Dublin is the lovely Irish capital, and it is a wonderful city destination for a short city break or for a family vacation. I strongly suggest taking your time exploring this old city. Here are Dublin’s top 10 places you have to see in this city.
The Dublin Castle
The Dublin Castle used to be the home of the British rulers and today is mainly used to host official state visits. Although the castle is officially nine hundred years old, most of what you can currently see is dated to the 18th century. This castle is still in use, so I recommend you double check if it’s open to the public before you plan your visit.
The Irish Pubs
I recommend combining a couple of the touristic pubs with some of the main road pubs which might help you meet some of the locals. My favorite pubs are located at the heart of the Temple Bar. One of such is the Oliver St. John Gogarty fancy. If you are getting out of the city center, you can visit Ireland’s highest pub Johnny foxes situated 10 miles out of Dublin city center.
Phoenix Park is in the city’s heart and it is home to the Dublin Zoo Cricket Club and it’s even the residence of the Irish president. The 11-kilometer park is perfect to walk through and take in sights such as the papal cross. The cross was erected for the visit of Pope John Paul II on the 29th of September 1979 where over 1 million people attended an open-air mass in the park.
The next attraction is all about the 200 year old Grand Canal which connects Dublin in the East of Ireland to the river Shannon in the West. Walk down the Grand Canal and enjoy this lovely scenic part of the city. This is a perfect activity for running around and visiting tourist sites.
This is Dublin’s version of the Paris Ian Jones and it is located on the north bank of the River Liffey. This is one of the widest streets in Europe and it’s also home to the spire – the world’s tallest sculpture. O’Connell Street is not a long street, so it’s easy to explore it all in one go. When visiting the street, don’t miss the general post office building which is an iconic symbol of the failed Irish Rising of 1916.
The Christ Church
Christ Church is Ireland’s largest Church and the National Cathedral visitors will find a neo-gothic cathedral with some older parts. Located beside the church is the Heritage Center which is located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin. There are three exciting exhibitions to see and it provides an informative look at Dublin’s history.
This is Dublin’s main shopping street situated beside many of the main tourist attractions. It was rated in the top five most expensive shopping streets in the world in 2008. Grafton Street is also home of the Molly Malone statue the famous character from the popular song that is almost an official anthem for Dublin.
Kilmainham Jail or Kilmainham Gaol
This is one of Europe’s most notorious prisons which has been preserved in working order and serves as a museum since the 1980s. In Irish history, Kilmainham Gaol comes only second to the GPO where the leaders of 1916 rising were executed. Today’s tours tend to highlight this aspect more than anything else but the Kilmainham jail is engraved in the Irish collective memory as a profound and disturbing part of modern Irish history.
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. This historical building is an important part of Dublin and Ireland’s heritage. It is constantly changing and adding more contemporary edges to its seventh-floor compound. The tour will take you through the making of the famous drink, its history, and finish up by sipping on a complimentary pint overlooking the breathtaking 360-degree views of Dublin from the gravity bar.