Dublin in detail

Dublin is known for

Traditional Pubs

Kehoe’s Beautiful traditional pub with elegant Victorian bar beloved of locals and visitors alike.

John Mulligan's This historic place has featured in films and is synonymous with the quiet, ticking-clock style of the Dublin pub.

Fallon’s Great neighbourhood bar at the edge of the Liberties frequented by locals and hipsters in the know.

John Kavanagh’s It’s worth the trek to the north Dublin suburb of Glasnevin for this traditional classic.

Stag’s Head The most picturesque of Dublin’s traditional bars hasn’t changed a jot since it was remodelled in 1895.

Toner’s Flagstone floors and an old-style bar make this a favourite boozer for the local business crowd.

Old Royal Oak Traditional pub in the western suburb of Kilmainham beloved of aficionados of the classic pub experience.

Walshs Wonderful local pub frequented by old men in flat caps and young arty types in…flat caps.

Modern Bars

Bow Lane Late-night cocktail lounge with an industrial art deco design but the dark, moody atmosphere of a '50s Vegas bar.

Farrier & Draper Prohibition-era cool in the decadent surroundings of an 18th-century Georgian mansion.

Vintage Cocktail Club A little oasis in the madness of Temple Bar, serving expert cocktails in cosy, 1920s-inspired rooms.

House A beautiful bar in a gorgeous Georgian home, with a garden in the middle of it.

Square Ball Craft beers, a vintage arcade, board games and sports – this cool bar has something for everyone.

Liquor Rooms Basement boozer with an impressive cocktail menu, lots of nooks and crannies and excellent music.

The Oak A 1920s-style bar that oozes elegance from its handsome leather booths and high-backed blue velvet chairs.

Traditional Music

Cobblestone The best pub in Dublin for hearing good traditional music, both old-style and contemporary.

O’Donoghue’s Folk music’s unofficial HQ during the 1960s, O'Donoghue's still hosts regular sessions of traditional music.

Ha’Penny Bridge Inn A regular session of ballads, folk and traditional music takes place on Sunday nights.

Devitt’s This buzzy pub has open sessions in which anyone can play – so long as you’re really good at playing traditional music.

Oliver St John Gogarty Sessions here may be strictly for tourists, but they’re performed by some excellent musicians.

Irish History

Kilmainham Gaol Ireland’s troubled and bloody struggle for independence is revealed in a visit to this historic jail.

Glasnevin Cemetery Almost everyone who was anyone in the last two centuries of Irish history is interred at this cemetery.

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour A detailed and informative walking tour of all the sites and stories associated with the Easter Rising.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum This interactive museum explores the story of emigration and the diaspora.

Irish Family History Centre The ideal place to begin – or further – your exploration of your own Irish family history.

14 Henrietta Street The history of Dublin as told through the story of one of its Georgian houses.

Jeanie Johnston An exact replica of a 19th-century Famine ship that sailed across the Atlantic.

Admiring Art

Irish Museum of Modern Art Art from the 20th and 21st centuries on its walls, amid elegant surroundings and beautiful gardens.

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Impressionist masterpieces and Francis Bacon’s actual studio, reconstructed piece by exacting piece.

National Gallery Home of the Irish State’s art collection, including a Caravaggio and a whole room dedicated to Jack B Yeats.

Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Gallagher Gallery Privately run gallery where installations, sound pieces and other treats complement the contemporary paintings.

City Assembly House Dublin's original art gallery stages occasional exhibitions in its beautiful main room.

Museum Meanders

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology The country’s most important cultural institution, with sacred historical treasures.

Chester Beatty Library Breathtaking collection of sacred books and objets d’art from the Middle East and Asia.

Little Museum of Dublin Tells the story of Dublin in the 20th century through photographs and objects.

Museum of Natural History The Dead Zoo’s collection has hardly changed since 1857.

National Print Museum May sound dull, but is anything but – if you've any interest in the printed word then it's a memorable visit.

Live Gigs

Workman’s Club A great spot for left-of-centre stuff, from electronica to alt rock and beardy folk music.

Whelan’s The spiritual home of the singer-songwriter, this terrifically intimate venue allows you to get up close and personal.

Vicar Street A midsized venue that generally hosts soul, folk and world music.

3 Arena The place to see your favourite touring international superstar, along with 23,000 others.

Wigwam First-class DJs do their thing in the basement bar.

Button Factory A good mix of live music and DJs at this Temple Bar venue.

Markets & Shopping

Powerscourt Townhouse The city’s most elegant shopping centre, selling everything from hand-crafted leather bags to hats by Irish designers.

George’s Street Arcade Beneath the arches of this Victorian arcade you'll find everything from secondhand LPs to patchouli oil.

Temple Bar Food Market The best gourmet food market in town is the place to sample all kinds of goodies.

Ulysses Rare Books Rare books, maps and first editions are found in this beautiful bookshop, which specialises in Irish titles.

Irish Design Shop Irish crafts, from jewellery to kitchenware, that make for excellent local mementos or gifts.

Article Imaginative and elegant collection of homewares and gift ideas, from egg cups to posters.

Eating Out

Chapter One Michelin-starred and beloved by its regulars, this is one of the best restaurants in town.

Banyi Japanese Dining If you want authentic Japanese cuisine, look no further than this sensational restaurant in Temple Bar.

Greenhouse One Michelin star hardly does justice to the superb Scandi-Irish cuisine of this wonderful restaurant.

Clanbrassil House A cosy neighbourhood restaurant turning out some of the city's finest food.

Etto Superb, modern interpretations of Italian fare.

Fish Shop The best seafood restaurant in town works only with the freshest catch.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud For the ultimate splash-out meal, this is arguably the best restaurant in Ireland.

Literary Locations

Marsh’s Library Founded in 1701, Ireland’s oldest library is home to more than 25,000 books and manuscripts dating back to the 1400s.

Old Library Trinity College is home to the world’s most famous illuminated Gospels and the breathtaking Long Room library.

Dublin Writers Museum Dublin’s literary heritage is explored through writers’ personal possessions, scribblings and memorabilia.

Bloomsday Edwardian gear is de rigueur on 16 June if you want to celebrate Dublin’s unique tribute to James Joyce.

James Joyce Cultural Centre A fascinating flavour of Joyce's Edwardian heyday intermingled with some excellent films on the author's life and work.

Green Spaces

St Stephen's Green The city's favourite sun trap, with every blade of its manicured lawns occupied by lounge lizards and lunchers.

Merrion Square Perfectly raked paths meander by beautifully maintained lawns and flower beds.

Phoenix Park Dublin's biggest park, home to deer, the zoo, the president and the US ambassador.

Iveagh Gardens Delightful, slightly dishevelled gardens hidden behind St Stephen's Green.

War Memorial Gardens The best-kept open secret in town are these magnificent gardens by the Liffey.

Herbert Park This extensive park is one of the most popular green lungs south of the Liffey.

Georgian Buildings

Leinster House Richard Cassels built this home for the Duke of Leinster; it's now the home of the Irish parliament.

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Formerly Charlemont House, Lord Charlemont's city dwelling, this was one of the city's finest Georgian homes.

Powerscourt Townhouse Once home to the third Viscount Powerscourt, Robert Mack's beautiful building is now a popular shopping centre.

Four Courts The home of the highest courts in the land is the joint effort of Thomas Cooley and James Gandon.

Custom House James Gandon announced his arrival in Dublin with this architectural stunner.

Bank of Ireland Now housing a bank, this building was designed by Edward Lovett Pearce for the Irish parliament.

Free Stuff

Bank of Ireland The world’s first purpose-built parliament building; free entry to the surviving House of Lords.

Irish Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Irish and international art is housed in the elegant, airy expanse of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology The primary repository of the nation’s archaeological treasures.

National Gallery Home to 15,000 paintings and sculpture, including a wonderful Caravaggio.

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History The building, formerly the world’s largest military barracks, is as impressive as the collection it houses.

Trinity College No trip to Dublin is complete without a wander through the grounds of Trinity.

Forty Foot Pool An open-air, seawater bathing pool.

Glasnevin Cemetery The final resting place for many names from Irish history.

Phoenix Park This huge park houses the president, the American ambassador, the zoo and a herd of fallow deer.

Chester Beatty Library The city's foremost small museum is a treasure trove of ancient books and other gorgeous objets d'art.