Whether visiting the iconic sights of Trinity College and Dublin Castle, or enjoying a pint (or three) at one of the many pubs dotted around the city, there is plenty to do in the bustling city of Dublin. Modern developments sit alongside Georgian architecture and cobbled streets, creating a wonderfully dynamic city. So here are our top five things to do while on holiday in the Emerald Isle's lively capital….
1. Pre-opening Tour of the Book of Kells in Trinity College
We can arrange for you to enjoy an exclusive out-of-hours tour to see the Book of Kells in the Trinity College Library. Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland and the library is also the largest in the country. Within the library, the Long Room is home to the Book of Kells, a ninth century biblical manuscript which contains all of the four Gospels of the New Testament. The beautiful wood-panelled library, with its floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelves, is a haven for any book-lover. After your exclusive tour, go on to explore the grounds of Trinity College and admire its cobbled squares and the signature bell tower.
2. Private storytelling (‘Seanchai’) in an Irish pub
Pubs are a huge part of Irish culture so it's almost a given that you will spend at least some time soaking up the atmosphere over a drink or two over the course of your time in Dublin. But to make the experience even more memorable, we can arrange for you to listen to tales of Irish folklore in one of the best pubs in Dublin. Order yourself a whiskey, or a pint of Guinness if you've acquired a taste for the black stuff by now, and sit back and listen to the Seanchai (storyteller) share insights into Irish life of days gone by and sing traditional Irish songs.
3. Private Tour of Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol is where some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history were imprisoned, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and Irish revolutionaries during the 1919-21 Anglo-Irish War. This prison has been abandoned since its closure in 1924 and you can now go on guided tours of its restored quarters. Within the prison there is also a museum dedicated to Irish Nationalism, where a huge number of objects have been donated to the collection, such as photographs, weaponry and uniforms. So this is a must for anyone interested in learning more about Ireland's troubled history. Top tip from us - wrap up warm if you plan on visiting the gaol in winter as it can be icy-cold inside.
4. Visit the Guinness Storehouse
Guinness is an iconic symbol of Ireland so you can't miss a trip to the Guinness Storehouse from your Dublin itinerary. In this seven-story converted grain storehouse, learn about the history of the brand, which stretches back over 250 years, and the family dynasty behind it. Enjoy a multi-sensory tasting experience where you are shown how to truly appreciate the distinctive flavour, as well as learning how to pour the perfect pint (a skill not everyone can master). When you reach the top floor you'll get to the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a pint or two of this famous stout while taking in the panoramic views of the city.
5. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
The Glasnevin Cemetery covers 124 acres of north Dublin and is an iconic national space. A number of central figures in Irish history are buried here, such as Michael Collins and Roger Casement, giving it great historical significance. There is also a museum on site which is well worth exploring. You can either explore the cemetery on your own or we can arrange a guided tour, ensuring you have someone on hand to impart their wisdom and answer any questions you may have. If you have Irish heritage, we can also organise a genealogist to come with you so you can discover your family history and find any relatives you may have that are buried there.