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Things to do in Dublin - Dublin Attractions

Once in Dublin, the best thing is to head out and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of our colourful everyday life. With our location so central, 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.

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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 vital piece of Irish history is less than a minute away from the hotel situated halfway down O’ Connell Street.

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 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. 

Kilmainham Gaol

Built in 1792, it is Ireland’s most famous disused prison. Throughout the years the prison held many prominent Nationalists and Republicans. The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed here. 

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. 

St. Stephen's 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.  

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.  

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.  

The Jameson Distillery Bow St

Only a short journey away from Academy Plaza on the LUAS, the Jameson Distillery Bow St is set in the heart of the capital, captures the imagination and spirit of Ireland. 

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.  

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