7 totally unique things to do in Dublin

Modern buildings and offices on Liffey river in Dublin on a bright sunny day, bridge on the right is a famous Harp bridge.

Are you looking for some of the most unique things to do in Dublin? Read on for our full list!

The vivacious capital of Ireland, it’s unsurprising that Dublin is constantly among the top places to visit in Europe.

While the Guinness Factory and Temple Bar reign supreme amongst the best activities in Dublin, this capital has so much more to offer. 

If you’ve already ticked off Dublin’s most famous attractions OR just fancy seeing another side to the city on your trip, read on!

Unique things to do in Dublin: the full list

Here are the very best things to do in Dublin!

1. Cruise in elegance across the Liffey

Could there be a more relaxing way to get acquainted with a city than a river cruise? 

The River Liffey flows through the heart of Dublin, and cruises sail past the city’s highlights with a commentary along the way – usually with the chance to enjoy a drink and some nibbles en-route.

 In fact, while there are several different cruises to pick from, one of the top choices includes a wonderful 3-course Irish supper along with a leisurely journey along the river. 

So, look for last minute deals on cruises here! 

2. Walk along the Cliffs of Howth

For an alternative view of the city, head to Howth!

These rugged cliffs boast surreal views of the Irish Sea and are usually devoid of bustling crowds. 

The most spectacular views of Dublin Bay can be found on the Howth walkways. 

You’ll find views of the cityscape at every turn and even some hidden beaches in the area!

You’ll also discover the historic ruins of Howth Castle and the ancient Martello Tower.

To reach the cliffs, take a DART train from Dublin to Howth Station, then stroll along the picturesque harbour before ascending the cliffside path. 

It’s a relatively easy 6-kilometre hike, suitable for most fitness levels. 

3. Explore the magnificent rooms of Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland - 12 May, 2021: Christ Church Cathedral view (The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity)

Ireland’s a Catholic country, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of churches and cathedrals to admire here. 

The magnificent façade of Christ Church Cathedral draws numerous visitors to Dublin, yet the outside only reveals 50% of the story!

Head inside to travel approximately 1,000 years back in history to the cathedral’s consecration in 1028. 

Don’t miss highlights like the tomb of Strongbow, the Norman leader who conquered Dublin in 1170, and the impressive Medieval Crypt, the largest in Ireland, which extends beneath the entire structure. 

Within this crypt, you’ll encounter a rather peculiar sight—a mummified Cat and Rat, forever entwined in a tale dating back to the 1860s when they became trapped in the cathedral’s organ!

4. Dublin Coffee Tours

Can’t function without your morning coffee? Don’t worry, Dublin provides!

The coffee tour brings local coffee businesses that are passionate about making great coffee together. 

Not only will you have the chance to sip coffee to your heart’s content, but you’ll also be able to fully verse yourself on the brewing and coffee making processes! 

5. Explore two of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods

Along the northern banks of the River Liffey, Smithfield and Stoneybatter, Dublin’s historic neighbours, are perfect for getting a slice of local life. 

Smithfield, once a warehousing district, has transformed into somewhat of a hipster hangout, with lots of modern apartments and businesses opening doors. 

Adjacent to it, Stoneybatter, with its quaint Victorian terraced cottages, gastro pubs (some of which are an excellent alternative to Temple Bar!), and welcoming local community, has more of a village atmopshere. 

In 2019, Time Out even crowned Stoneybatter one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods!

These areas are lined with pubs and restaurants, but it’s also worth doing a walking tour with Secret Street Tours, which are run by people who have been affected by homelessness in the city. 

6. Discover history in the Little Museum of Dublin

Learn about the city in The Little Museum of Dublin – an original and engaging approach to learning about Dublin’s history. 

The museum tells the story of the city, focusing on its history, Irish hospitality and of course the legendary Irish sense of humour!

Launched in 2011, it now showcases more than 5,000 artefacts that all tell the tale of the city in their own unique ways. 

If you only visit one museum in Dublin, make sure it’s this one!

7. Get your hands on Ireland’s delicacies

Individual cottage pies topped with white and sweet potato mash on a wooden surface.

What could be more delightful than a stroll through Dublin’s illustrious past? 

A walking tour along with lots of Irish cheese, shellfish, and other treats! 

This unusual city tour combines classic delicacies with an intriguing background to teach you about the area’s rich past while keeping your stomach full.

Discover Dublin’s lengary “craic” as you explore shops, markets and even a locally-known hidden church!

Are you ready to visit Dublin? 

These seven experiences will help you see the Irish capital in a totally new light. Whether you’re visiting for the first or fourteenth time, save this list for travel inspiration as you explore Dublin’s fair city!