Established in 1830 and set in 66 acres of Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo has something for all the family. It has a city farm, zoo train and discovery centre.
The National Botanical Gardens
The centerpiece of the gardens - established in 1797 - is a huge 19th century glasshouse. But there are over 500 acres to explore and more than 20,000 species to feat your eyes on. Try to make time for the rock gardens and Burren area.
Decorative Art and History Museum
Formerly Europe's largest military barracks, this magnificent setting dating back to 1701 now houses the national museum of decorative arts. There is a large number of displays ranging from rural furniture to costumes and clocks.
St James Gate Brewery
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to Ireland's number 1 international visitor attraction, the Guinness brewery. A short walk from the city centre you can find all about the process behind the making of Ireland's most famous export and its distinctive advertising and branding. You can also sup a pint of the black stuff while enjoying a view of the city from the seventh-floor bar.