We're blushing! Media giant CNN says Dublin is one of the great destinations of Europe, if not the world.
For a relatively small capital city, Dublin punches above its weight in terms of charm and culture.
CNN certainly thinks so, anyway. Two reporters from the outlet have given the metropolis a glowing review.
It's always eye-opening to see what tourist attractions in your native city rank highest for overseas visitors. So if a trip to Dublin is on your agenda, the CNN guide is a fairly comprehensive primer on what to prioritize.
National Gallery of Ireland
Journalists Forrest Brown and Megan Eaves place the artistic haven as number one on their list of things to do.
''Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Samuel Beckett, born on this day in 1906. Photograph from our archives, showing Beckett with art dealer Victor Waddington, looking at ‘The Music’, by Jack B. Yeats - probably taken at the Galerie Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1954. #beckett #yeats #nationalgalleryirl #onthisday #otd
Old Jameson Distillery
What Irish tour would be complete without a sampling of Uisce Beatha (aka, the water of life, aka whiskey!)
Browne and Eaves call a visit to this famous distillery a "Dublin must".
This soft snap of the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin city centre is setting our week up to a good start! This iconic cast-iron structure has a long and illustrious history dating back as far as 1816, when it was first opened to the public. As the first pedestrian bridge to cross the steady waters of Dublin’s River Liffey, people were charged half a penny to walk across – hence the birth of its most commonly known name. From humble beginnings over 200 years ago, today it is estimated that almost 30,000 people cross beneath the three arches of the bridge every day. 📸 (@gregda) #loveireland #ireland #irland #irlande #irlanda #discoverireland #visitireland #instaireland #dublin #hapennybridge #history #liffey #city #cityshots
As per the two journalists, "it's hard to resist a good castle!"
As for Dublin Castle, the duo found it to be extra impressive.
"Like all good castles, it has a storied history -- from its start in the 1200s on the site of a Viking settlement to 1922, when it was handed over to the new Irish government after independence from the United Kingdom. A fire in 1684 damaged a good bit of the medieval castle, and in reconstruction, parts of it took on the look of a Georgian palace, making for an interesting mix of styles today."
St. Stephen's Green
St. Patrick's Cathedral
For more must-visit destinations in Dublin, see the original article on CNN Travel here.