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Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

1. Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

With the digital Dublin Pass, enjoy unlimited access to more than 35 sites attractions and sites including the Guinness Storehouse, Chester Beatty Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and many more. Explore all there is to do in Dublin at your own pace. Pay nothing at the gate; simply show your QR-coded pass on your phone and you're in. Your pass includes free entry to over 35 attractions, including: Airfield Estate Aquazone @ the National Aquatic Centre Castletown House and Parklands Christ Church Cathedral Dublin City Hall Dublinia Dublin Zoo Glasnevin Museum Guinness Storehouse James Joyce Centre Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum Little Museum of Dublin Malahide Castle & Gardens National Wax Museum PLUS Old Jameson Distillery Rainforest Adventure Golf Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Skerries Mills Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum Farmleigh House & Estate Newbridge House & Farm Dublin Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum Irish Rock 'n Roll Museum Experience National Botanic Gardens Teelings Whiskey Distillery Tour Walking Food Tours - Beer on Foot Walking Food Tours - Food on Foot Casino Model Railway Museum additionally, receive a special offer gift at Dublin attractions where public entry is free: Chester Beatty Library Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Irish Museum of Modern Art National Gallery of Ireland National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

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Dublin: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

2. Dublin: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Dublin. Download the app onto your phone and explore Dublin at your own pace. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Dublin. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. The app includes facts and information about each location you stop at. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time.

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Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

3. Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

After pickup from your hotel, embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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Dublin: Irish History & Treasures Tour with National Museum

4. Dublin: Irish History & Treasures Tour with National Museum

Learn about some of the most important events in Irish history, and hear stories that explain the most important events that shaped the Ireland of today. This tour will highlight the story of the Irish, from 7,000 B.C. through to the 20th century. You will also visit the National Museum’s main exhibits and Treasury to explore the museum’s top highlights. This 2.5-hour tour does the work for you, with a guide to show you the most important curated highlights. You will view important pieces such as the Ardagh Chalice, The Tara Brooch, The Bog Bodies and many more. This award-winning museum is a true celebration of Ireland, showcasing its people, history, culture and artistic brilliance. The tour also includes a visit to the Viking exhibit, exploring the impact of the Vikings from the 9th to the 12th centuries. Your fully-guided tour will then continue with a walk through history to visit some of Dublin’s other highlights, including the Government Buildings, the Georgian highlights of Merrion Square and Stephens Green (Dublin City’s Central Park). With small groups of only 25 guests or fewer, this tour will be personal and unhurried, with a passionate and friendly guide.

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Dublin: Treasures of Ireland Museums Private Tour

5. Dublin: Treasures of Ireland Museums Private Tour

This amazing tour uses Ireland’s artistic and literary wealth to explain the historical moments, traditions, wars, movements, and eras that have sculpted Ireland through the centuries. You’ll explore only the highlights of the National Gallery, National Library and National Museum, with a break half-way through. This cultural tour is designed to provide the right mix of variety and depth so that you remain engaged throughout the 3-hours. This tour will show you some of Ireland's great artistic achievements like the symbolic paintings representing the Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Irish Civil War, insight into the life and works of W.B. Yeats - Ireland’s Greatest Poet and the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice, treasures that epitomise Ireland’s Golden Age (500-800AD). And the best part of the tour? It’s the evocative explanations of how these pieces of art fit into the jigsaw puzzle that is Irish culture and history. Think of each piece as a word. The guide uses each word to tell a story that is insightful, emotive and special - The Story of Ireland. Book now to find out why so many people have already called this tour the highlight of their Ireland trip.

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Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

6. Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

If you only have one day to see as much of Dublin as possible, then this five-hour walking tour is the perfect option. History, culture, architecture, Irish society, Irish language, literature, and jokes are shared during your walk around the city. Five hours will fly by quickly as you see all the city's most important sights. There is also the option to add a guided tour of the Old Library of Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed. (Note that if this option is selection, the National Museum of History and Archaeology will be substituted out.) Trinity’s Long Room library, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, houses 200,000 of Ireland’s most ancient texts. Admire the "Proclamition of the Irish Republic," one of the most important texts in Irish history. The Long Room also features the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and the model for the insignia of Ireland.  On Mondays, the National Museum of History and Archaeology is closed. Please note that there is an entrance fee for those who opt for the Book of Kells (adults and children). Please note, as part of ongoing conservation and preservation plans for the Old Library, the Book of Kells will be removed from public display from November 2019 to early March 2020. However, a full color replica of the Book of Kells will be available to view in the Trinity’s Long Room library.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Ireland

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based on 155 reviews

Great choice, with the Dublin Pass you enjoy a variety of attractions that would be much more expensive if you purchased each one individually. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.

All the important sights were there. Worked very well with the online ticket. There was no stress. The individual attractions were well explained.

The pass helps you a lot to optimize your resources and allows you to visit the main attractions !!!!

Everything worked out wonderfully and the respective entry was very quick and without complications

Great experience, with a pass that saves you a lot of time by skipping the lines most of the time.