Top ten tourist attractions in Dublin - SEE PHOTOS
Historic, scenic and popular - here are Dublin's must visit spots
This is the home of the Irish parliament, and is a truly magnificent building, full of history. Although admission is free, tours for this have to be arranged in advance: according to this Leinster House website, visitors from outside Ireland must contact their embassies or honorary consular representative, who can then contact the events desk of Leinster House.
7. Croke Park
This is the headquarters of the main sporting body in Ireland, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), who are in charge of the two ancient Irish sports, hurling and Gaelic football. As well as being the spiritual home of Irish cultural nationalism , it is also the fourth largest sports stadium in Europe - a remarkable achievement for amateur sports. Croke Park can be something of a gem for tourists in Dublin, for the very simple reason that it doesn't seem to be heavily promoted by the GAA with tourists - so if you can get to see a game, the chances are that you will be one of the few tourists there. Tickets for games toward the end of season (around August) can be hard to come by, but there are usually plenty of tickets for the games at the start of the season, around May. It is also well worth coming here to visit the GAA museum and for a tour of the stadium.
8. St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ireland's largest church, and, given its close proximity to Dublin's City Center, a visit here is an essential part of any Dublin tourist itinerary, no matter how short their stay. Unsurprisingly for a church that was founded in the 12th century, there is plenty of history here - Jonathan Swift, the author of "Gulliver's Travels", who was the dean of the Cathedral from 1713-45, is buried here. St. Patrick's Cathedral also hosts choral concerts regularly, which are worth keeping an eye open for. If you do get tickets for a concert here, it is strongly advisable to bring a cushion, as sitting on the hard wooden benches for over two hours can be a fairly numbing experience otherwise.
9. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle was formerly the centre of British rule in Ireland. The best thing to visit here today is undoubtedly the Chester Beatty Library, which has some of the finest collections of Eastern art in the world. (Alfred Chester Beatty, an American mining magnate, was a major collector of Eastern art. He moved his collection to Ireland in 1950.) Admission to this library is free - so a visit here is an absolute must. Dublin Castle also contains a police museum.
10. Christ Church Cathedral
This is just a short walk from St. Patrick's Cathedral, which Christ Church predates. This is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, and includes in its exhibition various rare manuscripts, historic artefacts and gold and silverware. The cathedral is also notable for being the location for the first performance of Handel's Messiah and it continues to put on various choral performances. Rather surprisingly, for a place of worship (and the same goes for St. Patrick's Cathedral), but there is an admission charge for Christ Church, at around $8.47