Attractions in Dublin

Many attractions & Must See in Dublin

As a major sightseeing city, there are many Dublin attractions that draw visitors to the Irish capital each year. As an ancient city, too, many of Dublin’s attractions harken to the city’s Viking roots and tumultuous history, as well as Irish arts in the city’s wonderful museums and galleries.

Trinity College & Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin, also known as the University of Dublin, was founded in 1592 and is the oldest university in Ireland. Situated right in the City Centre, the stately campus, a main Dublin attraction, is comprised of massive stone buildings and cobbled malls and retains an old world, collegiate atmosphere. One of the main tourist draws at Trinity College is the ornately decorated Book of Kells, an ancient bible inscribed by monks. The Book of Kells is on display in the Long Room of Trinity’s Old Library, which, with its towering carved wooden bookshelves, is, itself, a tourist draw. Admission prices are €9 and include entrance to the Long Room to view the Book of Kells and several exhibitions in the library.

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular attractions in Dublin. A massive museum dedicated to the famous Irish stout beer, Guinness, this is where thirsty tourists go to learn all about the brewing process and history of the stout. Dublin Guinness Storehouse is comprised of seven floors depicting the history of Guinness, the brewing process and Guinness’s world-famous marketing. Visitors also get two taste-tests, as well as the chance to learn the art of pouring (or “pulling”) a pint of Guinness. The tour ends on the 7th floor in the Gravity Bar with 360-degree views of Dublin. Adult admission is €13.50.

St. Stephen’s Green

Named for the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen’s Green is a beautifully landscaped public park located in Dublin City Centre, adjacent to Grafton Street, a popular shopping area. An extremely historic Dublin attraction, St. Stephen’s Green was originally a marshland and was converted into the beginnings of a city park in 1663. Through the years, St. Stephen’s Green has played interesting roles in Dublin’s intriguing history, and was even used as a defensive fort by the Irish Citizen Army during the Easter Rising of 1916. Fusiliers Arch, a massive stone gateway, was erected as an entrance to the park in 1907. Admission is free.

Christchurch Cathedral

This ancient Viking church was begun around 1030 A.D. and boasts stunning medieval architecture. Tourists to this sacred Dublin attraction not only get to view the cathedral’s striking interior, but are also given access to the church treasury, which contains silvers and treasures, as well as the spooky 12th century underground crypt. Adult admission is €6.

National Gallery of Ireland

Art fanatics will love the National Gallery of Ireland, an art museum with an amazing collection of both Irish and European paintings, particularly the Italian Baroque and Dutch masters collections. Located on Merrion Street in a historic Georgian district of Dublin, the National Gallery makes for a relaxing afternoon’s escape from the rain. Particularly notable is the Yeats Collection, which includes paintings by one of Ireland’s most distinguished painters, Jack B. Yeats. Admission is free.

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