Web Summit is one of the biggest business and technology events on the calendar this year. If you’re flying into Ireland for the event, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you must do while in Dublin.
Are you coming to Ireland for Web Summit next week? Is this your first trip to Dublin?
There’s a lot more to Ireland than technology, and if you want to get the most out of your trip here, don’t worry.
Here are the only 10 things you must do before you go home and tell everyone that you had a genuine Irish experience.
Relive Irish history in Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest and unoccupied goals (that’s Gaelic for jail) in Europe.
Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration.
The tour of this historical prison also includes an audio-visual show, where you can learn more about the lives of the Irish revolutionaries who were imprisoned and executed in 1916 and 1923.
Read One of Ireland’s Oldest Book
The Book of Kells is a beautifully illustrated manuscript Gospel book that was created sometime around the year 800 i.e. it’s Ireland’s most famous and oldest book.
You can talk a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin (in the heart of Dublin city centre) before visiting the Old Library building where it’s displayed.
If you want to cover the future too, Dublin Science Gallery is located inside Trinity College, just five minutes from the Book of Kells.
Get wet with The Viking Splash Tour
The Viking Splash Tour isn’t your typical city bus tour.
The tour guides will take around Dublin by land and water in a World War II amphibious vehicle.
The trip takes just over one hour and you’ll see almost all of Dublin city centre’s main sites.
Bring a rain jacket.
Take a city bike ride along the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is the southernmost of a pair of canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the West and a number of other western towns.
The good news is the path by the canal is almost entirely flat and there’s even a dedicated cycle path along some of the canal, making it perfect for an early evening bike ride.
Check out The Little Museum of Dublin
The Irish Times (one of Ireland’s prominent national newspapers) says the Little Museum of Dublin is Dublin’s best museum experience.
Housed in a small Georgian Building near St. Stephen’s Green, it tells the story of Dublin during the 20th century from the visit of Queen Victoria up until recent days.
My favourite part of the museum is the fan-curated exhibition all about Ireland’s most famous band: U2.
Eat a burrito from Pablo Picante on Clarendon Market
Pablo Picante is the owner of a famous Mexican restaurant on Clarendon Street in Dublin City Centre.
He claims to make the best burrito in Dublin. We’d argue with him, but before he was a chef, Pablo was a wrestler.
Oh and those Trip Advisor reviews speak for themselves.
Feed the animals in Dublin Zoo
If you’ve got half a day to spare or you’re planning on making a weekend of your trip to Ireland, Dublin Zoo is a great place to spend a few hours.
Located fifteen minutes from the city centre, it’s one of the Dublin most popular tourist attractions.
Plus they’re just roaring about the arrival of a new female Asian lion cub.
Watch the sun set over a pint of Guinness
Thirsty after spending the day networking at Web Summit?
The Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions and is open every day.
The seven floor storehouse is located in the St. James’s Gate Brewery, and there you can see the magic that goes into the perfect serving of Guinness. Then, you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff and overlook the city in the Storehouse’ famous Gravity Bar.
Visit the National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland’s collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture.
The gallery is over 150 years old and today highlights include works by Caravaggio, Vermeer, Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh. It’s also open seven days a week.
Go see St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191.
The present building dates from 1220. Today, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican communion) and also serves as a popular tourist attraction.
What are you planning on seeing during your trip to Dublin? Is there a nicer pint than a Guinness? Please let us know and we might even buy you a burrito.