Get a feel for the conditions in which prisoners lived – and died – at this former jail. Hear stories of the rebel leaders and Irish Republicans imprisoned at Kilmainham, and the key role the prison has played in Irish history. It’s just outside the city centre and nearby you’ll also find the Irish Museum of Modern Art and, if you fancy something to eat, neighbourhood favourites Storyboard and Union 8.
Whether you’re in town for a raucous weekend or a relaxed and cultured week, Dublin has plenty to offer the agenda-less tourist. Small(ish), but perfectly formed, the Irish capital is home to fascinating museums, galleries and arts venues – plus it's enjoyably easy to cover on foot. If you’re here during early October each year, we recommend checking out the annual theatre festival, where you’ll find excellent offerings from international creatives and homegrown artistic geniuses. You can also explore the city’s delicious food scene, visit the castle and – if you’ve got time – venture slightly further afield and conquer a mountain. Have fun!