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Dublin

Country: Ireland               Language: English             Currency:  Euro (€)

Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city. Its cobbled laneways are full of medieval architecture and  pubs. You cannot visit Dublin without grabbing a pint of Guinness at a classic Irish pub, walking down Grafton Street, or dancing in the rain. Enjoy the charming architecture, traditional Irish culture, and the beautiful surrounding natural scenery. 

CTW Must See

Trinity College & The Book of Kells

Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university and one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. It was established in 1592 and still operates as a university. The main attraction for visitors at Trinity College is The Book of Kells Exhibition. The Book of Kells is an ancient manuscript Gospel book, and one of Ireland’s most important national treasures. The gospels have derived from the Vulgate, but includes several passages from early versions of the bible. After you view the historic Book of Kells, you can walk through the Old Library. This impressive library holds thousands of rare books and provides an incredible photo opportunity! Visit our Experience Guide on the Trinity College for more detailed information!___________

National Gallery & National Museum of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland opened in 1864. It features some of the most notable Irish art works and its collection includes 14,000 artworks! The National Museum of Ireland is located next to the National Gallery. The museum was opened in 1844 and has many features from Irish art, culture, and natural history. 

Grafton Street

Grafton Street is one of Dublin’s two shopping streets. It is considered one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world! Along Grafton Street, you’ll find many iconic buildings, statues, and shops, like the Molly Malone Statue in front of St. Andrews Church. During the day, explore the shops and admire the quaint architecture. In the evening, watch the buskers perform, grab a pint, and enjoy Dublin's active nightlife.

Dublin Castle

The Dublin Castle, built in the early 13th century, was formerly a defence fortification. It then became the home of the English administration in Ireland. Once Ireland gained independence, it was passed down to the Irish government and it now serves as a government complex and tourist attraction. Visitors are able to tour the castle’s interior, including the grand State Apartments. You can visit the castle's exterior for free, but a tour of the interior will require a ticket. 

Christ Church Cathedral

Founded in 1030, the Christ Church Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest medieval cathedrals. It is located in the former medieval center of Dublin and features a beautiful archway over the road. Connected to the cathedral through the archway is Dublinia, an interactive viking and Medieval history museum. To visit the interior of the cathedral, a ticket is required and can be purchased online or at the door.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Founded in 1191, St. Patrick's Cathedral is a Gothic style building from the medieval times. It is the tallest and largest church in Ireland. Its exterior features a 46 meter spire and it sits beside a beautiful green garden. Within the cathedral, you’ll find one of the largest organs in Ireland. The organ has over 4,000 pipes, and parts of the instrument date back to 1695. A ticket is required to visit the interior and can be purchased online or at the door.

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse, home to the original rich and creamy Irish Stout, has a fascinating history. With over 850 million liters sold every year, you can’t miss a visit to the home of Guinness! You will begin your tour in the center of the world’s biggest pint glass, and end it with a pint at the top of the tower, overlooking the city. Visit our Experience Guide on the Guinness Storehouse for more detailed information! 

Old Jameson Distillery

Jameson Irish Whiskey has become a household name selling over 55 million bottles a year. If you’re a Jameson lover, or even just a whiskey lover, then you will likely enjoy the Jameson Experience at Bow Street. While Jameson Irish Whiskey is now produced in Cork, it all began in 1810 on Bow Street with John Jameson. A guided tour of the facility will provide you with details on Jameson’s history, how this liquid gold is made, and a tasting of 3 different types of whiskey. Visit our Experience Guide on the Jameson Distillery for more detailed information! 

National Botanic Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland make up about 19.5 hectares of Dublin. The gardens were founded in 1795 and now holds over 15,000 plant species and cultivars from all over the world! The gardens famously feature restored glasshouses, including the Turner Curvilinear and the Great Palm House. The gardens are located just outside of the city center and can be visited for free!

Phoenix Park

Located outside of Dublin, you’ll find Phoenix Park. It was created in 1655, and is one of the largest enclosed recreational areas in any European city. Within the park, you’ll find plenty of grass for a picnic, the Papal Cross that was erected in 1979 for Pope John Paul II’s visit, and the Wellington Testimonial. This tall monument, the tallest obelisk in Europe, commemorates the victories of the Duke of Wellington. Phoenix Park often hosts concerts and other events throughout the year.

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