Put a trip to Dublin on your 2024 New Year’s resolutions list and explore one of the most vibrant, fascinating cities in Europe. There are dozens of interesting things to do in Dublin, many of which are free for everyone to enjoy, and most are a short distance from our serviced apartment accommodation on Dublin’s Leeson Street. We’re avoiding the usual tourist spots like Guinness Storehouse , any guidebook can tell you more about those, instead focusing on lesser-known spots and hidden gems in Dublin, ideal for a unique and memorable trip to Dublin. Start by booking your accommodation in Dublin at PREMIER SUITES Leeson Street. Our spacious and convenient serviced apartments are ideally located and offer great value for money when compared to a traditional hotel stay.
The Chester Beatty Library & Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is one of the top attractions in the city but it’s often overlooked. The castle is tucked away on Dame Street and is now used as government offices and for events. Explore the former motte-and-bailey castle’s rooms and artefacts as well as the beautifully manicured gardens and sculptures. Within the walls is one of the most interesting museums in Dublin The Chester Beatty Library. This unique space holds the private collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The collection of historic books and artefacts dates from 2700BC to the present day and The Islamic Collection is arguably one of the finest like it in the world.
You’ll want to visit the Guinness Storehouse on your stay, no doubt about it, but Guinness is not the only delicious alcoholic drink made here. Jameson whiskey has its roots right in the city centre of Dublin and is commemorated with a distillery museum. The location on Bow Street is in the heart of the historic market space, Smithfield, which has restaurants and a great indie cinema. Visit Jameson Distillery Dublin for the World’s leading distillery tours, premium whiskey-tasting sessions, to learn more about the brewing process and the history of the brand and the city. Finish off with a tasting of the finest Dublin whiskey at their centrepiece bar.
Whether you are interested in architecture or not, it’s hard not to be impressed by the history of the buildings surrounding you in Dublin. Some of the most impressive structures are churches, in particular two cathedrals located a stone’s throw from each other in Dublin City Centre. It would be hard to miss Christchurch Cathedral at the top of Dame Street, one of the dominating buildings of the Dublin skyline. Within this beautiful protestant cathedral, you’ll find Strongbow’s final resting place, the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole, a rare copy of the Magna Carta and a famous mummified cat and rat. Down the hill, bordered by one of the prettiest green spaces in Dublin is St Patricks Cathedral Roman Catholic Cathedral with its impressive stained-glass windows, magnificent art and artifacts and beautiful interiors.
If you take any tour of Dublin, you’ll be fascinated by stories of the 1916 rebellion and of the brave men and women who fought for Ireland’s independence from British rule. You’ll hear the personal stories of our revolutionaries and the hardships they faced along the way. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol gives you a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of many of these heroes in a historic jail setting, where they were kept until their eventual release or execution. The prison and museum are a must-do for lovers of social or political history and its suitable for children. The museum is located across from the brilliant modern art museum IMMA, which is free to enter.
If you’re here in warm weather or fancy a lunch al fresco, visit our neighbour, the beloved Iveagh Gardens. Often referred to as Dublin’s secret garden, it’s busy during mid-week lunch hour but you’ll rarely see a crowd other than that. Enjoy sculptures, water fountains, a man-made waterfall and plenty of local flora and fauna on your visit. During the summer, there are often events like food festivals, concerts and comedy in Iveagh Gardens too so keep an eye on their events schedule. The gardens are the back garden of the magnificent National Concert Hall, a great place to catch an orchestra or opera.
Explore the best of Dublin from a comfortable, spacious serviced apartment when you book your stay in PREMIER SUITES Leeson Street. Our best available rates and special offers are exclusively available to guests who book directly.