The essential places to see in Dublin, the capital of Ireland

The main points of interest to see in Dublin are not too far away, making it a perfect city to visit on a weekend and get to know the most important things.

Even so, Dublin is a very interesting city, which without being one of the most monumental in Europe, has a very special atmosphere that makes anyone who goes there want to return.

Most people who visit Ireland forget the rest of the island, really impressive, and focus on Dublin, especially if they go for a few days and do not have time to move around Ireland.

The main places to see in Dublin

1.Trinity College

Dublin - Trinity CollegeTrinity College is the largest university in Ireland and one of the most famous in Europe. And the best place to see in Dublin.

Trinity College was founded in 1592, making it the oldest in the country, and although it was originally reserved for Protestant students, today there are no distinctions by religion.

On campus we can walk through its gardens and admire its buildings as well as visit the famous library that houses the Book of Kells, dating from the year 800 and where we can read the 4 testaments in Latin.

2.Temple Bar

Dublin - The Temple BarWithout a doubt one of the best places to see in Dublin is Temple Bar, one of the main entertainment and cultural areas of Dublin.

In Temple Bar we can find concert halls, restaurants and pubs that liven up the nights and weekends making it fill with people looking for fun. Among the famous pubs one must not forget The Temple Bar.

In addition to its pubs, we recommend visiting the Gallery of Photography, the Wax Museum, The Ark or the Irish Film Institute. But there are many more.

It is also a reference shopping area for alternative fashion and has several very interesting markets, such as the Food Market, on Saturdays, and the Book Market, dedicated to food and second-hand books, respectively.

3.Grafton Street

Dublin - Grafton StreetDublin’s main shopping street is Grafton Street. Strolling down Grafton Street will immerse you in the Irish atmosphere of street music and shops.

Along the street, among street performers and many Dubliners and tourists shopping, you will come across numerous shops, such as Brown Thomas Dublin, where you will find the most exclusive ones. If you want to do cheaper shopping at the end of the street is Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.

Near the beginning of the street is the Statue of Molly Mallone, the protagonist of one of the most popular Irish songs.

4. O’Connell Street

Dublin - O Connell StreetThe other major street to wander in Dublin is O’Connell Street. It extends north of the River Liffey, which is the main artery of the city with numerous houses and palaces surrounded by monuments.

Among the monuments that we can find on O’Connell Street is The Spire, a very modern monument 120 meters high that stands on the site of a statue dedicated to Nelson destroyed by the IRA.

Also pay attention to the Central Post Office, different statues and the shops and restaurants along it.

5. St. Stephen’s Green

Dublin’s most famous park is St. Stephen’s Green, located at the end of Grafton Street and one of the favorite places for Dubliners to relax and unwind.

It has been a public park since 1664 when the City Council decided to open it to citizens at a time when it was on the outskirts of the city. Now we can admire the park where there is a monument dedicated to James Joyce and a very nice pond.

Dublin’s best park, with permission from Phoenix Park, the largest and most famous for its deer.

6. Dublin Castle

Dublin - Castle - CourtyardDublin Castle is one of the essential places to see in Dublin. It was built in the 12th century, although a fire largely destroyed it and it had to be rebuilt in the 17th century.

Dublin Castle is used today for official events, including the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland and inside we can visit different rooms ranging from the Throne Room to the Royal Apartments in a very interesting visit.

Also of note are the Powder Tower, the Royal Chapel and the famous Bedford Tower, with its two arches representing Fortitude and Justice.

7. City Hall, the old City Hall

The City Hall, the former Dublin City Hall, is a beautiful building located next to Dublin Castle that is well worth a visit.

The City Hall has had different uses throughout history and in addition to admiring its façade and its columns, we can enter its interior for free and visit the Rotunda. A very interesting visit.

We must also highlight the interesting street on which it is located, Dame Street, a street with very interesting buildings and quite an atmosphere.

8. Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia

Dublin - Christ Church CathedralIn Dublin we can visit two cathedrals. The oldest of these is Christ Church Cathedral, located very close to Dublin Castle.

Construction began in the 12th century, although it has undergone different extensions and remodeling that have not prevented us from enjoying a beautiful neo- Gothic medieval cathedral today.

From its interior we can highlight the crypt as well as different chapels while from its exterior, in addition to its facades and its tower, we highlight the bridge that joins it with another building, Synod Hall, where Dublinia is located, a museum dedicated to the Viking past of Dublin.

9. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Dublin - St. Patrick's CathedralA little further south is the other cathedral in the city, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland and whose interior is simply spectacular, although its exterior cannot envy anything either.

It must be said that both cathedrals are Protestant although you may think that one of them is Catholic because there are two. It is 91 meters high, which is why it is the tallest in Ireland and it is in the same place where, according to tradition, Saint Patrick baptized the Christians who converted.

Of the Cathedral of San Patricio it is necessary to emphasize the Door of the Chapter, the Baptismal Font and the tombs of illustrious personalities, among them Jonathan Swift

10. St Michan’s Church

There are several more churches to see in Dublin. We could talk about several, but the one we are going to highlight here is the Church of Saint Michan, from the 11th century, one of the oldest in the city and whose main attraction lies in the mummies of different Dublin citizens that are buried in the crypt.

You can even see the open coffins covered in dust with the mummies inside. It is an overwhelming place but it will surprise you.

another church? Well, we also recommend that of San Audoen, one of the oldest medieval churches in Ireland and one of the most curious.

11. Kilmainham Gaol

Dublin - Kilmainham GaolDid you think that a prison could not be a tourist attraction? Well, here it is, because Kilmainham Gaol is one of the essential places to see in Dublin.

Do not worry, your life is not in danger in Kilmainham Gaol because a riot is organized because it no longer works as a prison and in it you can take a tour of the cells in which different patriots who fought for the independence of Ireland were.

The cells, the chapel and its walls will surprise you, but in the courtyard where the executions were carried out, you will get goosebumps.

12. Guinness Storehouse

We still have to talk about the places in Dublin dedicated to alcohol and it is that alcoholic beverages have a very important role in the life of the Irish.

Perhaps its most famous drink is Guinness beer, that black beer that can be found all over the planet. And in Dublin we find a factory where they will tell you about the production process, the history and many curiosities about this beer.

Don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse, one of the best things to do in Dublin.

13. Old Jameson Distillery

If you’re more into whiskey than beer, Old Jameson Distillery is your destination. It is not as colorful or visited as the temple dedicated to beer, but this place is also worth a visit.

Old Jameson Distillery was founded in 1780 and was the place where this famous drink was made until it outgrew it and production had to be moved to larger, more modern facilities.

But the building remained intact so that visitors could be told the history of the wishky and its production process.

If you want more information about what to see in Dublin, you can visit the official Dublin tourism page.

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