Top ten tourist attractions to see in Dublin
Some of the city's best sites
The capital has changed enormously in recent years - as has the country - but the city still manages to combine the old with the new. Even though the city center has a metropolitan feel to it, visitors here will still get a sense of Dublin's history.
A tourist in Dublin will never be stuck for things to do. St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle are all must-sees. Culture vultures, as well as history buffs, will also delight in Ireland's capital as there are plenty of galleries and museums to choose from, including the National Gallery of Ireland.
Many of the attractions listed above are within walking distance of each other. And there is simply no better way of getting to know Dublin that getting lost on its meandering, haphazard streets.
This is expensive (adult tickets are €13.50, or almost $19), but no trip to Dublin is complete without a visit and every tourist seems to come back at least once. The Guinness Storehouse is an impressive building: the core of the building is shaped like a giant pint glass, and consists of seven floors. Along each floor, you get to see how Guinness is made. The top floor, which holds the Gravity Bar, is the most fun. You get a complimentary pint of Guinness and the most spectacular view of Dublin, which is worth the admission price alone.
This museum is a must for history buffs. Kilmainham Gaol tells part of the story of Irish history. The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed here while several Irish nationalist leaders were imprisoned here over the years. Although this is located about a 15-minute bus ride from the city center, you can make a day of it by visiting the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Of course, this is best known for the Book of Kells, but it's worth a visit just to see the "Long Room," where the book is held. This room was actually the inspiration for a room called the Jedi Archives in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.” The college, which was founded by England's Queen Elizabeth in 1592, is literally stuffed with history and a tour is a great way to spend an afternoon. The campus makes for great people-watching in the summer when students gather outside the Pavilion Bar (known as "The Pav") to take in a game of cricket.
4. Phoenix Park
This park is the largest urban enclosed park in Europe, and is more than twice the size of New York’s Central Park. As with all outdoor pursuits in Ireland, the rain can often stop play. But on a good day, this park is a real treat. The park is also home to the residence for the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, as well as Dublin’s zoo.