Ha’Penny Bridge: First opened in 1816, this iconic landmark is also known as the Liffey Bridge. The name originally comes from the toll price to cross: a “Penny Ha'penny” (one and a half pence); it was eventually dropped in 1919.
Christ Church Cathedral: Dating back to the 11th century, it is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which pre-dates the cathedral. It is the official cathedral for the Church of Ireland (Anglican) diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.
Guinness Storehouse and Brewery: You cannot mention Ireland and not think of its most famous drink: Guinness draught. This trademark dark brew has been a staple of Ireland since 1759. While you can buy this brand of beer all over the world, many agree that it just tastes better when it is sipped in the country of its birth. At the Guinness Storehouse, a converted brewing factory, it is now a Guinness museum; incorporating elements from the old brewing factory to explain the history of its production. The exhibition takes place over 7 floors, in the shape of a 14 million pint glass of Guinness. The final floor is the Gravity Bar, which has an almost 360° panorama over the city, where visitors can claim a free pint of "the black stuff".
City Hall: Built between 1769 to 1779 as the Royal Exchange, it serves as the official city hall of Dublin, inside, it features a multi-media exhibition: The Story of the Capital, which traces the evolution of Dublin, from before the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century to the present day.
Dublin Castle: For over seven centuries, Dublin Castle was the sear of English rule, ever since the Anglo-Normans built a fortress here in the 13th century. All that remains of the original structure is the southeastern tower. The magnificent rooms inside this castle served as the home to the British-appointed viceroys of Ireland. Inside St. Patrick’s Hall, you’ll find hanging banners that symbolize the relationship between Ireland and Great Britain.
Old Jameson Distillery: Whiskey is both an integral part of Irish culture, cuisine, and a historic lynchpin of the economy. One of the most famous brands in Ireland, if not the world is Jameson brand whiskey. Jameson’s was produced in Dublin from 1790 to 1971. Today, the whiskey distillery is located in Cork. In Dublin, visitors are taken along a guided tour of the various rooms, devoted to the various stages of production. You will be able to understand the process, the history behind it, as well as differentiating Irish whiskey from Scottish whiskey.
J.W. Sweetman: Located near Burgh Quay in Dublin, this bar is spread over two stories on two buildings very near to O'Connell Bridge. They produce a very good stout quite different to Guinness, fresher and more complex, plus their own ale and lager. Also has good cafeteria-style lunch sets for around. On weekend afternoons or evenings, the place can fill up fast.
Pearl Brasserie: This basement brasserie exudes a cool, contemporary French ambiance. Combining charming service with excellent food, it is all served with a smile and at an affordable price. The seafood dishes are a prominent item; sample its oyster bar along with an extensive wine list.
Shanahan’s on the Green: Considered to be the best steakhouse in Dublin, set inside a charming Georgian house. Though pricier than most restaurants in Dublin, the food is of the highest quality, not to mention the portions are grand in size and taste. Closed Sundays.
Leo Burdock’s: Step up to the oldest fish and chips takeaway in Dublin. With the freshest fish and crispiest chips, not to mention a loyal clientele, this is definitely the place to be if you want to mingle with the locals and leave with a full stomach! The fish comes in a variety including scampi, smoked cod, haddock, and lemon sole goujon.
Peploe’s Wine Bistro: Located in the basement of an elegant Georgian building, this glamorous and cozy bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in Dublin. With an extensive wine list, and a menu that combines traditional French and Irish fare, be sure to book your reservations hours ahead in advance!
Grafton Street: In the heart of downtown Dublin lies the most popular and stylish shopping district. This busy street of shops is characterized by energetic shoppers, scenic storefronts, and talented street artists. Be sure to stop into Brown Thomas, one of the finest department stores in the city that is known for its upmarket wares with goods from the world’s top designers.
Besides Brown Thomas, there are plenty of high-end retailers like HMV, Oasis, and Monsoon.
Powerscourt Centre: Located inside an enclosed four-story Georgian courtyard, the Powerscourt Centre features wares that are both upscale and posh. Inside, you’ll find a number of boutiques, restaurants, and lovely antique shops.
George’s Street Arcade: An indoor galleria that is quirky, quaint, and unique, George’s Street Arcade is for those want to find Irish memorabilia, tchotchkes, clothing, and various accessories. And if you are also looking to save, the items on sale here fetch a slightly lower price than the wares found at the Powerscourt Centre.
Kildare Village: Kildare Village Outlet Shopping is less than an hour from Dublin’s city center; it’s home to over 60 outlet boutiques. The village is open seven days a week, all year round. Some of the retailers at this site include DKNY, Juicy Couture, and 7 for All Mankind.
Trinity College and Library: Visit one of Ireland’s most famous universities, Trinity College. Since the 16th century, this revered institution of education has been one of the most famous universities in the world. On the outside, its campus is comprised of 47 acres of older architecture to more modern buildings. The main entrance to the college is on the College Green and its grounds are bounded by Nassau and Pearse Street. On the inside, however, is an academic utopia for those who hunger for both knowledge and culture. The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland. The Library contains about five million books, including 30,000 current serials and significant collections of manuscripts, maps, and printed music.
National Gallery of Ireland: One of the most prominent art museums in all of Ireland, it houses an extensive collection of Irish and European art. It is located in the center of Dublin with one entrance on Merrion Square, beside Leinster House, and another on Clare Street. Due to ongoing renovations, the Clare Street entrance is the only one currently open. It was founded in 1854 and opened its doors ten years later. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting. Entry to the gallery is free.
National Museum of Ireland: A massive museum that puts a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture, and natural history. The Decorative Arts and History opened in 1997 and also holds the Museum's administrative center, a shop and a coffee shop. This section has displays of furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware, as well as examples of folk life and costume, and money and weapons. A Chinese porcelain vase from about 1300 AD, the Fonthill vase, is one of the features.
The Archaeology section has displays on prehistoric Ireland, including early work in gold, church treasures and the Viking and medieval periods. There are special displays of items from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus, and Ancient Rome. This section includes famous examples of early medieval Celtic metalwork in Ireland such as the Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch, and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Prehistoric pieces include the Iron Age Broighter Gold and over 50 gold lunulas (not all on display), and other Bronze Age jewelry.
The Natural History Museum, which is part of the National Museum, although often thought of as distinct, is on Merrion Street in Dublin and houses specimens of animals from around the world. Its collection and Victorian appearance have not changed significantly since the early 20th century.
National Leprechaun Museum: Ireland is well-known for being a country with a rich and enchanting folklore and heritage; a country that has given the world a plethora of mythical creatures. Inside this whimsical museum, you can learn about the origins of Ireland’s most unusual denizen. Though it is aimed at children, adults will find amusement inside these walls as well.
For the sake of being respectful, please do not riff any jokes about Lucky Charms while you’re there!
Temple Bar: Considered to be the cultural quarter of Dublin, the area is the location of many Irish cultural institutions, including the Irish Photography Centre, the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Stock Exchange, and the Central Bank of Ireland. At night, however, the area is a major center for nightlife, with many tourist-focused nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Pubs in the area include The Porterhouse, the Oliver St. John Gogarty, the Turk's Head, the Temple Bar, and the Czech Inn (in the former Isolde's Tower).
Stags Head: A gorgeous Victorian pub that features a long mahogany bar, its original mirrors, and stained glass. Located down on an out-of-the-way alley, this pub features more than just wonderful ambiance. Sit down for a drink with friends; a great place to hang out to cap off an exciting day!
McDaids: Famed Irish playwright Brendan Dehan downed many pints in this charming pub in Dublin, which dates back to 1779. Over the nearly two and a half centuries, this bar has managed to retain in Bohemian charm and its bars, both upstairs and downstairs, provide the space for a leisurely drink in Ireland’s largest city. Also, don’t let the neon in the window or the tourists drinking al fresco deter you from a drink at this popular watering hole. Stop in at night when most of the tourists are not to be found.
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