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A guide to Dublin – ancient buildings, bustling shopping and Guinness

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The jewel in Ireland’s emerald crown, Dublin is a center of culture, learning, history and, of course, partying. Drawing people from all across the globe, Dublin attracts visitors to its many landmarks. Whether you find yourself wandering through the tranquil courtyards of Trinity College, the dark and mysterious corners of ancient churches or the towering Guinness Factory to pull the perfect pint, you won’t leave Dublin disappointed.

Emily Cathcart

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Dublin

Temple Bar

 

Temple Bar is an area of two different faces. While being known as the central party district of the city it also contains the two of the major cathedrals of Dublin: St. Patrick’s and Christ Church. Any time, day or night, this area is a buzzing spot filled with people taking in the sights. Explore the tiny back streets and maze of side streets, to truly soak up the contagious atmosphere. Also be sure not to miss out on visiting Dublin Castle to soak up the historical ambience of the medieval monument.

 

Grafton Street & St. Stephen’s Green

 

Found at the end of Grafton Street - the major shopping road of the city - is the beautiful St. Stephen’s Green. A much more erudite area than Temple Bar, escape to this public park to be overwhelmed with culture. Here, visitors can wander around The National Gallery, National History Museum and the National Museum of Archaeology, all located within close proximity to one another. Don’t forget to check out the many beautiful statues scattered around the area.

 

O’Connell Street

 

The other major shopping area of the central part of the city, O’Connell Street comprises of the majestic Trinity College, more museums and Phoenix Park, which contains the Dublin Zoo. A must-visit is to see the stunning illuminated manuscript, the Books of Kells, housed within the College itself. Beautifully crafted by Irish monks hundreds of years ago, this historic manuscript is unlike anything you will see elsewhere in the world.

 

St. James’

 

St. James’ contains the tourist beehive that is the Guinness Factory, a major employer in the area and a great benefactor to the surrounding parks and houses. Also located here is St. James’ Hospital, part of Trinity College, which opened all the way back in 1727. A charming and picturesque neighborhood that is well worth a relaxing stroll around on a sunny afternoon, this area offers a tranquil oasis within the city. A little further on, you’ll find St. Anne’s Park. Originally set up by the Guinness Family, St. Anne’s Park is the second largest green space in Dublin, with over two square kilometers of grassy woodland.

 

Docklands

 

As with many cities around the world, the Docklands area of Dublin has been going through a dramatic transformation in recent years. Today where there were once empty warehouses and aging docks left in disrepair, there are now jostling art houses, cafes and recording studios. A trendy area to explore, either by water or by foot, here you will discover the original recording studios of U2, one of Dublin’s iconic claims to fame.