The Best Things To Do In Dublin
Whatever time we do have in Dublin, it will not be enough for all the sights and activities we can try. Therefore, it is not unnecessary to draw up a list of preferred places and attractions to "fit" in the time that we are bound to spend in the Irish capital.
However, there are a number of places that are so iconic for it that it is advisable to fall into each of the variants of the list.
So, plan your trip with us. There are the most amazing experiences in Dublin:
It's impossible to don't go to the main boulevard in Dublin with the monument of light The Spire, the world's tallest sculpture and the O'Connell Monument, to cross the O'Connell Bridge, to get to the south of the Liffey River, the Temple Bar area and the Trinity College.
National Gallery of Ireland
The gallery is with free entrance and gives access to over 15 000 works of European painting, graphics and sculpture created between the 13th and the 20th century.
Among the collections are the works of Caravaggio, Goya, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Canova, and many other famous names.
The Dublin Castle has a long history that began in 1204 and for the time of its existence, it had been a fortress, a prison, a treasury, a court, and the headquarters of the English government in Ireland for seven centuries.
Even today there are official events and ceremonies because Dublin Castle is still at the center of Irish history as a representative governmental complex. A large part of the castle is open to visitors who can see state suites, gardens, royal chapel, 2 museums, a library, and more.
From the medieval castle building to this day, only the Norman tower and the former prison (Record Tower), dating back to 1226, have survived to this day, where the Museum of the Police now houses it. All other parts of the castle are the result of reconstructions in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Though the Guinness is all over Irish pubs, the museum offers a deeper experience combined with a short walk through the history of the legendary beerhouse and the personality of its founder Arthur Guinness.
The tour ends on the 7th floor in the Gravity Bar with a mug of dark beer combined with panoramic views from the windows of the bar.
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship
This is a highly recommended attraction for anyone who wants to learn more about the fateful Irish historical period of the Great Famine (1845-1852) and mass emigration to North America.
Ginny Johnston is one of the ships that crossed the Atlantic to the New World with over 1 million Irish. Ginny Johnston himself has done 16 courses and has transported more than 2,500 people, and among the visitors on the tour is often a distant grandson or granddaughter of a passenger from the ship.
The tour of the Ginny Johnston ship lasts about an hour and is guided by the ship's guide.
Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Dublin's oldest cathedral, the Christ Church, is curious not only from a historical point of view with its preserved dungeons from the far 12th century but also with its remarkable architectural style, the result of several reconstructions.
The largest of them, at the end of the 19th century, shape its present-day silhouette, along with the beautiful stone bridge to the Synod Hall (today the Dublin Museum, Dublinia). The crypt of the cathedral, which is already mentioned, is considered the longest of the British Isles with its 64 meters.
The other St. Patrick's Cathedral is nearby, and the colorful alleys with benches in the courtyard are a nice place for a short break before the next landmark from Dublin's sights.
The iron bridge from our first picture, with an arch of meters from the Temple Bar, is one of the symbols of Dublin, and one of the most photogenic places in the Irish capital against the background of the colorful buildings around the River Liffey.
The first pedestrian bridge over the river was built in 1816 by William Walsh, the owner of the ferries that previously crossed the river, which received the right to charge of half a penny for each passing over the next 100 years.
The official name of the bridge is the Liffi Bridge, but its popular name is Ha'peni - of the toll collected by Walsh.
Trinity College, the Old Library
If you love the old libraries, make sure you visit the Long Room at the Trinity College the Old Library with over 200 000 volumes!
The library ticket also includes the Book of Kells halls - a ninth-century manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament. Two of the four volumes of the Book of Kells are displayed for visitors.
In conclusion, we can say that Dublin does not put us in a situation where we definitely choose a theme of the journey, but it gives us the freedom to combine different thematic experiences and attractions.
The city is open for any combination of cultural-historical tours, gourmet tourism, sporting events, eco-tourism in nearby surroundings, literary, theatrical, musical evenings and many other types of tourism.