Looking for something fun to do in Dublin this weekend? Read our recommendations and plan a perfect day out.
Fun Things To Do In Dublin
Dublin is well-known for being one of the most exciting places to be in Ireland, with plenty of fun attractions and great pubs serving up tasty meals. You will never be short of things to do at the weekend in this amazing city.
The Guinness Storehouse
Home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, this stunning building is steeped in history and tradition. It is now an impressive seven-story visitor experience, dedicated to the history of this world-famous drink and Ireland itself.
The centre is actually built around an astonishingly giant pint glass which, if filled, could contain 14.3 million pints of Guinness! The fascinating Storehouse reveals the age-old art of brewing, and in the tasting rooms you can try some Guinness samples for yourself. The Guinness Academy also teaches you how to pour the perfect pint, and you can step into the amazing world of Guinness in the Advertising Exhibit.
A real family favourite, the city zoo boasts giraffes, zebras, rhinos and a whole host of other wonderful creatures. The Gorilla Rainforest is very popular with visitors and the Forest Trail leads you to an area where you can see spectacular Asian Elephants.
The zoo also has some scarier inhabitants, such as magnificent lions and tigers. If you’re looking for cuddlier creatures, drop in and pay a visit to the monkeys, orang-utans and meerkats!
Over 600 animals are cared for in this 70-acre park, and the themes of education and conservation make it a truly educational place to visit. It welcomes over a million visitors each year, and also makes great strides in the breeding and protection of endangered species.
Dublin Castle takes you back in time through Ireland’s turbulent past, having provided the setting for many fascinating incidents in the country’s history.
Currently playing host to grand diplomatic or state functions, the impressive interior rooms boast exuberant decor and magnificent furnishings. The rooms are accessible on a pay-per-view basis, but visitors can walk around the exterior freely.
Guides are available at the castle and are on hand to walk you through the history of the site.
Dublin’s oldest microbrewery sprawls haphazardly across three stories that make up an intriguing rustic building. Aside from its rich heritage, the main selling point of the Porterhouse, of course, is the amazing selection of beers on offer.
It sells only its own stouts, lager and ales, which are considered better than many of the mass-produced equivalents. The Oyster Stout, for example, is made on the premises with real oysters, giving it a truly authentic taste.
The kitchen serves up amazing gastro-pub meals at reasonable prices, so you’ll fill your belly without emptying your pockets. It is particularly famous for hearty, traditional dishes such as tasty bangers and mash, real-ale pies and homemade Irish stew.
The Drury Buildings
The Drury Buildings are a real mish-mash of rooms with a Berlin-inspired exterior and a swanky New York-style interior. They also boast everything from superb restaurants, to fun cocktail bars and classic pubs.
This once-derelict six-storey building has been transformed into one of the most exciting places to be in Dublin. Expect to see reclaimed bars, church benches, old glass, thick timber, New York steel, traditional floors and original doors!
Whether you’re looking for the best place to take your parents, a great pub to visit, or traditional Irish food to tuck into, Dublin something for everyone to enjoy.
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