Trinity College, Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse – it could only be Dublin, one of Europe’s tourist hotspots attracting around four million visitors a year.
But with a host of hidden treasures, any of which would make great corporate days out in Dublin, here are ten of the best.
The National Leprechaun Museum
If you’re enchanted by the legend of the leprechauns then this will be number one on your list of hidden Dublin’s attractions.
The Forty Foot
Brave the cold water – naked if you dare – and dive into this glorious swimming spot at the southern tip of Dublin Bay. Then head for the James Joyce Tower and Museum where the opening scene of Ulysses is set.
There is nothing more Irish than the thrill of a hurling or Gaelic football match at Croke Park. Check online on their website for upcoming fixtures.
The U2 Wall
A fan made labour of love, this wall daubed with tributes to Ireland’s greatest rock band is a must see. Any U2 fan will want to be photographed here.
Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Not as spooky as it sounds, with something for the history buffs (the cemetery houses WWI graves amongst others) to those looking for a relaxing vibe for a picnic.
Another one for history lovers. The Gaol has a rich and terrible history and gives a real feel for the Irish struggle for independence.
The Little Museum of Dublin
A tiny gem, housing publicly donated artefacts that tell the history of the city in the 20th century.
City of a Thousand Welcomes
What better way to see the hidden treasures of the city than with a native Dubliner? 3,000 Dubliners have signed up to act as ambassadors and unofficial tour guides. Dublin is a city awash with events, and a number of sites like http://davisevents.ie/blog/festivals-events/ and many others have full listings.
Howth Loop Cliff Walk
For the price of a train ticket you can enjoy this spectacular walk. On a clear day you can see as far as Wicklow Head.
Dublin Literary Walking Tour
You can’t leave Dublin without walking in the footsteps of its literary greats – Joyce, Swift, Stoker and Wilde – seeing where they lived, loved and wrote their masterpieces.