5 must visit city centre experiences for your next trip to Dublin

By Sarah McKenna

November 17, 2023 at 2:00pm

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From picking up a hurl to stepping back in time into an immersive museum, here are some of the best ways to experience the city.

There's nothing quite like a visit to the capital to help you embrace the magic of Winter. The cool air feels fresher, the city's lights dazzle when the early evenings roll around and Dublin's pubs and restaurants feel even cosier.

To help you get the most out of your next break in our capital city, we've rounded up some of our favourite experiences. From the evocative Henrietta Street Tenement Museum to a culinary walking tour, these experiences all deserve a spot on your winter break itinerary.

14 Henrietta Street Tenement Museum

Your next winter break is the perfect time to step back in time with a visit to this fascinating museum. Take in the impressive architecture of Henrietta Street before entering this rich and fascinating museum. During your visit, you'll hear 300 years' worth of stories about the people who once called this building home as you gain a powerful insight into this area's social history.

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Afterwards

You'll emerge from Henrietta Street with a new appreciation of Dublin, and you can reflect on this during a winter stroll to Lee's Charming Noodles on Parnell Street. Warm up with some delicious hand-pulled noodles and then head to the nearby Big Romance for a pint of craft beer and to hear a few vinyl records spinning on the decks.

MoLI - Museum of Literature, Ireland

Delve deep into Ireland's fascinating literary history on your next getaway by popping by the Museum of Literature, Ireland. Step into the beautiful UCD Newman House and follow in the footsteps of one of our nation's most celebrated writers – James Joyce. Throughout this immersive tour, you'll explore Ireland's prominence within the literary world through a multimedia lens.

Afterwards

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After your tour, breathe in the crisp winter air from a comfortable spot in the peaceful Readers Garden and finish off your day here by cosying up in the Commons Café with a hot drink and a bite to eat.

Experience Gaelic Games

One brilliant way to embrace the cooler weather this winter is by getting active, and a trip to Experience Gaelic Games is bound to get your blood pumping on your next city break. This attraction – which is located in Glasnevin, a 15 minute bus journey from the city centre – allows you to take in the rich history of the GAA as you get to grips with the basics of football, hurling and handball through some super fun games.

Afterwards

Once you've had your fill of Gaelic Games, enjoy a stroll through the picturesque streets of Glasnevin and Drumcondra before settling in for a spot of Japanese food at Minori Restaurant. After an active day on the pitch – you will have built up quite an appetite!

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Walking Food Tours

A particularly unique way to take in the cool winter air of Dublin while tucking into some warming bites is with Walking Food Tours. With their Food on Foot tour, you'll embark on a delicious journey around the city, feasting on authentic street eats made by Dublin locals. Expect some great commentary from your guide as you treat your tastebuds to four savoury courses before indulging your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert.

Afterwards

In addition to delving into the local food culture, the Food on Foot tour also allows you to take in some of the city's most historic sites. Wrap up warm, come hungry and prepare yourself for an unforgettable culinary experience, it's always a solid plan to circle back to some of the spots once you are finished.

GPO Museum

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One of Dublin's most striking buildings, the General Post Office, is also the site of one of Ireland's most significant historical events – the 1916 Rising. Today, visitors are welcome to step into the GPO Museum and witness this nation-defining moment through an immersive and interactive experience.

Afterwards

Following your visit, step out onto O'Connell Street and nab an iconic fresh doughnut (or three!) from the tiny Rolling Donut stand. When dinner time rolls around, head to the nearby Kimchi Hophouse for some authentic Korean cooking in a traditional Irish pub – an ideal way to finish up a day on your next winter break.

Brought to you by VisitDublin.

For ideas on how to plan your next short break, head to VisitDublin.com.

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