Dublin Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Dublin
Some of Dublin's most monumental architecture is found in Trinity College. It's one of Europe's oldest universities, and once through its West Front archway you'll find yourself surrounded by elegant 18th and 19th century buildings. Many of them are open to the public, and the one you should not miss is the Old Library which holds more than 4 million books.
The neoclassical CUSTOM HOUSE is also worth a look, located on the north bank of the River Liffey and now serving as a government building. It was first built in 1781, and is still one of Dublin's most elegant constructions, together with the GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING which features a huge ionic portico.
But the city's main draw is the Guinness Storehouse, home to Ireland's most famous export. You can get a free sample of the black beer at the end of a fascinating exhibition.
Located in a former hospital, the Irish Museum of Modern Art shows contemporary and modern art (paintings, sculpture, and installations) by Irish and international artists in its permanent collection, while also presenting major temporary exhibitions.
To check out emerging Irish artists, visit the Cross Gallery which displays mostly abstract pieces.
The most impressive Irish art along with some wonderful Spanish, Italian, French, and Dutch works is shown in the National Gallery, while the National Museum of Ireland consists of three outstanding collections -- archaeology, natural history, and decorative arts in three different spaces.
The SPIRE OF DUBLIN is a 120m-high needle that seems to have no meaning but that stands as a symbol of the city's economic resurgence. It is currently the world's tallest sculpture.
Dublin Castle dates from the 13th century and served as the headquarters of the British rulers. However, only the Record Tower survives from the original building, as almost everything else is an 18th century creation.
Even older is the medieval Christ Church Cathedral, originally a Viking church and featuring the largest cathedral crypt in the British Isles in the mostly Gothic interior.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in the country and the location for a number of public national ceremonies.
Temple Bar is Dublin's famous party area, a lively place at any time of the day due to its eating and drinking options.
GRAFTON STREET continues to be the city's main shopping area, although the chain stores you'll find there will likely be the same ones you have back home.
At the end of all the sightseeing head to PHOENIX PARK, the largest city park in Europe and where Dubliners go to play and relax.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Dublin and see more of Ireland.