Sights & Attractions

Cultural attractions near InterContinental Dublin include some of the main historic sites of Dublin. Enhance your stay in the capital and immerse yourself in it’s rich cultural heritage. There are numerous opportunities to experience Dublin’s vibrant performing arts - with film, theatre, dance, music, literature and more.

Dublin Castle

Palace Street, off Dame Street, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 677 7129

For over 700 years Dublin Castle was the symbol of Anglo-Norman, English and then British rule in Ireland. It was the official residence of the Lord Lieutenant or Viceroy. The south-east Record Tower is the last intact medieval tower, not only of Dublin Castle but also of Dublin itself. It functioned as a high security prison and held native Irish hostages and priests in Tudor times. Some other vestiges of the original 13th century castle and moat can be viewed in the undercroft during the tour. The 18th century cobbled streets are home to a variety of bars, restaurants, and theatres.

Trinity College - Book of Kells

College Green, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 608 2308

Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian priory which was suppressed by her father, King Henry VIII in 1536. It is the oldest and most prestigious university in Ireland. The campus is arranged around a series of traditional quadrangles providing a haven of peace and quiet amidst the bustle of the city centre. Alumni include; Jonathon Swift, Bram Stoker, Oliver Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

Guinness Storehouse

St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8
Ph: +353 1  408 4800

Arthur Guinness acquired the brewery at St. James's Gate in 1759 and from that time commenced brewing the famous 'black stuff', stout with a distinctive creamy white head. The World Of Guinness Exhibition is housed in a converted 19th century warehouse building. There is an audiovisual presentation on how the stout is made, an overview of Guinness advertising over the decades and finally a chance to taste the product in the breathtaking, glass-enclosed Gravity Bar.

This major attraction is worth a visit just to stand inside the world’s largest pint glass, rising up seven floors through the storehouse’s atrium.

National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square and Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1  661 5133

The gallery is home to the over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works that make up the National collection. There is an extensive display of Irish art including works by Nathanial Hone, William Orpen, William Leech and Jack B. Yeats, brother of the poet W.B. Yeats. In addition every major European school is represented. Pride of place is given to a series of paintings from the Beit Collection generously donated to the gallery by Lord and Lady Beit of Russborough House.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar - Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar is situated between Dame Street and the river Liffey, and stretches from the Bank of Ireland (Old Parliament) building to Christchurch Cathedral. The area was earmarked for demolition in the 1980s to make way for a central bus and rail station, but through concerted effort and protest it was saved and redeveloped as an entertainment and cultural quarter. At times at victim of its own success, the 18th century cobbled streets are home to a variety of bars, restaurants, and theatres.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
Ph:  +353 1 677 8099

The Danish King Sitric of Dublin built the earliest church on this site in 1038.  It is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and the seat of the Archbishop of Dublin.. The cathedral possesses the largest and finest crypt in Ireland with regular sung services by the very fine Cathedral Choir.

The Dublin Writers' Museum

18-19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Ph : +353 1 872 2077

This small museum located in a Georgian house that was once the home of John Jameson of the eponymous distilling family, celebrates the rich literary heritage of Dublin. Lovers of Irish literature will enjoy exhibits of letters and artefacts from writers such as Joyce, Yeats, O’Casey and Behan. The museum is located in the two ground floor rooms. Also on this level are the bookshop and a café. At the top of the grand staircase is the Gorham Library with its Stapleton stucco ceiling, home to the Museum's collection of rare and first editions. Next door is the Salon, known as The Gallery of Writers. This splendidly decorated room, with its portraits and busts of Irish writers, is used for receptions, exhibitions and special occasions

Aviva Stadium

Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4
Ph: +353 1 238 2300

InterContinental Dublin is within walking distance to the Aviva Stadium. It is now the home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football team and is a beautfully constructed stadium.

There are daily tours where you can see the press conference room, home dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, dugouts and more. Tours running 7 days a week but closed when stadium is in use.

Royal Dublin Society

Located adjacent to InterContinental Dublin, The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) spans over 40 acres. These premises include the "RDS Arena", "RDS Simmonscourt", "RDS Main Hall" and other venues which are used regularly for exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. 

Founded in 1731, the Royal Dublin Society is a philanthropic Society supported by membership subscriptions and commercial activities which continues to fulfil its commitment to furthering the broad economic and cultural development of Ireland.

Croke Park Stadium

Jones’s Road, Dublin 3
Ph:  +353 1819 2300

The GAA Museum was established to commemorate, recognise and celebrate the GAA's enormous contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life since its foundation in 1884. The museum is open daily throughout the year and first opened in September 1998 detailing the birth and growth of the GAA at home and abroad and its unique role in the national movement and cultural revival in Ireland. The vast collection of artifacts which include hurleys, jerseys, trophies, medals, programmes, publications and banners illustrate the development of Gaelic Games whilst preserving and presenting the unique heritage of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The stadium also has the exciting stadium Skyline tour offering panoramic views from the roof of the stadium.

Jameson’s Distillery

Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Ph: +353 1 807 2355

From 1780 Bow Street was the original home of the world-famous Jameson Whiskey known as “uisce beatha” or “water of life” in the ancient Irish language. The museum tours provide visitors with all the information they could ever need on the making of this product.

The GPO - General Post Office

O’Connell Street, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 705 8833 

Built between 1815 and 1818 the General Post Office stands in O’Connell Street as an iconic symbol to Irish Freedom. The GPO was the centre point of the rebellion of 1916 and acted as it unofficial headquarters. It was from here that Padraic Pearse read out the proclamation of the Irish Republic on Easter Monday of 1916 starting with the famous words:

Irishmen and Irishwomen: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Kilmainham Goal Museum

Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Ph: +353 1  453 5984 

Kilmainham is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe and was at one time the principal gaol in Ireland where political prisoners and leaders of various rebellions against British rule were incarcerated from 1796 to 1924. The leaders of the Easter Rising were executed here in 1916. Today the prison is a museum, but the tour through the cells and corridors and out into the walled exercise yard provides visitors, especially those interested in the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence, with a poignant, atmospheric and moving insight into the harsh realities of prison life.

Merrion Square

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The most elegant of Dublin’s Georgian Squares. Leinster House, the former home of the Dukes of Leinster and now the location of the Oireachtas or Irish Parliament, lies on the west side of the square. On the remaining three sides of the square are houses of varying size and grandeur – all wonderful examples of Irish Georgian architecture. On the walls of many of these houses are plaques honouring notable former residents including Daniel O’Connell and Oscar Wilde. The enclosed park at the centre of the square is a haven of peace and quiet containing many fine pieces of sculpture.

Glasnevin Cemetry

Finglas Road, Dublin 13
Ph:  +353 1  882 6590

Opened in July 2010 the Glasnevin Museum is a must-see attraction for those interested in Irish history and heritage. The exhibits trace the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the lives of the generations interred in this necropolis. The cemetery is the final resting place of many famous characters from Irish history including Daniel O’Connell “The Liberator”, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Collins.

National Museum of Ireland

Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1  677 7444

This museum was founded in 1890 and houses artefacts from Ireland’s ancient past to the present day. Of particular to visitors would be The Treasury containing items from Ireland’s Christian
past, Ór - Ireland’s Gold a collection of pre-historic gold jewellery and ceremonial items from the period 2,500 B.C, to 500 A.D., Viking artefacts taken from the excavation at Wood Quay close to Christchurch Cathedral, the site of the first ancient Viking settlement in Dublin and the display on Kingship and Sacrifice which focuses on customs and living practices in ancient Ireland. Included in this display are the famous “bog bodies” which offer visitors the chance to come face-to-face (literally) with the mythical past of Ireland’s earliest inhabitants.

St Stephen’s Green

Stephen’s Green Square, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 475 7816

In the gardens, statues commemorate the poet W.B. Yeats as well as the Guinness family, who opened up the park to the general public in 1877 - for the first time allowing regular Dubliners to roam the nine hectares free of charge.

National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 (0)1 417 0000

One of Europe’s greatest music venues, the National Concert Hall’s resident orchestra puts on an excellent weekly programme. Performances from visiting artists include jazz, opera, pop and classical.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Ph: +353-1-6129900

Modern Irish and international art, including photography, painting, sculpture, performance and conceptual work from the 1940s onwards, are all permanently housed in the fine 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham

National Botanic Gardens

Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Ph: + 353 1 804 0300

Conservation and education are at the heart of these historic gardens, where you can learn about Irish flora and support work to save endangered native species.

Abbey Theatre

Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Ph: +353 1 8787222

The beating heart of contemporary Irish theatre and dance, the Abbey (and its sister stage, The Peacock) is where to catch the latest ground-breaking home-grown productions.

Gate Theatre

Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Ph: +353 1 874 4045 

This landmark 18th-century theatre - where such stars as Orson Wells, James Mason and Michael Gambon began their careers - runs an awardwinning programme of classics from the modern and Irish repertoire

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

GrandCanal Square, Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 677 7999

The former Grand Canal Theatre, recently re-branded, showcases hits from Broadway and the West End in a purpose-built venue in Dublin’s Docklands.

3 Arena Dublin

North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
Ph: +353 1 8198888

This new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue is well regarded for its world-class acoustics and attracts giant acts from Cirque du Soleil to Jerry Seinfeld.

The Helix

The Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Ph: +353 1 7007000

This multi-venue performance space hosts a wide range of events, from live recordings of the popular TV talent show, ‘The Voice of Ireland’, to sell-out performances of Shakespeare’s plays.

Gaiety Theatre

South King Street, (Off the top of Grafton Street), Dublin 2
Ph: + 353 1456 9569

The hot spot for large-scale Irish and international musical theatre including the world renowned Riverdance. The Gaiety is a Dublin institution—and one of the key venues during Dublin’s winter opera season.

House Number 29

Fitzwilliam Street Lower 29, Dublin 2
Ph: + 353 (0)1 7026 165

Number Twenty Nine is Dublin's Georgian House Museum. Visitors take a tour from the basement to the attic, through rooms which have been furnished with original artefacts as they would have been in the years 1790 to 1820.

Little Museum of Dublin

15 St Stephen's Green
Ph:  +353 1 6611000

Described as “Dublin’s best museum experience” by The Irish Times, The Little Museum of Dublin has been named as the most popular museum in Ireland on TripAdvisor. A brilliant new addition to the cultural map of Ireland, the famous guided tours reveal the history of a city that has undergone remarkable changes in the last 100 years, from the visit of Queen Victoria to the global success of U2.