Top ten tourist attractions in Dublin - SEE PHOTOS
Historic, scenic and popular - here are Dublin's must visit spots
Although Dublin now ranks as one of the most expensive cities in Europe, at least entrance to this museum (for the permanent exhibition) is free. The museum collection includes some 2,500 paintings and around 10,000 other works in various forms. Major Irish work includes that of Jack B. Yeats (the brother of William Butler) and of Louis le Brocquy, Ireland's greatest living artist
This is the home of the Irish parliament, and is a truly magnificent building, full of history. Although admission is free, tours for this have to be arranged in advance: according to this Leinster House website, visitors from outside Ireland must contact their embassies or honorary consular representative, who can then contact the events desk of Leinster House.
7. Croke Park
This is the headquarters of the main sporting body in Ireland, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), who are in charge of the two ancient Irish sports, hurling and Gaelic football. As well as being the spiritual home of Irish cultural nationalism , it is also the fourth largest sports stadium in Europe - a remarkable achievement for amateur sports. Croke Park can be something of a gem for tourists in Dublin, for the very simple reason that it doesn't seem to be heavily promoted by the GAA with tourists - so if you can get to see a game, the chances are that you will be one of the few tourists there. Tickets for games toward the end of season (around August) can be hard to come by, but there are usually plenty of tickets for the games at the start of the season, around May. It is also well worth coming here to visit the GAA museum and for a tour of the stadium.
Ireland's largest church, and, given its close proximity to Dublin's City Center, a visit here is an essential part of any Dublin tourist itinerary, no matter how short their stay. Unsurprisingly for a church that was founded in the 12th century, there is plenty of history here - Jonathan Swift, the author of "Gulliver's Travels", who was the dean of the Cathedral from 1713-45, is buried here. St. Patrick's Cathedral also hosts choral concerts regularly, which are worth keeping an eye open for. If you do get tickets for a concert here, it is strongly advisable to bring a cushion, as sitting on the hard wooden benches for over two hours can be a fairly numbing experience otherwise.