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Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

1. Dublin: National Wax Museum Plus Entrance Tickets

Go to Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus to experience a museum unlike any other. Whether you are young or old, a culture vulture or fun seeker, male or female, star struck or star studded, the National Wax Museum is the ultimate entertainment experience. Wander the galleries to try out the exciting interactive attractions, including a salute to the legacy of Dublin’s literary heritage in the Writers Room, and the stages of Irish history in the Time Vaults.   Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, at 22-25 Westmoreland Street, the museum is housed over 3 floors and covers 13,000 square feet in a historic Lafayette landmark building. Designed to deliver the most thrilling interactive experience possible, attractions include an enchanting children's wax world, Ireland's only dedicated tribute to its top scientific inventors, a Father Ted room and all the exceptional lifelike waxwork characters you can imagine.

Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Dublin: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Entrance Ticket

Explore the emigration history of Ireland at the world's first fully digital museum in Dublin, winner of Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2019, 2020, and 2021. Learn how 10 million people have left the island over the centuries through the amazing exhibitions at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Follow the dramatic story of how the people of Ireland have left home to settle around the globe, and how they changed the world along the way. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure and discovery the world has ever known as you explore the 20 state-of-the-art galleries. Located in the CHQ building in the historic docklands, the museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way. Experience this digital and interactive award-winning technology and receive a souvenir passport to take home at the end of your visit.

Dublin: Walking Street Food Tour with Local Guide

3. Dublin: Walking Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Try out a variety of Dublin street food and learn about the city's history from your local guide on this walking tour. Discover 5 top Dublin restaurants and street food spots, each one a surprise, as you stroll around the city center. Meet your guide on historic Thomas Street and begin your tour of the city's coolest eateries. Get off the beaten trail and visit some spots only the locals know about (cost of food and drinks not included in the tour price.) Make sure to come along hungry, as you will be stopping off for five delicious street eats along the way and at least one of the stops will be a dessert stop. During stops, mingle with your group and friendly guide and make friends from all over the world. The focus is on street food and what is enjoyed day-to-day by locals, so you are guaranteed a uniquely authentic experience.

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

4. Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you enter Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Built circa 1028, the sacred monument is perfectly located in the heart of the city's medieval center and features a beautiful interior and the largest crypt in Ireland. Constructed in the early 12th century, and the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today, the crypt is home to some fascinating memorials and curiosities. Look at the treasury, and see the mummified cat and rat. According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into the pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in "Finnegans Wake" and are known locally - with typical Dublin wit - as "Tom and Jerry." Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who beat a path to the church in the Middle Ages. Learn about the important collection of relics in the church. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles of the nave. 

Dublin: Murder Mystery Game at Trinity College

5. Dublin: Murder Mystery Game at Trinity College

Step into the shoes of a talented detective as you travel back to 1899 to solve a mystery case. Stroll through the beautiful Trinity College while playing a fun game and take part in unique tasks to unlock clues that will lead you to the final chapter of your investigation. Pick up your mystery envelope and head over to Trinity College to begin your journey. In the envelope, you will find everything required for your investigation. Each chapter contains facts, information, and tasks that can shed light on the case. Inspired by a true crime case, the game will challenge you to use your skills to solve the case of a missing professor. Help bring professor Finn Flynn home to his worried wife Cecily Flynn. During your investigation, you will solve exciting riddles as you interact with Dublin's surroundings. In the end, you will receive the final chapter. Before you open it to discover the truth, you need to decide who the murderer is and what evidence you base this on. Your adventure will end across the road at the Irish Houses of Parliament.

Kildare: Irish National Stud & Gardens Racehorse Experience

6. Kildare: Irish National Stud & Gardens Racehorse Experience

Experience one of Ireland's true gems with this ticket to the Irish National Stud and Gardens, just 40 minutes outside Dublin. Discover the historical grounds which is one of the only thoroughbred breeding farms open to the public. Once inside, stroll through the stud farm and its picturesque gardens, and learn of its unique history. Join a free tour and view immaculately bred stallions. Admire protective mares alongside their frolicking foals. Meet retired equine racing stars like Hurricane Fly, Beef, Salmon, and Faugheen on the stud "Living Legends" Team. Enjoy a stroll through two remarkable gardens; The Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra's Garden. Enter an oasis of calm in the Japanese Gardens and travel the "Life of Man" path which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond. Visit St Fiachra's Garden which is an inherently Irish Garden that symbolises the power of the Irish Landscape. Spot various native species and an array of Irish wildlife. Take part in the award winning interactive Irish Racehorse Experience which takes visitors on a journey from the birth to the retirement of a racehorse. Receive a "horse box" that gives you the opportunity of "owning a racehorse". After learning about foaling, the early years, and the history of the thoroughbred, enter an interactive auction where you can purchase an unbroken yearling. Through a series of beautifully appointed rooms learn about training, racecourses, jockeys, and the anatomy and physiology of these magnificent athletes. Experience the fashion, betting, and animated commentary style as you witness your chosen racehorse on race day. Visitors will even get the chance to ride their horse on a simulated ride to find out how their investments work in a race. Conclude your experience in the Living Legend room which has floor to ceiling large windows overlooking the elite, retired racehorses as they graze in the paddock. Not only will this room explain life after racing but also the diaspora of all the famous horses and people around the world. Beautifully set on 850 acres of lush green rolling hills, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is a must visit for anyone travelling to Ireland and looking to discover a true Irish treasure.

Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

7. Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

Our tour begins near St. Stephen’s Green at The Rolling Donut, one of Dublin’s original doughnut shops. The Rolling Donut has an amazing selection of doughnuts to sample and you can see many of them in the photo above. While we’re there, we’ll try some of their signature flavors and talk a bit about the history of Dublin and the surrounding neighborhood. From there, we’ll walk up Grafton street on our way to visit Molly Malone and learn a bit about how she fits into the history of Dublin. At our second stop, we’ll try some traditional Irish churros . Believe me, churros might not be traditional to Dublin, but these churros are delicious nonetheless. Walking through Temple Bar, we’ll make our way to our third stop, which is one of the best doughnut shops you’ll ever visit in Dublin or elsewhere. Make sure to pace yourself at this point, because we have one last stop to see. After crossing the River Liffey and taking in the beautiful sites along the river, we’ll make our last stop at the Hot Donut. We hope you can join us on our doughnut adventure. We look forward to hosting you soon! We also offer much more information about the route, the city, the stops and more on our website: www.donuttour.com. Check it out today!

Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

8. Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

Explore the Dublin buried beneath your feet, a Dublin of English invaders, run with an iron fist by the Catholic Church and built by the Vikings. Uncover their stories by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you’ll receive your access code by email to be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Dublin: Treasure Hunt and Little Museum Entrance

9. Dublin: Treasure Hunt and Little Museum Entrance

Enjoy a treasure hunt and entrance to two of Dublin's finest museums in this all-in-one experience. Grab a map of Stephen's Green and compete to find the answers and the treasure. Race around this beautiful Georgian square as fast as you can, or make the journey at a leisurely Victorian pace. Learn about Irish history, have some laughs and stretch your legs in the very center of the capital. Your treasure includes a free ticket to the Little Museum of Dublin and the Museum of Irish Literature. Complete the treasure hunt challenge the fastest time of 2021 and you will free admission to the Little Museum for the rest of your life.

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What people are saying about Dublin

Actually thought that this was "just" a street food tour where you were smuggled from one shop to the next. But what we experienced was our highlight of the entire holiday. We learned so much about Dublin's history, Irish customs and Irish food that after 3 very entertaining hours we were smarter, fuller and incredibly happy to have booked the tour. Despite the rain and cold, our tour guide made it perfect. With a lot of passion and wit. Thank you Kevin!!

Kevin is an excellent guide, full of anecdotes and knowing how to bring his passion to life. We feasted for cheap and are distributed with lots of good addresses of all kinds to visit!

Nice experience to understand better the Irish’s emigration past and its importance to the new generation.

Everything as planned. No queue at the entrance (morning of 31th dec)

I loved the tour. Kevin had a great and lively personality.