The city of Dublin, Irelands capital, is steeped in history and culture therefore has many interesting sights to see. Here we will take a look at some of the places you may wish to consider visiting when you stay in this beautiful city.
The Gravedigger Ghost Tour
This spine chilling tour is by bus from place to place, while participants will walk around the individual sites. The tour visits all the areas where Dublin’s plague victims and medieval dead are said to still roam, therefore enthusiasts of history, hauntings plus all things ghostly will simply love this expedition. Tour guides will fill visitors in on all the gory details as they travel around from spooky site to even spookier site!
Main areas visited on the tour include Bully’s Acre Cemetery, Dublin Castle where many major historical events have taken place over the centuries, The Gravediggers Pub, Kilmainham Jail built in the 1700’s, St Audoen’s Church famous for the phantom pig, all while listening to the knowledgable commentary of the spooky tour guide.
Liffey River Cruise
Travellers who would like to sit and take in Dublin’s beautiful scenery will surely enjoy The Liffey River Cruise that passes all the major Dublin sights of interest. The cruise takes around forty five minutes, has a professional commentary plus accomodates wheelchair users, children and senior citizens all in comfortable safe surroundings of a great covered cruising vessel. Tickets are charged at around £10.75 making it a trip well worth joining.
Dublin Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the city welcoming young and old throughout the year. There are many different species of animal to see at Dublin Zoo including Red Pandas, Polar Bears, Gorillas, Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Spider Monkeys, Mangabeys, Penguins, Wolves, really too many to list here plus we don’t want to spoil the suprise of what visitors can see on this great day out.
Dublin has one of the world’s oldest zoos and also has a comprehensive programme that involves endangered species and the international breeding programme. Educational programmes are run at the zoo too, while animal cams are available at the website if you wish to take a look at the animals in live circumstances.
National Wax Museum Plus
The Wax Museum is another very popular attraction in Dublin that sees thousands of visitors pass through its doors every year. This is no ordinary wax museum as a visit here is quite unique in that you are taken on a trip through Irelands history all portrayed in wax, while some exhibits are also interactive.
The National Wax Museum has a childrens zone, a historical area, green screen video room and much more making it a great day out for all the family. Those of us who like a little gore will love visiting the chamber of horrors that features such waxworks as Hannibal Lector and Dracula. A family ticket for two adults with two children is priced at 32 Euros making it an affordable attraction for most visitors.
When we think of enjoying a drink in Ireland we immediately think of Guinness as it is the true tipple of the Irish none more so than the people of Dublin. Travellers simply cannot visit Dublin without taking a trip to see the famous Guinness Storehouse. Guinness was created over two hundred and fifty years ago therefore has a really interesting history that can be learned on this visit culminating in a complimentary drink of the dark nectar when the tour is over.
Watch how the drink is brewed while listening to its amazing journey from its origins until the present day. Tickets are available at special online rates so why not take a look and book in advance for this unique visitor experience.
St Patricks Cathedral
This historic cathedral is a must see for visitors to Dublin. Architecturally is is amazing dating from 1220, while regular services are still held on a daily basis here including sung services. St Patricks named after the saint himself has further claims to fame in that Jonathan Swift the writer was dean here from 1713 to 1745, while today it is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland.
Visitors are charged for entry when sight seeing and not attending a service, which is fair enough as all proceeds go to the upkeep of the cathedral. Two adults plus two children ticket is fifteen Euros.
Dublinia houses three exhibitions making it one of the most popular places to visit while staying in Dublin. The History Hunters exhibition has an excavation site, Viking Dublin has a Viking House plus a Medieval Fair, while Medieval Dublin deals with the plague plus death and disease that raveaged the city at the time.
Learn how the Vikings lived, their clothing and weapons by walking down a replica Viking street. See the sights, hear the sounds and smell the odours of Medieval Dublin by walking down a Medieval street, while the Viking History Hunters area deals with artefacts throughout the ages and even has a Viking skeleton on display. Great for children and adults alike a visit to Dublinia is highly recommended.
The National Leprachaun Museum
This superb museum pays tribute to the mythical leprachaun making visits to the museum both fun and informative. The museum consists of twelve interactive experiences that will take you through the magical world of leprachauns and how they came about in folklore thousands of years ago.
One minute visitors are in leprachaun world where everything is on a huge scale the next they will be up to date watching how leprachauns have captivated audiences on film and tv over the years. The National Leprachaun Museum is a superb day out for all the family young and old, while the evening interactive story telling performance is strictly for adults as it looks at the darker side of leprachaun folklore.