The city centre abounds in
attractions of all kinds and visitors must set aside a few days to tour it. The River
Liffey splits the city into two distinct areas: the South Shore and the North
Founded in 1592, Trinity College is the oldest
university in Ireland and houses the Old Library, which contains a wealth of exquisite
books and manuscripts. Around Trinity College is the impressive neoclassical-style Bank
of Ireland, the Leinster House (parliament), the National Museum, Natural History
Museum, National Gallery of Ireland, National Library, Mansion House (the mayor's
residence) and the Civic Museum.
West of the
university stands Dublin Castle, erected in the early 13th century but rebuilt from the
18th century. Near the castle are the city hall, Christ Church Cathedral (12th century)
and Dublinia, a heritage centre that brings the history of medieval-era Dublin to life.
Close by, St. Patrick's Cathedral, built in the 12th century, dominates the surrounding
area. Jonathan Swift, the famous author of Gulliver's
Travels, is buried here.
Victoria Quay, you can visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art as well as the highly
renowned Guinness Brewery, founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759. The Guinness Hop Store
Visitor Centre features a shop and a bar where visitors can sample the famed rich and
A stroll along O'Connell Street, a large and
very lively commercial thoroughfare, is definitely a must. Along the Liffey Quays are
the Customs House, the Four Courts, St. Michan's Church and the Collins
The North Shore also comprises the
Municipal Art Gallery; the interesting James Joyce Centre, a museum devoted to the life
and works of the author of Ulysses; and the
fascinating Dublin Writers Museum. The latter allows visitors to learn more about
Dublin's greatest literary sons (including Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, George Bernard
Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Moore, Joseph Sheridan
and Patrick Kavanagh), four of whom earned the Nobel Prize for
Dublin offers a plethora of
attractions and diverse shows for all tastes and budgets. The capital also has a
thriving music scene, with a great many pubs that showcase more-or-less well-known
musicians. A fair number of pubs also give centre stage to traditional Irish music.
Those who prefer classical music can catch a performance by the National Symphony
Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.
also has pride of place in the city, with a dozen venues, including the Abbey Theatre,
founded by W.B. Yeats, and the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Several festivals, such as the
Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Film Festival and Temple Bar Blues Festival, also take
place during the
Where on earth
The Republic of Ireland's capital and main seaport, the
city of Dublin is located on the island's east coast and bisected by the River Liffey.
The greater metropolitan area is home to almost 1,500,000 people.