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Visit Nancy Hands and the many attractions situated nearby

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

Nancy Hands is ideally located on the north of the River Liffey, just a stone's throw away from the Guinness Storehouse, right beside Dublin Zoo, and a 15 minutes walk from the historic Kilmainham Gaol.

In one day, you can check out Ireland’s No.1 visitor attraction, dine in style with us, say hello to the 400 rare, exotic and endangered animals at the zoo, and learn some history at the jail where some of Ireland’s heroes fought for our freedom in the 1900’s.

Let’s take a closer look:

The Guinness Storehouse

Located at St James Gate, Dublin 8, the Guinness Storehouse is home to the infamous pint of Guinness, as well as offering a one of a kind tour, you can also visit the 360c gravity bar, and as the name suggests, it’s high in the sky.

Open from 10am-7pm, this is a must for all visitors to Dublin, and you can learn how to pull the perfect pint, and receive a certificate to show to all your friends and family.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is located just up the road from us in the Phoenix Park, so close we often have the animals in for a spot of lunch!

This zoo dates back to 1831, when it was said to be a small and private zoo based in Dublin city, then in 1840 London Zoo donated 46 mammals and 72 birds, which then inspired the owners to open the gates to the public. Dublin Zoo is over 28 hectares in size, with over 1 million visitors per year, and 400 animals waiting to say hello. The phoenix park is also Europe’s largest enclosed park, home to our president Michael. D. Higgins, and hundreds of deer, as well as historical monuments, walled gardens and more.

Make sure to book your zoo tickets in advance, and warm up with some delicious lunch with us after!

Kilmainham Gaol

Opened in 1796, this jail became home to some of Ireland's historical heroes including Countess Markievicz, Robert Emmett, and leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. A visit to the gaol will bring you on a journey of Irish history, from the great rebellion, the Easter rising and the Irish civil war. Open 7 days a week, from 9.30am, this is a must-visit site for a true look into how Ireland was formed.

Nancy Hands has often been described as a museum of sorts, complete with stories and pieces of Irish culture in every corner. All our staff members are more than happy to talk you through our nearby attractions, as well as advising on the perfect Irish drink to accompany your meal.

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