Best Things To Do in Irkutsk, Russia

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Irkutsk.

Irkutsk may not be as popular as other cities in Russia, but don’t let that fool you. Irkutsk is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Irkutsk.

If you have plans to visit Russia and are not sure if Irkutsk should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Irkutsk and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Irkutsk

Here is the list of things to do in Irkutsk and tourist attractions in city.

  1. 130 Kvartal

    Hotel, Bar, Cafe, Restaurant

    Address: Between uls Sedova & 3. Iyulya

    A successful and beautiful restoration project, 130 Kvartal (Block 130) is full of boutique shops, cafes, bars, hotels and restaurants. Made to look like a traditional Irkutsk/ Siberian street, the place is a major tourist attraction. Trivia: Many of the centuries-old wooden houses and mansions in 130 Kvartal (Block 130) were in p...Read more
  2. Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum


    Address: Volkonskogo ul., d. 10, Irkutsk 664007, Russia

    The Decembrist revolt took place in the year 1825 when factions of the military and noble classes rose up against the autocracy of the Russian czar. This resulted in the exile of thousands of the elite to Siberia's vast expanses. At the Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House, visitors get a glimpse into the lives of some o...Read more
  3. Irkutsk Academic Drama Theatre

    Entertainment, Performance, Theatre, Concert

    Address: Karla Marksa St., 14, Irkutsk 664003, Russia

    An architecturally stunning building, the Irkutsk Academic Drama Theatre is among the architectural pearls of Irkutsk. Opened on August 30, 1897, it took three years for Irkutsk's craftsmen to build one of the best provincial theatre buildings of Russia. Head over to watch a show in action or just to marvel at the building’s architecture. ...Read more
  4. Cathedral Of Epiphany

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    Cathedral Of Epiphany

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Sukhe-Batora St., 1A, Irkutsk 664011, Russia

    It is safe to say that the Cathedral of Epiphany is one of the most beautiful orthodox churches in the world! Beautifully decorated inside out, its colourful and ornate designs do not resemble classic orthodox churches and in this lies its beauty. Ornamenting the Irkutsk skyline since the beginning of the city’s history, the Cathedral is a...Read more
  5. Znamensky Monastery

    Religious Site, Historical Site, Monastery

    Address: Angarskaya, 14, Irkutsk 664001, Russia

    The Znamensky Monastery AKA the Sign Monastery is one of the main monasteries in Siberia that spread Christianity. Dating back to the year 1689, the monastery was built by Vlas Sidorov. It was originally built of wood, which led to its deterioration over a period of time. After a reconstruction and renovation work lasting over 5 years,...Read more
  6. Museum Icebreaker Angara

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    Museum Icebreaker Angara

    Museum, Photo Gallery, Specialty Museum

    Address: pr. Marshala Zhukova, 36А, Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, 664057

    A completely unique place to visit, the Ice Breaker Angara Museum is one of Irkutsk's most unusual monuments/museums. The Angara is the only surviving icebreakers ship in Russia. Dating between 1898 and 1905, it is one of the oldest icebreakers in the world. After extensive restoration, the History of Navigation on Lake Baikal Museum opened in t...Read more
  7. Irkutsk Regional Museum Of Local Lore

    Museum, Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    Address: Karla Marksa ul., D. 13, Irkutsk 664000,Russia

    The Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore is the oldest museum of Siberia. Founded on the 3rd December 1782, it has on display priceless monuments of historical and cultural heritage. Its unique collection has items from expeditions of eminent researchers of Asia and scientists members of the Eastern Siberian department of Russian Geographi...Read more
  8. Cathedral Of The Kazan Icon Of Mother Of God

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: Barrikad St, 34, Irkutsk, Russia

    The Kazan church AKA the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of Mother of God is a beautiful place of worship constructed sometime during the 19th century in false – Byzantium style architecture. It is the Orthodox Church in Irkutsk and performs the functions of the cathedral of Irkutsk and Angarsk archdiocese.
  9. Holy Cross Cathedral

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Sedova St., 1, Irkutsk 664003, Russia

    A beautiful cathedral situated in the heart of Irkutsk. The Holy Cross Cathedral was founded in the mid-18th century and it is believed that the structure and stunning architecture of the cathedral took 11 years to be built! The architectural style is Siberian baroque. Set amidst lush lawns and surrounded by an elegant fence, don’t forget ...Read more