Whether you’re in Dublin for the weekend, for weeks, or even for an entire semester, be sure to check out these famous and authentic sights.
1) GUINNESS STORE HOUSE: This factory shows the entire process of how Guinness beer is made from start to finish. The factory is designed to start at the bottom, at the beginning of the beer making process. You continue to walk up the levels until you reach the rooftop bar at the top where you can enjoy a beer that is included with admission! On the way to the tasting, you will learn how to correctly taste a Guinness beer.
2) KILMAINHAM GAOL: This former prison, now museum, is a spot for anyone with a bit of interest in Irish history. On a tour through the prison, you can see old jail cells and experience prison conditions while learning about the famous prisoners who inhabited the cells. Kilmainham Gaol held many famous leaders of the Irish rebellions that occurred in 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916. During the Irish Civil War prisoners were crammed into the cells, and you’ll have the chance to see where many were executed right outside the prison.
3) THE BOOK OF KELLS: Don’t miss the beauty of Trinity College, which founded in 1592 is both Ireland’s oldest University and is considered one of the seven ancient universities of Great Britain and Ireland. Once at Trinity College, for a small fee you can see Trinity College Library, which holds the Book of Kells. Created around 800, this beautifully preserved and colorful Latin manuscript tells the story of parts of the New Testament. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Long Room once in the library. This room was built between 1712 and 1732, and it certainly displays the architecture of its time. The room is lined with busts and books that fill the shelves all the way up to the spectacularly high ceilings.
4) ARLINGTON HOTEL CELTIC NIGHTS: When in Ireland, you’re not going to want to miss out on traditional Irish festivities. Experience this Irish song and dance in Dublin at the Arlington Hotel Celtic Nights. Arlington Hotel Celtic Nights offers live traditional Irish song and dance and a delicious three-course meal all in one venue. If you desire, you can taste traditional dishes such as traditional Irish stew, a pressed ham hock and, beef and Guinness! While enjoying your dinner, you’ll hear hours of traditional Celtic music performed on instruments such as the violin and you’ll watch impressive step dancers perform their craft.
5) GRAFTON STREET: Grafton Street is Ireland’s most famous shopping street. The street has lots of character: there are street performers, food vendors, and of course ample stores carrying both Irish traditional items and high-end global vendors.