Dublin Attractions

The Central Hotel is within close proximity to all the main Dublin city tourist attractions. View our Dublin City Hotels Video to see all that our hotel and Dublin City has to offer!

THE BOOK OF KELLS & TRINITY COLLEGE

This popular attraction is located only five minutes walk from the Central Hotel Dublin. The Book of Kells is housed at Trinity College Dublin. It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, and contains the four gospels alongside a few other prefatory texts and tables. Created by Celtic Monks around ca. 800, it uses mainly the vulgate for translation along with several earlier translations such as the Vetus Latina, as well as its status as a religious book, it’s also a masterwork of western calligraphy and widely regarded as one of Irelands finest national treasures.

You can find the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin at College Green, Dublin

DUBLIN CASTLE

Dublin Castle and the state apartments is another Dublin attraction that is just a short stroll from the Central Hotel. Turn right when you exit the hotel and turn right again onto Georges Street. Then turn left onto Dame Street and the Castle is just 100 meters away on your left. In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland’s history. It is now host to state-of-the-art conference and dining facilities. The State Apartments are among the most prestigious State rooms in the country and are open for guided tours.

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

The Guinness Storehouse is located in St. Jame’s Gate Brewery and within close proximity to the Central Hotel. Dublin’s number one tourist attraction that combines a real segment of Irish history and the famous ‘Black Stuff’. Learn about the craft of brewing, pour your perfect pint and sit back and experience Dublin’s panoramic views from the Gravity Bar.

Open 7 days a week, the Guinness Storehouse is certainly a ‘must see’ on any trip to Dubin city centre. Read more about the Guinness Storehouse.

GEORGE’S STREET ARCADE

George’s Street Arcade is a unique shopping centre located in the heart of Dublin city centre. Less than 5 minutes walk from Grafton Street, you can enjoy boutique shops and stalls ranging from trendy clothing, jewellery, funky music, collectable items, souvenirs and much more. Come and savour this wonderful arcade which has been serving Dublin since 1881.

NATIONAL WAX MUSEUM

Another popular Dublin attraction within a five minute walk of the Central Hotel is the National Wax Museum. It is an exciting interactive visitor attraction located the Temple Bar District, just off Dame Street. The museum is housed over four floors and 13,000 square feet in a historic landmark building in Foster Place that was previously the home for Ireland’s gold store and arms at the turn of the twentieth century!

Located at 4, Foster Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

DUBLIN BUS TOUR – HOP ON, HOP OFF

This is one of the most popular ways to see Dublin. The tour visits all the major attractions of Dublin and you can hop on or off again anywhere along the route. There are three stops close to the hotel at Suffolk Street, Dame Street and Grafton Street / St Stephen’s Green. There are 24 stops along the route including the Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse, Christchurch Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Stephens Green, Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo and Kilmainham Gaol. Tickets are €24 for adults and they are valid for 2 days. You can choose to hop on a bus with a live commentary in English or a recorded commentary in 10 languages.

Ask at reception for more details.

NATIONAL LEPRECHAUN MUSEUM

Okay, so maybe there are no real Leprechauns but this is a fun way to get a better understanding of the sound, sights, stories and magic of mythical Ireland. It is a fun way to gain an insight into the mythology and folklore of Ireland. Discover what lies behind the ancient tales of Leprechauns, rainbows and the pot of gold.

The museum is open daily from 10.00 AM to 6.30 PM and is located in Jervis Street, Dublin 1.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Built in 1856, the Natural History Museum of sometimes called a museum of a museum. Housing over 10,000 exhibits, the Natural History Museum seeks to give visitors a glimpse of the natural world and has done so since it opened in 1857.

In 1877 ownership of the museum was transferred to the state as all the museums are now owned. The museum had some restoration work done to it and was reopened in April of 2010, this included opening the reinstatement of the grand stone staircase, open to the public for the first time in decades, as well as the addition of the Discovery Zone where visitors can handle taxidermy and bones, as well as spending a relaxing moment in the Reading Area at first floor level.

If you wish to visit the museum, you can find it Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY, DUBLIN

The original Jameson’s Distillery in Dublin, offers tours enabling visitors to experience the story of John Jameson and his world renowned smooth Irish Whiskey. A visit to the Old Jameson Distillery is an unforgettable experience that will transport you back in time to the days when one of Ireland’s greatest entrepreneurs, John Jameson. You will discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients – water, barley and yeast – are transformed into smooth golden spirit that has always been and continues to be Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The journey begins with an audio visual presentation followed by a guided walk through the recreated distillery scene and culminates in the Jameson Discovery Bar. After the Tour, all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison and earn a much coveted personalised Whiskey Taster Certificate.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

The National Archives of Ireland in Dublin occupies a key position in Ireland’s culture. Here is where the intellectual life of the nation has been stored and cared for holding records to do with the state and how it has moved forward from its early beginnings to where it is now. Anyone looking to get an insight into Ireland’s history can be assured they will find primary source material to do with political, social and economic forces that have been at work over the years.

The National Archives was formed to take over the work of both the State Paper Office (1702) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (1867), before all of this; the Lords Lieutenant who was the English Monarch’s representative in Ireland would have taken all of his documents with him when he had finished his office as representative in Ireland.

You can find the National Archives on Bishop Street in Dublin 8. Parking is not available on site; however commercial multi-storey car parks are available nearby at St Stephen’s Green and Christchurch Place.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

The National Gallery of Ireland is a fantastic collection of Irish artwork including paintings, furniture and silver which has been gifted from various people from all over the country. A significant gift came from the Countess of Milltown who gave 200 pictures to the gallery from her house at Russborough as well as a collection of silver, furniture and books from her library.

In 2002 the millennium wing was added to the National Gallery giving the gallery a second public entrance, the gallery is now preparing for a major refurbishment of the Dargan and Milltown Wings.

You can find the entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

The National Library of Ireland is a collection of books from all over the country, it’s mission is to preserve, promote and make these books accessible to all as a record of Irelands past and present. The National Library offers free entry to all, although it is not possible to loan books, visitors can get photocopies of pages, photos and can also view microfilm strips too.

There are many exhibitions take place in the National Library throughout the year too which may be of interest to some visitors. If visitors wish to consult the material in the library, they must have a reader’s ticket and use one of the reading rooms in the library to do so.

If you’re planning to visit the National Library of Ireland in Dublin, you can find it on Kildare Street, Dublin 2, in Dublin City Centre.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY, DUBLIN

The National Museum of Archeology and History was set up in 1877, continuing the advancement of museums in Dublin, which was funded by the government. Collections from the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity Collage Dublin were added to those from the Royal Dublin Society.

A new building was opened on Kildare Street in 1890 which was funded by the State, this museum contained coins, medals and significant Irish antiquities from the RIA including the Tara brooch and Ardagh chalice, ethnographical collections with material from Captain Cooke’s voyages from TCD and the collections of the Geological Survey of Ireland.

The National Museum of Archaeology and History can be found on Kildare St, Dublin 2.

NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DUBLIN

Rated as one of the finest concert halls in Europe, the National Concert Hall in Dublin’s City Centre has been privileged to welcome some of the world’s greatest performers. With a range of performances covering classical, opera, traditional, jazz, musicals, popular music and education as well as our own resident orchestra performing weekly, the National Concert Hall in Dublin is a fantastic venue for a great night out!

A concert hall in Dublin was a long standing dream of many musicians in Ireland during the later 1900′s. In 1981 the National Concert Hall was opened by President Hillery, now with almost 30 years of service, the concert hall is still going strong with plenty of entertainment on daily.

If you’re planning to visit the National Concert Hall, you can find it on Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Read more about the National Concert Hall Dublin.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS AND HISTORY, DUBLIN

In 1988 Collins barracks was closed as a military installation and plans were drawn up in 1993 to reopen the facility as a museum. This decision meant that collections of artwork which had been in storage from as far back as 1922 could now be displayed to the public.

It is hoped that the site rest of the 18 acre site will be transformed in the near future to display more work from these islands.

If you’re planning to visit the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, you can find it on Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7.

NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE, DUBLIN

The photographic collections of the National Library of Ireland are in the process of being relocated to a new storage facility in the Library’s Kildare Street Complex where the Library’s Department of Manuscripts and the Office of the Chief Herald are housed. So now if you want to see the photographic archive, you must go to 2/3 Kildare Street.

The facility at Meeting House Square will now be used for a regular programme of exhibitions based on the Library’s photographic collections in the Exhibition area.

NUMBER 29 – GEORGIAN HOUSE MUSEUM, DUBLIN

Number Twenty Nine is an old Georgian House Museum, within it you can find out about the first residents, local history, Georgian Dublin and the restoration of this house, number twenty nine. The house belongs to an estate known as the Fitzwilliam Estate. Upon Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam’s death in 1816, the bulk of these estates passed to Rt. Hon Sidney Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke.

The idea of Number Twenty Nine is to give visitors an idea of what life was like in during the 17 – 1800′s for those who were fortunate enough to own one of these elegant town houses, and for the more unfortunate who had to work in them. The guided tour will take visitors from the basement, right up to the attic showing them original artefacts that would have been a house of that time period.

Visitors who want to go to Number Twenty Nine will find it at 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street Dublin 2.

PHOENIX PARK VISITOR CENTRE, DUBLIN

Phoenix Park is one of the largest and most magnificent city parks in Europe. A lively and entertaining exhibition on the history and the wildlife of the Phoenix Park is on display in the Visitor Centre. Here the visitors can enjoy a historical interpretation of the park from 3500 B.C. to the present day and can also view an audio-visual presentation on the Phoenix Park through the ages or on the history of Áras an Uachtaráin. A lift and stairs access the first floor of the Visitor Centre where there are further exhibits and a nature section. There is also an Exhibition Room for visiting art exhibitions where exhibitions in various media and art and craft demonstrations take place regularly. Adjoining the Visitor Centre is the fully restored Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that probably dates from the 17th century.

Every Sunday morning free children’s workshops on nature awareness, history and heritage and arts and crafts take place, suitable for ages 6-12 years inclusive, between 11.00am – 12.00pm. Materials are provided and adult supervision is required.

Free admission tickets are issued at the Visitor Centre to visit Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturdays only.

NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, DUBLIN

The National Botanic Gardens are available for the enjoyment of all, whether for leisure, recreational use or enjoyment. The gardens are designed to educate all about the importance of plants, within the Botanic Gardens there are 300 endangered species from around the world and 6 species that are already extinct in the wild.

With an emphasis on education, the Botanic Gardens offer self-guided audio tours; these can be obtained for your mobile phone or MP3 player. These gardens also increase the awareness among people of what plants can grow in Ireland, so it’s a unique reference source for Irish Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists.

If you wish to visit the Botanic Gardens, they lie just 3.5 Km north of Dublin City Centre along the Botanic Road, just off St Mobhi Road.

RATHFARNHAM CASTLE, DUBLIN

Although it has the appearance of a Georgian house with the extensive alterations made during the 18th century, it was actually built in 1583 for a Yorkshire man Adam Loftus, then Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Protestant Archbishop of Dublin.

Archbishop Loftus left the castle to his son, Dudley and it then passed to his son Adam in 1616. During Adam’s ownership, the castle came under siege in the 1641 rebellion. Adam himself opposed the treaty of cessation in order the stop the fighting between the Irish Confederates and the English Royalists.

If you would like to visit this beautiful castle, you can do so by going to Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 14.

ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, DUBLIN

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, the cathedral is open to all as an architectural and historical site, but principally as a place of worship. Visitors are welcome to come and see this magnificent building at a charge which goes towards the upkeep of the building.

If you wish to visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, you can find it at Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.

SHAW BIRTHPLACE, DUBLIN

The Shaw Birthplace is where George Bernard Shaw was born, on the wall of the house; “Author of Many Plays” is the understated tribute to him on a plaque. This Victorian home was first home of the Shaw family and the renowned playwright has been restored to its Victorian elegance and charm and has the appearance that the family have just gone out for the afternoon.

Visiting here is free of charge and gives those who come a fantastic insight into Victorian Dublin. From this house George gathered his characters together for each of his storylines.

If you wish to visit the Saw Birthplace, you can go to it at 33 Synge Street, Dublin 8.

SKERRIES MILLS, DUBLIN

Skerries Mills in County Fingal is one Dublin’s top tourist attractions. It’s a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with associated mill pond, mill races, wetlands and is an ideal place to visit on a day trip.

The mill also has a cafe and a craft shop, so you really can make a full day of it.

If you’re planning to go to Skerries Mills, you can find it at Skerries, County Fingal.

ST. AUDEON’S CHURCH, DUBLIN

St Audoen’s Church has a lot of history associated with it, the church was named after St. Ouen (or Audoen) of Rouen (Normandy), a saint who lived in the seventh century and was dedicated to him by the Anglo-Normans.

With the turbulent events of the 16th century, the church itself fell into a decrepit state, eventually losing its roof. The church however was repaired and is still in use by the church of Ireland today.

If you would like to visit St Audoen’s Church, you can find it at Cornmarket, Dublin 2.

TARA’S PALACE, DUBLIN

Tara’s Palace is a dolls house made by some of the best craftsmen in Ireland. Taking over 20 years to build and made from some of the finest materials available, this masterpiece contains 22 stunning rooms, each furnished with exquisite miniature furniture, many of them priceless antiques!

Tara’s Palace is also used as a means of raising money for children’s charities, and you can visit it at the Museum of Childhood, located in historic Powerscourt House. As well at Tara’s Palace, there are many other exhibits at the Museum of Childhood, so it’s well worth a day out.

THE CHIMNEY VIEWING TOWER SMITHFIELD, DUBLIN

The Chimney Viewing Tower is one of the highlights of a trip to Jameson Distillery, this 185ft tower houses a two tier glass viewing area at the top where you can see Dublin’s entire city centre. The area can also be hired out for private events too!