Christ Church Cathedral
This is Dublin's oldest building, founded in 1038 by King Sitric of Dublin,
then rebuilt in stone in 1169 by Strongbow, Earl of Permbroke, and restored
in Gothic style in 1871. There is a crypt dating from 1172, and both buildings
contain remarkable monuments, sculptures and other objects from over the
centuries, including the embalmed heart of the Archbishop of Dublin (1180),
punishment stocks, and a tomb oak carving from 1584.
Across the road is Dublinia, an exhibition of Dublin's medieval history,
and a few minutes walk away is The Viking Centre which has an extensive
collection of Viking artifacts excavated from this area.
The ‘Undercroft' is part of the original Viking fortress, and the
‘Record Tower' is part of the later 13th century Norman Castle.
Dublin Castle has a long history as the seat of English rule in Ireland
for seven centuries, and if you do pay the admission, you can visit the
19th century Chapel Royal and the State Apartments, now used for State
The Chester Beatty library, with its superb collection of 22,000 manuscripts
from cultures all over the world, has moved to a purpose-built gallery,
in the Clock Tower building.
Facilities: restaurant, heritage centre, craft shop.
Ireland's premier university is both a tranquil retreat from the bustle
of the city and the home of Dublin's biggest attraction, the Book of Kells.
Established by staunchly Protestant Elizabeth I in 1592 in an effort to
stop 'popery', the university's ancient ivy-covered walls crawl with history
and a sense of occasion.
Trinity College was resolutely Protestant until 1793, when Catholics
were theoretically allowed in (although the Catholic Church banned its
faithful from entering the infidel halls until 1970), and determinedly
masculine until 1903, when women were first admitted.
A medieval heritage centre which uses life-size reconstructions to bring
history to life, and includes many artefacts from the nearby Viking excavations.
You can climb the 17th century Tower for a view of Dublin, check out the
punishment stocks and suits of armour, and cross the gothic style pedestrian
bridge to Christ Church cathedral.
Facilities: audio in 5 languages.
Admission fee, pre-booking required for groups.
Until a few years ago, Temple Bar was known more for its derelict buildings
and badly-lit streets, but with the recent transformation (still in progress)
it's now become Dublin's Cultural Quarter.
There are several new cultural centres, all within a few minutes stroll
of each other, many housed in new buildings of unique architectural design.
New squares and re-built streets are full of cafes, restaurants and pubs;
and on Saturdays, there's the Book Fair and the Food Market. Several music
events take place in and around Temple Bar throughout the year, and in
the summer there are extra events, including outdoor film screenings and
Dublin's Viking Adventure
The area around the west end of Temple Bar has been extensively excavated,
and the large collection of artefacts recovered from the excavations are
now housed in this Viking Adventure centre, which interactively recreates
life in the narrow streets of Viking ‘Dyflin' 1000 years ago.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ireland's largest Church, built in 1171, on the oldest Christian site
in Dublin (St. Patrick is said to have baptised converts here), and also
the first University in Ireland (from 1320).
Don't miss: the West Tower houses the largest ringing peal of bells in
Ireland, and the church organ is the most powerful organ in the country.
The Chimney at Smithfield
Located in Dublin's newest restoration project at Smithfield Village,
the 220ft. Chimney was recently restored and equipped with a glass observation
tower. Great views on a clear day.
The Chimney is next to the Jameson Distillery, and close to The National
Museum at Collins Barracks which is linked to the other National Museums
at Kildare Street by the Museum Link bus.
Comprised of 2 houses, 85 -86 has recently been restored and is now considered
one of the best examples of Georgian architecture and design. Cardinal
Newman founded a Catholic University here in 1850, and James Joyce was
a student here.
Don't miss: the marvellous plasterwork by the Lafranchini brothers, and
by Robert West.
Next door is the University Church, with byzantine interior and Irish
marble pulpit. A 10-minute walk away is Number Twenty Nine, at 29 Lr.
Fitzwilliam Street, a restored house representing a typical home of the
late 19th century.
Number Twenty Nine
Restored house of the late 18th century, including examples of Irish craftwork
of the period.
Custom House Visitor centre
One of Dublin's finest buildings, built 1781 - 1791 by James Gandon, it
runs along the Liffey for 114 metres. It was gutted in the 1921 independence
struggle and subsequently restored.
Dwarfing New York's Central Park and London's Hampstead Heath, Phoenix
Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Along with gardens,
lakes and 300 deer, there's hurling, cricket and football grounds, a motor-racing
track and some fine 18th-century residences.
Near the Parkgate St entrance is Europe's tallest obelisk, the 63m (206ft)
Wellington Monument, a tribute to the Dublin-born Duke of Wellington.
The People's Garden dating from 1864, the Victorian bandstand in the Hollow
and Dublin Zoo are all nearby. On the park's southern edge is the derelict,
18th-century Magazine Fort.
National Wax Museum
Granby Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Life-size and life-like figures of famous Irish leaders, politicians,
writers and musicians; includes a Children's World of Fairytale and Fantasy,
Chamber of Horrors and Hall of Megastars.
Bank of Ireland Arts Centre
The main Bank of Ireland building housed the Irish Parliament until 1800:
you can visit the Irish House of Lords chamber for free. There are guided
tours on Tuesdays (10.30, 11.30, 13.45) only.
Like a Disneyland for beer lovers, the Guinness Storehouse is an all-singing,
all-dancing extravaganza combining sophisticated exhibits with more than
a pintful of marketing hype. The best part of the Storehouse tour is the
rooftop Gravity Bar, where you can kick back with a pint of the black
Founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759, St James' Gate brews an astonishing
450 million litres of Guinness per year, which just manages to keep ahead
of the 4 million pints per day consumed in Ireland alone.