There are few places around the world that can claim to be friendlier than Dublin. The Isle of Saints and Scholars offers wonderful hospitality, complemented by its warm and friendly hosts. A cosmopolitan city, Dublin is rightly proud of its rich heritage, but also presents a modern outlook in keeping with contemporary culture.
1. Trinity College
Built in 1592, Trinity College is Dublin’s oldest university and houses the Book of Kells, a two-century-old manuscript written by monks.
2. Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin’s oldest building dates back nearly one thousand years to 1038. It was built courtesy of the invading Vikings, an impressive monument to serve a powerful army.
3. Dublin Castle
Dating back to the Norman invasion, this terrific example of medieval architecture captures the artistic influence of the time. Magnificent painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers portray the Ireland of one thousand years ago.
4. National Gallery of Ireland
Monet and Picasso are just two of the many influential artists on display in the city’s largest gallery. The gallery’s 2,500 paintings give a flavour of a historic past and present.
5. Guinness Storehouse
The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s top visitor attraction. It is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’ Gate, housed in an old fermentation plant. Now the seven-storey visitor experience tells the story of this world famous drink.
6. Temple Bar
Contrasting Dublin’s historic ancestry, Temple Bar brings the city right up to modern day with its cosmopolitan mix of bars, restaurants, shops and art galleries.
7. Smithfield Village
Pop over to the newly renovated development at Smithfield Village for more eating, drinking and shopping. A walk to the top of the chimney presents magnificent, panoramic views of Dublin.
8. Grafton Street
Big name department stores trade alongside local craft shops in the busiest shopping area of Dublin. Traditional Irish gifts and souvenirs can be found more conveniently in the adjacent Nassau Street.
9. Pint of Guinness
No visit to Ireland would be complete without a sip or two of the world famous Guinness. Locals say it tastes better in its home city. Well, there’s only one way to find out!
10. Irish Grand National
You can smell the money amongst the punters present at one of the great sporting events of the calendar. Join the runners and riders during the month of April to witness the Irish Grand National.