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National Concert Hall


Dublin's main venue for orchestral music was established in 1981, in the Great Hall of what was then University College Dublin. It retains the bland flavour...

Earlsfort Terrace

National Print Museum

Critics' choice

Surprisingly enough, this display of printing equipment is not, in fact, mind-numbingly boring - which is a feat in itself. Truth be told, it's positively...

Garrison Chapel

Number 31


Set in one of the city's most fashionable locales, this unique guesthouse is a real find, combining modern design with an almost rural tranquillity. Most of...

31 Leeson Close

Number Twenty-Nine


This restored 18th-century merchant house is presented as a middle-class dwelling circa 1790-1820. It stands proudly on the corner of one of the most...

29 Fitzwilliam Street Lower


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Take a Luas to the old Harcourt Street station. The impressive façade of the Odeon is a sign of what to expect once inside. There aren't too many seats, but...

57 Harcourt Street


Bars & pubs, Music

Impromptu jam sessions are a staple here, and outfits like the Dubliners play regularly. While the music really pulls in the tourists, O'Donoghue's really...

15 Merrion Row

Oscar Wilde House

Attractions, Museums

Really somewhere that most people will observe from the outside, as the house is only open for viewings for large groups. A major refurb has left it looking...

American College Dublin
Major venue


Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Great attention to detail that has gone into the design of this elegant little restaurant, with its prettily upholstered furniture, its discreet modern art,...

20 Merrion Street Upper

Peppercanister Gallery


In a basement space just off Mount Street, this gallery is a family-run affair with an informal yet highly polished atmosphere. Its artists (mainly Irish)...

3 Herbert Street

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Looking every bit as stellar as its two Michelin étoiles would suggest, Guilbaud's is pretty much the top table in town (although you may find it hard to...

The Merrion Hotel

Royal Hibernian Academy

Critics' choice

Utterly transformed after a year of closure, the Royal Hibernian Academy reopened in late 2008 as a smart, sleek new gallery complete with a suite of...

15 Ely Place


Bars & pubs

While all around it, pubs bow to the pressure to refurbish and change direction, Searson's sticks to its guns and its rather lovely classic Victorian decor....

42-44 Baggot Street Upper


Bars & pubs

Close to the banks of the Grand Canal, Smyth's is a real neighbourhood pub with a disarmingly laid-back atmosphere. Though an ill-considered renovation a...

10 Haddington Road


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

An attractive spot to come to before hitting the clubs along the Camden Street strip, Solas, itself just north on Wexford Street, is trendy yet easy going....

31 Wexford Street


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

One of the city's best DJ bars, Solas is still a good spot at which to kick off your night. Renowned for its sunny rooftop bar, the vibe at this Camden...

31 Wexford Street