City Guide: Dublin
On our first trip to Ireland we visited the capital Dublin. The city combines historic elements with a modern lifestyle.
Dublin is probably most well known for its Guiness Brewery, but has also gained importance as the European hub for several prominent companies’ headquarters.
Trinity College Dublin
This is Ireland’s oldest university. The college was founded in 1592. Nowadays, it is located on College Green with the Irish Houses of Parliament just opposite of the entrance.
Its library holds more than 4.5 million books and manuscripts. Its most famous one being the Book of Kells.
Dublin Irish Houses of Parliament
Just opposite of the Trinity College you can find the former Irish Houses of Parliament. It is nowadays also referred to as the Bank of Ireland.
The parliament was used mainly during the 18th century by both chambers of the Irish parliament. In 1800 when Ireland became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, this parliament was abolished.
City Hall and Dublin Castle
Construction for the City Hall began in 1769. It is located closely to Dublin Castle and was used by the British government in Ireland.
The building was designed as a neo-classical piece with a big entrance hall. Previously it was used by the Royal exchange. Nearby you can find the Dublin Castle.
It is both a government complex as well as a famous location for formal state dinners and official events. The existing building was mainly build during the 18th century, however, its location has been a site for a castle for much longer.
Christ Church Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
There are two medieval cathedrals in Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral as well as Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
Christ Church Cathedral is the eldest of the two, whereas Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the highest. It was founded in 1191.
The Guiness Storehouse is one of the most prominent attractions for tourists. It opened up in 2000 and allows tourists learn and see about the brewery of Guiness.
We only walked by the Storehouse and didn’t enter as queues are relatively long and prices quite high for this sight.
There are also plenty of different museums in Dublin offering a variety of history, culture, art and so on.
If you’re in Dublin on one of the many Irish rainy days, you might want to check one or two out!
Dublin Quay Side and Samuel Beckett Bridge
There is also a river running through Dublin. In December 2009 the famous Samuel Beckett Bridge was opened up.
From there you can enjoy a nice view of the quayside. This is especially nice in the evening.
Our overall impression of Dublin
While there are certainly a lot of historic sites to admire in Dublin, I didn’t really enjoy the vibe of the city. In order to get to places, especially the Guiness Storehouse, you have to walk along some rather run-down streets.