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Places to See in Dublin, Ireland

Updated on July 20, 2016
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The Liffy River cuts through the center of Dublin. Avalon House, the best hostel in Dublin, and very close to all of the attractions. Statue of James Joyce.
The Liffy River cuts through the center of Dublin.
The Liffy River cuts through the center of Dublin. | Source
Avalon House, the best hostel in Dublin, and very close to all of the attractions.
Avalon House, the best hostel in Dublin, and very close to all of the attractions. | Source
Statue of James Joyce.
Statue of James Joyce. | Source

Dublin, Ireland is a city full of enchantment, history, decadent shopping, and old world charm.It is a very accessible city and one of the least expensive to fly into from North America. Several airlines offer non-stop flights from the United States and Canada.

With stunning churches, world class universities, gorgeous Irish architecture, plenty of historical points of interest, tasty Irish cuisine, and the best fermented wheat on the planet, you will be very lucky to visit Dublin.

Trinity College

Founded in 1592, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university. Considered in league with Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity is one of the prestigious Seven Ancient Universities of Great Britain and Ireland.

Trinity College's library is worth a trip to Dublin, in and of itself. It is Ireland's largest library and is it's legal copyright deposit. Every book published in Ireland is held within its walls. It also holds the Book Of Kells, the famous, ornate gospel manuscript.

Trinity College, Dublin

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Trinity College, Dublin.  This author was lucky enough to study Irish literature within its walls.The tunnel is the entrance to the university.
Trinity College, Dublin.  This author was lucky enough to study Irish literature within its walls.
Trinity College, Dublin. This author was lucky enough to study Irish literature within its walls. | Source
The tunnel is the entrance to the university.
The tunnel is the entrance to the university. | Source
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Rick Steves Takes You on a Tour of Trinity College

Temple Bar has the best Irish pubs.  You might just feel like a local.
Temple Bar has the best Irish pubs. You might just feel like a local. | Source

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is the crown jewel of Dublin, with it's well preserved Medieval architecture, riverfront real estate, fantastic pubs, and winding cobblestone streets. Drop in for a foaming glass of Guinness, an Irish folk song, or to watch a soccer game. Scratch that, the Irish don't watch the soccer games, they chug beer, sing, dance, chant, whoop, holler, and stomp. You haven't watched a soccer game until you've watched Ireland beat Spain in a pub.

The pubs in Ireland are the equivalent of coffee shops in the United States. They are a place to relax, meet with friends, socialize, watch soccer games, and appreciate fine Irish beer. At night, the streets around Temple Bar turn into a highway of Pub hoppers. If you stay in the heart of Dublin, don't plan on sleeping before midnight, instead of tossing and turning to the sounds of the streets below, wander into a pub and listen to indie renditions of U2 and Coldplay.

St. Stephen's Green

St. Stephen's Green, similar to New York's Central park, sits at the center of Dublin's shopping district. Grafton Street, Dublin's hub of premier shops and restaurants, dead ends right into it.

St. Stephens Green has tons of historical points of interest, statues, gardens, a a duck pond. It is a haven of peace, among a busy and bustling city.

Being at the center of downtown Dublin, you will walk through it or around it on any trip through the city. In the evenings, you will see businessmen, cutting through it on their way home from work. Many stop on one of the benches to enjoy a fabulous view, spend some time outdoors, and have a quiet, peaceful moment, before heading home. You may find yourself purposefully walking through it, instead of around, on your way through the city.

St. Stephen's Green

Dubliners enjoying St. Stephen's Green.
Dubliners enjoying St. Stephen's Green. | Source

Guinness Storehouse

You haven't tasted a Guinness until you've had it on tap in Dublin. Better yet, you can drink it straight from the source during a tour of the Guinness factory. On the tour you will see how the beer is made, learn how to pour the perfect pint, and taste the foamy, dark, drink. Enjoy a 360 degree view of downtown Dublin, in Guiness' top floor, 360 degree view, bar.

“If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then our children will win it by a better deed.” Padraig Pearse

Kilmainham Gaol

The Kilmainham Goal is the largest unoccupied jail in Ireland and the British Isles. During British occupancy of Ireland, many of the Irish Nationalists and rebels were jailed and executed here.

In April of 1916, James Connolly and Patrick Pearse led a rebellion against British rule in Ireland. Although the rebellion wasn't successful, their fight for freedom inspired a new wave of Irish Republicanism, and an eventual break for independence in 1921.

On May 3, 1916, Patrick Pearse and other leaders of the rebellion were executed in the Execution yard, by a firing squad.

Today, you can take a tour of the jail and the many relics left behind by its occupants. To the Irish, the execution yard is sacred ground, and a must see for anyone wanting to better understand Irish history.

Kilmainham Gaol

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Execution yard at the Kilmainham Gaol. Inside of the jail. Artwork from inside of the cells.
Execution yard at the Kilmainham Gaol.
Execution yard at the Kilmainham Gaol. | Source
Inside of the jail.
Inside of the jail. | Source
Artwork from inside of the cells.
Artwork from inside of the cells. | Source
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Dublin, Ireland

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Temple Bar, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin's Medieval section, with the best bars in town, tons of live music, and riverfront charm.

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Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin's premiere university, and the home of the Book of Kells.

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Guinness Storehouse, St James's Gate, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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Taste Guinness from the source.

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Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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A place of holding and execution for Irish rebels.

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St Stephen's Green, Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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With stunning gardens, a duck pond, and tons of historical points of interest, St. Stephen's Green is a must see.

© 2014 Jennifer Arnett

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      Availiasvision yeah everything is quite relaxed here with that, although it is sooo cold to camp here!

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Thanks. Me too! Dublin will always have a special place in my heart. Thankfully, it is always the cheapest European city for me to fly into.

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      Michael J.Nolan 2 years ago from Carbondale, Illinois

      Very nice hub. Makes me want to get back to Dublin a.s.a.p.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Sparkley, you are so lucky to have all of Europe at your fingertips. I hope to visit Scotland one day so I can hike through the countryside. I love your camping laws.

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      Great hub! Ireland is literally just over the water from me, being in Scotland. However, whenever I consider a holiday destination, I always think of further afoot- deeper into Europe or even over to America. I think I should try going a bit closer to home. Voted up and useful!

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Thanks. It was fun being able to live ans study a few blocks away. I was always amazed at how late people stayed out and the vibrant nightlife that Dublin offers.

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      Michael J.Nolan 3 years ago from Carbondale, Illinois

      Great snapshot of Dublin's attractions. I especially liked your description of Temple Bar.

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Bill, I hope that you get to visit. Ireland is a magical place.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish!

      I've never been abroad, but if it ever happens the British Isles will be my friend destination. Thanks for wetting my appetite once again.