Dublin City Centre Attractions

During your stay at Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin there are many places of interest to visit and tourist attractions to see. Below we have selected for you the some of the main tourist sites and family attractions in Dublin to visit.

National Wax Museum

The National Wax Museum is an outstanding family attraction which has been completely redesigned to focus on fun and interactive visitor experience which highlights Irish cultural heritage and history, houses a recording studio, children's zone of discovery and exception life-like wax work characters.


Viking Splash Tour

Educate the kids about the history of Dublin from a Viking's perspective and sample the sights of Dublin by land & water with a Viking Splash Tour. With amusing guides and amphibious World War II vehicles, this tour is one that the whole family will enjoy.


Dublin ZooDublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is set on 30 acres of landscaped grounds around ornamental lakes where over 700 animals and tropical birds from around the world can be seen.

A daily "Meet the Keeper" and feeding programme operates which gives you the opportunity to learn about the many rare and endangered species that live in Dublin Zoo. Be sure to visit the World of Primates, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains and much much more.


Guinness StorehouseGuinness Storehouse

The new Guinness Experience, which opened in November 2000, is located in the heart of the Guinness brewery in Dublin.

Often surprising, always entertaining, the adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant, pint shaped heart of glass. As you wander up through the Guinness Storehouse, you'll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff- the ingredients, the process, the passion. At the top or head of the pint you will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness and you can relax and enjoy panoramic views across Dublin City.


Old Jameson DistilleryOld Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield Village is in the heart of Old Dublin. Irish whiskey can trace its history back to the 6th century. Almost like a tour of a working distillery you can follow the fascinating craft of whiskey making here, taste some of Ireland's' finest Irish Whiskey and pick up an exclusive Jameson gift in the gift shop.


National Gallery in DublinNational Gallery in Dublin

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1854, the National Gallery first opened its doors to the public in Januargalleryy 1864. At the time of its inauguration there were just 125 paintings in the collection (the first purchase was 15 paintings bought in 1856 in Rome).

Today the collection boasts some 3,000 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Admission to the Gallery is free and is not to be missed.


St. Patrick's CathedralSt. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. A church was built on this site in 1191 and the cathedral building dates from 1220.cathedral

Today the Cathedral is open as both an architectural and historical site, but principally as a place of worship. Charges are made for those visiting for sightseeing and your contribution directly supports the future of this holy and historic building.


Trinity College DublinTrinity College Dublin

Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 trinityby Queen Elizabeth I, the College is in an enviable position in the very heart of Ireland's capital and in 1992 celebrated 400 years.

Trinity College, on its 40 acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion, its cobbled squares, gardens and parks have a tranquil atmosphere compared to the bustling streets outside.

The college is famed for the great treasures it has the honour to be guardian of. These include the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. These are displayed in The Colonnades exhibition Gallery and the Long Room which is the most impressive library in the College housing over 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books.



Dublinia traces the story of medieval Dublin from the English Invasion through the Black Death to the closure of the Monasteries in the 1540s.


Kilmainham Goal

Europe's largest disused and Ireland's most famous prison. The leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed here by the English.


Dublin Castle

Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors.


Temple Bar

Dublin's Cultural Quarter. Located in the heart of Dublin's City Centre, some of Dublin's best night spots, restaurants and unusual shops line these narrow, cobbled streets running between the Bank of Ireland and Christ Church Cathedral.


Convention Centre Dublin

Clontarf Castle Hotel is located just minutes from the Convention Centre Dublin and offers the very best in Dublin Accommodation for those attending a conference or event at the CCD! Located at Spencer Dock on the banks of the River Liffey, the CCD is an iconic, state of the art conference facility to rival international venues.


All arrangements can be made by our Concierge Team. Email concierge@clontarfcastle.ie