Six top attractions to visit in Dublin, Ireland | Private jet charter
Dublin, located on Ireland’s east coast, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Home to some of the world’s literary legends – Yeats, Beckett, Wilde and Shaw were all born in this beautiful city – Dublin was made a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010. Alongside its period architecture and historical legacy, modern-day Dublin offers visitors the real Irish feel in its vibrant cultural life, from pub gigs to world-class orchestras and theatre.
Trinity College and College Green
One of Dublin’s most famous attractions, venerable Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Its alumni roll call include luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett. Take a stroll around the atmospheric gardens, parks and cobbled squares and don’t miss the famous Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript was created in the 9th century and is displayed in the Treasury. The 18th-century Long Room at Trinity houses more than 200,000 of the college’s oldest books, while the former Irish Parliament Building stands opposite on College Green.
Flex your plastic along Dublin’s most famous shopping street – just a short hop from Trinity College. Look out for the statue of Molly Malone outside St Andrew’s Church which marks the lower end of Grafton Street. Mostly pedestrianised, Grafton Street has an eclectic selection of retail therapy including upscale boutiques, jewellers and department stores. Don’t miss Bewley’s Oriental Café – recently refurbished, this Dublin institution offers the best cakes and hot drinks in the city. Bewley’s Café Theatre is located on the third floor.
St Stephen’s Green
Walk off the tea and cake from Bewley’s with a saunter to the Fusilier’s Arch – at the top of Grafton Street – which is the main entry to St Stephen’s Green. With its backdrop of Georgian architecture, this 22-acre park is a haven of peace with tree-lined walks, beautiful flowerbeds, an ornamental lake and plenty of places to sit and relax.
Constructed in 1204 under the orders of King John, Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule in Dublin until 1922. Today, this impressive former medieval fortress is used mainly for concerts and ceremonial occasions. Visit the state apartments and the Chester Beatty Library, with its superb collection of oriental art, manuscript and ancient texts.
The Guinness Storehouse
This delicious dark ale needs no introduction – and the very best place to sample it is in Dublin. Head to the famous Guinness Storehouse in the St James’s Gate Brewery which has been making Guinness since 1759. Discover more about the brand over seven floors of interactive exhibits and finish with outstanding views over Dublin in the Gravity Bar – with a complimentary pint of this iconic stout.
Dublin is blessed with many parks and gardens. Phoenix Park is the location of the Irish President’s official residence as well as a beautiful 18th-century tower house, Ashtown Castle. Take a wander among the 1,750 acres which is home to hundreds of deer.
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