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Dublin is a city steeped in history and culture. Why not enjoy a trip to one of Dublin’s fantastic museums offering culture, art, natural history and much more. Enjoy a vitality breakfast to sustain you on your cultural adventure. There are a number of museums in the city offering a fascinating insight into a variety of areas. Here are some of the most visited:

National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland was built in 1880’s to the design of Sir Thomas Deane. It is home to some of the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. There is an archaeology section of the museum in Kildare Street that has displays of prehistoric Ireland. Some displays include Irish silver and glassware, the war of independence exhibition, the Viking exhibition and much more.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is part of the National Museum which is located on Merrion Street. It is home to specimens of animals from around the world. The opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 10-5pm and Sundays 2-5pm. Admission is free.

The National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland was established by an act of parliament in 1854. It opened its doors to the public in January 1864. The collection includes over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works in different media including drawings, watercolours, sculptures and prints. The most recent addition to the gallery was the Millennium wing which opened in early 2002.

This introduced a new second public entrance to the gallery located on Clare Street in the city. The gallery has recently fully reopened following refurbishment of the Dargan and Milltown Wings. There is great free audio tours held at the weekends along with plenty of family activities, shop, and restaurant. Admission to the gallery is free but they do welcome donations.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is located in the heart of Dublin city on Dame Street. Steeped in history, this mesmerising castle was built in 1204. It was once a military fortress and prison amongst other things. The property includes 2 museums, 2 landscaped gardens, 2 coffee shops, an international conference centre and government buildings.

Visitors can visit the Chester Beatty Library and the Revenue Museum also. The castle also includes the State Apartments which are recognised as the most important staterooms in Ireland. A guided tour taking in the State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal costs €4.50 for Adults and €2.00 for Children under 12. Admission to all other areas are free. Opening times are Monday – Saturday: 9:45am – 4:45pm and Sundays 10:45am – 4:45pm.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. Founded in 1592 the university consists of two playing fields and many of its buildings shaped as quadrangles. Trinity College has almost 20,000 college attendants each year. The college is Ireland’s most renowned universities and attracts over half a million visitors each year.

The stunning campus is located in Dublin’s city centre. Two of the major attractions on campus are ‘The Book of Kells’ and ‘The Old Library’. The Book of Kells is the most famous visitor attractions in Ireland that date back to 800 AD. Its 680-page book illustrates the 4 Gospels all written in Latin. It was later hidden by Irish Monks for fear of Viking raids, but was later rediscovered in 1653 and is now housed in Trinity College.

The Book of Kells can be viewed daily and the book changes page once a day. This is definitely a must see for visitors of Dublin City. Trinity College is built on the magnificent ground, leaving it a beautiful place to take a wander outside too. Admission starts from €11 and can range up to €28.

With our prime location, all of these activities are easily accessible by using the city’s Luas tram system. The Luas is located one minute from the hotel and brings you to the city centre in less than thirty minutes.

Other museums and permanent exhibitions in Dublin

For more information on any of these tours or museums or to book your stay, email us, call +353 1 2925000 or book online.


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