Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:45 am – 4:45 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Getting There: Dublin Bus routes No.’s 77a, 56a & 49
Admission: Adults – €4.50, Students and Senior Citizens – €3.50, Children under 12 yrs – €2.00
Enjoy a traditional Irish experience at the historic Dublin Castle. The typical 13th century castle was built in 1204 on a site previously settled by the Vikings. The castle functioned as a military fortress, prison, treasure, court of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Dublin Castle, which covers over 11 acres, is now used for State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. Visitors may explore the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Revenue Museum, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and a restaurant. Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only. Adults and children will be intrigued by this authentic castle and gain knowledge of Ireland’s rich and fascinating history.
Address: St James’s Gate Dublin 8
Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Getting There: Bus 123 from O’Connell Street
Admission: Adults – €16.20, Students and Senior Citizens – €14.50, Children 6-12 yrs – €6.50 (prices include a complimentary pint of Guinness for adults and a soft drink for children)
There’s nothing like drinking a Guinness in the heart of Ireland. There are seven floors of the Guinness Storehouse, all surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint glass. The first floor introduces the beer’s four ingredients (water, barley, hops and yeast) and the brewery’s founder Arthur Guinness. A master brewer guides you step by step through the brewing process. The next floors feature the history of Guinness advertising and include an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. Learn the craft of pouring the perfect pint on the fourth floor and even pour your very own. The Gravity Bar is located on the seventh floor with views of Dublin and complimentary Guinness pints and soft drinks for kids. Make sure to stop by the souvenir shop located on the ground floor for some unique Guinness memorabilia.
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Getting There: Buses: Nos. 25, 26, 46A, 66 / 66A / 66B, 67, 69
Admission: Adults – €16.50, Children – €11.80, Senior Citizens – €12.80, Children under 3yrs – Free
Unleash your wild side at Ireland’s largest zoo. Dublin Zoo, which opened in 1831, works in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of Earth’s endangered species. Covering approximately 70 acres of Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is divided into several habitats including the African Savanna, Asian Forests, Kaziranga Forest Trail, Gorilla Rainforest, House of Reptiles and many others. Nearly 400 animals from about 100 different species can be seen in the indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the zoo. Youngsters will love viewing and interacting with these amazing animals from all over the world.
Address: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Getting There: Bus Routes: No. 69, 79 from Aston Quay Dublin 2
Admission: Adults – €6.00, Children – €2.00
Explore one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Kilmainham covered some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland from the 1780s to the 1920s and imprisoned many leaders of Irish rebellions. Now empty of prisoners, Kilmainham is filled with history. Visitors get the insight of what it would have been like to be confined to jail during the 18th and 19th centuries. The visit includes a guided tour through an exhibit detailing the political and penal history of the prison. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by this eerie yet fascinating tour.