Top things to do in Dublin

Top Choice Library in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

Old Library & Book of Kells

Trinity's greatest treasures are found within the Old Library, built by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732. The star of the show is the Book of Kells, a breathtaking, illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels of th…
Top Choice Museum in North of the Liffey

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Once the world’s largest military barracks, this splendid early neoclassical grey-stone building on the Liffey’s northern banks was completed in 1704 according to the design of Thomas Burgh (he of Trinity College's …
Top Choice Brewery in Kilmainham & the Liberties

Guinness Storehouse

The most popular visit in town is this multimedia homage to Guinness in a converted grain storehouse that is part of the 26-hectare brewery. Across its seven floors you'll discover everything about Guinness before g…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

Trinity College

Ireland’s most prestigious university is a 16th-century bucolic retreat in the heart of the city. Ambling about its cobbled squares, it’s easy to imagine it in those far-off days when all good gentlemen (for they we…
Top Choice Gallery in North of the Liffey

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Whatever reputation Dublin has as a repository of world-class art has a lot to do with the simply stunning collection at this exquisite gallery, housed in the equally impressive Charlemont House, designed by William…
Top Choice Museum in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

Chester Beatty Library

This world-famous library in the grounds of Dublin Castle houses the collection of mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968), bequeathed to the Irish State on his death. Spread over two floors, the breat…
Top Choice Museum in Merrion Square & Georgian Dublin

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Established in 1877 as the primary repository of the nation's cultural and archaeological treasures, this is the country's most important museum. The original 1890 building is where you'll find stunning Celtic metal…
Top Choice Museum in Merrion Square & Georgian Dublin

National Gallery

A magnificent Caravaggio and a breathtaking collection of works by Jack B Yeats – William Butler's younger brother – are the main reasons to visit the National Gallery, but not the only ones. Its excellent collectio…
Top Choice Museum in Kilmainham & the Liberties

Kilmainham Gaol

If you have any desire to understand Irish history – especially the long-running resistance to British rule – then a visit to this former prison is an absolute must. A threatening grey building, built in 1796, it's …
Top Choice French in Merrion Square & Georgian Dublin

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

This Michelin two-star is understandably considered the best in the country by its devotees, who proclaim Guillaume Lebrun's French haute cuisine the most exalted expression of the culinary arts. If you like formal …