Dublin is a city on a human scale. A destination much appreciated and at the same time perfect for the more adults, thanks to its elegance and its never exaggerated rhythms. Dublin, the largest and most populous city in Ireland, is famous for its beer and its pubs, for the lively character and easy-going spirit of the Dubliners, for their warmth, for their welcome, but also for the great history that it contains. The Irish capital, divided by the waters of the River Liffey, in the past has undergone the influence of the Norman and British conquests that have changed its architectural aspect making it a treasure that mixes the Gothic-medieval style with the Georgian one. Solar despite the drizzle, cheerful as the atmosphere that pervades Temple Bar.
1 National Museum of Ireland
The national museum has four sites overall, three of which are located in Dublin. The Museums of Archeology, History and Art, and Natural History are within walking distance of other major Dublin attractions. The collections they host are fun, interesting and breathtaking. Taking a whole day to visit these museums will allow you to deepen and understand the interesting history of Ireland, and also what in some ways is the dark side of Irish politics; you will take a light-hearted look at the time when things were going the old way, the ancient rituals and cultural aspects that still have a significant impact on every generation of Irish today.
2 Trinity College Library
In 1592, with a royal charter, Trinity College Dublin was established to educate members of the clergy in particular. The trend in much of Western Europe at that time was to move away from attitudes of conquest to devote yourself to culture. Royal families believed that territories with sufficient resources dedicated to culture and education would appear superior to the surrounding countries. Many of Trinity College’s original buildings are still standing and are now an integral part of the University of Dublin complex. The library lives up to those of Oxford and Cambridge, and offers a modern place for students to prepare for exams and entrance exams. The library is open to the public on most days, but during the end of year exam preparation periods it cannot be visited by anyone who is not a student at the University of Dublin, except at certain times.
Trinity College is a historic building and one of the symbols of Dublin. The University, located in the heart of the city, represents one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world and enchants for its size and, specifically, for the number of books contained. Just think that the library contains about five million ancient texts, including the famous Book of Kells. Let yourself be impressed by the Long Room with its over two hundred thousand books and pay attention to their perfume: it’s addictive!
3 National Gallery of Ireland
Art enthusiasts must stop at Merrion Square to absorb all the culture and visit the institutes dedicated to art, especially the National Gallery of Ireland. The architecturally very modern structure was built in 1854 and opened to the public in 1864. The gallery is famous for its collection of Irish and European art, with some masterpieces by the Dutch masters.
The collections include some pieces on permanent display while other pieces are periodically exhibited in temporary exhibitions, sometimes together with works borrowed from other museums and art galleries. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free.
4 GEORGIAN DISTRICT OF MERRION SQUARE
Merrion Square, the heart of Georgian Dublin, is the square symbol of elegance and simplicity. Here is the monument dedicated to Oscar Wilde, writer, dandy and influential personality who lived in this area.
The entire neighborhood that houses the square is in Georgian style, dotted with buildings dating back to the 1700s, the period when Ireland was a poor country. These are almost identical houses made up of red bricks and delightful little doors with bright colors and peacock-shaped bezels. Doors so beautiful and particular that you want to photograph them all… I like It.
5 Irish National War Memorial Gardens
Located in Islandbridge, Dublin, the National War Memorial Gardens are a splendid but dark place dedicated to memory. The property is dedicated to nearly 50,000 Irish soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Great War of 15-18. The First World War had a tremendous impact across Europe and all countries sought ways to pay homage to those who lost their lives in an appropriate manner.
The Central Avenue, the Rose Garden of the Roses, the Paths and the Northern Terrace are designed by experts and painfully maintained by the Office of Public Works, in an attempt to give the world the opportunity to mourn the dead soldiers and calmly reflect on the past more recent.
6 TEMPLE BAR
This is the quintessential Dublin pub. It is located in the district of the same name, a lively area full of pubs – think that there are more than 800 pubs in Dublin! After the usual photos, take a seat inside: you will be immediately greeted by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, by people chatting over a pint, by the soft lights – one of the characteristics of Irish pubs.
It could be the perfect place for the first date, apart from football matches. Certainly a good sip of excellent beer and Celtic music will cheer the situation up
7. BRIDGE HAS PENNY
The Ha Penny Bridge – or rather Half Penny Bridge – is the most photographed bridge in Dublin. It dates back to 1816, when it was built to join the two sides divided by the Liffey river. In the past, the toll of half a penny was paid to go from one bank to another and for this reason the Dubliners have given this name to him. Are you looking for a romantic place at no cost? At dusk, take a walk along the riverside to this bridge illuminated by white lights … your partner will thank you!
8 shopping at Powerscourt Center
Located in the Creative Quarter, within walking distance of Grafton Street, it is one of Dublin’s finest examples of Georgian architecture. The Powerscourt Center was built in the 1700s at the behest of Richard Wingfield, third viscount Powerscourt, and his wife Lady Amelia as a gathering place for local high society and later transformed into a lively commercial center.
The mall today houses stores of world-famous brands, such as French Connection, as well as family-run boutiques and jewelers. Go looking for unique collectibles in suggestive antique shops, try on the trendy garments of an emerging Irish designer or treat yourself to a delicious slice of carrot cake at the Pepper Pot Cafe. If your visit to Dublin coincides with the Christmas holidays, you can admire the ancient residence embellished with elaborate decorations and decorations in a magical atmosphere.
9 PHOENIX PARK
With 700 hectares, Phoenix Park is the largest park in Europe. An infinite green carpet just beyond the center of Dublin. Rich in meadows and tree-lined avenues, it is a large lung that allows you to be completely surrounded by nature only a few steps from the city.
Do you think it is home to a colony of deer and is even larger than NYC’s infamous Central Park! You can go there at any time: it is always open.
10 Ardgillan Castle
Located approximately 20 miles from the city of Dublin, the picturesque Ardgillan Castle is a must for every tourist and every Irishman. The construction began in 1738 by the will of the Robert Taylor family, and was constantly carried out to produce the convoluted country house that we see today and which covers over 800,000 square meters.
This country-style residence has been used by the family for many generations and today represents one of the most popular public parks with play areas on the whole island. The breathtaking view of the Irish Sea and the Morne Mountains makes the structure a very popular place for weddings and business conferences.
CONCLUSION OF 10 THINGS TO DO IN DUBLIN
Today Dublin is one of the most visited capitals in Europe by tourists of all kinds both by young people attracted by the lively nightlife of the capital, both by young people who move there for study reasons, and by families and couples of all ages, attracted by the beauty of this city, its magnificent buildings and the culture that can be felt in every corner.
Dublin has been the city of great writers including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Show, but not only! It is home to one of the most famous universities in the world, Trinity College, and it is also the city of Guinness, one of the most famous beers in the world. The city is full of pubs where it is easy to get in touch with authentic Ireland through its inhabitants.
Remember that visiting Dublin does not just mean exploring its historic center, in fact, all around the city there are very interesting attractions and routes with breathtaking views, which can also be used by those who have decided not to rent a car thanks to tourist excursions by train or bus.
In conclusion, regardless of the type of tourist or traveler you are, visiting Dublin will please and surprise you!!!