Once in Dublin, the best thing is to head out and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of our colourful everyday life. Since we are so well located, you won't need a car to explore the city as most of the main attractions are reachable by foot or by public transport. The city centre is bursting with charming pubs, galleries, theatres, parks or restaurants with international cuisine, and it would be a shame to miss some of Dublin's most famous landmarks. Please have a look at some of our suggestions here and for more details, ask our friendly reception team who will be more than happy to give tips that will suit your preferences.
1. O’Connell Street
We are located just off the city’s main thoroughfare, which has enjoyed a complete renovation recently including the addition of the contemporary and striking ‘Spire’ as it’s the new centrepiece. O’Connell Street is situated in the very heart of Dublin city with adjoining roads serving many of the capital’s main attractions such as Trinity College, Temple Bar and Dublin’s main retail high streets, Grafton St. and Henry St. making it an ideal meeting place for all tourists. Temple Bar – the city’s central quarter for eating, drinking and browsing the markets, shops and cobble-stoned streets. It is very popular with tourists and only a five-minute walk from the hotel.
2. General Post Office (GPO)
Built in 1818, the GPO became a symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising. Inside the building is a sculpture of the legendary Irish warrior Cuchulainn, dedicated to those who died for their part in the Easter Rising. This important piece of Irish history is less than a minute away from the hotel situated halfway down O’ Connell Street.
3. James Joyce Cultural Centre
Located just around the corner from the hotel, near Parnell Square and the Dublin Writers Museum, this Joycean centre gives literary enthusiasts one more reason to visit Dublin’s. The newly restored James Joyce Cultural Centre is a 1784 Georgian townhouse contains various exhibits, an archive, and a reference library.
4. Dublin Writers Museum
They are situated in a magnificent eighteenth-century mansion just around the corner from the Academy Plaza. The collection features the lives and works of Ireland’s most significant literary genius. Dublin is famous as a city of writers and literature, and the Dublin Writers Museum is an essential visit for anyone who wants to discover, explore or enjoy Dublin’s immense literary heritage.
5. GAA Museum, Croke Park
Located in Ireland’s premier sports stadium, Croke Park situated within a 10-minute walk from the Academy Plaza, this museum plots the history and culture of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) since its establishment. It is a must for anyone interested in Irish culture or sport.
The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience. It will guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. EPIC is a 15-minute walk from the Academy Plaza Hotel.
The Dublinia exhibition in Christ Church Cathedral covers the formative period of Dublin’s history from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the closure of the monasteries in the 1540s. There are many exhibits which include videos, models and reconstructions, and some historical reconstructions. All in all, Dublinia is an exciting and enjoyable experience is for any tourist.
8. Kilmainham Gaol
Built in 1792, it is Ireland’s most famous disused prison. Throughout the years the prison held many famous Nationalists and Republicans. The leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed here. The prison was closed in 1924 and tours now run in the building give a good insight into the history of Irish Republicanism. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open all year round, except for 24th, 25th and 26th December.
9. Dublin Castle
This complex represented some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city and was the centre of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries until it was taken over by the Irish Free State in 1922. Highlights include the 13th-century record tower and the State Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys, including the inauguration of Ireland’s presidents. The castle is only a 13-minute walk from the hotel and is the perfect way to experience some of Dublin’s heritage. Plan your visit here.
10. Grafton Street
No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to Dublin’s premier shopping strip. From small boutiques to large department stores including Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, & Brown Thomas, Grafton Street is a haven for all those retail addicts.
12. The Little Museum of Dublin
Located just next to St.Steven Green park; The little museum tells the story of the Irish capital. The collection was created entirely by public donations, entry to the museum is by guided tour.
13. St. Stephens Green Park
Located at the top end of Grafton Street, take a stroll through this oasis of calm and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city. Enjoy a break by the lake and watch the swans and ducks swim.
14. Trinity College
Attracting half a million visitors every year this is one of Ireland’s leading historical sites. The university is Ireland’s oldest and located on 40 acres of rich architecture and open green space. The Book of Kells is a 9th century manuscript of the gospels and is on display here. Trinity College is only a five-minute walk for guests at the Academy Plaza hotel.
15. Guinness Storehouse
St. James Gate, Dublin 8 - The home of Guinness. It is Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. Follow the history of Guinness and experience the process first hand. Then relax with a complimentary pint of the black in Gravity Bar – the highest bar in Dublin, with 360-degree views over the city. The Guinness Storehouse is easily accessible by bus from the hotel.
16. The Old Jameson Distillery
Only a short journey away from Academy Plaza on the LUAS, the Old Jameson Distillery set in the heart of the capital, captures the imagination and spirit of Ireland. Expert guides lead visitors through the fascinating story of Jameson, the world’s preferred quality whiskey. The tour includes following the path of the different stages in the distilling process and concludes with whiskey tasting in the Jameson bar.
17. Phoenix Park / Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park is the largest municipal park within a city’s limits in the world. A beautiful place to visit full of flora and fauna and home to wild deer. Set amid the park is Dublin Zoo – established in 1830, this is the third-oldest zoo in the world. This 12-hectare (30 acres) zoo provides a naturally landscaped habitat for more than 235 species of wild animals and tropical birds. Highlights for youngsters include the Children’s Pets’ Corner and a train ride around the zoo.