drink’s origin before ending at the Guinness at the Gravity Bar, which has a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.
The Gate Theatre
Ireland punches well above its weight when it comes to both playwrights and actors, so a night out at The Gate Theatre should be high on your list.
Epic The Irish Emigration Museum
Epic The Irish Emigration Museum, an interactive exhibition on “how a small island made a big impact on the world,” is a fitting place for those wanting to research their family history. However, it’s fascinating enough to be a worthwhile visit for any reason whether you’re Irish or not.
Far from a dull experience, visiting Kilmainham Gaol involves hearing an all-encompassing story within the barred walls of the former prison.