Sample the Guinness Storehouse: nothing welcomes you to Dublin like a taste of its most famous export, so get the ultimate Guinness experience while learning about its history. The brewery tour even lets you pour your own pint.
Visit Dublin’s animals: not everybody knows Dublin is home to a world-class zoo. Sat in the picturesque Phoenix Park, it’s among the world’s oldest and protects many endangered species, from big cats, monkeys and elephants to sea lions and snakes.
Shop until you drop: along with Henry Street, Grafton Street is the focal point of Dublin shopping and a hive for innovative buskers from far and wide.
Absorb the history, fast: when time’s scarce, there’s no better whistle-stop guide to The Fair City than The Little Museum of Dublin. Exactly how the hugely popular half-hour tours manage to cover so much is a wonder in itself.
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Marvel at Christ Church Cathedral: the spiritual heart of the city has a mind-blowing interior and its medieval crypt is the earliest surviving structure in the city – with fascinating relics like a mummified cat and rat.
Trace some roots: there’s no better way to hear stories that shaped the Ireland of today than a trip to Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum, voted Best Cultural Experience 2015/16 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards.
Enjoy the craic: for an authentic Irish night out head to Temple Bar, an area known for itshearty selection of well-stocked pubs and bars, most of which showcase traditional live music.
Tread the boards: have a unique theatrical experience by grabbing a light lunch and matinee performance at the intimate Bewley’s Lunchtime Theatre.
Experience Gaelic Games: get hands on with cultureat this sports centre, where you can learn hurling, Gaelic football and even a spot of dance.
A perfect option for outdoor-types, the beautiful Dublin Mountains are easily accessible by car or bus from the heart of the city.
Head out to Bray, just 19km south of Dublin, for an authentic Irish seaside experience. The town is also home to the first Porterhouse bar, specialising in home-brewed ales.
Dublin has over 1,000 friendly pubs to try, but you’ll struggle to beat the warmth of the historic Stag’s Head. Also worth a visit is the Brazen Head, billed as the city’s oldest, and Mulligan’s – a favourite of James Joyce.