10 Must See Things in Dublin

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Known to be a city on a human scale, Dublin is a popular destination for both young people and adults. Elegant, with never exaggerated rhythms, the capital of Ireland is also the largest and most populous city in the country. Its pubs and beer are world famous, as is the easy-going spirit of its citizens. When you visit Dublin, you will certainly feel warmly welcomed and can immerse yourself in the heart of history. The influences and conquests suffered by the city over the years have also changed its appearance at an architectural level. Today, in fact, Dublin appears as a mix of styles, from Gothic-medieval to Georgian. Despite the leaden climate the atmosphere is always sunny and cheerful! To not miss the best of the city, read this list of 10 things you absolutely must see in Dublin!



Index

  1. Trinity College
  2. St. Patrick's Cathedral
  3. Temple Bar
  4. Guinness Store House
  5. Kilmainham Gaol prison
  6. The Irish National Gallery
  7. Dublin Castle
  8. The spire
  9. Phoenix Park
  10. Grafton Street
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Trinity College

Lovers of English literature, but not only, will not want to miss this visit to one of the most famous, prestigious and oldest campuses in the world. The university was founded in 1592 and has hosted students of the caliber of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett. Located downtown, Trinity College is a majestic building, built in Georgian style, which conveys tranquility and relaxation thanks to the large green spaces that are located outside. You can immerse yourself in the life of the university and participate in the student life, attend the cricket and badminton matches organized by students during breaks from studying, visit the library, a show without equal!

Here is also kept the famous "Book of Kells", a truly beautiful illuminated manuscript on which the four Gospels are also written in Latin.



  • College Green, you can get there with all bus lines running through the city center - Get Directions
  • the visit to the Old Library and Book of Kells is possible from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00, on Sundays (from May to September) from 09:30 to 16:30, from October to April on Sundays from 12 : 00 to 16:30
  • entrance to Trinity College is free, a visit to the Old Library and Book of Kells costs € 9,00 for adults, reduced (for students and seniors) € 8,00, families (2 adults and 4 children) pay € 12,00, groups (more than 10 people) € 6,50 per person, children under the age of 12 enter for free

2 - St. Patrick's Cathedral

There are only two in the world cathedrals of Protestant origin and, one of these, is St. Patrick's, in the center of Dublin.
Inside this basilica is what is called "monumental". It has a very solid structure decorated with splendid stained glass windows, it houses an immense organ made up of 4.000 pipes.
All these features help create an air of solemnity and sacredness which impose a profound silence on the visitor. The cathedral was chosen to house the eternal rest of over 500 important Irish personalities, including writer Jonathan Swift.

  • St Patrick's Close, walkable - Get directions
  • open from March to October from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 9:00 to 10:30, from 12:30 to 14:30 and from 16:30 to 18:00. From November to February open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00, on Sunday from 9:00 to 10:30 and from 12:30 to 14:30
  • admission for adults costs € 5,50, reduced € 4,50

3 - Temple Bar

You can't visit Dublin without stepping into its beating heart, the Temple Bar district. This is certainly the liveliest area of ​​the city, with its pubs, restaurants, clubs, exhibitions and theaters.
There is also a legend about the name of this neighborhood: it is believed that it derives from Sir William Temple, rector of Trinity College, who settled in these parts with his family. Temple Bar is located south of the River Liffey, a short distance from the historic center, and is an unmissable stop both during the day and at night. Here tourists can find historical markets and ateliers, buy all kinds of products, from vinyls to food.

Overlooking the many characteristic streets there are many historic pubs, where rivers of beer flow and where you can listen to live music. Near the neighborhood it is also possible to admire Half Penny Bridge, an iron pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Liffey and which takes its name from the amount of the toll that was paid to use it. Don't miss it as it represents one of the most evocative points of Dublin, especially at sunrise and sunset.



  • if you come from the center of Dublin on foot it is about 750 meters and can be reached by taking O'Connell Street Lower towards Prince's Street North, then cross the O'Connel Bridge. You can take bus 747 towards Heuston St. and then walk - Get Directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

4 - Guinness Store House

It is the first production plant of the famous Guinness dark beer and welcomes visitors on its 7 floors. There beer most loved by the Irish it has been produced in this factory since 1759, the year of its construction, by Sir Arthur Guinness, founder of the beer of the same name. Reachable on foot from the historic center in just 10 minutes, in addition to being an establishment it is also a museum dedicated to this drink, where it is possible to savor not only the amber liquid but also the true Irish spirit, made of tenacity, creativity, precision and attention to detail. Obviously, at the end of the tour there will be a free tasting of a pint of Guinness at the panoramic Gravity Bar.

  • St James's Gate, walk from Old Town or by bus 51B and 78A from Aston Quay, 123 from O 'Connell Street and 123 from Dame Street - Get Directions
  • open every day from 9:30 to 17:00, in the months of July and August: from 9:30 to 19:00
  • adults € 14,40, students over 18 € 10,60, students aged between 12 and 18 € 8,50, over € 6510,50, children aged 6 to 12 € 4,80

5 - Kilmainham Gaol prison

Kilmainham Gaol prison is a great one testimony of the history of Ireland. The political battle for the independence of Ireland was fought between these cold cells. Common criminals but also political rebels have been locked up here, some never getting out again, at least in life. The internal courtyard of the prison, in fact, was the scene of numerous executions.
The prison today serves as a museum and is often home to music videos and film sets. Visiting the prison, which is located in the west of Dublin, is an emotionally meaningful and demanding experience, it is also possible to be locked up for a few minutes in one of the cells to fully understand the unpleasant feelings of anguish and frustration that the inmates felt at the time.



  • Inchicore Rd, Bus 51, 51B, 78A, 79 from Aston Quay - Get directions
  • from April to September open from 9:30 to 18:00, from October to March from 9:30 to 17:30, Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00
  • adults € 6,00, students and children € 2,00

6 - The Irish National Gallery

A collection of priceless masterpieces is housed at the National Gallery of Ireland. Visitors can admire Caravaggio's obscure Capture of Christ, Rubens' Annunciation and other works by Flemish, English and French Impressionists.
There is also a room dedicated to the works of the Irish illustrator and cartoonist Jack Yeats, who in 1894 gave life to the first Sherlock Holmes comic.

  • Pearse Station area, train to Pearse Station stop. Buses 4 / A, 5, 7, 7A, 10, 13 / A, 44 / C and 48A - Get directions
  • open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:30, Thursdays from 9:30 to 20:30, Sundays from 12:00 to 17:30
  • Free, free visit

7 - Dublin Castle

It represents the center of administrative power in Dublin and is located between Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is a castle of Norman origin whose origins are lost in antiquity. It dates back to 1204 and was built by the will of John I King of England, the famous John known as "landless".
Symbol of British oppression in Ireland, ad today it is the seat of government representation and hosts official state ceremonies.

  • Dame St, train to Pearse Station. Buses: 4 / A, 5, 7, 7A, 10, 13 / A, 44 / C and 48A - Get directions
  • open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:30, Thursdays from 9:30 to 20:30, Sundays from 12:00 to 17:30
  • Free, free visit

8 - The Spire

At O 'Connell Street, an area beloved by young Dubliners, there is one 120 meters high steel tower known as The Spire or as "the monument to light". It is part of an urban revaluation project and the Dubliners have enjoyed, over the years, inventing the most disparate nicknames for her.
Until 1996 in its place stood the statue of the English admiral Horatio Nelson, destroyed by a bomb detonated by the IRA, the Irish independence military organization.

  • at O 'Connell Street, walking distance from Temple Bar - Get Directions
  • always open
  • Free, free visit

9 - Phoenix Park

È among the largest parks in Europe and it's even bigger than New York's Central Park! It measures 700 hectares where tree-lined avenues and meadows cheer the life of citizens and tourists.
In this park it is in fact possible to be surrounded by nature a stone's throw from the center of Dublin: there is also a colony of fallow deer!

  • Bus 10, 37, 38, 39, 67 from the city center. Rail and Tram (Luas) a short walk from Heuston Station is the Parkgate Street entrance. Tram (Luas) Heuston Stop on Red Line (Red Line) - Get Directions
  • open 24 hours a day
  • free

10 - Grafton Street

It is the street for city shopping, full of a pleasant atmosphere and charm. It is possible to go through it entirely on foot and admire the splendid four-story Georgian houses, as well as the windows of the elegant shops and the shows of street artists. If you visit it during the Christmas period you cannot miss the decorated windows and the characteristic lights that give a postcard setting.

  • 5 minute walk from Temple Bar - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

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Also in Dublin there are the most disparate solutions to stay, in every area of ​​the city. Obviously the center is the most expensive area, especially near Trinity College or Temple Bar. We recommend choosing O 'Connell Street, around The Spire and Temple Bar, where the costs are more reasonable. You can choose to stay at the guesthouse features or in a B&B, to savor the typical Irish atmosphere. Book your accommodation well in advance, particularly if your visit coincides with major events such as the "6 Nations" rugby tournament or the famous St Patrick's Day.


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