Whether it be for the history, culture, pubs, or shopping, there are many reasons to visit Dublin. However, for some visitors, the experience wasn’t quite what they expected.
As Ireland’s capital city, Dublin is home to several great things for tourists to enjoy. However, things don’t always go to plan. So here are 20 hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about Dublin tourist attractions.
From the downright ridiculous to the simply comical, these reviewers have taken to TripAdvisor to vent all their frustrations. And we can’t complain as they’ve given us a good laugh!
20. Olympia Theatre – those pillars are a nightmare
First up on our list of hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about Dublin tourist attractions is this gem about Dubin’s Olympia Theatre.
Understandably, this reviewer was dismayed at being seated behind a pillar that inhibited their vision of the stage. However, their elaborate detailing of events leading up to the incident is what made us giggle.
They wrote, “I spent hard [earned] cash to put fuel in my car, drive up from home, pay for parking, buy the ticket to be placed sitting behind a pillar.”
19. Monument to Oscar Wilde – he wouldn’t have liked it
This reviewer found the famous Oscar Wilde monument in Merrion Square rather “awkward” and “garish”. They wrote, in true Wildean fashion, “it is entirely unlovely in a way that Wilde may well have found grotesque”.
They were so unimpressed by the statue commemorating one of Ireland’s greatest writers that they even stated it could have been a “spare Mick Jagger” with just the head changed.
18. Guinness Storehouse – worse than the Pencil Museum
This reviewer was entirely unimpressed with their visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Describing their trip, they wrote, “I have never been to a more vacuous, least informative experience in my life (and I’ve been to the pencil museum!”
17. Phoenix Park – the tale of the Spanish omelette
This reviewer told a fascinating tale of their attempts to eat a Spanish omelette at Phoenix Park. And to us, it sounds like more hassle than it’s worth.
They wrote, “I wanted to sit down and eat a Spanish omelette in peace, but there wasn’t anywhere to sit without someone being within 50 m of me.
It was also very hot, and by the time I reached the end of my Spanish omelette, it had lost its refrigeratedness.”
16. Dublin Zoo – a zoo with a difference
This reviewer truly does have a way with words as they build up the suspense of their big reveal.
They wrote, in all caps, “A ZOO WITH A DIFFERENCE…”
Before continuing, “And the difference is… there are very few animals.”
15. Kilmainham Gaol – boring
This reviewer was very unimpressed by their visit to Kilmainham Gaol, branding it “boring”.
They wrote, “Don’t waste your time. I almost fell asleep. It was worse than history class in high school.”
14. Temple Bar – Disneyland for drunks
Depending on your preference, this review of Dublin’s Temple Bar could either sound like heaven or hell to you.
Branding the famous area as “Disneyland for drunks”, they conclude their review by saying, “This is not Ireland. It is an embarrassment.”
13. Grafton Street – an old grey clump
If you’re looking for a fun shopping day out in the city, this reviewer advises against visiting Grafton Street.
They compare Dublin’s most popular shopping street with the “quirky charm of British cities or the finesse of Italian cities”. Then, they describe Grafton Street as “a grey clump of dull and boring buildings with chain stores of British goods… yawwwwwn.”
12. St Stephen’s Green – mind the birds
For this reviewer, their trip to St Stephen’s Green was reminiscent of something from a movie. And not in a good way.
They wrote, “If Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds gave you nightmares, avoid walking close to the pond.”
11. Glasnevin Cemetery – dead boring
We don’t know what’s worse. This terrible review of Glasnevin Cemetery or the pun they left as the title.
Describing the cemetery as “dead boring”, this reviewer was dismayed by their tour around Ireland’s largest non-denominational cemetery.
10. Guinness Storehouse – Disneyland or IKEA?
After a disappointing trip to the Guinness Storehouse, this reviewer left one of the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about Dublin tourist attractions.
Setting the scene, they wrote, “Imagine going to an IKEA store on the last weekend before Christmas. Add bad music and drunk people.”
9. National Museum of Ireland – pretty terrifying
Describing the National Museum of Ireland as “a scary version of A Night at the Museum”, this reviewer commented that the museum reminded them of their granny’s attic…
We don’t really know what to take from this one!
8. Croke Park – not enough chips
When you’re in the mood for chips, Dublin has a plethora of great cafes, restaurants, and takeaways. However, this reviewer decided to try their luck at Croke Park… and surprise, surprise, they were disappointed.
They wrote, “All Ireland final day and the players aren’t even out on the field yet… when I was told that there are no chips left.”
7. Trinity College Dublin – they’re all meanies
Titling their review “Stinky”, this reviewer was less than impressed with their visit to Trinity College.
They wrote, “They’re all meanies and very smelly (also the birds are aggressive af beware of your sandwiches plz.”
6. Dublinia – a disappointing Viking experience
This reviewer went as far as to describe their experience at Dublinia as the worst part of their trip. They wrote, “Creepy mannequins throughout the exhibit.
“The farting mannequin might entertain young children, but it was by far the worst part of my trip to Dublin.”
5. St Stephen’s Green – the park was very sad
This reviewer was incredibly disappointed by how the changing seasons affect the trees in Dublin. They wrote, in December might we add, “St Stephen’s Green isn’t a green area like the name mean.
“The park was very sad this day because the trees had not leaves, they were everywhere on the floor.
To top it off, a seagull pooped on their friend… what a disappointing day.
4. Christ Church Cathedral – more like a holy supermarket
Commenting on Dublin’s historic Christ Church Cathedral, this reviewer wrote that it reminded them of a “holy supermarket.”
They stated that it reminded them of the “Middle Ages when the Catholic Church was selling tickets for heaven.” We must say, they’ve lived an impressively long life to remember the Middle Ages!
3. The Spire – a toothpick for passing giants
The Spire is one of those attractions that no one really knows what it’s for – or, if we may, what its point is.
This reviewer found it all pretty pointless, describing it as a “toothpick for passing giants.”
2. Ha’penny Bridge – how do you review a bridge?
This reviewer just couldn’t understand why Ha’penny Bridge is considered a tourist attraction. They wrote, “How can you review a bridge? It’s very good at its job.
“You start at one side of the water; a few steps later, you are on the other side. Brilliant.”
1. Temple Bar – a glowing review of Dublin
Topping our list of hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about Dublin tourist attractions is this glowing review of Dublin itself.
This disappointed visitor wrote, “In my opinion, Dublin as a whole has aggressive people generally, and Temple Bar excels in ripping off customers with outrageous prices.
“The food portions seem to be derived from portions from the Second World War rationing era.”
Continuing, they write of their disappointment in the customer service they received. “If you ask a simple question or correct them in any way… you are invariably met with bizarre aggression and the prefix “Wha!”