The historical capital has long been famous for producing great writers (James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker), alcoholic drinks (Guinness, Jameson) and great writers addicted to alcoholic drinks (Brendan Behan). POPULAR ACTIVITIES
Guinness Brewery/Storehouse: The Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the St. James' Gate Brewery, is Ireland's most popular visitor attraction. The tour around the impressive building gives an account of the brewing process and the history surrounding Ireland's most famous drink, which of course concludes with a pint of the black stuff. The highlight being the lofty Gravity Bar, which houses perhaps the best view of Dublin.
Trinity College/Book of Kells: Situated right at the heart of the city centre, the picturesque location of Dublin’s oldest university is always worth a stroll through, especially if you are blessed with fine weather and feel like having a drink outside (the Pavilion bar provides ample room drinking and lounging on the grass outside). The main attraction for tourists, however, is the Book of Kells. It is one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive the medieval period and has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination. It illustrates the Four Gospels with incredible detail and really is quite a wonder to behold.
National Museum of Ireland: The nation’s premier cultural institution is based in four locations around the country, three of which are situated in Dublin; Decorative Arts and History at Collins barracks (opposite Heuston station), Archaeology and History on Kildare Street and Natural History on Merrion Street.
Phoenix Park/Áras an Uachtaráin/Farmleigh/Dublin Zoo: The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed urban park in Europe. It is situated just under 3 km from the city centre and encompasses 1760 acres. Located in the park is the home of the President of Ireland (Áras an Uachtaráin), the lush gardens of Farmleigh House and Dublin Zoo.
Kilmainham Gaol: The historical tour that can be taken in Dublin is the one at Kilmainham. The old jail, now turned museum, has been host to so many seminal moments in Irish history from the imprisonment of Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen to the executions that followed the 1916 rising. The museum is teeming with historical significance and the tour is both enlightening and thought-provoking.
Museum of Modern Art: The Modern Art museum is the countries leading institution for the collection of modern and contemporary art. Located in the scenic environs of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, it can be a perfect double header with Kilmainham Gaol if you can take in two museums in one day.
Croke Park: The fourth largest stadium in Europe is home to Ireland’s Gaelic games. Many visitors to the Emerald Isle, fortunate enough to get tickets, revel in the nations favourites sports; Gaelic football or hurling (a tough, fast game many believe to be the most skilled contact sport in the world). In addition to Gaelic sports Billboard Magazine recently voted Croke Park as the worlds top rock venue, with recent performance by U2 and Bon Jovi.
Dublinia: Dublin is a town that was founded upon Viking will and ingenuity. The Dublinia heritage centre tells the story of Dublin by recreating underground the look and feel of a medieval town and working ones way up to the present day. Located beside Christchurch Cathedral it is a fantastic experience, especially for children with an interest in Irish history.
Temple Bar: Dublin’s cultural quarter; awash with pubs, clubs, shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, theatres (cinema and drama), markets and street performers. All you could want within a small labyrinth grid. It could be described as Dublin in a nutshell were it not so expensive and pandered less to tourists. It is also the area of choice for many a stag/hen night/weekend on any given day. Must sees – The IFI (cinema), Meeting House Square (market on a Saturday), the Project Arts Centre, City Discs (music shop), The Mezz (live music bar).SHOPPING
Grafton St. is the main shopping promenade in Dublin and is particularly festive around Christmas time. That said, often you can find cheaper and more interesting shops in and around Temple Bar or George’s Street Arcade. When shopping for food the market held in Meeting House Square (in Temple Bar) every Saturday is always a bustling and interesting place to be. Popular shops among visitors include the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau St. (perpendicular to Grafton St.) The Powerscourt Shopping Centre City Discs (Temple Bar) Also a timeless centrepiece of Dublin’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, is Clery’s department store, which is in spitting distance of the GPO and of the second busiest shopping area, Henry’s Street. BARS AND RESTAURANTS
- Whelans Pub and Live Music Venue
25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1 4780766.
- The Temple Bar (Trad Music)
Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
139 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 676 3090
- The Duke (Pub Grub)
8/9 Duke St., Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1 679 9553.
- The Lord Edward Pub and Seafood Restaurant
23 Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
Tel: +353 (0)1 454 2158.
- The Pavilion (Bar, Cricket Club, Beer Garden)
Trinity College, Dublin 2.
- The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0)1 677 0677
- Jacob’s Ladder Restaurant
4 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 6703865
- Yamamori Noodles
71-72 George’s Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 4755001
- Epicurean Centre (Lunch-Food Hall)
Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1