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Croke Park Stadium

Any sports fanatic who visits Ireland should try to time their stay around an Irish football or ancient hurling game at Croke Park Stadium.

Day Trip: Castle and Coast

The seaside town of Malahide makes for a lovely trip into the countryside from Dublin. Its 12th century castle is one of the oldest continuously inhabited castles in the country. The seat of the Talbot family for more than 800 years, Malahide Castle is surrounded by lovely gardens with ancient trees as well as one of the top botanical gardens in the country, thanks to the botanical passions of one of the Talbots. Tours of the gardens are self-guided but the castle must be visited on a scheduled tour; the docents share details of the colorful family history in a forty-minute visit. The visitor center includes a large Avoca Café and Boutique featuring Irish products, and is the perfect spot for a light lunch. After a visit, you can walk into the village and take the coastal walk to the beach before catching the train back to Dublin or further down the coast to Howth, a fishing village.

Exterior View -  Day Trip: Kildare , Dublin, Ireland - Courtesy Castletown

Day Trip: Kildare

Begin your all-day tour at Castletown, Ireland’s largest and oldest Palladian-style house, built between 1722 and 1729, a one-and-a-half-hour drive outside of Dublin. Then, continue on to a private tour of the Castletown Stud, a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility that also happens to boast some of the finest Japanese gardens in the world. The Kildare Town Heritage Centre gives visitors a history of the region’s various attractions, including St Brigid’s Cathedral, Norman Castle and Roundtower.

Exterior View - Dublin Castle ,  Dublin, Ireland - Courtesy J.H. Janssen

Dublin Castle

For 700 years, Dublin Castle was the seat of British power in Ireland. Eleven acres in all, the complex encompasses two museums, gardens, government buildings and the State Apartments, the most important staterooms in the country. Tours will also visit the underground foundations of the ancient fortress (in the same vicinity as the remodeled modern castle), antique furniture and a looming tower. Highlights include the Ladies Drawing Room, the Throne Room and Saint Patrick’s Hall. Guided tours are highly recommended.

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Dublin Writer's Museum

Opened to honors Dublin’s strong history of literary traditions, Dublin Writer’s Museum pays homage to such authors as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Patrick Swift. Located in an 18th-century house, the institution features exhibitions, a bookshop and a café.

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EPIC Museum

Indagare reviews Dublin's EPIC museum, which covers the history of Irish emigration, from 500 AD to the present.
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Guinness Storehouse

Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s top tourist attraction. Home to the darkest beer since 1759, the storehouse offers guided tours, including a tutorial on how Guinness is made and the proper way to pour a pint. At the end of the tour, visitors are treated to a complimentary pint at Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Dublin.

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Hugh Lane Gallery

Hugh Lane Gallery is a public city gallery, which houses modern and contemporary artworks. Famously, the institution is home to artist Francis Bacon’s London studio, which was disassembled, shipped to Dublin and rebuilt inside the institution in 1998 following his death. Opened in 1908, the gallery still stands for the same mission to enhance the city's culture and civic pride. Don’t miss Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Garden.

Indagare Tours: Foraging and Cooking

Culinary enthusiasts can spend the day in County Wicklow with one of Ireland’s foremost chefs, foraging for their own produce and learning how to prepare it in his private kitchen. Contact the Indagare Bookings Team to arrange.

Indagare Tours: Sailing Excursions

For those who would like to spend a day on the water, we can arrange for sailing trips on various boats, including a 54-foot ocean-going sailing yacht. Contact the Indagare Bookings Team to arrange.

People at Irish Film Institute , Dublin, Ireland

Irish Film Institute

This unique movie theater is known for showing artsy, experimental and foreign films. The three-cinema complex also hosts film festivals, and has a bar, café and an outdoor beer garden for unwinding pre- or post-show.

Interior View - James Joyce Center ,  Dublin, Ireland - Courtesy Brendan O'Connor

James Joyce Center

The James Joyce Center, housed in a 1784 townhouse is a cultural center, that hosts exhibitions, workshops and lectures. Although Joyce himself never lived in the house, he was close to a professor who ran a dance academy there. Visit the permanent collection, which interprets various aspects of Joyce’s life and work.

Interior View - Kilmainham Gaol ,  Dublin, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol

A former jail, Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe. Now a museum, the space houses commemorations of important Irish events, such as the 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish War of Independence. A main attraction includes an exhibition on the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration.

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Little Museum of Dublin

Conveniently located on the corner of St. Stephen’s Green, the Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of the city through a quirky collection of cultural artifacts—such as newspaper clippings, posters, music and more—that are brought to life by engaging, interactive 40-minute guided tours.
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Marsh’s Library

Tucked just behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the charming Marsh’s Library, which is open daily except Tuesdays and Sundays, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Bibliophiles, historians and architecture buffs should tuck in for a peak at the beautiful rooms with dark oak bookcases that are stocked with rare books, some in the same place they were first designated when the library was built in 1707 by Narcissus Marsh. It doesn’t draw the crowds that line up to see the Library at Trinity College so offers a more intimate, small scale book lovers’ thrill and makes a nice complementary visit.

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Merrion Square

Merrion Square is home to some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Dublin. Although many of the townhouses that line the square were (and are) owned by notable individuals and institutions, the most famous is house No. 1, where the author and poet Oscar Wilde grew up.
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National Gallery

The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of European and Irish fine art. Opened to the public in 1864, the Gallery has expanded multiple times and now includes 54 rooms with over 11,000 works of art, including Caravaggio’s controversial The Taking of Christ and Vermeer's Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid.

Books at National Library of Ireland , Dublin, Ireland

National Library of Ireland

With three reading rooms and a Genealogy Advisory Service to assist with family history research, the National Library of Ireland holds the most outstanding collection of Irish documentary material (manuscripts, photographs, maps, newspapers) in the world. Established in 1877, the historical building is home to a permanent W.B. Yeats exhibit and Dublin Lockout exhibition. Guided tours are available.

Oak Ancestry

Oak Ancestry was founded by Marie Cahill, a genealogist and member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland to help visitors and locals learn more about their family background. Those with Irish ancestry can contact her service to order a family history report.

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Phoenix Park

Established in 1662, Phoenix Park was initially conceived as a Royal Deer Park. It spans nearly 2,000 acres and is home to a number of monuments like the Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland. The park is also home to the Victorian People’s Flower Gardens, a stunning complex studded with ornamental lakes, playgrounds, picnic areas, cafes, a zoo and more.

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Projects Arts Center

Founded in 1966, the Project Arts Center has transitioned from a voluntary, artist-led organization into a nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts center. Situated on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, PAC commissions and exhibits international visual artists. The institution also puts on experimental dance performances and hosts many festivals like the Dublin Writers Festival and the Dublin Theater Festival. Past performances have included Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Fun fact: the center helped launch the careers of Liam Neeson and U2.

Exterior View - Saint Patrick’s Cathedral , Dublin, Ireland - Courtesy S. Elephant

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Founded in 1190, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest in the country and the burial place of Jonathan Swift, the famous author of Gulliver's Travels and a former Dean of the cathedral. While primarily a place of worship, the structure has incredible Gothic architecture that can be viewed. The time to visit is during a daily sung service—Saint Patrick’s is the last cathedral in Ireland that has one.

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St. Stephen's Green

St. Stephen's Green is a 22-acre park in the center of Dublin that is lovely for a relaxing stroll, a picnic lunch or people-watching. It is also steeped in history and is full of such monuments as the Famine Memorial and the Fusiliers’ Arch.
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Sweny's Pharmacy

A pilgrimage site for James Joyce fans (it was featured in Ulysses), Sweny’s Pharmacy is a historic apothecary and pharmacy that now functions as a cultural landmark and shop of vintage curiosities, second-hand books and souvenirs.
Street View - Temple Bar ,  Dublin, Ireland - Courtesy Jean Housen

Temple Bar

One of the oldest neighborhoods of Dublin, Temple Bar is situated in the heart of the city, and is rich in medieval history and culture. A number of significant theaters are located here, like the Smock Alley Theatre, the Olympia and the New Theatre (one of the smallest in the country). Despite its picturesque cobblestoned streets and quaint shops, Temple Bar is also known for its wild nightlife. Evenings are filled with live music and pub-crawlers, and the festivity is contagious.

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Exterior View - Trinity College and the Book of Kells , Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College and the Book of Kells

Located in the heart of the city, Trinity College, often referred to as the University of Dublin, is the oldest university in Ireland. The picturesque college as a whole is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in the country, but the biggest attraction is its library, which houses the Book of Kells. Located in the magnificent Long Room, the world-famous manuscript depicting the Gospels of the New Testament dates back to 800 AD.

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