Learn About Dublin
A visit to Ireland usually starts from Dublin, the magnificent capital of the Republic of Ireland - an old and charming city, featuring plenty attractions and landmarks. With a history of over a millennia and a population of over 2 millions, visiting Dublin could seem daunting, but the old historical center can easily be explored on foot in a day or two. And, by all means, visitors should do it, as there are some unique monuments in the city, including the massive Dublin Castle with its Royal Chapel, the wonderful St. Patrick Cathedral and the Christ Church Cathedral, the fascinating National Gallery of Ireland with its fabulous collections, Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, plus the Guinness Storehouse. Ireland is one of the best places in the world to hang out and have fun, with the famous Irish pubs and its welcoming people - in Dublin, the Temple Bar area is a great place to be.
Dublin Castle with its Royal Chapel
The ancient fortress, the castle grounds were also the site where the Easter Rebellion of 1916 began, and after five years of fighting the treaty that granted Irish independence was signed here. The castle grounds include the State Apartments and Chester Beatty Library.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. At this location, St. Patrick baptized converts to Christianity 600 years ago. In the cathedral you'll find the tomb of Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels."
Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
At 3 miles across, Phoenix Park is the largest in any European capital city. Besides strolling around and relaxing on the lawns, the biggest attraction is the Dublin Zoo, home to more than 400 animals in a variety of realistic habitats. Phoenix Park is west of the city center, just north of Kilmainham Gaol.
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university, set in beautiful grounds. The Old Library houses an amazing collection of literature, not least "The Book of Kells," created around 800 A.D. by monks in the traditional Celtic style to illustrate the bible story.
The Guinness Storehouse
The old brewery is no longer in use but instead provides fascinating self-guided tour demonstrating how Guinness beer was manufactured. It's not cheap to enter but at the end you get a free pint! Make sure you ascend to the top floor bar and restaurant that has panoramic views over Dublin.
This neighborhood is where you go to relax, drink and have a good time in characterful old pubs. So pull up a chair, order a pint and enjoy the music. The area also features numerous independent galleries and performance art venues.
The best time to visit Dublin is in the summertime when temperatures are as warm as they get (not saying a lot) and festivals fill the streets. Temperatures are generally mild and damp, but rarely too hot nor too cold.
Dublin is easy to get around on foot. Starting from Phoenix Park, you could head south to the River Liffey, cross the famous Half-Penny Bridge and enter the streets of Temple Bar. Pause for a pint (of course) and hopefully enjoy some local folk musicians doing their thing. Then head over to the Trinity College campus and watch cricket or see the magnificent library and Book of Kells exhibition. Shop along nearby Grafton Street where street musicians are usually playing, and see the famous Molley Malone statue sitting quietly in the street amongst passers by. Nearby you may enjoy the Writers Museum or the James Joyce Centre for a taste of that poetic Irish culture. A good time is guaranteed!
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