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Why not learn a little about Irish history while you’re visiting? The National Museum of Ireland has four branches, the largest of which sits in Dublin. Each branch specializes in different exhibits: The three Dublin locations contain extensive collections of art, architecture, and natural history, while the County Mayo branch focuses on Irish country life. A major plus: admission to each museum is free every day.
Belfast’s Grand Opera House‘s first season opened in 1895 and has been producing great performances ever since. From Shakespeare’s histories to Grease and Hairspray to Opera (of course) and more, the Grand Opera House has something for everyone (even the youngest kids! Current family productions include James and the Giant Peach and Dora the Explorer.)
Ireland has a rich cultural history, to be sure, and it’s evident everywhere you turn. Since you’ve already hit the museum and the opera, why not take in a different kind of culture…a little whiskey perhaps? Take a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, which sits on the grounds of John Jameson’s first distillery, built in 1780. Learn all about the original manufacturing methods, try a glass and, if you’re lucky, be selected to become a “Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster”!
With so much to see and do, it’s important to stop and smell the flowers. Luckily, the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland have you covered! The gardens were founded by the Royal Dublin Society and house over 20,000 live plants, as well as millions of dried specimens. The Glasnevin headquarters are home to over 300 species of endangered plants, including 6 that no longer exist in the wild.