1. Trinity College Dublin - Book of Kells
An all-time favourite for all visitors, the beautiful buildings and grounds of Trinity College are worth a visit in their own right.
The historically important and beautifully illustrated book of Kells is housed in the Trinity College Library.
The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels.
It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity in 1653.
2. Dublin Bus Tours – Hop On Hop Off Bus
This is the ultimate way to see Dublin, especially if this is your first visit to the capital.
Incorporating Dublin's most important attractions at a leisurely pace, the whole tour, non-stop takes just 75 minutes. But the fun is hopping on and hopping off to see the attractions.
Ideal for all ages including families who want to explore Dublin with live commentary helping you understand the history of Dublin City on your way.
3. Temple Bar
Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, this is the undisputed hub of activity in Dublin.
Pubs, bars, restaurants, quirky shops and street musicians make the cobbled streets of Temple Bar an area worth visiting. Markets and cultural events also take place here on a regular basis. Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets.
4. Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours
Discover Dublin hidden gems and surprises that visitors often miss.
Starting from Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street just 5 minutes stroll from the hotel.
Travelling North to South, this 1 hour 45 minutes stroll will take in many Dublin icons such as the General Post Office, Henry Street shopping district, the early 18th century St Mary’s Church (now a famous café/bar!), the Italian Quarter, the River Liffey, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle and the 18th century former Houses of Parliament before going inside Trinity College campus.
Your guide is available to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin.
5. Guinness Storehouse
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759, this massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness® fermentation plant, has been remodelled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness®.
A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer.
The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar® where you receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.
6. National Gallery of Ireland
Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture.
Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery's highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
7. Christchurch Cathedral
Standing on high ground in the oldest part of the city, this cathedral is one of Dublin's finest historic buildings.
It dates back to 1038 when Sitric, the then Danish king of Dublin, built the first wood here. In 1171 the original simple foundation was extended into a cruciform and rebuilt in stone by Strongbow, although the present structure dates mainly from 1871 to 1878 when a huge restoration was undertaken. Only the transepts, the crypt, and a few other portions date from the medieval times. Highlights of the interior include magnificent stonework and graceful pointed arches, with delicately chiselled supporting columns. Strongbow himself is among the historic figures buried in the church, as is archbishop Browne, the first Protestant to occupy the church, during the reign of the English King Henry 8th.
8. Dublinia/Viking World
Dublinia is located at the crossroads of St Michaels Hill, Patrick St, and High Street, 10 minutes stroll from the hotel and is connected to Christ Church Cathedral by a medieval footbridge.
There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street.
Investigate burial customs; explore the Viking legacy and much more.
9. Phoenix Park/Dublin Zoo
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of Europe’s largest urban parks and a true oasis for Dubliners and visitors alike.
Celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, it is home to Dublin Zoo, Áras an Uachtaráin, The Victorian People's Flower Gardens and a large herd of Fallow deer.
10. Kilmainham Gaol
A visit to this former prison is an absolute must.
This threatening grey building, built between 1792 and 1795, has played a role in virtually every act of Ireland's painful path to independence.
An exhibition shows the history of the prison. On the tour you can see the cells that held some of the most important political prisoners in Irish history.
There is a host of other things to do, for more information have a look at the official tourist site: www.visitdublin.ie