According to ALLCITYCODES, Dublin is the capital of the European country of Ireland. With well over a million inhabitants in the entire metropolitan area, Dublin is by far the largest city in the country. Dublin is best known for the many pubs the city has and for being home to the signature black Guinness beer. Dublin’s pubs are considered some of the best in the world. Visitors to Dublin will occasionally feel like they have traveled ten, twenty or even more years back in time. It is this special atmosphere that makes Dublin such a unique destination.
The cheap flight connections to Dublin have made the city extremely popular in recent years for an in-between trip. Ryanair opened up this market, after which the other airlines followed fairly quickly. Dublin is therefore not only a very nice city trip destination, but also very affordable.
Dublin ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Guinness Storehouse
“There’s poetry in a pint of Guinness” is a well-known text from Dublin’s most famous brewery. Today, this seven-storey old St. James Gate brewery tells the story of the brewing process of the ‘Guinness pint’. From the 1904 building you have an amazing view over the bustling city of Dublin. Book your Guinness Storehouse tickets here!
#2. Dublin Bay
What makes the city of Dublin so special is the beautiful bay that lies at the center of the city. This Dublin Bay has beautiful beaches spread over a 10 kilometer wide inlet in which the rivers Liffey and Dodder also flow. This bay is home to one of Dublin’s finest golf courses. The Royal Dublin Golf Club is located on an island that is also of great ecological significance. This Bull Island is in fact the habitat of many different water birds and waders that like to stay at the Dollymount beach.
#3. Millennium Spire
Dublin has a special monument in the center on the former Pillar Nelson site in O’Connel Street. This ‘Spire of Dublin’ is freely translated as ‘Monument of the light’. It is a stainless steel pointed pin of just over 120 meters high and has a diameter of 3 meters at the bottom. The design is credited to Ian Ritchie Architects and portrays the elegant and dynamic simplicity of the bridging of art and technology in celebration of the new millennium. Reflective properties give the monument a special appearance in the dark.
Dublin’s nightlife area is mainly located in the old medieval center of the city. This cultural entertainment area has been given the name Temple-Bar. It covers the area from the River Liffey in the north to Dame Street in the south and from Fishamble Street in the west to Westmoreland Street in the east. The pubs in this area make for a great night out and plenty of nighttime entertainment. On weekends, there are often book markets in Temple Bar Square. The Cow’s Lane Market regularly hosts a fashion and design market.
The city of Dublin has a number of city parks, some of which are very beautiful. The largest park is the Phoenix Park which has an area of almost 7 km². This park was once intended as a royal hunting park where many fallow deer and pheasants could be found. Since the park was opened to the public in 1747, deer are still plentiful. However, the pheasant numbers have disappeared. This park also houses the Dublin Zoo and the beautiful Ashtown Castle. Dublin’s other particularly beautiful parks include St Stephen’s Green and Meerion Square.
#6. General Post Office
The Post Office on O’Connell Street is probably Dublin’s most impressive landmark. All the way through the history, which tells about the Easter uprising in 1916, after which the entire building was seriously destroyed. Fortunately, it has been fully restored and we can still enjoy this special piece of architecture. Inside, beautiful paintings and a bronze statue of the mythical folk hero Cuchulainn tell about this ‘Easter Rising’.
#7. Dublin Castle
In the heart of Dublin city is the stately Dublin Castle. To visit this impressive castle you have to allow some time. Dublin Castle is spread over approximately 44,000 square meters. There are two museums, an international conference center, two cafes, two gardens, a library and some government buildings.
#8. Irish Museum of Modern Art
Like many major cities, Dublin has a wide range of museums to offer. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is a must-visit museum when you’re in Dublin. It has a wide range of permanent collections and some temporary exhibitions. The policy mainly focuses on the work of living artists, but also has a number of historical works from, for example, the 1940s.
#9. Dublin Docklands
The Old Port area between Talbot Memorial Bridge and Point Depot is Dublin’s newest ‘hip and happening’ area. This area is called Dublin Docklands. Old and new come together beautifully in this part of the city, which is reflected in the special buildings that have been partly renovated to meet contemporary culture. For example, an old tobacco factory has been converted with a glass exterior and inside has a restaurant, shop and regular art exhibitions. A little further on is a replica of a beautiful ship named Jeanie Johnston. Furthermore, various festivities are organized in this area, including the famous Fringe Festival. In short, you should not miss the Dublin Docklands with a visit to this vibrant and interesting city. Don’t forget your camera.
#10. Quays of Dublin / Dublin Quays
The most famous quays in Dublin are the Lower Ormond Quay and Custom House Quay. It consists of two roads that run along the north and south banks of the River Liffey. There are a number of very prestigious colorful buildings that give it such a special appearance that they have served as a source of inspiration for various artists and writers several times. One of the main attractions of Custom House Quay is the Custom House. It is located between the Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.