Things to see and do

As one of Europe’s most popular destinations, Dublin offers visitors an endless amount of things to see and do, many of which are within walking distance or a short tram ride from The CCD. Here are some of our top recommendations.

Explore Dublin and The CCD

To familiarise yourself with the city, why not start off with a tour of the city? There are a selection of tours available, from guided walking tours and hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus tours to the Viking Splash Tour that takes you over land and sea in an amphibious vehicle.

Most visits to Dublin will probably involve a trip to the world famous Guinness Storehouse, home of the traditional pint of Guinness. Here you can take the visitor experience tour and enjoy a pint of the ‘black stuff’ in the spectacular surroundings of the Gravity Bar.

In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of Jameson Distillery Bow St. Over 200 years later, the doors are still open to friends old and new.
Why not try a distillery tour, a premium whiskey tasting experience, learn how to blend your own take-home whiskey, master the craft of whiskey cocktail making or draw (and taste) whiskey straight from a barrel in Dublin’s only live Maturation Warehouse.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience located in Dublin's Docklands, beside The CCD. It celebrates the unique global journey of the Irish people by telling the story of Irish emigration around the world using state-of-the-art technology to deliver incredible visual, interactive stories in 20 interactive galleries.

For literary lovers, Dublin's Writer Museum is a must see as the collection features Dublin’s literary celebrities over the past three hundred years, such as Swift, Sheridan, Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. For a peek at Dublin’s heritage, Dublinia and the Viking World, located in the heart of Dublin’s medieval city, helps bring Medieval Dublin to life in a way that is entertaining and historical.

Another unique attraction located in the heart of Trinity College is the Book of Kells, a 9th-century biblical manuscript, which contains the four Gospels in Latin written on vellum (prepared calfskin). Art enthusiasts will also enjoy Dublin’s variety of museums including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Ireland and The National Gallery of Ireland, which offer free admission to all visitors. Dublin also has a rich music and theatre scene, with many of the main theatres and arenas within walking distance of The CCD. Find out what’s on when you're in Dublin.

No journey to Dublin is complete without visiting the famous Temple Bar area. Here you can grab a bite to eat, walk the famous cobbled streets, soak up the lively atmosphere in one of the many typical Irish pubs, and listen to some of the best live traditional music in the city.

With so much to do in and around Dublin, you may wonder when you will get time to sleep. But when that time does come, there are over 18,500 hotel rooms with options to suit every budget, all within 10km of The CCD.

Explore the range of tourist attractions, shops, hotels and restaurants near The CCD using our interactive map, or find out more about what’s on in Dublin during your stay.