Five Hidden Dublin Attractions You Need To Visit - Dublin Visitor Centre

Five Hidden Dublin Attractions You Need To Visit

You may not necessarily have heard of these, but you will be glad you did.

Everyone loves a hidden gem. There’s something exciting about finding a place away from the public eye in which you can have a quiet and relaxing afternoon.

1. St. Michan’s Church

St. Michan’s was the first church to be built on the Northside of Dublin. It was built in the 11th century. By walking along Church Street for just a few minutes and away from the River Liffey, and you’ll find a modest church which you will not think that much of at first glance. However, it is a huge hidden gem of Dublin.

Located in the crypt there are several mummies, dating back to the 1600s to the 1800s. Although no one quite knows why the mummies (who were members of some of Dublin’s wealthiest families), are so well preserved, they can be visited during select times in the week for a small fee.

 

 

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2. Sweny’s Pharmacy

Once a 19th century pharmacy, later turned into a bookstore and craft shop was once visited by renowned Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic James Joyce and is even listed as a location in his world-famous novel, Ulysses. It’s free to visit.

A visit to Sweny’s Pharmacy can easily be combined with a glimpse of Oscar Wilde’s birthplace, as well as a trip inside the nearby National Gallery, which also happens to be free to visit! Otherwise, if you would like, head into Sweny’s to purchase a unique souvenir of your time in Dublin!

 

 

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3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral Park

One of Dublin’s forgotten parks, the green space surrounding St. Patrick’s Cathedral is filled with plenty of flowers (including fragrant hyacinths) throughout the spring and summer months. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to see spring blossom in the capital city. A true example of hidden Dublin.

Hidden Dublin definitely sounds better than forgotten Dublin.

Best visited on a sunny day, this park makes for the perfect spot to hang out with friends or enjoy a picnic outdoors. If you wish to enter the Cathedral, however, you will have to pay a fee, like most of Dublin’s prominent churches.)

 

 

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4. Lucy’s Lounge Vintage Clothing Store

If you love vintage stores and retro clothing, then Lucy’s Lounge (11 Fownes Street Upper) is the perfect place for you. Taking up several floors and dedicated to all things weird and wonderful, you can find yourself wandering around for hours on end, admiring (and trying on) the various vintage garments on display.

 

 

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5. Ruins of St Kevin’s Church

As an abandoned church with strong influences over history that has since been transformed into a public park, the haunting ruins of St. Kevin’s Church are a must visit on any trip to the Camden area of the city. Elsewhere in the district you can find a canal and a number of different hipster coffee shops. St. Kevin’s Park, however, provides a moment of calm for those seeking a quiet spot to relax alone (or with company) with their thoughts.

This list of hidden Dublin attractions will definitely add a bit of excitement to your itinerary. For more information on various attractions on offer in our capital city, click here.

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