Dublin is believed to be the heart and soul of Ireland by many and is certainly a place worth visiting if you have the time. As you will soon discover when you do visit this city is very vibrant and there are numerous wonderful things for you to do and see. However below we take a look at 5 things you must see in Dublin when you take a trip to it.
1. Guinness Storehouse
This is of course the most popular attraction with visitors to the city. It offers you the opportunity to learn everything there is about this world famous beer which started 250 years ago. After spending time wandering around the visitors experience you finally get the opportunity to try some of the black stuff in The Gravity Bar.
2. Kilmainham Gaol
Built in 1792 this prison has been homed to some very illustrious prisoners before it was eventually closed in 1924. This is in fact considered to be the most famous of all disused prisons to be found in Ireland today. The first prisoners to be housed here were members of the Society of United Irishmen in 1798 then in the 1840′s it was the home of Fenians and Land agitators such as Davitt and Parnell. But not only was it home to prisoners it is known for being the place where members of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. For those who would like to know more about Irish Republicanism then a visit to this attraction should be considered.
3. Dublin Castle
Is now the city’s oldest surviving structure and was constructed between 1208 and 1220. For more than seven centuries it was the centre of English power in Ireland until 1922 when the Irish Free State took it over. Inside the walls of this 5 things you must see in Dublin can be found a number of attractions providing you with even more information regarding the city’s history. As well as you being able to view traces of a Viking fortress you can also see what is now believed to be the oldest surviving purpose built office in the country.
4. Temple Bar
This is where some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and night clubs are to be found. But there is also a great collection of unusual shops in this area of the city as well. But it is also known for being the city’s “officially designated arts zone” and numerous galleries and centres have opened up here now.
This is located on St Michael’s Hill and is the one of the 5 things you must see in Dublin to learn more about the real history of this city. As you wander through this attraction you learn more about the time when the Anglo Normans lived here as well as the time in the 1540′s when all its monasteries were forced to close. As well as models and reconstructions on display in the various exhibits there are a number of videos to be enjoyed. One particular exhibit you may enjoy spending time perusing is the scale model of the city that shows you what it looked like back in 1500.
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April 29 2011 03:40 am | Destinations