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Best things to do in Dublin

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Victorian flower gardens. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be viewed or pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more. The Glen Pond is set in very scenic surrounds in the Furry Glen. There are many walks and cycle trails available to the public.”
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“Brewery experience telling the tale of Ireland's famous beer, with tastings and a rooftop bar.”
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“A favourite amongst Dubliners, this public park is beautiful and an oasis in the city. It can get very busy when the weather is good. ”
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“Booking your tickets 2 weeks in advance is strongly recommended! The jail symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. It should not be forgotten however that, as a county gaol, Kilmainham held thousands of ordinary men, women, and children. Their crimes ranged from petty offenses such as stealing food to more serious crimes such as murder or rape. Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held here for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.”
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“Take a tour of the Jameson Distillery and find out how Irish Whiskey is made.”
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Farmers Market
“20 minutes away from the Lodge the wonderful Fishing village of Howth, lots to see and great restaurants ”
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Irish Pub
“Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is Irelands oldest pub. There is a palpable sense of history within these timeworn walls. If you are looking for the true Irish pub experience then The Brazen Head should be your first port of call. Walking distance from the Guinness Storehouse!”
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“If you're coming to Dublin this is a must see place. If you don't know it you need more research. About 30 mins by car. But you'll be drinking so plan to take the Luas (Tram) or Bus This place is world famous and theres alot going on so give yourself time here to do it all.”
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Government Building
“Dublin Castle is one of the more curious castles we've been to. A mash of architectural styles from the past 800 years makes this castle quite interesting visually. The castle tour is relatively cheap (€10-€12 for adults) and on it you'll see the River Poddle (now deep underground), a river which used to flow into the Liffey, causing a small, dark tidal pool. The name Dublin comes from the early Irish "dubh linn" which means "black pool". The Dubhlinn Garden, around the back of the castle, sits atop the former site of this tidal pool.”
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“This stunning gothic cathedral has been a Dublin landmark for nearly a thousand years. As well as being the home church of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, who was the Dean here from 1713 - 1745, it's also the final resting place of Strongbow (1130-1176), known for his leading role in the Norman invasion of Ireland. A statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, grandson of the Guinness Brewery founder Arthur Guinness, stands outside -- he financed a major renovation of the cathedral in the mid-1860s. Entrance is €7 for adults, €6 for students and seniors.”
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Pedestrian Plaza
“Best Shopping area in Dublin. Favorites are of course Brown Thomas, Otehr Stories and the new White Company”
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Art Museum
“The Irish Museum of Modern Art is worth checking out (even if you're not an art lover the grounds are stunning). I'd recommend combining IMMA and a trip to Kilmainham Gaol as they are just across the street from each other. "IMMA’s home is the extraordinary historical site of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Our programme extends beyond the gallery space, activating the beautiful grounds and buildings of the entire campus. A visit to IMMA can include time to discover, connect and reflect in our galleries, grounds, formal gardens, meadows, café or shop. You’ll find important info to inform your visit below. We look forward to welcoming you to IMMA".”
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Irish Pub
“Good for beers and for live music. There are always sessions on over the weekend so look them up. Nice atmosphere, quite local, some tourists, but not over crowded.”
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Soccer Stadium
“Home to Irish Rugby and Football. 30 minute Dart from Shankill train station. ”
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“Good conditions for most animals. Plenty of space. Go mid-week. Very busy weekends in summer. Bring a picnic. Long Day!”
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“Its our version of Times Square so nice to visit and stroll around and go for a pint of Guinness...or 2...”
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