All you need to know about travelling to Dublin and its glorious Georgian architecture.
But this city also embraces the diversity of its current population. This combination of history and modern multiculturalism, sprinkled with some Irish craic, makes for an irresistible city break destination.
On the south of the river, Trinity College is one of the most important historical attractions in Dublin. Established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the highlight here is the Old Library which houses the Book of Kells, dating back to 800AD. Don’t miss the glorious barrel-vaulted Long Room.
A symbol of the Irish struggle for independence, the Kilmainham Gaol became an icon of both oppression and martyrdom after it was built in 1796. It housed captured revolutionaries during the 1916 Easter Rising and during the War of Independence. Visit the exhibition galleries to understand its harrowing history, then take the popular guided tour.
Guinness Brewery and Storehouse
Few other cities in the world have connections with a single drink quite like Dublin has with Guinness. Arthur Guinness founded the brewery in 1759. Today the complex sprawls west of the city centre. You can visit the Storehouse on St James’s Gate for a self-guided introduction to the brewing process and sample some of the black stuff with a view over the city.
The National Museum
Get a comprehensive understanding of the changing faces of Dublin over the centuries at this must-see museum. See prehistoric gold discovered in peat fields, enjoy fascinating ecclesiastical exhibits with ancient brooches and chalices on display, and chart the country’s history from the Viking age.
Get a glimpse inside one of Dublin’s finest Georgian houses. The beautiful Baroque stuccowork and Rococo plaster offer insight into homes during the city’s heyday.