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Top Choice Park in Dublin

Phoenix Park

Measuring 709 glorious hectares, Phoenix Park is one of the world’s largest city parks; you’ll find MP3-rigged joggers, grannies pushing buggies, ladies walking poodles, gardens, lakes, a sporting oval, and 300 deer…
Top Choice Historic Building in County Laois

Emo Court

The unusual, green-domed Emo Court is an impressive house, designed in 1790 by James Gandon, architect of Dublin's Custom House.The extensive grounds with their impressive Greek statues, contain more than 1000 diffe…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in County Offaly

Clara Bog Nature Reserve

It's the quiet that sounds the loudest at this magical preserved landscape: water courses, birds chirp, insects buzz and more. A 1km-loop boardwalk leads from a parking area 4km south of Clara. Look for tiny wildflo…
Museum in Dublin

Casino at Marino

It's not the roulette-wheel kind of casino but rather the original Italian kind, the one that means 'summer home' (it literally means 'small house'), and this particular casino is one of the most enchanting construc…
Shopping Centre in Dublin

Dundrum Town Centre

Modern Ireland's grandest retail cathedral is this huge shopping and entertainment complex in the southern suburb of Dundrum. Over 100 retail outlets are represented.
Historic Building in Dublin

Áras an Uachtaráin

The residence of the Irish president is a Palladian lodge that was built in 1751 and enlarged a couple of times since, most recently in 1816. Tickets for the free one-hour tours (hourly 10am to 4pm Saturday) can be …
Museum in Dublin

Croke Park Experience

This museum is all about the history and importance of Gaelic sports in Ireland and the role of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) as the stout defender of a proud cultural identity. It helps if you're a sporting…
Zoo in Dublin

Dublin Zoo

Established in 1831, the 28-hectare Dublin Zoo just north of the Hollow is one of the oldest in the world. It is well known for its lion-breeding program, which dates back to 1857, and includes among its offspring t…
Architectural in Dublin


Another splendid feather in architect James Gandon’s cap, this fine Georgian-Victorian pile, once part of the Guinness estate, was restored to immaculate standard by the state in 2001. Only the ground floor, with a …
Cemetery in Dublin

Glasnevin Cemetery

The tombstones at Ireland's largest and most historically important burial site read like a 'who's who' of Irish history, as most of the leading names of the last 150 years are buried here, including Daniel O'Connel…