Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, has the best of all the Emerald Isle has to offer. If you are an art lover, you enjoy visiting museums or whether you want to visit one of the hundreds of classic pubs and simply, after hours of hiking, rest in the largest, fenced park of Europe: Dublin is for you. Check out some of the must-see places in Dublin.
- Trinity College
The oldest college on the Island founded by the Queen of England: Elisabeth I. It is worth visiting the college itself (the admission is free) as well as the park surrounding it. Famous alumni of the Trinity College are Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett. On the university walls in the library there is an unique richly decorated manuscript from the 9th century: The Book of Kells. Its significance is honored by this permanent exhibition. An interesting fact: Trinity College was the first university in Europe to start granting degrees to women.
- Natonal Museum, Museum of Natural History, National Galleryi
I recommend those three places at once because they are all located very close together. Thanks to a short distance, we can experience an entertaining journey throughout the history: from the first signs of the Vikings to the present days represented in the form of painting, graphics and sculpture. The curious fact is that the Irish philosopher, playwright and prosewriter bequeathed the National Gallery 1/3 of his substantial wealth, as well as hundreds of skeletons, fossils, casts and models of fauna living not only in Ireland.
- Guinness Brewery
The most famous Irish beer and one of the most recognizable brands in the world – Guinness – offers a part of their brewery to explore for tourists. During the tour we can learn the history of the creation of this dark liquor, the label with the characteristic harp, which has appeared on bottles for years or take the class of a correct beer pouring. Apparently pouring “a correct pint” takes about 119 seconds.
- Kilmainham prison
A place called Irish Alcatraz. His story is related to the birth of Irish independence and the cruelty of the British. In 1916 the leaders of the Irish Easter Uprising were executed here while the rebellion failed several days after the start. As a consequence of the loss of the leaders, social sentiment towards the British rapidly deteriorated, what resulted in creation of the Irish Republican Army.
- Cathedral of Saint Patrick
It is the largest sacred building in Ireland. It was built in an area where, according to the beliefs, in the fifth century was the source of the water baptized by Saint Patrick – the patron of Ireland. It is the burial site of the 18th century writer: Dean Jonathan Swift the author of “Gulliver’s Travels”.
- Phoenix Park
It is the largest fenced urban park in Europe. It was founded in the 17th century as a hunting ground for the king. The name comes from the Irish “Páirc an Fhionnuisce” and means a park of pure water. The wording refers to the source that used to be there. Just before the opening of the park, English Lord Chersterfield decided to fund a monument with the representation of the Phoenix – a mythical bird.. In the center of the park there is a Zoo, while the area itself serves as a tourist center, where a lot of concerts and outdoor events take place.
- James Joyce Museum
Just near Dublin is the Martello Tower, with a magnificent view of the Dublin Bay, where James Joyce used to write. He spent only six days there, but the place was immortalized in his work “Ulisses”. There are many memorabilia in the museum, and one of the floors looks identical to the one when the writer was here. Interesting fact about the Martello towers – they were built all over the coast because of the fear of Napoleon. But he was never actually interested in conquering Ireland.