An evocative way to bring Ireland’s history to life, Kilmainham Gaol makes for an ideal start to a Dublin trip – everything from street names to the Irish diaspora will make more sense afterwards. Presented with both darkness and light, the 90-minute tour shows where Irish rebels like Patrick Pearse, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett were locked up and executed, and on another note, where ‘The Italian Job’ was filmed.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, those fond of a tipple will immediately feel at home in the Irish capital. From factory tours to historic bars and pubs, some of the most significant attractions in Dublin will have you knocking back whiskey and Guinness in no time. But there’s more to having fun here than simply getting pissed. Some of the most worthwhile sights must be the museums that dive into Dublin’s sometimes dark past – like Kilmainham Gaol, the Famine Memorial or Glasnevin Cemetery. And the Fair City also has no shortage of compelling art museums, parks, outdoor sculptures and other points of interest. When it comes to the real must-sees in Dublin, here’s our pick of the bunch.
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