Dublin’s Top Ten
Dublin’s Cultural Quarter and a lively, bustling and cosmopolitan area in the heart of the city.
This small area boasts a dazzling choice of restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops to suit all tastes and pockets, all within easy walking distance of Temple Bar's many cultural centres and galleries. The area has cultural centres for film, music, theatre, design, visual arts and children's cultural activities. It also offers accommodation, shopping, eating out and socialising.
No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. One gets to witness an incredible journey through the history and making a pint of Guinness, not to mention the passion and pride and the magic ingredient, Arthur Guinness.
It’s a framatic story that begins more than 250 years ago and ends in gravity with a complementary pint.
Dublin Writer’s Museum
The museum features the lives and works of Dublin’s literary celebrities over the past three hundred years. Jonathan Swift, Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett are among those presented through their books, letters and personal items.
Chester Beatty Library
This art museum and library houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts collected by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty from countries across Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The museum was named Irish Museum of the Year in 2000 and European Museum of the Year in 2002.
The Dublin castle is the heart of historic Dublin. It stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of river Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic ring fort. A Viking fortress also stood on this site. The castle is now a venue for major presidencies inaugurations and state functions.
Molly Malone statue
The Molly Malone statute situated at the end of Grafton street is a historical or legendary figure who was commemorated in the song Cockles and Mussels, a Dublin anthem.
She worked as a fishmonger but also a working girl and died in one of the outbreaks of Cholera that regularly used to sweep the city of Dublin.
Trinity College Library
One of the oldest universities in Ireland, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. The college is famed for its Book of Kells, a ninth century illuminated manuscript, the books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. The Long room at the library displays over 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Founded in 1191, this cathedral has contributed much to Irish life throughout its history. Writer Jonathan Swift was Dean of St Patrick’s. Music has played an integral part in the life of the cathedral since its foundation, it is the only one in Ireland to sing two services everyday.
The Shaw Birthplace
The birthplace and first home of the Shaw family and a celebration of Victorian domestic life. Shaw began to gather, here, the store of characters that later populated his books.
Set on 250 acres of parkland, this fortress was home to the Talbot family from 1185 till 1973 and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The house is furnished with period furniture and a collection of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery. It is home to Tara's Palace, one of the world's most significant Dolls Houses.