An essential ingredient to every visit to Ireland. With a history stretching back over 250 year, Guinness has become one of the national symbols of Ireland. Still standing on the same St James Gate site that Arthur opened in 1759, the Guinness Storehouse takes you on a fascinating journey of the world’s most famous beer,
It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the Guinness Storehouse from Grafton Street. If you’re spending the day sightseeing we would suggest using one of the hop-on/off tours.
The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is a 15/20 minute walk from Grafton Street or catch the Red Luas. Here you can learn the secrets of blending three simple ingredients in perfect harmony to create the golden spirit. At the end of the tour enjoy a wee dram and enjoy the views across the Dublin skyline from the chimney top bar.
One of the oldest universities in the world, Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592. As you enter the graceful Georgian courtyards and peaceful park you will find this a relaxing haven in the centre of bustling Dublin.
The Book of Kells visitor centre precedes viewing the 9th century illuminated manuscript with a fascinating exhibition, “Turning Darkness into Light”
The buses from outside the IMI terminate next to Trinity College
A fortress has stood guard where the Poddle meets the Liffey since ancient Gaelic times. Built upon over the centuries you can catch a glimpse of its Viking heritage in the Undercroft, deep within the bowls of the present day castle. Most of the castle buildings you will see date from the 19th century but parts of the 13th century castle are still visible. During its history the castle has served as prison, fortress, law court and seat of English administration and the exhibitions offer insights into each stage of its history. You will also be able to visit the State Apartments, Chapel Royal, Heritage Centre and grounds.
Within the castle grounds, the Chester Beaty library is home to some of the most important pieces and artistic treasures from the world’s main religions.
Standing at the top of Dame Street, The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, more commonly known as Christ Church, is the older of Dublin’s two medieval cathedrals. It has marvellous architecture and its crypts house an excellent exhibition of parish treasures.
Built in honour of the country’s patron saint which, according to legend, it stands on a well he used to baptise converts. The magnificent St Patrick's Cathedral is open year round and is moments walk from Christ Church.
Home of Irish rugby and football, the Aviva Stadium at Landsdowne Road is close to the IMI
Nearby Leopoardstown Racecourse hosts over 20 horse racing meets throughout the year
There Hop-On Tours of Dublin are an excellent way to view our city. You can join the tour at Trinity College and Stephens Green, and you can buy your tickets from the driver. As the tickets are valid for 24 hours we suggest taking the full tour to get your bearings and then use the tickets to get to the attractions that interest you most.
There is plenty to see and do near our hotel in South Dublin.