Top 7 Places to Visit in Dublin
Here goes our list of places to visit in Dublin! Take a piece of paper and a pen and start creating your own agenda for the trip!
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral definitely tops the list of what to see in Dublin. Being the largest cathedral in Dublin and one of the most beloved churches in the whole world, it attracts around 500,000 visitors annually. A good reason to take a look, isn’t it?
While the cathedral does look impressive from the outside, we’d strongly recommend catching a glimpse of its interior too. Just look at those towering vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. Walk through the peaceful halls and corridors. And don’t forget to visit the burial place of famous Jonathan Swift, the author of “Gulliver’s Travels”.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is open to the public daily, and a regular adult ticket costs €6.00. However, you might want to check the opening times on the official website before your visit as they depend on the day of the week and the season.
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Dublin Castle hardly looks like a castle in the traditional sense. There are no towers rising high above it. There is no deep moat surrounding its walls. To tell the truth, it looks much more like a couple of administrative buildings built around two courtyards.
However, the buildings are fine ones and pretty old too. Dublin Castle played its part in the history of Ireland since the 930s. Even though many parts of the castle were torn down and rebuild again through the ages, some of its structures date back to the 13th century.
Located in the very heart of the city, Dublin Castle is easily accessible. Take a walk and explore the grounds around it for free. Taking a peep inside the castle and enjoying its beautiful interior will cost additional €6.50. Check the opening times before the visit.
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Explore the city like locals do it! Temple Bar is one of the most famous, busy and charming neighborhoods in Dublin. Even though many people claim that it starts to turn into a tourist attraction, it is still a very nice representation of Dublin’s pub culture, which makes it worth a visit.
Walk through its cozy cobblestone streets and feel the real spirit of the city! Discover a couple of cafes and art galleries at day and then visit one of its bars to have a pint of Guinness and enjoy some real Irish music at night. Being the famous party hub in the city, Temple Bar has a lot to offer!
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Another great place to visit in Dublin! After a few tours to castles, cathedrals and other historical sites, you will probably need something distracting, and that is what Grafton Street is.
Being one of two Dublin’s main shopping streets, Grafton Street is always busy and full of people. While the majority goes there intended to do shopping, the street is also interesting in terms of architecture as that is where you can find a couple of beautiful historic buildings.
Regardless of what your primary goal is, the best time to go there is in the morning, when shops have just opened their doors to visitors. That is how you can avoid big crowds of people.
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If one of the things you came to Dublin for is a pint of good old Guinness, then you definitely should have the Guinness Storehouse on your what to see in Dublin list.
Even though it’s not a functioning brewery anymore, the storehouse has a lot to tell about the legendary stout! Find out what ingredients are used to create this one of a kind beer, learn about the history of the brewery, take a picture of the world’s largest pint glass.And when all seven floors of the storehouse are already explored, enjoy your free pint of Guinness on the famous Gravity Bar rooftop.The storehouse is open daily from 9-9:30 AM till 7-8 PM (depends on the season).
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Old Jameson Distillery
“So smooth I would drink it even if my name were not on it”, said John Jameson about his whiskey. Funny but he actually was a Scotsman. Did not stop him from making damn good Irish whiskey, though.
One more drink to try and one more place to visit in Dublin! Just as the Guinness Storehouse, the Old Jameson Distillery doesn’t actually function as a distillery anymore but still keeps all secrets of being one.
Pay a visit for an informative and fun tour, learn everything about the famous whiskey and its founder, and have a drink at the end of the tour, of course!
Right now the Old Distillery is temporarily closed for renovation, but it is going to be open to the public again in March 2017, right on St. Patrick’s Day.
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When a busy city center takes its toll on you, it’s about time to start discovering peaceful areas nearby and seek refuge there! In Dublin, there are a couple of parks that might attract your attention, and Phoenix Park goes first on the list.
Phoenix Park is the biggest public park in Dublin, as well as in any other European capital city. Only this fact alone makes it an attraction, doesn’t it? Go there for a picnic by the lake or take a long walk in the shade of the trees.
However, we’d recommend starting from the Visitor Centre as Phoenix Park is not only famous for its BBQ-friendly zones. Here you can also visit Ashtown Castle to learn a little bit about the park’s history or go to the Dublin Zoo, which is the oldest of its kind in Europe.
So, that was our list of what to see in Dublin! Admittedly, the city has much more to offer, but it would be impossible to mention everything in this article. So, pay particular attention to the sights we’ve highlighted here but feel free to discover the city on your own too!
We wish you the best time in Dublin!