''When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart'' - James Joyce, novelist
Guinness, red heads, Oscar Wilde, rugby, Leprechauns, Celtic history and the magnificent green countryside are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of Ireland and Dublin. Dublin is a vibrant and ever-evolving city with plenty to discover, both for first timers and those who think they already know it well. From urban design to Georgian architecture, street art and ancient art collections, to endless pubs, libraries and a thriving music scene. Explore this friendly and energetic capital.
Dublin Discovery Trails
The "Dublin Discovery Trails" are a series of free self-guided walking tours, accessible through an app. Each trail shows a different side of historic Dublin, from its glorious Viking origins to the havoc caused by the 1916 Easter Rising. Download the Dublin Discovery Trails App for iOS or Android.
What to see
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments part of the Viceregal court.
|Trinity College & Book of Kells|
The Book of Kells is the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College each year. Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in Latin text, based on the Vulgate edition (completed by St. Jerome in 384 AD).
|National Gallery of Ireland|
The gallery hosts some 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works. Every major European school of painting is extensively represented, and the museum has a renowned collection of Irish paintings.
|St Patrick's Cathedral|
Built in honour of Ireland's patron saint between 1220 and 1260 Saint Patrick's Cathedral offers visitors a rich and compelling cultural experience and is one of the few buildings left from medieval Dublin.
Phoenix Park is the largest park in Europe, and at 707 hectares it is the second largest urban park in the world (after New York's Central Park). It hosts the Dublin Zoo and the Áras an Uachtaráin (the official residence of the President of Ireland).
The city's number one attraction, located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery and home to the brand since 1759.
The National Museum can be visited free of charge, and has four locations that specialize in Archaeology, Decorative Arts and Natural history.
|Christ Church Cathedral|
Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin's oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Britain and Ireland.