10+ Unique And Secret Spots in Dublin

From historic Churches to fascinating Museums, there is never been a shortage of things to do or see in Dublin. 

However, beyond a certain well-known tourist path, some well-known hidden gems are yet waiting to be explored. For instance, the ancient libraries overflowing with history to mummies and a park that swallows metal. This list of 10+ unique spots is sure to leave you enthralled.

So, get ready to step back in time, and encounter the unexpected, and hidden side of Dublin you never knew existed.

1- Marsh’s Library

Founded in 1707 by Narcissus Marsh, Marsh’s Library holds the distinction of being Ireland’s oldest public library. The true treasure of this Library lies in its walls where you can step back in time with over 25000 rare and fascinating books.

However, if you are a literary enthusiast, you will be tickled to know that famous Irish writers like Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and James Joyce once walked these halls. Additionally, Marsh Library is a bit budget-friendly, as you can visit it for a nominal fee of 3 to 4 euros, especially if you have a student card.

So, whether you’re a history buff, a bookworm, or simply curious about Dublin’s hidden gems, Marsh’s Library promises a unique experience that you must see.

Marsh’s Library Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: No | Tour Duration: 30 min€ | Cost: €3-4 | Location: St. Patrick’s Close

2- The Long Room at Trinity College

Trinity College

Though not exactly hidden, the Long Room at Trinity College is a must-see for any book lover. This magnificent chamber houses over 200,000 ancient books, including the famous Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated manuscript from the 9th century.

One of my friends who visited with me was a bookworm, and he just said he found himself lost in these books. 

However, currently, this Old Library is undergoing ongoing maintenance or a once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment phase. Preserving its beauty is a great step, which will surely conserve this building for future generations. 

Iveagh Gardens Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Paid (Nearby) | Tour Duration: 45 min | Cost: Included in Trinity College ticket | Location: Trinity College Dublin

3- Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

One of my favorite spots in Dublin is Iveagh Gardens.

Originally, these sprawling grounds served as the private lawn of the Earl of Clonmel. Over time, the gardens were deemed their beauty due to neglect but thankfully, in 1991, the Guinness family, recognizing the gardens’ potential as a public treasure, gifted them to the State. This act of generosity opened the door to a new chapter for Iveagh Gardens.

These beautiful gardens are a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located near Dublin Bay, the gardens feature lawns, flower beds, a waterfall, and even a tearoom.

For those seeking a touch of history in nature, the sunken archery lawn offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. It is one of only two purpose-built archery fields in Ireland and also served as a training ground for archers in the 19th century.

Iveagh Gardens Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Limited | Tour Duration: N/A | Cost: Free | Location: Clonmell Street

4- Saint Valentine’s Relics


Although Dublin is filled with beautiful nature and historical places, Saint Valentine still holds a special place in the hearts of couples and faithful alike. 

The story behind these relics is fascinating and steeped in legend. It is the story of St. Valentine, a rebellious priest who secretly performed marriages and is now a saint associated with love. 

Each year, on February 14th, the feast day of St. Valentine, the Whitefriar Street Church hosts special ceremonies and blessings.

Couples flock to the church to receive blessings for their relationships, renewing their commitment to each other in the spirit of love and devotion symbolized by St. Valentine.

Saint Valentine’s Relics Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Paid (Nearby) | Tour Duration: 30 min | Cost: Free | Location: Whitefriar Street Church

5- Vintage Cocktail Club

This hidden speakeasy, located in an alleyway off of Temple Bar, is a great place to enjoy a classic cocktail. It has 1920s-inspired decor. 

The true magic of Temple Bar lies in its Cocktail Menu, which is not just a list of drinks—it’s a historical exploration. The journey of cocktail drinks in Temple Bar is inspired by different eras, from the heady punches of the 1600s to the innovative creations of the modern day. 

What I love the most is that the expert bartenders, dressed in the part, meticulously craft each drink using only the finest ingredients. 

So, if you want to enjoy a premium cocktail, be sure to make a reservation, as the club is small and popular.

Vintage Cocktail Club Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: No | Tour Duration: N/A | Cost: Varies | Location: Temple Bar area

6- Mummies at St. Michan’s Church

My trip to Dublin wouldn’t have been complete without experiencing some of its offbeat attractions. One such place that left me awestruck was St. Michan’s Church. It was a beautiful church with a long history, but what truly surprised me was that – mummies. Yes, mummies!

Well, those weren’t your Hollywood-style bandaged mummies, but naturally preserved remains.

Different theories mention how and why these bodies were naturally mummified. However, it is believed that the dry conditions in the crypt mummified bodies from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

You can even see the death mask of Wolfe Tone, a famous Irish rebel leader. 

My experience in St Michan’s Church was quite unique, a true blend of history and morbid curiosity. However, if all these scared you a bit, you still have the opportunity to visit a nearby shop and have your soft drink. 

St. Michan’s Church Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes. | Parking On-Site: Paid (Nearby) | Tour Duration: 45 min | Cost: Admission fee | Location: Church Street

7- Phoenix Park

Imagine stepping into the world of ancient trees—this is how it feels to visit Phoenix Park. 

With its 1,750 acres, it is one of the largest enclosed public parks in any European capital city. It’s five times bigger than London’s Hyde Park, offering ample space to roam, relax, or partake in a variety of activities.

This green haven was a royal hunting ground in the 1660s. Today, it’s a playground for both locals and visitors.

One of the biggest perks about visiting this park is that you can see The Hungry Tree near it as well. You can easily get directions from any friendly local.

Phoenix Park Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Yes | Tour Duration: N/A | € Cost: Free | Location: Phoenix Park entrance

8- The Hungry Tree

The Hungry Tea is a unique spot for visitors in Dublin due to its unusual appearance and fascinating history. 

The story behind The Hungry Tree dates back to the 19th century when the railings were initially installed around the tree to protect it from grazing cattle that roamed the park.

However, as the tree expanded, its branches began to encroach upon the railings, eventually engulfing them. Rather than removing the railings, locals and park visitors watched in awe as nature, resulting in the tree’s distinctive appearance today.

Despite its unusual dining habits, The Hungry Tree is a beloved part of Dublin’s heritage. 

So, if you ever get a chance to visit Dublin, I highly suggest you visit this park and see this unique spot. You will also meet some locals, which will surely be a good experience for you as well. 

The Hungry Tree Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: YesParking On-Site: YesTour Duration: N/A€ Cost: FreeLocation: Phoenix Park entrance

9- Lucy’s Lounge Vintage Clothing

If you are a retro clothing lover just like me, you must visit Lucy’s Lounge. Entering into Lucy’s lounge makes me feel like a time machine – Bright pink walls hold meticulously curated vintage clothing.

It careers to all styles and budgets. Whether you’re a seasoned collector seeking a statement piece in the curated vintage room, or a curious shopper browsing the treasure trove of affordable finds, there’s something for everyone.

The plus point is that if you don’t like anything here, you can visit the nearby second-hand stores, where I can guarantee you will find something for yourself. 

Lucy’s Lounge Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Paid (Nearby) | Tour Duration: N/A | Cost: N/A | Location: Drury Street

10- Rory Gallagher Corner

Rory Gallagher Corner

It is another unique spot to visit in Dublin. However, it is not far from Temple Bar, which means once you get a chance to visit Rory Gallagher, you can also travel a bit and have a Vintage Cocktail (Dublin’s most famous drink).

This will also save you travel costs, time, and energy.

Rory Gallagher’s permanent memorial was unveiled in 2006. It speaks about the enduring impact of Rory Gallagher, whose electrifying performances and soulful playing continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.

While the original weathered guitar, once displayed here, now resides with Rory’s brother, this replica ensures his legacy remains etched on the Dublin landscape.

Rory Gallagher Corner Key Information
Accessible By Public Transport: Yes | Parking On-Site: Paid (Nearby) | Tour Duration: N/A | Cost: Free | Location: Temple Bar area

Final Words:

In short, Dublin is a beautiful blend of history and natural beauty. 

That’s why, whether you’re a history buff, a fashion enthusiast, or simply a curious adventurer, you will surely find something to visit in Dublin. 

I hope my list today has helped you plan your trip. If you know any other hidden place that needs to be recognized, do write in the comments below, and let’s make this list exhaustive. 

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