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From historic sites to the thrill of casinos – here’s what to do while in Dublin

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If you’re all set to visit Dublin then you’ll no doubt be feeling a sense of excitement. After all, this is a city where there’s so much going on. There’s plenty to see, do and get involved with and you really will be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re visiting for a short break or have a whole holiday planned, we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

If it’s your first time heading to Dublin, you’ll probably be welcoming of some ideas to get you going. That’s where we come in: keep reading as we show you the highlights that Dublin has on offer.

Head over to Temple Bar

No visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Temple Bar. This is one of the most iconic bars in the whole of the city and people come from all over the world to experience a drink, or two, within its walls. It’s amazing to look at just how popular this bar is given that it dates all the way back to the 1300s.

While many will enjoy a drink in the daytime, as the hours go by this becomes the centre of Dublin’s nightlife. It’s the place to go to have the best night of your life all while enjoying some seriously strong Irish whiskey.

Don’t miss the Guinness StoreHouse Factory

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Ireland, not just Dublin. Of course, Guinness is the drink that’s synonymous with Ireland and that’s why this is a tourist spot that you simply can’t ignore. As soon as you head inside you’re sure to be amazed as you’re treated to an interior that is designed to look just like a pint of the famous drink itself.

A tour of the Guinness factory will make you appreciate your next pint more than any other that you’ve had before. With seven floors to explore, you’ll go on a trip back in time, learning all about the Guinness family and how they perfected the perfect drink. The tour ends with you enjoying a refreshing pint at the Gravity Bar. This is on the 7th floor and gives you a truly amazing view of Dublin.

Walk back in time as you visit Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is famous around the world, and for good reason. Within its walls, you’ll find that there are more than 800 years of history and even memories. This castle has been at the heart of some of the most important events that have ever happened in Ireland.

The castle is situated in an area that spans an impressive 11 acres or more. Sitting proudly on the highest ridge that can be seen, you can choose to take a wander around on your own or take part in one of the fascinating guided tours. There are plenty of castle rooms to explore along with the gardens and the museum.

Try a casino with the luck of the Irish on your side

Something that Ireland, and particularly Dublin, is well known for is the love of gambling. Dublin is home to some great land-based casinos where you can go and try your hand at a selection of slots and classics such as blackjack and poker. Of course, if you prefer using online casinos in Ireland, rather than land-based ones, there are plenty of these to choose from too.

If you want a little guidance as to which casinos are worth your time, here’s a look at the four that we think rank amongst the best that Dublin has to offer:

The Sporting Emporium

This has a reputation as being the very best casino in Dublin and if you have time to visit it, you’ll soon see why. Located just off the busy Grafton Street, this is a casino that has an interior that can only be described as classy and sophisticated.

Launched back in 2005, this should be your number one choice if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy card games such as blackjack and poker. As the name suggests, you’ll also find that there is plenty of live sport shown on multiple screens to enjoy, and wager on.

Carlton Casino Club

Carlton Casino Club goes for the snazzy and stylish look and it certainly succeeds in pulling it off. You’ll find marble features along with metal and glass. There are elegant chandeliers in every room with some great mood lighting too.

This is the casino of choice for those who want to enjoy some time playing slots. That being said, there are still plenty of card tables and roulette to keep you entertained too. One of the best things about this casino is the staff who are only too pleased to assist whenever you need them.

Fitzpatrick’s Casino Tallaght

This has gained a reputation as being one of the best spots in Dublin to enjoy both roulette and slots. You’ll find this casino is located within the Plaza Hotel complex and you can’t find a wider range of slots in the whole city.

Something that players are really big fans of is the automatic roulette tables. Then there are the daily draws that take place every two hours while the casino is open. You’ll find all of this within a comfortable setting along with complimentary beverages and snacks.

D1 Club Casino

The D1 Club Casino is perhaps the best casino on the north side of the city. With opening hours of 9 am to 5 am, there are an array of slots and automatic roulette games. if you’d prefer roulette with a live dealer then there are croupiers present from 6 pm onwards.

You’ll find that the staff here really add to the experience. Not only are they polite and courteous but they’re also extremely helpful. If you happen to find yourself on the north side of Dublin you really should be making the effort to pop your head in.