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The Baggot Inn
On Baggot Street lets you be your own barman for the night, offering tables where customers can pull their own pints. Resident bar tenders are on hand to show you just how it's done!
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Elephant & Castle
Elephant & Castle - Located in the heart of Temple Bar, this is one of the most popular restaurants in Dublin. Try their famous chicken wings!
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Iveagh Gardens
Escape the hordes of people at St Stephen's Green and find some solace from the city centre at the Iveagh Gardens (between Harcourt Street and Earlsfort Terrace).
Standing for more than 1000 years on the bank of the river Liffey. Dublin is one of Europe’s top cultural cities and a much sought-after holiday destination.

Lively and vibrant, Dublin’s streets combine old-world charm with bustling cosmopolitan themes. Today, Ireland’s capital city is one in which you will find, top designers, world renowned entertainers and ethically diverse dining experiences. However, there is still that same hundred-thousand welcomes, the cead mile failte for which the Irish and Dubliners are justly famous!

From the zany and accessible fun of Trinity College’s new Science Museum to the elegance of the city’s central shopping districts in Henry Street, Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green, from the international helter-skelter of the financial district to the instant relaxation of the pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants, from the all-pervasive image of the pint of Guinness, Dublin is open like never before, for business and for fun.

As you can probably imagine, Dublin really throws itself into the St Patrick’s Day festivities, so much so that the city doesn’t just mark a single day but, in fact, parties for four days. While the main parade on March 17th is certainly a highlight, there is a lot more going on during the celebration. We’ve picked out a few events that are a little different.

Festival Ceili
March 14th, 4.30pm in St Stephen’s Green

Festival Ceili is a great event to come to if you want to get a real taste of Irish culture and, best of all, it’s completely free. This outdoor party will teach you the basics of Irish dancing - the aim is to get everyone in the crowd involved.

Traditional Irish music will accompany the festivities, and there will also be experienced dancers on hand to show you the steps. It promises to be a lot of fun and is a fantastic way to kick-off the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Enchanted Banquet
March 15th, 7pm at Earlsfort Terrace

Enchanted Banquet is one of many events taking place as part of the ‘I Love My City’ programme, which is running across the entire four-day festival. This sounds particularly special, with the evening aiming to help you delve into Irish myths and fables.

As well as a sumptuous dinner in opulent surroundings, there will be shows by some of Dublin’s top performers, with these introducing you to some of the lesser-known characters from Irish mythology and the country’s other tales. You need to book in advance for this event, with registration opening on March 3rd.

Irish Craft Beer and Food Market
March 13th to 17th, 10am to 8pm for the food market, various times for the craft beer bar

This installation is running throughout the St Patrick’s Day celebrations and will give you the chance to sample a host of local produce, all washed down with tasty Irish craft beer or Irish whiskey.

Although the food market is completely free to wander around, you need to pay a €5 (£4) entry fee to go into the bar area - except on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th, when it’s free before 6pm, with the doors opening at 5pm on the Thursday and at 12.30pm on the Friday.

Dublin is home to many great attractions, but perhaps one of the most fun to discover during a break in the city is its multitude of statues. These are dotted throughout the streets, as well as in parks and squares, which means they’re free to view.

You can stumble upon them as you explore the city at your leisure, or you can follow our suggested route to seek out some of the best and most iconic sculptures Dublin has to offer.

Start: Merrion Square Park
Statues: Oscar Wilde and the Jester’s Chair

Merrion Square Park is a brilliant place to get an introduction to Dublin’s sculptures, as it’s home to a couple of notable statues as well as some public art created by sculptor Jerome Connor.

The most famous of the statues here is that of Oscar Wilde, who can be seen reclining on a large boulder. This is also one of the most colourful of Dublin’s statues and a fitting tribute to the playwright. The reason for its location on Merrion Square is that he lived in the area for around 20 years.

The Jester’s Chair is the other sculpture you shouldn’t miss here - this impressive bronze throne is, in fact, a tribute to Father Ted actor Dermot Morgan, who passed away in 1998.

St Stephen’s Green

Statues: Fates Statue, Great Famine Memorial and Theobald Wolfe Tone

To reach St Stephen’s Green from Merrion Square Park, exit the Park on Merrion Square South and turn right, following the road to Merrion Street Upper. Turn right again and follow the road until it becomes Ely Place. Turn right onto Hulme Street and, at the end of this road, right again onto the road that skirts around St Stephen’s Green.

There are actually 15 statues in St Stephen’s Green, but we’re only going to mention a few of them in detail. First up is the sculpture of Lord Ardilaun, who is responsible for the design of this park, and the man who dedicated it to the public.

The Three Fates statue, which is located in the centre of a shallow pool, was actually a gift from the German people in recognition of Ireland’s assistance with refugees after the Second World War.

Our final suggestion here is the monument to the Great Irish Famine, which is also where you’ll find the statue of Theobald Wolfe Tone. Wolfe Tone was an Irish revolutionary in the 18th century and one of the founding figures of Irish republicanism. His likeness, as well as the memorial to the Great Famine, was created by Irish sculptor Edward Delaney in the 1960s.

Grafton Street

Statues: Phil Lynott and Molly Malone

Exit St Stephen’s Green on its north-western corner and you’ll be just over the road from Grafton Street, the location of our next two statues. Walk up Grafton Street until you reach Harry Street and Bruxelles Bar - this is where you’ll find Phil Lynott.

Although not born in Dublin, Lynott did spend many of his formative years in the city and went on to become one of Ireland’s best-known musicians. He was the lead vocalist and bassist for Thin Lizzy and his statue depicts him standing proudly with his guitar at his feet.

Continue along Grafton Street and you’ll come to Molly Malone, who is shown with her cart of cockles and mussels. There is some debate as to whether Molly was a real person or a fictional character, but the reason for her fame is the song that shares her name - a tune that has become the unofficial anthem of the city.

By this point, you’ll be close to Trinity College, the grounds of which are home to a host of other statues, depicting the likes of William Lecky, Oliver Goldsmith and George Salmon. You can take a detour to see these, or continue to our next point of interest.

Ha’penny Bridge
Statue: Meeting Place

From College Green (just a short walk further along than Molly Malone) you need to take a left towards Dame Street. Before you get to Dame Street, take a left onto Crown Alley, which will lead you to the river. Cross the waterway on Ha’penny Bridge and on the other side you’ll find the statue Meeting Place.

This statue isn’t anything historical, but it is rather charming - two women sitting side by side having a natter, with bags of shopping at their feet. The sculpture was installed in 1988 and was designed to represent the ordinary women of the city.

O’Connell Street

Statues: James Joyce, Charles Stewart Parnell, Daniel O’Connell, Jim Larkin

There are a host of statues along (and just off) O’Connell Street, so it’s a great place for a stroll if you’re keen to see more of Dublin’s public artworks. To get onto O’Connell Street, it’s easiest to cross back over Ha’Penny Bridge and turn left, following the waterway until you reach the bottom of O’Connell Street, then take another left and start looking for statues!

The first one you’ll come to is the O’Connell Monument, which commemorates 19th-century Irish politician Daniel O’Connell, who campaigned for Catholic emancipation and Irish independence from Great Britain during his time. Keep walking and you’ll come to the statue of Jim Larkin, also known as Big Jim, who was an Irish trade union leader who played a role in the Dublin Lockout of 1913.

A short distance on from Jim Larkin’s likeness, you need to take a brief detour from O’Connell Street onto North Earl Street where you’ll find the sculpture of James Joyce. The world-renowned author is depicted leaning on his cane and is often surrounded by shoppers taking a break by sitting on his plinth.

At the top of O’Connell Street you’ll reach Parnell Square, which is where you’ll (unsurprisingly) find the Parnell Monument - a statue in honour of Charles Stewart Parnell, a powerful politician who led the Irish Parliamentary Party in the latter part of the 19th century and who was described by many of his peers as a truly remarkable man.

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin there is, of course, a chance that you’ll experience wet weather that makes the city’s outdoor attractions a little less appealing. However, the good news is that there are lots of wonderful indoor attractions that will keep you occupied in case you get caught in a downpour.

Natural History Museum

Where: Merrion Street Cost: Free (if you go self-guided)

There are many fantastic museums in Dublin, but the Natural History Museum is a real gem. It is also one of the oldest museums in the country, having first opened its doors in 1857. What you’ll find here is one of the most incredible collections of specimens in the world, with more than two million species on show in its display cabinets.

One of the most exciting parts of the museum, particularly if you’ve got children with you, is the Discovery Zone, where you can handle some of the taxidermy animals and seek out hidden surprises within the room’s drawers - this is a great way to get kids excited about the natural world and a fun place to spend a few hours out of the rain.

Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum
Where: The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter Cost: €8 (£6.73) for adults and children over three

This is a wonderful place to come with the kids if you’re on a family break in Dublin and the heavens open - in fact, it’s an excellent attraction to visit no matter what the weather. The whole museum has been designed with children in mind and the aim is to provide little ones with a creative space that will let their imaginations run wild.

There is a wide variety of things that kids can get up to here, with all the exhibits themed around real life. For instance, children can work on a construction site, where they can build walls using foam bricks or operate a crane to install solar panels on a roof.

Alternatively, they can go shopping or even work in one of the stalls in the market - it’s a fantastic space for little ones to have fun and learn at the same time. There are also drama and art studios where they can let their creative side shine through.

Butlers Chocolate Experience
Where: Clonshaugh Business Park Cost: €13.50

For anyone with a sweet tooth, the Butlers Chocolate Experience is an absolute must-visit. This chocolate factory opens its doors to the public and offers tours to show you how its delicious treats are made. Tours take around one and a half hours and involve a visit to the chocolate museum, the chance to see a host of chocolate artefacts, a look at the factory floor and the opportunity to decorate your own chocolate novelty.

Butlers also offers regular cook with chocolate demonstrations, which show you how to whip up your own cocoa-fuelled delights at home. These are held throughout the year, so it’s worth checking if there’s one during your trip if you’re a real chocoholic. You need to book in advance for these courses.

Ski Centre
Where: 26 Rowan Avenue, Stillorgan Business Park Cost: €49

If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash during your trip to Dublin and want to do something completely different, head to the Ski Centre. This is Ireland’s only indoor ski school and taking a lesson on its slopes can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re with a group of friends or your family.

Of course, as it’s undercover you don’t need to worry what the weather outside is doing, because there will always be snow on these slopes. One of the great things about booking lessons here is that numbers of groups are limited, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from your instructor.

What’s particularly impressive about Ski Centre, though, is its use of revolving slope technology, which means you can ski continuously for ten to 15 minutes at a time, rather than reaching the end of your run in a matter of seconds.

Old Library and Book of Kells
Where: Trinity College Library, College Street Cost: €9

The Old Library in Trinity College Dublin is a truly breathtaking sight, with its Long Room home to more than 200,000 tomes, many of which are centuries old. These are kept in huge oak bookcases that run the length of the room, giving you a sense of the scale of this library’s archives.
However, the main attraction here is the Book of Kells, a 9th century gospel manuscript that’s on show as part of the Turning Darkness into Light exhibition. This is one of several old manuscripts held by the library and you’ll be amazed by the stunning artwork that accompanies the text. It is believed that the Book of Kells was created by monks at a monastery on Iona and it offers a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s religious heritage.

Dublinia

Where: St Michael’s Hill, Christchurch Cost: €7.50

Dublinia is a fantastic choice if the weather turns against you and you fancy stepping back in time. The three exhibition spaces here cover Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin and archaeology in the area, where you can learn how artefacts are recovered and how historians use these to piece together information about the past. Because the exhibits are interactive, it’s a great place for families, as you’ll all learn something in a fun environment.

Among the highlights are seeing what life was like on a Viking warship, learning medieval games in the marketplace and testing your own skills as a history hunter with the Time Detective section. ​

Often, New Year’s Eve can be a bit of a let down, with all the build-up for just one night that may not live up to your expectations. Head to Dublin this year though, and you won’t be disappointed.

The city is hosting Three NYE Dublin - a festival that will see the celebrations begin on December 29th and run through to January 1st. With so much going on over the course of the four days, there is plenty to ensure that the end of the year will be one to remember. Here’s a rundown of a few highlights.

The Gathering at Leopardstown

December 29th

This is where it will all begin - with a day at the races. There are a series of fast-paced horse races planned for December 29th, but it’s not just about having a flutter, as there will also be musical performances by Mary Black and Finbar Furey - two well-known Irish singers.

Dublin Genius

December 30th

Dublin Genius is one of the initiatives being run as part of Love Dublin Day. It involves a series of events dedicated to showcasing the city’s literary and comedic history, as well as how these things continue to play a huge role in its culture. There will be talks with famous authors and poets (such as Whitbread prize winner Paul Durcan), seminars about Dublin’s literary connections and hours of laughter when some of Dublin’s best comedians take to the stage.

People’s Procession of Light

December 31st

To get you in the mood for the festivities of the evening, Dublin will, once again, be hosting its People’s Procession of Light. This not only involves illuminating the city and some of its most famous buildings in weird and wonderful ways, but also a parade of street performers and dancers, who will bring the whole thing to life. As it starts at 18.30, it’s a great one to take the kids to.

Countdown Concert

December 31st

To round off 2013, Dublin is hosting a spectacular concert to see in 2014 with a bang. The acts lined up to perform include the Strypes, Madness, Ryan Sheridan and MKS - a band featuring founding Sugababes members Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan. All the action will begin at 20.00, with the stage being set up on College Green - it certainly promises to be a night to remember.

Between October 26th and 28th, Dublin will be celebrating the life of one of the most famous authors to have lived in the city - Bram Stoker. The three-day festival is aimed at examining his life and work, with a host of varied events scheduled.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Dublin during the Bram Stoker Festival, you can catch the likes of special film screenings, take part in a vampire-themed treasure hunt and get caught up in street performances dedicated to all things spooky.

However, if you’re not going to make it to Dublin for the celebrations, there is still much you can learn about Stoker and his inspiration for the Dracula novel by taking a tour of some of the city’s sights. We’ve put together a selection of the best places to follow in the footsteps of the author himself.

 

15 Marino Crescent

There’s no better place to start your tour of Stoker’s Dublin than at his birthplace - 15 Marino Crescent. In this unassuming private residence, Stoker was born in 1847 and it was where he spent his childhood.

During his early years, he was frequently ill and spent much of his time bed-ridden until he started school. His parents sometimes walked him around the gardens at St Stephen’s Green to help him convalesce.

Although you can’t go inside, looking at its exterior will give you a sense of the Victorian Dublin he grew up in. If you do want to be nosy, there’s a video available online that gives a tour of the house - it was put together when the property was up for sale in 2012.

Around the corner from the residence is Bram’s Cafe - not a landmark from Stoker’s time, but a charming place to grab some refreshments before you continue on your journey around Dublin.

 

Trinity College

In 1864, Stoker started attending Dublin’s Trinity College, where he performed well academically and on the sports field. He studied mathematics and graduated with a degree in the subject, but it was here that his true love of literature and writing was fostered, with Stoker beginning to explore his creative side while still studying.

A visit to the Trinity College campus is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, with its grand buildings and open spaces. The university was established in 1592 and went on to grow considerably in size and stature, building a reputation for itself as one of the top universities in Europe.

While you’re visiting the campus, make sure you pop into the library to see the Book of Kells - a beautiful and ornate gospel manuscript that dates from the 9th century. It’s on show in the Old Library - itself a staggering 18th century building - and in addition to the Book of Kells you can also peruse other fascinating manuscripts in the university’s Turning Darkness into Light exhibition.

 

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle will more than likely be on your list of places to visit while you’re in Dublin regardless of its connection to Bram Stoker. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the reason why the castle is associated with the author has nothing to do with his literary prowess, but instead relates to the fact that he took a job here as a civil servant when he first graduated from university.

Stoker worked here for a decade, during which time the spectacular surroundings of the castle must have got his imagination going. It would be easy to spend an entire day exploring Dublin Castle and its grounds, which are home to the Garda and Revenue museums, as well as the Chapel Royal.

It’s possible to gain access to the State Rooms on a guided tour, although tickets for this must be purchased in advance. These apartments were initially built in 1680 and are now used for important state functions.

The Treasury Building, which was constructed in 1714, has the honour of being Dublin’s oldest office block - now it’s where you’ll find the gift shop and restaurant.

Dublin Castle will be the location of an impressive art installation that is being put up as part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Entitled Dracula’s Fire Garden, it is an interactive walk where lanterns line the path and characters from the novel spring to life before your very eyes.

Although it’s free to enter Dracula’s Fire Garden, you do need to pre-register for the event, which you can do online.

 

St Patrick’s Cathedral

There may be no direct tie between Stoker and St Patrick’s Cathedral, but this Gothic building looks as though it could have come out of the pages of Dracula and there’s always the chance that its design in some way inspired the author when he lived in Dublin.

During the festival, a free evening of readings and music will be hosted at the place of worship, with Laurence Foster and Michael James Ford delivering readings from Stoker’s work, while the Crux Ensemble choral group will provide dramatic and haunting music.

Dine in Dublin will be kicking off on October 22nd, heralding the start of a week-long feast for the taste buds that will end on October 28th. A number of the city’s top restaurants are participating in this year’s restaurant week and we’ve selected just three of the best places for delicious Irish cooking.

Camden Kitchen

Located in Camden Market, this eatery only works with organic and sustainably produced food, ensuring everything that goes on to your plate is natural and tasty. It’s offering a special three-course menu as part of Dine in Dublin.

Among the options are a starter of smoked Irish salmon served alongside haddock croquette, avruga caviar, creme fraiche and seaweed, mains featuring the likes of Wicklow venison and wild Irish hake, and mouthwatering desserts such as dark chocolate fondant with coconut sorbet and coffee froth.

 

Fade Street Social

Fade Street Social, which you’ll unsurprisingly find on Fade Street, is another establishment that supports local farmers by using Irish homegrown produce in its recipes. It, too, is offering a three-course menu for €25 per person, although it’s worth noting it’s only open for lunch and in the early evening.

Among the delights you can sample here are white pudding and cabbage soup as a starter, beef and Guinness stew or open mushroom ravioli as a main and banoffee pie or bread and butter pudding to round off your flavour-filled meal.

 

Whitefriar Grill

Whitefriar Grill specialises in modern Irish cuisine and has plenty of tasty treats on its menu to thrill foodies. It has yet to reveal exactly what it will be offering as part of Dine in Dublin, but its standard menu speaks for itself.

The restaurant has developed a particularly good reputation for its brunches, which are available on Saturdays and Sundays. What’s great is the variety of dishes on offer, many of which have an interesting twist.

You can order crab cake benedict, which is served on an English muffin with baby spinach, poached eggs and spring onion hollandaise, if you want something along the breakfast lines.

There are plenty of more substantial options available too, though, like the truckers mixed grill that features minute steak, rare-breed pork chop, rabbit liver, pork and leek sausage, tomato, smoked Boston beans and Jack Maccarthy’s black pudding.

You can find Whitefriar Grill on Aungier Street in the centre of Dublin city.

Crowds of people will be descending on Dublin over the coming weeks for its annual Fringe Festival, which kicked off on September 5th and will run until the 20th. As you’d expect, there’s a varied and exciting programme of events planned but what if you can’t make it to the city in time for the spectacle?

Fear not, as some of the Fringe Festival’s venues are still worth visiting even when the event isn’t in full flow. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Dublin for this year’s performing arts extravaganza, you might find your experience is enhanced by knowing something of the history of the venues you’ll be visiting. We’ve picked out a few of the quirkiest spots that are featuring in this year’s schedule.

Dublin Castle

We’ll start with one that’s a tourist attraction in its own right - Dublin Castle. A fort has stood here for more than 800 years and is a fascinating attraction to visit on any trip to Dublin. The castle has been rebuilt and modified at various points in time, and the building has been an important feature of Irish history throughout the centuries.

In terms of its role in the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Castle will showcase one of the performances that’s part of the Thirteen strand. ANU Productions has come up with 13 new works to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, which was a decisive showdown between industry and the unions.

The event at Dublin Castle is a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of one of the main protagonists in the Lockout - union leader Jim Larkin.

14 Henrietta Street

This might seem like an unlikely venue for a Dublin Fringe Festival event, but it’s an important part of the Thirteen programme. At the time of the Lockout, many families in the city lived in tenement buildings that were in terrible condition.

14 Henrietta Street has been set up as an exhibition and performance space to give visitors an insight into the conditions hundreds of families lived in just 100 years ago. The productions in this intimate space have been based on documented evidence, personal testimonies and archived material, with the aim to create an accurate representation of what life was like for those directly affected by the Lockout.

 

Windmill Lane Recording Studios

The Windmill Lane Recording Studios have played an integral role in Ireland’s recording industry since 1978. Music fans will want to pay a visit to this spot regardless of its association with the festival as the likes of U2, REM, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones have all worked here.

During the Dublin Fringe Festival it will host one of the most technologically-advanced events - Labyrinth. One of its studios has been turned into a gaming space for an intense first-person horror survival game. Infrasound and sensory deprivation are among the things you’ll experience if you’ve got the guts to enter the Labyrinth.

Fumbally

Fumbally is one of Dublin’s best cafes that serves up a host of delicious meals throughout the day - if you’re feeling peckish while sightseeing in the city, there’s nowhere better to come. The food is a fusion of Middle Eastern spices, Irish produce and simple Mediterranean cooking - a real treat for the tastebuds.

For one night only (September 14th) Fumbally will host an evening of music and storytelling courtesy of a selection of Ireland’s top creative talents. Katie Kim, Nic Gareiss, Kevin Barry and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh are just some of the names who will be involved in this fun-filled and fascinating evening.

Jervis Street LUAS stop

If you want to head to the heart of Dublin during a stay in the city, chances are that you’ll travel on the LUAS red line at least once during your trip. This runs through the centre of Dublin and can give you access to some of the city's top attractions. Head to Jervis Street, though, and you can enjoy a special journey on the LUAS.

As part of the Thirteen programme, you can download an audio soundscape and transfer it to a mobile device that will provide you with a guide as you ride the LUAS line from Jervis Street in the direction of The Point. The soundscape will transport you back in time to 1913 and give you an unrivalled insight into what people went through during the Lockout.

The Pepper Canister

St Stephen’s Church is affectionately known as the Pepper Canister and was the last in a series of Georgian churches to be constructed in Dublin by the Church of Ireland. Its architecture makes it worth a visit at any time of the year, with its most distinctive features including its impressive pulpit made from Italian rosewood and the Altar Frontals that are said to be among the most beautiful in the Church of Ireland.

It will be hosting a fascinating discussion with a selection of speakers entitled State of the Nation during the Fringe Festival, with this event looking at how Ireland has developed and changed over the last 100 years.

Among the speakers set to attend on September 15th are Geoff Fitzpatrick, Emeli Paulo, Abbott Mark Hederman and Rosie O’Reilly.

Johnny Fox's Pub

Situated in Glencullen in the Dublin mountains, Johnny Fox's is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous Traditional Irish pubs.

Walking Tours of Dublin

Discover the 2,000 year old history of Dublin on foot with Pat Liddy's walking tours of Dublin.

Howth Golf Club

Play a round of golf at Howth Golf Club located on the beautiful scenic peninsula of Howth in north-east County Dublin, Ireland. The club features wonderful views over the city of Dublin, south to Co. Wickow, north over Co. Dublin and Co. Louth and the sea to the east. On a clear day you can see as far as the Mountains of Mourne in Co. Down.

Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin's oldest building, erected in 1038, it was the centre of medieval Dublin. Inside Christ Church Cathedral are a range of oddities and relics, including the heart of St Laurence, Dublin's patron saint.

Dublin City Hall

Inside City Hall is an interesting exhibition about Dublin's history, with historical items from the old city and multimedia presentations. The building, which dates from 1779, was recently renovated. Guided tours are available.

Dublin Castle

A joy for anyone interested in archaeology or history. Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century on top of the foundations of a Viking structure. The castle served as a military fortress, prison, court of law and the core of British administration in Ireland until 1922. It's now used for state functions and government conferences. Guided tours are available.

Kilmainham Jail

Until the 1920s, the British incarcerated and, in 1916, after the Easter Rising, executed, Irish political prisoners at this site. The jail was closed in 1924 and it is now a moving place to visit. See the audiovisual show and take a guided tour.

Trinity College

The sole college of the University of Dublin, Trinity was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The reason most visitors venture to Trinity is to take a look at the Book of Kells, the renowned "illuminated" manuscript created by monks around AD 800. It's one of the oldest books in the world and one of the most exquisite. The Book of Kells is on display at the Old Library, and the ticket price includes admission to the Long Room, a striking space that contains 200,000 of the college's oldest books.

The Old Jameson Distillery

Relive the fascinating story of Jameson at The Old Jameson Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and tutored whiskey tasting, and discover how Jameson became the world's leading Irish Whiskey. Lunch in the 'Still Room Restaurant', enjoy a Jameson cocktail in the '1780 Bar', or choose a Jameson branded gift from the extensive shopping facilities.