Happy February friends. Is anyone going to travel in Dublin this month?
Then you are so lucky because Dublin is one of the most popular cities in Europe. It’s a vivid and full of history city.
In Dublin, you will find remnants of Vikings, medieval cathedrals, Georgian squares and excellent museums, clustered in small distance between them.
However, it is not only the buildings, but also the music, theatres and pubs that play an equally important role in the atmosphere of this vibrant city.
This top ten sightseeing list in Dublin below are a must see for someone who wants to experience the pulse of this Irish town.
Trinity college is the most famous educational institution in Dublin and, since its establishment in 16th century, it has many famous graduates, among them Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, Niall Horan, Courtney Love etc. Trinity itself consists of an oasis in the area. Entering from the West Front, through a stone archway, you feel like walking on in a different era.
2. National Museum of Ireland
There are 3 different departments in this huge and amazing museum.
The department at Kildare street offers archaeological and historical exhibits from the prehistoric, early Irish civilisation to the violent conflict of 1916-22.
The department in Merrion street includes the Natural History Museum, informally known as the dead zoo, where different animal species and nature wonders collections are organised into 3 floors.
Last but not least, the 3rd department of the National Museum is in the west end of the city, in Benburb street. It is a very different museum experience since this department presents the social, military, economic, political history of the country.
Tip: When the weather is nice, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the coffee shop under the arches with an extremely view.
3. National Gallery
The Western art galleries’ collection is dating back to the middle ages and contains the most important collection of Irish art in the world. The national gallery was designed by Francis Fowke and it is open since January 1864. It consists of 4 departments in 4 levels and houses some 16,300 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and objets d’art dating from the early thirteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century.
4. Dublin Castle
The imposing structure of the castle results as a controversial symbol of British rule for 700 years until it formally surrendered to Michael Collins and the free Irish state in 1922.
The castle’s current use is mainly ceremonial and visitors can wander around courtyards freely. However, you should first check with the castle’s programme in case that foreign officials are visiting the castle or national ceremonies are taking place and hence the castle’s apartments will be closed to the public.
5. Temple Bar
Temple Bar is a very lively area full of cafe, bars and theatres on the south bank of the river Liffey in central Dublin. The area is bounded by the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west.It is promoted as Dublin’s cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists.
Most popular venues of Temple Bar includes The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St. John Gogarty’s and The Auld Dubliner.
6. Christ Church Cathedral
The first church of Dublin was founded in 1083 by Sitric Silkenbeard, the first Christian King of Dubliners Scandinavian. However, in 1172, Norman Richard de Clare, also known as Strongbow, demolished it and rebuild it in stone.
Together with the St. Patrick ‘s cathedral remains dedicated to the church of Ireland.
There are often concerts in the main part of the Cathedral and in the crypts but you should first call for more information.
7. St. Patrick’ s Cathedral
The St. Patrick’s Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the public, is located in an early Christian area where it is said that St. Patrick baptised neophytes a well 450 B.C.
8. Guinness’ storehouse
If you ask people what they associate Ireland with, most of them will answer with a Guinness pint. Along with whiskey, Guinness is the national drink. Famous for the taste of malt and its soft and creamy foam!!!
Arthur Guinness established this incredibly successful business in 1759 and today almost 260 years later, Guinness is the largest brewery in Europe with exports to over 150 countries worldwide.
The St. Jame’s Gate Brewery covers approximately 260 acres and in 1997, it was decided to convert the building into the Guinness Storehouse.
The Guinness Storehouse explains the history of Beer. The story is told through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship.
At the base of the atrium lies a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the brewery site.
In the Perfect Pint bar, visitors may pour their own pint of Guinness. The Brewery Bar on the fifth floor offers Irish cuisine, using Guinness both in the cooking and as an accompaniment to food.
9. Kilmainham Gaol & Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Despite its common name, these two attractions are quite contradictory.
The strict prison was built-in 1789 and was running until the decade of 1920, where it was closed and remained untouched. In the 1960’s, it was reformed into a museum and operated till today.
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was built-in the decade of 1960 as one of the first classical style buildings in Ireland – Sir William Robinson build it with the style based on Les Invalides of Paris-. It now houses the Irish Museum of Modern art.
10. Phoenix Park
The largest European fenced urban park lying 2–4 km west of the city centre, north of the River Liffey , which covers more than 1,500 acres. Its name derives from the Gaelic Fionn Uisce meaning “pure water”.
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