Dublinia and The Viking world is a heritage centre located in the city centre, at the heart of medieval city. These exciting exhibitions contain life sized reconstructions which will take you back to the Viking and Medieval Dublin with a variety of sights, sounds and smells.
Address: St Michaels Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8.
Tel: (01) 679 4611
The Book of Kells
The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. It is a 9th century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.
Address: Old Library, Trinity College,
Tel: (01) 896 1661
Kilmainham is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nations from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition entailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior appointment. Access to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only.
Address: 2 Inchicore Road, Dublin 8.
Tel: (01) 453 5984
Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library
Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country. The grounds of the site are free to explore, as is the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum. Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased from the Apartments in the Upper Castle Yard.
Address: Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 645 8813
Old Jameson Distillery
There is no other whiskey quite like triple distilled, twice as smooth Jameson Irish Whiskey. And there’s no other experience quite like the Old Jameson Distillery Tour. This tour brings you on a journey through the remarkable story of Jameson Irish Whiskey as it unfolds before your very eyes.
Address: Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Tel: (01) 807 2355
Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS brand and company.
Address: St James’ Gate, Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 408 4800
Glasnevin Cemetery Tour
Confounding your notions of what qualifies as a fun and informative activity, this will appeal to those interested in Irish History and in tracing their family tree.
Etihad Skyline Croke Park
Enjoy the best views of Dublin from the roof of the iconic Croke Park Stadium on the exciting skyline tour.
Tel: (01) 819 23 23
The Dead Zoo
Actually called the Natural History Museum – itself a Museum of a Museum, it is a fascinating unchanged Victorian display of dead and preserved animals.
Boat Tours of the Liffey and Dublin Bay
Several of these are available ranging from the sedate St Bridget www.dublinbaycruises.com to the “fun-filled” RIBs of Sea Safari
Do your own independent exploration of Dublin……
As well as organised activities, Dublin provides a host of other possibilities to explore:
The Theatre: Dublin is rightly renowned for its powerful and affecting theatre culture with 5-6 productions always running and featuring writing, directing, staging and acting superstars. Check entertainment.ie theatre nearer the Conference date.
Georgian Dublin: The centre of the city has some of the best preserved 18th Century architecture in the world (some people come just to see the doors).
Music: Dublin has a rich variety of venues and music styles from classical through jazz to traditional Irish e.g. National Concert Hall, Whelans, The O2, Vicar Street, the Cobblestone.
Dublin Pubs: Centuries-Old Pubs, Ultra-Modern Pubs, Traditional Music Pubs, Artists Pubs, Rock Music Pubs, Wine-Bars.
Sport: All interests available, some spectacular venues. If at all possible, try to see Gaelic Football or Hurling/Camogie (the world’s fastest field game).
Food: As expected in capital city, there is a wide variety of restaurants of many styles and budgets, as well as Trip Advisor, check e.g. www.fabfoodtrails.ie.
Taste of Dublin is an annual celebration in June of the food scene in Ireland. www.tasteofdublin.ie
Walk around the City Centre: Stroll in Temple Bar, perhaps look in on the Photography museum or the Irish Film Institute, express an interest in things and someone will speak to you (usually in a friendly way). Then maybe a walk through Trinity College to the National Gallery of Ireland, or along the Liffey Boardwalk or the other direction to feed the ducks in St. Stephens Green.
Hill Walking: the Dublin and Wicklow Hills provide excellent walks near to the Conference venue at all levels of difficulty from Djouce (a Boardwalk) to Lugnaquilla (not for the faint-hearted).