Off Beaten Path Attractions in Dublin

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  • Mainstream tourist attractions only show one side of a place. If you want to delve a little under the surface, you need to check out our 10 Off-the-Beaten-Path things to do. By the way, don't confuse this list with our 10 Offbeat Things to Do!

    Our number 1 choice is the National Botanic Gardens, simply because so few people come to Dublin to smell the roses, let alone look at a bog garden, a peat garden and splendid Kew Gardens-style greenhouses. A perfect choice on a sunny afternoon.

    In a very different kind of park, we fund the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Museum, which busies itself with Hurling and Gaelic Football. It's a 20-minute walk from O'Connell Street, or 5-10 minutes away by bus. Next come two attractions which are off the beaten path, in the "it's very easy to miss" sense. First is City Hall, which tens of thousands of people pass by each day. Pop in (its free) to see its fantastic decorated ceiling and the history exhibition in the vaults. Ther are more, altogether creepier vaults at St Michan's Church, home to near-perfectly preserved centuries-old bodies (some call them "mummies").

    Still on the church theme, it's hard to miss mighty St Patrick's Cathedral, but equally impressive is tiny Marsh's Library, next door, with its historic (chained) book collection.

    Two important centres of Dublin culture, just off the beaten track, and within a couple of hundred metres of each other are The James Joyce Centre and the Hugh Lane Dublin City Art Gallery. The latter is worth tracking down just for its cafe - by a real waterfall, no less!

    A 5- to 10-minute walk south of St Stephen's Green you'll find the home of another one of Dublin's literary great; 'Author of Many Plays' is the simple accolade on the plaque outside the birthplace/museum of George Bernard Shaw.

    Many visitors head for Kilmainham and see its famous Gaol, far fewer go the extra 10 minutes to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. See its website before you go to see if it's worth your while. Finally don't miss the Jeanie Johnston tall ship, a 10-minute walk towards the new Docklands area, though its story, of Ireland's terrible potato famine goes back over 150 years.

    National Botanic Gardens

    Botanic Rd., Glasnevin

    Ireland's horticultural repository... read more

    GAA Museum (The)

    St. Joseph's Avenue
    Croke Park

    A history of Irish sport... read more

    City Hall

    Dame Street

    Reminder of Dublin's golden age... read more

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    St. Michan's Church and Crypt

    Church Street

    Dublin's most unusual visitor attraction... read more

    Marsh's Library

    St. Patrick's Close
    St. Patrick's Close, Upper Kevin St

    Sparkling Literary Lineage... read more

    James Joyce Centre (The)

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    35 N. Great George's St

    Understanding Ireland's greatest writer... read more

    Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

    Charlemont House
    Parnell Square North

    Manet, D├ęgas, Rodin and more... read more

    Shaw's Birthplace

    33 Synge St

    Childhood home of Irish playwright... read more

    Irish Museum of Modern Art

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    Royal Hospital
    Military Rd, Kilmainham

    Superb contemporary gallery in beautiful historic setting with adjacent gardens and large grounds... read more

    Jeanie Johnston (Tall Ship Famine Museum)

    Custom House Quay

    A moving journey back in time... read more
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