While Dublin often serves as the hopping-on point for tours of Ireland, this eclectic city shouldn’t be overlooked as a fun and fascinating place to discover. Be sure to allow some time to find out why Ireland’s capital city is a must-see destination.

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Dublin Castle, Dublin Irelandyewenyi / Foter / CC BY-NC

Investigate Ireland’s prolific literary history, wander around an imposing castle, see a world-renowned ancient manuscript and sample the emerald isle’s iconic national brew all in a single day. But allow at least two days, because Dublin offers even more. Here is a list of five attractions in Dublin you should not miss:

1. The Guinness Storehouse

Enter a magical world dedicated entirely to the story of one of the most beloved brands known to man.

While tours are not allowed in the actual brewery, an admission ticket to the Storehouse is still a great investment, and adult visitors get to enjoy a complimentary pint during the visit! From the vast atrium to the famous Guinness Store, the self-guided tour covers seven floors of fun and will not disappoint.

Through ultra-modern technology, you’ll get to “meet” the company’s Master Brewer, learning everything you ever wanted to know about the entire process of creating, packaging and transporting Ireland’s beloved liquid gem.

2. Dublin Castle

Sprawling over 11 acres, Dublin Castle has dominated the history and culture of the city since the year 1204. A visit to this magnificent attraction is a must while in Dublin. The facility boasts two museums, two gardens, two cafes, spectacular grounds and the state apartments.

You’ll need at least two hours to visit the grounds, the museums, and the chapel, which are all free of charge. For an extra special treat, buy a ticket for a guided tour of the opulent state apartments!

3. The Book of Kells at Trinity College

Don’t miss an up-close look at the ornate, hand-illustrated Book of Kells in the Old Library of Dublin’s Trinity College. Created by Irish Monks around the year 800, it is considered to be the world’s most beautiful “illuminated” religious manuscript. The library’s stunning “long room” and the peaceful stroll through the historic Trinity campus make this visit delightful.

4. The National Museum and the National Gallery

While museums aren’t for everyone, these two stand out as must-see attractions. The National Museum is famous for its impressive collection of ancient gold jewelry, and the National Gallery is the place to see European art. Don’t miss the room of Irish scenes by Yeats!

5. Dublin on Foot

For the best appreciation of this city, explore on foot. Marvel at entire streets of breathtaking Georgian architecture and Dublin’s famous colorful doors. Stop for a photo on the famous Ha’Penny Bridge. Wander past the addresses of literary greats. Shop until you drop on Grafton Street. And don’t forget to stop in a pub for some great Irish grub, a pint, and some authentic entertainment!