Hidden gems: The best things to do in DUBLIN

How would you spend a day in Dublin? We asked our readers to share their favourite hidden gems in Dublin, and we’ve included the best in this list.

Here are 21 great things to do in Dublin.


Nia Catherine Richardson suggests Imaginosity, Dundrum is ideal for little kids and big kids alike.

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Bushy Park

Clare Eastman says Bushy Park in Terenure is a "lovely park with nice walks".

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St Anne's Park

Angelique Kelly enjoys visiting St Anne's Park, especially the herbaceous garden.

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Corkagh Park

A trip to Corkagh Park in Clondalkin is a great day out for Lasra Ní Loing. She loves the "petting farm, huge playground, pond, lovely walks, and walled garden".

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Trinity College

Trinity College was suggested a number of times by many people.

Hanging out on the Trinity College Cricket Ground and having drink at the Pavilion Bar on a sunny afternoon is a perfect plan for Alberto Del Mazo.

The Book of Kells also makes the cut, with Ruby McGrane Druiventak fondly recalling childhood visits to view it.

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Glasnevin Cemetery Tour

Elaine Hughes recommends the Glasnevin Cemetery tour to brush up on both local and national history.

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Newbridge House and Farm

Mary Conlon loves Newbridge Park, Donabate, Dublin: "all of it; the grounds, the farm, the playground".

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Gino's Gelato

Barbara Mansfield thinks you just can't beat some ice cream from Gino's.

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Viking Splash Tour

The Viking Splash Tour is named as a favourite for all the family.

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Farmleigh House

Farmleigh, espcially at Christmas, is recommended by Elaine Hughes.

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Dublin Zoo

Aileen Fitzgerald and Catherine Cullinan think a day with the family at Dublin Zoo is the best thing thing to do in Dublin.

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National Aquatic Centre

Catherine Cullinan also says the National Aquatic Centre is great for all ages.

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Croke Park

A football match in Croke Park between Kerry and Dublin is a must, says Margaret Kavanagh.

"The atmosphere alone is worth the admittance fee. Too brilliant to miss."

Susan Cobbe agrees completely.

"Croker, especially on big match days involving the Dubs and prefarably Kerry."

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Carrie Dixon can't praise Dublinia enough.

"You will come away knowing more about the citizens of Dublin throughout the ages and share in their experiences."

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Glen Fauris says the GPO is a must do "because it's where the defining moment of Ireland's modern history took place".

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Kilmainham Gaol

Nan O'Leary suggests Kilmainham Gaol as a necessary visit in the capital.

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Catherine de Buitlear wouldn't look past Fingal in North County Dublin. "It has everything," she says.

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Walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse

Peter Golden says a walk to Poolbeg is perfect.

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National Botanical Gardens

Susan Cobbe loves visiting the National Botanical Gardens. "Such a beautiful amenity that I grew up with".

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Howth Pier

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A ride on the DART

When in doubt, just hop on the DART and enjoy the views.

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The next place we will look at is LIMERICK

To get involved, all you need to do is share your favourite thing to do in Limerick by sending us a personal message on our Facebook page (remember to begin the message #IEBestOf) or tweet us @irishexaminer using the hashtag #IEBestOF.

We will then put together a story highlighting some of the best suggestions so keep an eye out to see if your suggestion for a "must do" makes the cut.

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