Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

As you think of Dublin, few things strike you immediately - Guinness bear, an elf, pubs and extreme cold. The Irish capital is the largest and liveliest city in the country. Founded by the Vikings, Dublin is notorious for its nightlife where the river Liffey bifurcates the city in two parts. There is plenty to be seen at Dublin - its castles, cathedral, museums and colorful pubs that will offer you far more than what you anticipated. The city has an easy pace, it has its own vibe and persona, its cobbled streets and dim yellow lights makes the night more exotic. The city has a cosmopolitan character that embraces diverse cultures. The markets, the food everything reflect a heavy influence of various global cultures especially, the influence of English culture is marked. Mixed with Irish originality, it could be seen in its streets, buildings, food and fashion.

Location: Ireland

Climate: Maritime climate, winters in December-February are chilly with rainfall and some snow. Pack warm coats with other woolens for these months. Spring from March-May is comparatively warmer but still requires sweaters with your T-shirts. Summers from June-August are warm, however require layers with a light jacket. Autumn from September-November are mild but you will need scarves, sweaters and jacket.

How to reach

By Air: Dublin Airport is the International Airport well connected to major cities within Ireland and across the globe.

By Train: Two main Railway Stations, Heuston and Connolly connect Dublin to various other cities of Ireland. The two stations are connected by Buses and Luas routes, Dublin’s Light Rail Tram system.

By Bus: Euroline Buses connect Dublin to other cities across Europe. There are many bus services to other cities of Ireland.

By Ferry: Dublin Port has many ferry services that connect it to Wales and England.

Places of Interest

Guinness Storehouse

Location: St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin, Ireland

Timings: All days: 9:30AM–5PM

How to reach: Bus and Tram

The home of your favorite Guinness, this legendary brewery is located at the St. James’s gate in Dublin. Here, you can see the actual science and art behind beer making. It is incredible to see how they turn the combination of just 4 ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast into a drink that is so delicious and loved worldwide. At Guinness storehouse you can taste the freshly brewed beer with some delicious food in the restaurant located on top of the roof. The building dating back to 1904 is made in Chicago school of Architecture style and is dedicated to unfolding the tale and history of the famous Beer Brand to visitors who can make their way through the seven-storey building. On the way you can visit, the Tasting rooms and savor the unique taste of this lingering Beer. 

Kilmainham Gaol

Location: Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Timings: All Days: 9:30AM–6PM

How to reach: Bus and Tram

This century old prison tells the tale of the torture, execution and struggle of Irish people including revolutionaries from the civil war. This brutal place has been the location for many movies; it has been converted into a museum for people. There was a time when small children, women and men were stuffed into the same cells for even for a small crime like food theft and those prisoners who had to be shipped to the jail of Australia were kept here too. Many important military and political leaders of Irish history such as Charles Stewart, Robert Emmet and leaders of various rebellions were detained in this prison.

National Museum of Ireland

Location: The National Museum of Ireland has three locations in Dublin and one in County Mayo.

Timings

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday - 2pm - 5pm

Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday

How to reach: Bus and Tram

The National Museum of Ireland hosts some of the rare historical artifacts, from the Irish Civil War, World War and many more. It has four divisions which include the Archeology, Decorative Arts and History, Country Life and Natural History and together give an insight of the history and heritage of Ireland and other cultures around the world. These display Viking artifacts, weaponry, glassware, treasures like gold, ceramics, swords, rare animal fossils and statues found in the Ireland and other countries. Apart from this there are pieces of Medieval and Celtic art. The Natural History Museum has magnificent display of insects, butterflies and birds.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Location: St Patrick's Close, Wood Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Timings:

March - October

MON – FRI 09:30 - 17:00

SAT 09:00 - 18:00

SUN 09:00 – 10:30 | 12:30 – 14:30 | 16:30 – 18:00

November - February

MON – FRI 09:30 - 17:00

SAT 09:30 - 17:00

SUN 09:00 – 10:30 | 12:30 – 14:30

How to reach: By foot, car, tram or bus

Founded in the year 1191, Dublin’s St Patrick's Cathedral is a fine specimen of gothic style architecture which is a place where people worship and learn about the history. The Cathedral has a history of mishaps, fire and storms that led to many renovations. This centuries old cathedral attracts millions of visitors from different parts of the globe because of its jaw dropping architecture. Ireland’s national cathedral is the most holy site in the country and houses the graves of Swift, the Dean of the Cathedral and his companion Esther Johnson. You can also see Latin epitaphs on the wall nearby and also a bust of Jonathan Swift.

Chester Beatty Library

Location: Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Timings:

Monday- Friday 10AM–5PM

Saturday: 11AM–5PM

Sunday: 1–5PM

How to reach: By foot, car, tram or bus

It all started when mining tycoon sir Alfred Chester Beatty decided to start a library from his personal collection of books and arts  which has become a museum of the rare collections of religious ancient manuscripts, books, paintings, initial drawings of all the influential figures, miniature paintings and cultures from around the world. It is one of the few museums which have the most important artifacts in the world including the arts from Islamic world, Asian and many more.

 

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