Places of interest in Dublin
There are many places of interest in Dublin. Landmarks and monuments date back through the city’s history. One of the oldest places is Dublin Castle and one of the newest monuments, near the historic General Post Office, is the Spire of Dublin that stands over one-hundred metres tall that appears to merge into the sky at dusk. Other popular places to visit include Mansion House, the Anna Livia monument, the Molly Malone statue, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Francis Xavier Church, The Custom House and Áras an Uachtaráin.
The Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey is considered to be one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks along with the Poolbeg Towers. In 2010, Dublin was named as a UNESCO City of Literature. Many people visit Trinity College, Dublin to see the Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript created by Irish monks around 800 AD. The Abbey Theatre also promotes Irish writers. Public art galleries are found across the city, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery and the Project Arts Centre. In recent years Dublin has become host to a thriving contemporary art scene.
Dublin has numerous shopping districts, particularly around Grafton Street and Henry Street. Moore Street remains one of the city’s oldest trading districts. Meath Street markets have changed little over the years. Take a break for lunch at St. Stephen’s Green like the locals do or at any of the other large parks in the city. Located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate, the Storehouse is a must-see for any visitor who wants to know the history of the black stuff. You can also tour the Old Jameson Distillery across the Liffey in Smithfield. Dublin’s historic and sporting cultural heritage can be experienced at Croke Park, an 80,000 capacity stadium that houses the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum. If you can, source a match ticket during the summer championships to witness the unique Irish passion for hurling or Gaelic football.