The Guinness Store House opened in the year 2000 and is located on St James Street Dublin just a 10 minute walk from the City Centre. If you’re planning a visit to Dublin, then a trip to The Guinness Storehouse is a must. The Storehouse is one of the leading tourist attractions in Dublin and welcomes over 4 million visitors every year. Take the guided tour around the Storehouse and finish it off with a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar. This interactive tour lets you step back in time nearly 250 years and takes you right through to the present day. The tour covers all aspects of the company from the brewing process and cooperage and transportation methods used to transport the fine black stuff to places far and beyond. Visitors will be shown how to craft the perfect pint and will receive a certificate for their efforts. The tour finishes up in the superb Gravity Bar located on the 7th floor and allows visitors to relax and unwind with their complementary pint and enjoy the view of the surrounding Dublin landscape.
Supremely located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College stands as the gem of Ireland. Trinity College is ranked as the number one university in Ireland and as well as having a stellar academic reputation it is also one of Dublin's finest landmarks. Trinity College is definitely one of the things you must visit when in Dublin. The best way to explore Trinity College is through a walking tour. Visitors who choose a seasoned guide to lead them through the campus will benefit from stories and facts associated with each building and square. The Book of Kells in the most prestigious item in Trinity College. The book is an illuminated manuscript from 800AD which is housed in the Old Library building of the university. The manuscript contains the four gospels of the New Testament. It is the imaginative use of figures and complex ornaments to highlight the first letter on a page that makes the Book Of Kells so special. Incredibly vivid and colourful even 1,200 years after they were drawn by monks, these illuminated letters have come to define much of what is know these days as Celtic style.
St Patrick’s cathedral dates back as far as 1220. The Cathedral was built in honour of St Patrick and it is located across from the famous well where it is believed that he baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. As it stands now the cathedral is The National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is a popular tourist attraction for national and international travelers. The original St Patrick’s Cathedral tower was damaged in a storm back in 1316 and the tower that stands tall today was built in the 14th century. One of the first public clocks in Dublin was installed in this tower and the time is shown on two copper dials, eight feet in diameter on the north and west facing sides of the tower. Bell ringing has been a long tradition at St Patrick’s Cathedral and visitors to the City Center can hear these glorious sounds every Sunday at 10.30am and 14.30pm.
The National Gallery of Ireland was officially opened to the public in 1684 by the earl of Carlisle. In the early years the gallery was home to just one hundred and twelve pictures, thirty of which were on loan from Rome and thirty of which were on loan from the National Gallery in London. 1866 saw the gallery acquire a grant of £1,000 to allow them to purchase more pictures and from this time they flourished. 1901 was a great year for the gallery when the countess of Milltown donated over 200 pictures, some furniture, silverware and books from her Russborough home. Then in 1968 the first of the extensions took place at the Bait Wing of the gallery. The most recent extension to the Gallery was the Mellinium Wing in 2002. This new addition allowed for a second entrance to be created into the gallery. The gallery is currently preparing for a refurbishment to its Dargan and Milltown wings. Visitors to The National Gallery of Ireland will find themselves submerged in both the culture and history of Ireland.
Temple bar is one of Dublin’s cultural and creative quarters and it offers visitors a chance to unwind and relax in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Visitors will never be short of things to do with a vibrant creative selection of galleries, studios, theatres, performance venues and cinema screens. Every Saturday visitors can experience one of the delightful markets located in Dublin and sample some local artisan food. The “old city” of Temple bar hosts an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, shops and cafes. Visitors to Temple Bar in Dublin will never be short of thing s to do and will feel at home in the very relaxed atmosphere of Temple Bar.
Kilmainham Goal as it was originally know was built in 1792 and it was run by the Grand Jury for Dublin County. It is located in Kilmainham in Dublin just a 10 minute drive from the heart of the city. Hangings at the jail took place in public up to 1820 but from then on they were done in the private quarters. In the early years there was no segregation between men, women and children and they all huddled around a single candle for both heat and light. Some of the leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were housed here but from 1924 it was decommissioned as a prison by the Irish Free State government and was closed to prisioners. Kilmainham prison was seen as a place of oppression and suffering by many Irish civilians. The prison has since been converted into a museum and is now run by the office of public works and visitors can take a guided tour around the site.
Another top attraction in Dublin City is the Whiskey Tour at the Old Jameson Distillery. The Old Jameson Distillery on Bow Street in the Smithfield village area of the city is just a 10 minute stroll form the city centre. A visit to the Old Jameson Distillery is so much more than just a tour, it is an exciting and engaging experience, guaranteed to enlighten and entertain any visitor. Re-live the story of John Jameson & Son through the history, the atmosphere and above all the taste. Open 7 days a week, the journey begins with an audio-visual presentation followed by a walk through the recreated distillery and culminates in the Jameson Discovery Bar. After the Tour, all visitors are rewarded with a Jameson signature drink and lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison and earn a much coveted personalised Whiskey Taster Certificate. A visit to the distillery will be an unforgettable experience.
Christ Church Cathedral (founded c.1028) is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt. In Viking times a small wooden church already stood at the location of today‘s Christ Church Cathedral. Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin’s oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and place of pilgrimage for over 1000 years. Renowned for its breath-taking beauty, magnificent architectural features and stunning floor tiles, it is also popular as a venue and plays host to a range of concerts and events throughout the year.
Just two years before Charles Darwin published his famous work, 'The Origin of Species', the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street was opened to the public for the first time in 1857. Now, as then, it educates and inspires, leaving us feeling small and humbled amidst the vast and wondrous diversity of life on display. This museum of museums is famous for its Victorian cabinet style, which houses one of the world's finest and fullest collections' still to be seen today. Two million species, of which roughly half are insects, live side by side with, appropriately for a natural history museum, decorated and sculptured panels depicting mythological figures.This zoological museum encompasses outstanding examples of wildlife from Ireland and the far corners of the globe, some to be seen today and others long extinct.
The National Botanic Gardens located in Glasneivn is only a 6 minute drive into the city centre. The National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty and entry into this tranquil place is free. These gardens are a premier scientific institution and the gardens also contain the National herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses. In 1790 the Irish Parliament granted funds to the Dublin Society to open the Botanic Gardens in Dublin. One of the original purposes of the garden was to promote a scientific approach to the study of agriculture. If you want to relax and unwind during your stay in Dublin, then a trip to The Botanic Gardens should definitely be on top of your to do list.
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