Must-see Cultural Attractions in Dublin
Dublin Castle was established back in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, the castle is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. It has served for centuries and remained largely intact until April 1684, when a major fire caused severe damage to much of the building.
Despite the extent of the fire, parts of the medieval and Viking structures survived and can still be explored by visitors today. Join one of the experienced guides for a fascinating tour where you will be filled with knowledge and enriched with the Irish culture.
No journey to Dublin is complete without a stop at Dublin’s biggest cultural spot Temple Bar. The district area is filled with friendly locals, lively music, markets, pubs, and endless fun the minute your feet hit those cobblestones. With an array of different pubs hosting energic and live music, not to mention the different diner pack restaurants serving American, Irish, and Asian cuisine.
Be sure to have a pint of good old reliable Guinness at The Temple Bar. Established in 1840, the pub also offers locals and tourists an array of over 450 different kinds of rare whiskies.
The Christ Church Cathedral is located at the heart of medieval Dublin. Steeped in history the church contains the largest cathedral crypt (63.4m long) that was constructed in 1172-1173.
Fun fact for those TV fans reading this -the cathedral has been the setting from hit television dramas such as ‘Reign’ and ‘The Tudors’. Many costumes and props from these shows can be seen in the crypt.
The Book Of Kells
The Books Of Kells is yet again another one of Ireland’s most pride possessions. Created around the year 800AD, representing the pinnacle of the Insular illumination, this manuscript is a true masterpiece. A record one million people visited the Book of Kells in one year.
National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland is located at Merrion Square and interprets, creates and showcase art in a way that makes those with even a small knowledge of art, want to experience and learn more. The team aim to provide an outstanding experience that inspires an interest and an appreciation of art for all.
National History Museum
The National Museum of Ireland is highly recommended for any budding historians. The museum contains displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and objects from the Viking and medieval periods. The Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition includes well preserved bog bodies and Ralaghan Man.
Jameson Distillery Dublin
In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of his distillery on Bow St.. Over 240 years later, the doors are still open – to friends old and new.
With plenty of unique experiences available, join us for a fully guided tour and tasting or learn how to blend your own whiskey, master the craft of cocktail making or draw whiskey straight from a cask in Dublin’s only live maturation warehouse, all in the home of the World’s Leading Distillery Tour (2018, 2019,2020)
With so much to do, learn and taste, there is no time like the present to explore our past.
Our reception team will be happy to give Ashling Hotel guests a 20% discount code on request
Ever wondered where the Guinness brewers invent new beers? The Guinness Open Gate Brewery is a hidden secret just waiting to be discovered. Visit their taproom and beer garden, sampling experimental beers you won’t find anywhere else! Located just across the river from Ashling Hotel.
Aras an Uachtarain
Áras an Uachtaráin is both the official and private residence of the President of Ireland. It is possible to participate in the guided tours and enjoy the experience of visiting and viewing the main reception and state rooms of Áras an Uachtaráin.
The guided tours take place almost every Saturday all year round.