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Best things to do in Dublin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Theatre
“Fantastic Theatre - the venue for a the big West-End & Broadway shows visiting Dublin. Book in advance for popular shows, but tickets are held back for all events, so always check availability.”
115 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Always good trad music in the heart of hip Stoneybatter, about a 25 minute walk away”
163 locals recommend
Pub
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“Woodfired pizza served in double decker bus. Djs, craft beers and great local atmosphere. ”
142 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Located in Glasnevin, County Dublin, the National Botanic Gardens are noted for their fine plant collections holding more than 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from around the world. The gardens are famous for their exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, both recipients of the Europa Nostra award for excellence in conservation architecture. Visitors can enjoy such features as the herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum.”
114 locals recommend
Café
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“Located about 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Great breakfast, lunch or dinner.”
107 locals recommend
Lodging
“Its our version of Times Square so nice to visit and stroll around and go for a pint of Guinness...or 2...”
132 locals recommend
University
“This is one of the key locations to visit during your trip to Dublin. The beautiful old architecture is punctuated by the active student life, alongside regular artistic and scientific exhibits! Be sure to stop in and see the Book of Kells and The Long Room, these are unique sights for anyone visiting Dublin!”
67 locals recommend
Museum
“Go see the bog men. That's all you have to know. The rest of the museum is interesting, but not great. The bog men are super interesting, but best of all this museum is free to wander in, take a peak and be ready to have your mind blown!”
78 locals recommend
Church
“Christ Church Cathedral is the official seat of both the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church in Ireland. The original cathedral was a wooden church built shortly after the Viking King Sitric Silkenbeard made a pilgrimage to Rome in 1028. Rebuilt in stone and expanded over the next few centuries, the Cathedral has been a fixture in the city of Dublin for nearly a millennium. The oldest remaining section of the cathedral is the underground crypts, which dates to the 1170s -- take a tour and learn about Christ Church's pet cat and rat! Admission is €7 for adults, €5.50 for students and seniors.”
69 locals recommend
Stadium
“Are you ready for a 17-storey high? Then bring your adventurous spirit (and your camera!) to Croke Park’s Skyline. Located right in the heart of the city, this thrilling rooftop walkway is actually Dublin’s highest open-viewing platform and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Ireland’s vibrant capital from the mountains to the sea. This Dublin City tour highlights all of the capital’s main landmarks while giving you an insight into its heartfelt history, told in a uniquely charming way by the charismatic Tour Guides. Then of course there’s the sporting highlight – the incredible view from the platform that’s suspended over the Croke Park pitch itself. Multilingual audio guides are available on request to complement the live tour.”
84 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Located in the lovely area of Grand Canal Dock (about 15 minutes walk from the city centre). Great breakfast, lunch or dinner. ”
83 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is a great setting to enjoy a drink in a refurbished centuries old church”
65 locals recommend
Route
“Mary St/Henry St area is the major shopping area on this side of the city. Arnotts (Major Department Store), Flagship Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, Penneys (Primark), plus all the usual high street brand shops can be found here. Don't miss Toymaster (Toys), Maplins (electronics) and Smyths toys on a side street. ”
98 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pizza Place!! Ideal if you need a quick bite and want to stay in the coziness of Dublin 4 ”
93 locals recommend
Café
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“Fresh, organic, and from local suppliers. Good vegan and gluten free options and famous for their eggs!”
125 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Art house and main stream cinema. Light House is one of Dublin's most vibrant cultural spaces with 614 seats across 4 screens including a cafe and subterranean bar built into the framework of an underground car park. Our excellent presentation and unique programming style has earned us the reputation as one of the best cinemas in Ireland with accolades from the likes of the Guardian Film Awards (Highly Commended Best Cinema) and ARTINFO (Coolest Cinema in the World). Chill out in our bar before or after your movie or alternatively enjoy craft beers, wine and cocktails from our bar in screen.”
85 locals recommend