County Dublin plays host to some of Ireland’s most famous attractions. It is a place immersed in culture and history. As the capital of Ireland, it is a tourist hotspot, with an incredible array of activities available around the city for people of all ages. Whether you’re from Ireland or abroad, we’ve put together a collection of Dublin’s finest places and things for you to go and enjoy.
Where better to start than our closest of spots? The Phoenix Park is a place we recommend all our guests go and visit. The Phoenix Park is home to so many iconic places to go and things to see. Go check out Áras an Uachtaráin, home and workplace to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Perhaps you might catch a glimpse of his beautiful best friend, his Bernese Mountain Dog called Bród. Why not have a cuppa in The Victorian Tea Rooms or check out the beautiful Farmleigh House and the intriguing Magazine Fort? If you’re visiting with family, not to worry, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy! Keep an eye out for the park’s most famous residents, The Fallow Deer or go and have fun in the playground. Whilst we approve of all in which the park offers, there is no place more appealing and exciting than Dublin Zoo. With over 400 animals from all over the globe, the zoo is a must see for all our guests. This non-profit organisation is an incredible visit for everyone to enjoy on a nice sunny day! See their latest additions to the family, the Asian Dholes! These adorable fox look-alikes are sure to attract plenty of visitors in the coming months.
There is no denying, Dublin is widely regarded as most famous for its culture, particularly that involving alcoholic beverages. Whilst we could suggest dozens of electrifying pubs around Dublin for you to visit, three traditional Irish pubs lie nearby on the beds of the River Liffey fit to quench anybody’s thirst. The Wren’s Nest, The Angler’s Rest and The Strawberry Hall are all within a 5-minute drive of the hotel, serving the finest Guinness around. Speaking of Guinness, why not check out where the famous stout is made in The Guinness Storehouse. It seems every famous face that visits Ireland holds the Storehouse exceedingly high on their lists of places to visit in Dublin.
Another famous beverage developing spot is the Jameson Distillery. The home to Ireland’s most famous whiskey and one of the most unique experiences. In 1780 John Jameson threw open the doors of his distillery on Bow St.. Over 240 years later, the doors are still open - to friends old and new. With plenty of unique experiences available, join us for a fully guided tour and tasting or learn how to blend your own whiskey, master the craft of cocktail making or draw whiskey straight from a cask in Dublin’s only live maturation warehouse, all in the home of the World’s Leading Distillery Tour Checkout one of Ireland’s fastest growing and successful tours with a 20% discount for all our guests at Castleknock Hotel.
The streets of Dublin city are enriched in history which can be discovered in some imperative places in our country’s history. Discover Ireland’s most famous University, Trinity College and see the famous Book of Kells. This college located in the heart of the city is famous for its history and the intellectual’s the University has taught. Learn all about the famous history of Irish emigration and gain an understanding for the journey this country has had throughout history. Also in the heart of the city stands one of the most important buildings in our history. The General Post Office (GPO) is considered crucial in shaping the land we live in today. It was the main site of the 1916 rising, the rebellion which paved the way for Ireland to win their independence from British rule. Here you can still see to this day the bullet holes and damaged inflicted to the pillars which still stand outside what has become a vastly renovated building.
If none of this tickles your fancy then perhaps these options might! Croke Park is one of Europe’s biggest stadium’s and is home to our national sports body the GAA. Discover our unique sports and maybe go and see the best views in the city on the Skyline tour, scaling the roof of the stadium. Just like the Skyline tour, there are many weather permitting places to visit around Dublin, but we suggest taking a trip out to Howth to be top of this list. Go and enjoy the views around Howth’s 6km cliff walk and follow it up with the famous Beshoff Bros Fish and Chips by the pier.
For more information on any of Ireland’s must see destinations, feel free to ask any of our staff members who may point you to a hidden gem if you’re lucky!