04:49 16 Sep 2017

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A Day Out In Dublin

There is nothing we love more than spending a day out wandering around the city.

Dublin is home to some amazing museums and galleries, and is also a foodie paradise.

So, for your next day out in Dublin, why not explore one our attractions and head for some grub?

Not sure where to start? We've teamed up with to help you plan your next day out in Dublin.


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Places To Visit

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to 2,500 paintings with every major European school of painting represented.

However, the gallery is also features 10,000 other works of media, including including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture.

Special limited exhibitions also take place and a free audio tour is available to all who visit.


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Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is steeped in Irish political history, having housed some of the most famous leaders in the country.

Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera are just some of the prominent figures jailed here.

The huge unoccupied jail gives you the chance to see exactly how prisoners lived, from exploring the basement and prison yards, to learning more about the political graffiti.

National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland is free to visit for all those who wish to access their collections.

Their aim is to collect and preserve all documentation and intellectual record of life in Ireland, so there is a wealth of information here to explore.

Spend an afternoon in their reading rooms, followed by some treats from Café Joly.


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Chester Beatty

The Chester Beatty collection is made up of miniature paintings, decorative arts, manuscripts, prints and drawings that span centuries and cultures.

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty donated this diverse collection to the Irish nation and it features pieces from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, giving visitors a taste of global artistic heritage.

It is only Irish museum to ever win European Museum of the Year.


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Dublin City Hall

Another free to visit spot, Dublin City Hall is one of the finest examples of Dublin's Georgian architecture.

Inside the building is just as beautiful, with the domed circular hall now often used for weddings and intricate mosaic flooring.

In the vaults, visit their multimedia exhibition that tells the Story Of The City and see treasures such as the Seal of Dublin City, the Great Mace of Dublin and The Sword of the City.


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Where to eat

Guinness Open Gate Brewery

The Guinness Storehouse is one of Dublin's most popular attractions but if you want to try something different the Guinness Open Gate Brewery is a great spot!

Here Guinness brewers get to experiment with new ideas for beer and serve them in small batches in the taproom.

Combine this with their tailored food menu made to pair with these beers and you're in for a quite the treat!

Dunne & Crescenzi

If you're a fan of Italian food, you'll want to visit Dunne & Crescenzi.

Just off Nassau Street, the restaurant is the creation of an Irish/Italian husband and wife with a passion for food sourcing.

Using small Italian producers they serve up simple Italian dishes with authentic Italian hospitality.


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The Pig's Ear

Located super close to the National Gallery, The Pig's Ear aims to provide quality fine dining in an informal surrounding.

Their beautiful dining rooms give you a brilliant views overlooking Trinity College while you dine.

The restaurant was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2009 and has held on to it ever since.

Forno 500

A must-visit for pizza lovers, Forno 500 are passionate about authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas.

Having flown in people from Naples to create their specialised oven, they really bring a piece of Italy to Dublin.

It's also just across the road from Dublin City Hall, so the perfect spot to drop in for a bite to eat and a drink after your visit.


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Robertas is an award-winning glasshouse restaurant in the heart of Temple Bar with views over the Liffey.

Serving up a New York Italian inspired menu, they've become well known as a great brunch spot.

They also have an expert bar team on hand to make delicious cocktails and recommend pairings with your food.

A day out in Dublin is a day well spent. Next time you're heading to the city be sure to check out one of our recommendations.

For more things to see, do and explore in the city check out

We've also recommended some of the Northside's most iconic attractions.

Failte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter

As you get back to exploring Ireland, you’ll want to know you’re safe.

That’s why Fáilte Ireland has introduced the Covid-19 Safety Charter.

Whenever you see this symbol, you can relax and enjoy yourself with confidence because you’ll know that business is agreeing to follow the recommended safety and cleaning guidelines, all staff have completed hygiene and safety control training and these premises agree to undergo spot checks too.


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