Hidden treasures of Dublin: Discovering the City's gems

- Posted on: 18/10/2023 - By: Sofia Carraro Rocha - Cover photography by @brianlawless $itemValue.title


Hey there, fellow traveller! If you're looking for a journey that's more than just a tick-off-the-list tour of Dublin's famous sights, then you've come to the right place. This blog post is your golden ticket to uncovering the hidden charm of Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital. So, lace up your walking shoes and let's dive into the city's secret nooks and crannies that often escape the tourist radar!


Welcome to The Little Museum of Dublin:

Nestled within a cozy Georgian townhouse on St. Stephen's Green, lies an adorable secret - The Little Museum of Dublin. This charming spot is bursting with stories of the city, told through captivating artifacts and snapshots of time. And for all you rock 'n' roll fans out there, don't miss the "U2 Room," dedicated entirely to Dublin's legendary band. Tickets start at €13 per person.


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Step into the pages of "Ulysses" at Sweny's Pharmacy:

For all you bookworms, Sweny's Pharmacy is a must-visit. Featured in James Joyce's "Ulysses," this place is like stepping straight into a literary classic. It's truly a treat for any fan of Joyce or simply those curious about Dublin's rich literary scene.


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Get your thrift on at Dublin Flea Market:

Fancy a bit of treasure hunting? Then head to the Dublin Flea Market, where you can rummage through vintage goodies, unique crafts, and quirky keepsakes. Who knows what you might find!


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Explore the great outdoors at The Bull Island:

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the city centre, The Bull Island awaits. This natural paradise is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offering a peaceful retreat and stunning views of Dublin Bay. It's perfect for bird-watching, beach walks, or simply soaking in the tranquillity.


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Discover the hidden oasis of Dublin Castle Gardens:

Sure, you've heard of Dublin Castle, but did you know about the gorgeous gardens tucked away behind it? These lush green spaces are the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic or a leisurely stroll. Don't miss the Chester Beatty Garden and the contemplative Dubh Linn Garden, tucked away like secret treasures.  Tickets are available per €8 (adult), €6 (students/seniors), €4 (kids) and €20 (family pack).


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Find serenity at Blessington Street Basin:

Hidden within Phibsborough's residential area, Blessington Street Basin is a haven of calm. This peaceful park, with its beautiful lake and charming stone bridges, is the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon stroll or a picnic.


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Travel back in time at Marsh's Library:

Just a stone's throw from St. Patrick's Cathedral, you'll find Marsh's Library, a bibliophile's dream. This isn't just a library; it's a time machine. As you wander among the wooden bookcases and leaf through the collection of rare books, you'll feel as though you've slipped back centuries. Tickets are available at €7 (full price) or €4 (students/seniors).


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Dive into adventure at The Forty Foot:

After exploring the city, why not take a refreshing dip at The Forty Foot? This local favourite swimming spot offers breathtaking views and a rejuvenating dip.


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Discover Dublin's finest hidden pubs for a tranquil escape from the city's lively crowds.


Dublin has so much more to offer beyond its famous landmarks. Its secret spots unlock a whole new world of stories, serene retreats, and unique experiences. So next time you're in this enchanting city, ditch the well-worn tourist trail and uncover these hidden gems for a truly unforgettable Irish adventure.


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