Dublin Attractions

Dublin is a spectacular city with an array of attractions to pique every interest.

Uniquely it sits on the coast with the Dublin mountains as a backdrop so the outdoor life can be enjoyed side by side with city living.

Sandymount Hotel is ideally located close to the city and the coast, making Dublin’s attractions all easily accessible. A leisurely stroll into the city or a couple of stops on the DART train station is all it takes.

Here are some of the main Dublin attractions – all easily accessible from Sandymount Hotel.

Dublin Castle - 4.5km

Until 1922 this was the seat of British rule in Ireland, but it is now a major Irish government complex. This historic site, dating from 1204, features 2 museums, cafes and gardens, plus state rooms and a library.

EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum - 4 km

Discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are.

St Patrick’s Cathedral - 4.6km

This stunning cathedral welcomes over 500,000 visitors a year. Some come to worship god while others visit as tourists. There is a free app available as well as guided tours.

Trinity College and Old Library - 3.8km

A walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells – a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

Guinness Storehouse - 5.3km

The number 1 visitor attraction in Dublin, over seven floors this tour brings to life the rich heritage of Guinness and tells the story of its origins at St. James’s Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand. You’ll also get a free pint at the top where you get spectacular views over the city.

Old Jameson Distillery - 5.3km

Based in the historic Dublin village of Smithfield, the Jameson Distillery tour leads you through the fascinating story of Jameson. Set in a recreated distillery scene, all visitors learn how three ingredients make the number one Irish whiskey in the world! Enjoy a comparative tasting and signature Jameson drink.

Temple Bar - 4.3km

This famous part of the city with its cobbled streets and live music pubs has a mixed reputation. Check it out for restaurants and pubs as well as vintage shops, weekend markets and small theatres and museums.

Christchurch Cathedral - 4.5km

Christ Church Cathedral (founded c.1028) is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt.

Kilmainham Gaol - 7.4km

This is a former prison and is now run as a museum. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned and executed in this prison by the British.

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