Around Dublin

  • Trinity College Library
  • Pilgrimage to Knock
  • Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb
  • Dublin Castle
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • Russborough
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
  • Rock of Cashel

Cultural outings

Dublin City Tour

See main Dublin visitor attractions with a city sightseeing tour.

Trinity College Library

The major attractions are the Old Library and the Book of Kells housed in the treasury with other illuminated manuscripts.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo is an international place of prayer and pilgrimage where over one and a half million people make their way every year. The story of Knock dates back to the 21st of August 1879 when fifteen people from the village witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, an altar, cross, and Lamb.

Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb (Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre)

One of the most important passage graves in Europe, it is steeped in mystery. Built in around 3200 BC, the grave was left untouched by all invaders and was eventually excavated in the 1960s.

Dublin Castle

Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference center, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important staterooms in the country.


An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th  -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor center.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life throughout its long history (it was founded in 1191).

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Explore three wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle, the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park, and the Village Street.


Russborough is often referred to as the most beautiful house in Ireland. It was built between 1740 and 1750 in the Palladian style by Richard Castle (Cassells) and displays fine stucco ceilings by the Lafranchini brothers, marvelous plasterwork and a wonderful mahogany staircase. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow mountains beyond.

Old Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery tucked away in a quaintly cobbled alley that opens into a small courtyard, has managed to maintain the charm of its heyday in the early 1800s.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

One of Ireland’s foremost visitor attractions-the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum illustrate the way of life and traditions of the people of the north of Ireland.

Rock of Cashel

A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th-century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. 

Recreative outings

Kilkenny Castle

Built in the 1190s, Kilkenny Castle was occupied right up 1935. The powerful Butler family lived in it from late 14th century, but because of the exorbitant upkeep, their descendants eventually donated Kilkenny Castle to the nation in 1967.

Clara Lara Funpark

Clara Lara Funpark is Ireland's most outstanding outdoor adventure park. It is a unique park dedicated to providing healthy and creative fun for families and groups of children. There are lots here for all active ages. 

National Wax Museum

Discover a world where fantasy and reality combine and heroes of the past and the present come alive before your eyes. Look twice at the man reading his Irish Times in the lobby of the museum. See the Children's World of Fairytale and Fantasy.

This display is truly a joy for children as they wander through the Kingdom of Fairytales to find the magical lamp and the all-powerful genie!. A particularly attractive feature is the life-size replica of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper".

Displays have an informative and educational narrative which can be heard at the touch of a button.

Guinness Store House

Is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. As you wander up through Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff -the ingredients, the processes, the passion.

Leopardstown Racecourse

Leopardstown Racecourse is an Irish horse-racing venue. It hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing. Many important races are held here and racing takes place all year round, with about 22 meetings per year.

The Leopardstown Hall of Fame honors famous Irish horse racing trainers, jockeys, and horses.

Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

One visit, three different worlds- situated 1 hour from Dublin off the N7. There’s a horse museum tracing the history of the horse in Ireland using artifacts, illustrations and text, and the Skeleton of the legendary steeplechaser “Arkle.

Sport outings

Blessington Lakes

Blessington Land & Water Sports have become the country’s premier outdoor activity center. They have the widest range of activities in the country, from boating (kayaking, windsurfing), and riding (bikes, horses) to shooting (clays, archery) and wall climbing.

Lough Dan Adventure Centre

Is situated in the heart of Wicklow, also known as the “Garden of Ireland”. They provide a wide range of fun, challenging and adventurous activities such as kayaking, hill walking, rock climbing, archery and lots more.


Lough Key Forest Park

Located in a scenic and historical area of Roscommon, Lough Key consist of approximately 350 hectares, comprised of forest features include tunnels, a viewing tower, ice house, Bog garden, and gazebo. There is approximately 10 km of forest walks which take you through magnificent lake shore, canal banks, and trees.

Marble Arch Caves and Cuilcagh Mountain Park

The Marble Arch Caves explores the fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.



The Street Wooded slopes of Glendalough “The valley of the two lakes”, harbor one of Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic sites. Established by St. Kevin in the 6th Century. Decline set in only after English forces partially razed the site in 1398, though it functioned as a monastic center until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. 



Irish National Heritage Park

Powerscourt House, Gardens, and Waterfall; one of the world’s great gardens, Powerscourt is situated 12 miles south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. The garden was begun by Richard Wingfield in the 1740s and stretches out over 47 acres.




Tour of The Military Road

“The Great Sugar Loaf” is a must during the year course. If you head south from Dublin by either the Bray or Enniskerry roads its symmetrical cone dominates the view (like it does just on Academy’s grounds). Little and great have quite similar profiles, and when the Little alone is in view it is possible to confuse them, but once the Great comes in sight its profile is unmistakable. A Big heather fire a few years ago exposed the bare, white, quartzite rocks and screed so that from a distance it appeared the mountain was covered. Now the vegetation is gradually recovering. 


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