Historic Attractions

Rich in history, architecture and culture, there is so much to discover in Dublin.

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world. Written over 1,200 years ago and hidden in a peat bog until it was rediscovered in 1653, it lavishly depicts the gospels.

Visit the Book of Kells and accompanying exhibition in the Old Library, Trinity College.

Christ Church Cathedral

Founded c. 1028, Christ Church Cathedral features beautiful carved stone adornments, soaring stained glass windows and artworks. Descend to the crypt to see fascinating memorials and artefacts.

Dublin Castle

Standing in the oldest part of the city, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Irish history. The castle includes two museums, cafes, beautiful gardens, Chapel Royal and State Apartments.

Entry to the grounds, Chapel Royal, Chester Beatty Library and the Garda and Revenue museums is free.

Kilmainham Gaol

Step through the foreboding gates and into one of the largest unoccupied goals in Europe. Kilmainham has witnessed some of the most heroic and tragic events of Ireland’s emergence as a nation which are told through excellent guided tours and exhibitions.

Kilmainham Goal is very popular, particularly during peak season, so we recommend visiting as early as possible in the day. The best way to get to Kilmainham is on the Hop On, Hop Off bus tours or catch the Red Luas (tram) to Suir Road.

St Patrick's Cathedral

Dedicated to our patron saint, legend tells St Patrick baptised converts in the adjacent well. Built between 1220 and 1260 the medieval cathedral is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. The cathedral has many fascinating monuments and artefacts and the free guided tours are highly recommended – if you can’t make a tour we recommend downloading the self-guided tour before you visit.