Discover the Fair City of Dublin, Baile Átha Cliath in Irish. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the largest city on the island. There is so much to see and do in this city, so here is a closer look at some of the sights if you only have a short while in the city.
Wander the Streets of Dublin
Dublin’s streets are filled with historic and modern architecture. Each turn brings you a new discovery. If you have a limited amount of time, we highly recommend you check out one of Dublin’s hop on hop off buses. This is a great way to catch glimpses of the city and learn some history, without walking yourself to death.
Lunch at The Brazen Head
After a long plane ride to Emerald Isle, lunch is undoubtedly in order. So, why not lunch at Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head? Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head will help you jump start on one part of Ireland’s culture, beer and pubs. The present-day building was actually built in 1754 as a coaching inn, but there has been a hostelry here since 1198. Not only does it have a rich history, but they also serve a great pint and delicious food.
Visit the Guinness Storehouse Factory
Get to know Ireland’s most famous beer up close and personal. A tour through the Guinness Storehouse Factory will reveal what goes into making every pint of Guinness and learn more about the brand. Housed in the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, this location has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759. Also, fun fact, did you know Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease for this site? Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to pour the perfect pint and to sip it on the roof-top bar.
Visit Christ Church Cathedral
Lesser known the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest of the two Cathedrals and is one of three Cathedrals you can see from River Liffey. Established around 1028, Christ Church Cathedral, formally known as The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, is an excellent example of medieval architecture. Another fun fact, Christ Church Cathedral took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742.
Check Out a Book of Trinity College Library
This stop in Dublin was by far one of my favorites. Any book lover will wander around Ireland’s most extensive library like Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Trinity College and the Library were founded in 1592, and the most famous room in the Library is The Long Room. Construction of the Room started in 1712 and finished in 1732; it houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books, including the Book of Kells. This place is a Dublin “must see.”
Wonder at the Beauty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It is also the tallest and largest church in Ireland. Fun fact, St. Patrick’s is the final resting place of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s travels and Dean of the Cathedral.