Places to Visit in Dublin Ireland
Planning Vacations? Dublin will Mesmerize you with its Heritage and Hedonism
Lying between Howth in north and Dalkey in south, Dublin is small capital with huge reputation. The River Liffey flows into the harbor and slices city in two. This capital of Ireland is Mecca for visitors who are interested in royal architecture and history. Visitors will get chance to see 12th century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the structures of Dublin Castle and Trinity College. Before independence the city was once second city of British Empire. The city has given the world renowned literary figures as Joyce, Yeats, Shaw and Wilde. Known as UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, it has picturesque ruins and historic landmarks which are must-visit. Pack your backpack and visit these places in Dublin:
- Little Museum of Dublin
Located in 18th century Georgian town house owned by Dublin City Council, Little Museum of Dublin is people’s museum. It depicts the history of the city in 20th century and provides glimpse into life in that period. It houses collection of more than 5,000 artifacts. There are three floors of exhibition in museum, each floor have different exhibits. The museum hosts array of temporary exhibitions, events as well as permanent installations including U2 retrospective.
- Trinity College
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is best spot to add in Dublin tour. Located at the heart of capital, it is packed with incredible history and is oldest university in Ireland. Spanned in 40-acre, the college retains its ancient seclusion of gardens, cobbled squares and parks. It is renowned for its collection of great treasures. These include 9th century illuminated manuscript the books of Durrow and Armagh, Book of Kells and ancient Irish harp. The artifacts are showcased in Treasury and 18th-century Long Room, which has more than 200,000 of trinity’s oldest books
- Grafton Street
Grafton Street is one of two main shopping streets in Dublin, other is Henry Street. This street runs from St Stephen’s Green to College Green. In 2008, this street was considered as fifth most expensive main shopping street in world and thirteenth most expensive main shopping street in the world in 2016. This stretch buzzes morning, noon and night and is magnet for shopaholics. Many famed musicians and bands have given performances here. Visitors will find broad range of jewelers, boutiques and department stores including Brown Thomas.
- St. Stephens Green
Opened in 1880, St. Stephens Garden is a city centre public park. Designed by William Sheppard, it is the largest of the parks covering area of 22 acres. Surrounded by streets, it is rectangular in shape and is oasis of calm away from hustle and bustle of city life. The notable features here are Fusiliers’ Arch, a fountain, statue of Lord Ardilaun, Yeats memorial garden, bust of James Joyce, memorial to Fenian leader, memorial to Great Famine of 1845-1850, and more.
- National Gallery of Ireland
Founded in 1854, National Gallery of Ireland has national collection of European and Irish art from the Middle Ages. Collections include Yeats Museum, Italian Painters, seven rooms for Irish art, Baroque Room and Shaw Room. The gallery has extensive collection of Irish painting and is notable for its Dutch master and Italian baroque paintings. It is spread over four levels and hosts impressive temporary exhibitions. The gallery has two entrances, one at Clare Street and other at Merrion Square. Entry to the gallery is free and many tours, events and talks are hosted.
- National Museum of Ireland
Established in 1890, National Museum of Ireland is branch of National Museum of Ireland. It features displays on prehistoric Ireland, including church treasures, early work in gold and medieval periods. It has number of permanent exhibits, especially of Irish historical objects. It covers history of Ireland from Stone Age to Late Middle Ages. Its permanent exhibitions have prehistoric Ireland, Ireland’s Gold, Kingship and Sacrifice.
- Dublin Zoo
Opened in 1831, Dublin Zoo is a largest zoo in Ireland and one of most popular attractions. The zoo describes its role as study, conversation and education. Spanned in 28 hectares of Phoenix Park, it is categorized into areas named as Orangutan Forest, Asian Forests, Fringes of Arctic, Kaziranga Forest Trail, African Plains, House of Reptiles, Roberts House, South American House and City Farm. It is part of worldwide program to breed endangered species.