There are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin, from hiking to whiskey tasting and much more in between. If you’re you’re looking for suggestions on what to do in Dublin then you’ve come to the right place because we have fifteen incredible options here for you to choose from, indoor and outdoor.
Dublin tourist attractions are not the only things that can be enjoyed in the city and there are plenty of other places to visit in Dublin. Even if you’ve lived here for years, or all your life, there will be things on this list that you haven’t experienced before.
1. Visit one of our many amazing museums
Dublin is brimming with museums, from The Irish Immigration Museum to the stunning Chester Beatty where you’ll find rare manuscripts. You can check out our comprehensive list of the best museums in Dublin for a little inspiration in Dublin city centre and further afield.
2. See the Wallabies on Lambay Island
That’s right, Dublin has its very own troupe of wallabies! It’s strange to see marsupials hopping around on the green grass of Lambay Island but a trip to see them has to be one of the best things to do in Dublin. Want to know why these furry Australasian animals have made their home in Ireland? You can read all about it here.
3. Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s artwork
One absolute Dublin must see right now is Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. This truly innovative exhibition combines the artwork of Dutch Golden Age artistic genius Vincent Van Gogh with the most impressive technology.
It harnesses the power of virtual reality and cutting edge projection technology to bring works like Starry Night and Sunflowers to life. You seriously can’t afford to miss it and you can grab tickets for the exhibition here.
4. Take a treetop walk
Beyond The Trees has just opened in Avondale and already it’s one of the top things to do in Dublin. There you can travel up to the top of a spiraling wooden structure that takes you above the trees. It’s completely wheelchair accessible and once you’re done gazing out at the woods there’s a slide to take you to the bottom. Read more about it here.
5. Stroll around a park
Dublin’s full of beautiful parks, so why not take advantage of them? Phoenix Park is definitely one of the best places to visit in Dublin, with plenty of wildlife such as fallow deer roaming around its 707 hectares. Check out of list of Dublin’s best parks.
6. Enjoy a tasty afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is one of life’s great joys and you can enjoy it whatever the weather. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best afternoon teas in Dublin and there’s something for everybody – from afternoon tea aboard a vintage bus to afternoon tea that’s entirely pink. You can read about these great afternoon tea offerings here.
6. Sip some incredible cocktails
Alternatively, you can gulp them, it’s up to you. However, you might want to pace yourself because there are plenty of amazing cocktail bars in Dublin and, lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best. Why not make it into a bar crawl and sample the absolute top tipples in Dublin? Check out our top picks here.
7. Get some expert wine advice
Did you know that there are tons of fantastic wine bars in Dublin? If you’re into wine, or would like to start a bit of a wine tasting journey then Dublin is a great place to do it. Here’s our list of the 10 best wine bars in Dublin and when it comes to fun things to do in Dublin, wine tasting is definitely a contender for top spot.
8. Bathe in the glow of a Candlelight Concert
Candlelight Concerts have come to Dublin and there’s nothing else quite like these stunning shows. You can expect beautiful music played by string quartets or pianists by the light of hundreds of candles at some of the most stunning venues in Dublin.
These Candlelight Concerts are perfect for date nights and you can even buy gift certificates for loved ones. Check out the full list of Candlelight concerts, including those which are festive themed, dedicated to the music of Taylor Swift, U2 and much more here.
9. Whiskey Tasting At Jameson’s Distillery
Jameson’s whiskey distillery dates back to 1780, so it’s packed with tasty whiskey history and you can book a guided tour for just €25.50 per person. You’ll get to taste a variety of whiskeys alongside experts and discover how whiskey is made. Book your tasting session here.
10. Check out the springtime cherry blossom
When the trees begin to bloom and the air fills with the scent of gorgeous, pink cherry blossom you know it’s officially springtime. There are plenty of great places in Dublin to enjoy it and a stroll through one of the best cherry blossom spots in Dublin is completely free!
11. See a show at Abbey Theatre
We are so lucky in Dublin to have Abbey Theatre – the national theatre of Ireland. It’s nearly 120 years old and very much an integral part of Ireland’s cultural identity, being the first state-subsidised theatre in the English speaking world.
At Abbey Theatre you can enjoy classics like Shakespeare alongside reinterpretations of classics and modern theatre productions. You can read more about it and book tickets here.
12. Visit The Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is a classic tourist activity but locals should not underestimate the value of visiting – it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Dublin and you can really make a day of it. In a few years the area around the storehouse could be transformed into a new Guinness Quarter, making the area more lively than ever.
There are loads of fun things to do at the storehouse and tour prices vary, ranging from €26 per person to €80, depending on what you want to do. You can read all about them and book tickets here.
13. Explore the best restaurants in Temple Bar
Temple Bar is often littered with rowdy stag and hen parties but it is possible to avoid the touristy spots and see past the crowds of people. After all, Dubliners should be able to enjoy the area as much as anybody else and we’ve compiled a list of delicious Temple Bar restaurants where you can enjoy great food right in the centre of Dublin.
15. Kayak with seals around Dalkey Island
So there you have it, fifteen top things to do in Dublin city centre and beyond. With this list you’ll never be bored in the city and every change of the seasons brings other opportunities to explore a place full of fun things to do.