Dublin: The Fascinating Capital of Ireland Where History Comes to Life

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The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is situated on the east coast. With an urban area population of more than one million it's also the largest city and major hub for the country. Known for a vibrant nightlife scene along with a number of historical buildings and fascinating museums, Dublin is a beautifully picturesque city that makes for the perfect stepping stone into Ireland. In this article we've compiled the top attractions you have to visit when visiting the city.

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1. Kilmainham Gaol

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Kilmainham Gaol played a significant role in the history of Dublin. It was here where the rebel leaders from the 1916 Easter Rising were executed and visitors can witness the excruciating conditions the people endured during these difficult times. For those brave enough to visit, Kilmainham Gaol can easily be reached by a local bus.

2. The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin is one of the best museums to visit and features the fascinating history of the city during the 20th century. The displays exhibit the history of Dublin in terms of culture and politics. Moreover, the artifacts related to popular visitors including Muhammad Ali and President John F Kennedy could be seen. Interested tourists may go sightseeing on the museum any day of the week for a small fee. On the other hand, entrance is free on Wednesdays at noon.

3. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is one of the top sightseeing destinations in Dublin. It takes place in the graves of the people who have shaped the history of Dublin and the rest of Ireland. You could see the resting place of notable personalities including Countess Markievicz and Michael Collins. Tourists may also visit the crypt of Daniel O'Connell and listen as the history of Ireland unfolds right in front of them through well-versed guides. The duration of the tour around the museum takes about 90 minutes.

4. Irish Whiskey Museum

A must-see for those who enjoy the occasional tipple (or more we won't judge!), the Irish Whiskey Museum offers an interactive tour which gives visitors an insight into the origins of Irish whiskey. The museum also features fascinating artifacts relating to Irish whiskey that date back to the 1800s. For a VIP ticket, tourists can try some beautifully-matured aged whiskey and receive a distinct souvenir which can only be found at the museum.

5. St. Stephen's Green

St. Stephen's Green is a public park and a welcome respite of greenery found at the heart of Dublin. Locally known as the Green, this patch of nature was created in 1664, but it was not until 1880 when it officially opened to the public. The Green is surrounded by buildings designed in a particular Georgian architectural style. It's a great way to escape to a spot of Irish nature without leaving the boundaries of the city.

6. National Botanic Gardens

For those willing to venture a bit further, the National Botanic Gardens boasts of beauty and calmness through its vast array of flora species and several distinct iron glasshouses. Located just three kilometers from the center of Dublin, the National Botanic Gardens includes several collections of plants, a library, and the National Herbarium.

7. National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to an exceptional collection of Irish art you won't find anywhere else in the world. There's also an area housing a range of grand European art. Be sure to check their website before visiting as they often arrange special exhibitions that are well worth checking out. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday every week. Best of all it's free to visit.

8. James Joyce Centre

The James Joyce Centre is an attraction in Dublin which was founded by David Norris, an Irish senator, and a well-known Joycean scholar. Established in 1996, the gallery consists of various artifacts and articles about James Joyce, although he never lived in the property. When sightseeing around the museum, tourists could learn about the life and works of the famed author. The James Joyce Centre is open every day, and tourists who wish to go sightseeing on the attraction could be admitted for a small fee.

9. Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park one of the largest urban parks in Europe, while you could spend days exploring its grounds, highlights to check out include the polo field and the Dublin Zoo. Within the 1,750-acre expanse of the park, hundreds of deer freely roam around the park and the park is a perfect escape for wildlife enthusiasts. It's also home to the official residence of the president of Ireland, although it isn't open to the public.

10. St. Patrick's Cathedral

One of the most iconic structures in the city of Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral was founded in 1191. This towering historic building is also tallest church in Ireland and according to tradition, it was on this place where St. Patrick was baptized into Christianity.

Conclusion

Wandering around the picturesque city of Dublin you'll find a wealth of historic architecture and attractions perfect for exploring. While the city is perfect for a weekend break before checking out the beautiful surrounding countryside, Dublin offers numerous attractions that can easily fill up an itinerary for a week or so.

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