There is so much to do in Dublin, it it tough to know the essential from the not. This is particularly important for tourists on weekend breaks when time is precious.
The best way to see the most of Dublin and to get a good taste of the culture and heritage is to take an open top bus tour. For many it can seem very cheesy but so much can be covered in a short period of time it is well worth it. It is also a great way to learn your way around the city. Dublin bus offer a hop on – hop off 24 hour ticket.
One of the first things you think of when you think of Dublin is Guinness and the Guinness Storehouse Tour. There you will learn the history of Guinness in Ireland through this self-guided tour in multiple languages finishing up in the famous Gravity bar located in the brewery with its 360 views of the Dublin Skyline. A real must.
For a real dose of culture and history there is no better place than Dublin castle. Located 10 min from Grafton Street Dublin Castle up until 1922 was the headquarters or British rule in Ireland. Taken over by the Freestate of Ireland in 1922 it is now home to the majority of State banquets and the Presidential inaugurations. Guided tours are available to traverse this vast historical venue and gives you a real taste of how Dublin has evolved since the Normans landed way back when.
For anyone interested in sport, Croke Park museum, is a great way to learn and have fun with Ireland’s national games housed inside Croke Park itself. This interactive tour not only recalls the history of Irish sport and its political links but also gives visitors a real taste for both Irish Football and Hurling.
Dublin Zoo, housed inside the biggest city park (Phoenix park) in Europe is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Public transport is available to Phoenix park. Do not make the mistake of getting off at the entrance to the park and thinking the zoo is close. The zoo entrance is roughly 5 km from the front gates. As mentioned the zoo is located within the Phoenix park which itself is home to much wildlife including families of deer which run wild throughout the park. the zoo itself has the usual mix of animals and real family favourite.
I hope this is helpful to you and if you want to suggest other places please do, or if you have any questions on the places I mention just ask.