Delve into Dublin Culture

Museums & Galleries

Dublin's wealth of attractions can keep even the most determined sightseer occupied for weeks. If you just have a couple of days on your short break in Dublin, there are a handful of places that really should not be missed...

National Museum

The National Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street, parallel to Grafton Street, houses incredible collections including: Ór – Irelands gold from the Bronze Age; Kingship and Sacrifice in the Iron Age; and Viking Ireland. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays.

The National Gallery

Just round the corner from the museum on Merrion Square is the National Gallery of Ireland which houses the national collection of Irish Art and European master paintings.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic programme of exhibitions.

Canal Stroll & Literary Ireland

Where our famous poet Patrick Kavanagh gleaned much of his inspiration, the Grand Canal offers a peaceful retreat from city life. His seat can be found on Mespil Road, have a rest and who knows what piece of literary genius might inspire you! The Irish literary tradition is one of the most illustrious in the world, famous for four Nobel prize winners and for many other writers of international renown. A visit to the Dublin Writers Museum is well worth a visit and a special room is devoted to children’s literature.

Theatre, Arts & Entertainment

The O2 Dublin

Formerly known as The Point Depot, The 02 is a stunning entertainment venue hosts all kinds of events: live music, comedians, theatre, ballet, drama, pop concerts… Catch the LUAS red line from Abbey Street and the tram stops right outside this docklands arena.

The Gaiety

This wonderful theatre first opened in 1871 and has earned its pride by bringing international stars such a Julie Andrews, Spike Milligan, Joan Rivers and Peter Ustinov to Dublin while continuing to champion the talents of Irish icons such as The Dubliners and The Chieftains. The Gaiety is located on South King Street in the centre of Dublin, just off St Stephens Green.

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

This state of the art theatre opened in 2010 with an amazing performance from the Russian State ballet, renamed to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in March 2012.  The theatre hosts many types of shows, from ballet to live music, comedy to orchestral and opera and has brought many West End shows to Dublin.

Abbey Theatre

This is the National theatre of Ireland and was founded in 1903 by William B Yeats and Lady Gregory. Situated just over the river LIffey on Abbey Street, the Abbey is also well know for educational talks and workshops for budding actors and writers.

The Olympia

Best known for music gigs the Olympia on Dame Street welcomes international artists and Irish bands.

Gate Theatre

Located on Parnell Street, just North of the Liffey, the Gate Theatre was originally established in 1928 and introduced Irish audiences to dramatic productions from overseas playwrights. Michael Gambon, Orson Welles and James Mason all established their acting careers here. It is a renowned building, both artistically and architecturally.

The Convention Centre Dublin

Situated in the heart of the city on the banks of the Liffey, the state of the art convention centre has capacity for 2,000 people. As well as hosting major conferences it is a popular venue for concerts and shows.