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1. Trinity College & Library

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the grounds of an Augustinian priory that was a victim of the dissolution. Trinity College even today dominates the city landscape and the oldest buildings (the brick-built "Rubrics") date from 1700. Most of the impressive buildings were built during the renovation phase of 1759. Trinity College Library is home to more than an million books, most famous being the "Book of Kells"

Open: Mon-Sat: 9.30-17.00

Entry: Library: Adult: 7.50, Dublin Experience: Adult: 4.20


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2. Dublin Castle

If you are walking up Dame Street from Trinity College to Christ Church Cathedral, you will pass Dublin Castle on you left. And miss it. Not a castle in the classical sense. But the former seat of British power in Ireland should be on every agenda. 2 towers from the 13th century are part of Dublin's rare medieval heritage. State Apartments include a throne brought by William of Orange and other symbols of British rule.

Mon-Fri 10-5pm, Sat, Sun 2-5pm, 5.

3. Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse
With breathtaking views from the Gravity Bar and a complementary pint. 15 entry.

4. Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin's oldest building - the mother church of the dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in the Church of Ireland. Viking Dublin's cathedral was built on this site c. 1030, and briefly became a cathedral priory under the Benedictines at the end of the 11th century. In 1162, the archbishop of Dublin, Laurence O'Toole (later canonised) introduced the canons regular of St Augustine to the cathedral where they remained until the Reformation. When Henry VIII broke from Rome, the Irish Church, however reluctantly, had to follow suit - and a majority of the bishops did. In Christ Church the last Augustinian prior, Robert Paynswick, became the first dean, and the chapter followed suit by changing from regular to secular.

The present shape of the cathedral dates from the 1180s when a new programme of building was instigated under the first Anglo-Norman archbishop, John Comyn. An extended quire was added in the 14th century, and the collapse of the south wall of the nave in 1562 necessitated a temporary rebuilding, which lasted until the 1870s! George Edmund Street, one of the foremost Victorian architects of the time, undertook a complete restoration of Christ Church between 1871-8, at the expense of a Dublin whiskey distiller, Henry Roe, who gave 230,000 (23m today!) to save the cathedral. As part of this restoration, Street transformed the cathedral and added an elegant bridge across the road to a new hall built for the General Synod of the Church of Ireland, today used for an exhibition on medieval Dublin called Dvblinia.

Every day 10am - 5pm admission: Requested donation. Daily: 09.45-17.00, 6

5. Temple Bar

Dublin's "bohemian quarter" - Full of entertainment, art and culinary action.


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6. O'Connell Street

Dublin's main traffic artery and the widest urban street in Europe. Dominated by statues inc the General Post Office (GPO), scene of the 1916 rebellion and faithfully rebuilt after being shelled by artillery and a warship. A bronze statue of Cuchullain remembers the fallen heroes.

O'Neals

The main place I'd recomend to eat as a must is the Original Oneals. They have a carvery every day and the really pile on the food as you can see!

7. Bank of Ireland

This centre of 20th century commerce. Built in 1729 to house the Irish Parliament, it became redundant when the British and Irish Parliaments were united in London, when the Irish Parliament voted itself out of existence. Magnificent chamber with woodwork in Irish oak, you can see the 18th century tapestries, and a sparkling Irish crystal chandalier of 1233 pieces.


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8. The Custom House

Designed by James Gandon. Built 1781-91. Designed to be looked at from all angles and is rich in structural detail. Of particular interest are the 14 keystone heads which represent the 13 Irish Rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. The original interior was destroyed by IRA in 1921. It currently houses the Dept of the Environment. Wed-Fri 10-12.30, 1.


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9. Phoenix Park

One of the largest parks in the world and one of Dublin's main sights, the. Residences of the Irish President & Ambassador of the USA, from Ashtown Castle to the Garda Headquarters and from the herds of deer roaming free to the animals in Dublin Zoo. Do not miss the Phoenix Statue and the Papal Cross nearby. Martial history is emphasized by the massive Wellington Monument and the much-raided Magazine Fort on Thomas Hill. When King Charles II needed hunting grounds near Dublin, the Duke of Ormonde landscaped the area north of tge Liffey, stocking it with deer to prevent these from escaping park is surrounded by a wall. 5x the size of London's Hyde Park, double the size of New York's Central Park, 707 hectares in all.