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No trip to Ireland is complete without a night or two in Dublin, GoBus has put together a list of must see attractions as well as some restaurants and pubs to visit.   


Trinity College The oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, the College is located in the very heart of Dublin City. The 40 acre site retains some of its ancient seclusion of cobbled squares, gardens and parks. The College is famed for its great treasures. These treasures include the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript, the Books of Durrow and Armagh, and an early Irish harp. These are displayed in the Treasury and The Long Hall (library) which house over 300,000 books, some dating back to its foundation. www.tcd.ie www.bookofkells.ie

 

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8. With a long and fascinating history, like most churches in Dublin, this has significant historical content. Jonathan Swift was Dean of the Church in the 18th century and Handel’s Messiah had it’s first performance here in 1742. Well worth a visit. www.stpatrickscathedral.ie  

 

The Croke Park Stadium and Museum. Home to the traditional Irish games of hurling and gaelic football, the stadium is the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and holds 82,000 spectators on match day. The GAA Museum is an excellent visual exhibition depicting the history of the game from its humble origins in 1888 and its impact on life in Ireland.   Also you can see the Etihad Skyline walkway which is 44 metres above the ground and gives panoramic views of the Irish capital and shows Europe’s largest stadium from a completely different angle! www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum-tours/stadium-tours

 

The Guinness Storehouse will show you all you need to know about the world famous beer. A floor by floor exhibition gives an account of the history of the ‘black stuff’ culminating with a glass in the high top ‘Gravity’ Bar with the best views of Dublin city. www.guinness-storehouse.com 

 

Kilmainham Gaol has played a huge role in the history of the Irish Free State, many famous political and military leaders such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera were held there. Opening in 1796 many of those leaders of failed rebellions were detained there. For visitors it offers an unvilled insight into what life was like behind bars. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/KilmainhamGaol 

 

Temple Bar is widely considered Dublin’s cultural quarter consisting of predominantly cultural practices and contemporary arts, with regular performing artists present especially during the summer months. At night the quarter is alive with visitors with plenty of restaurants and pubs with music for all tastes. Saturday morning in Temple Bar hosts a wonderful farmer’s market selling the best of local produce. Further on at Cow’s Lane at the far end of Temple Bar hosts a delightful fusion of arts disciplines, ranging from photography to fine art and handmade jewellery to innovative furniture design.  

 

Some good restaurants: 

Gallagher’s Boxty, Temple Bar 

Fire, Dawson Street 

Ely, Hanover Square 

The Pig’s Ear, Nassau St (Vegetarian) 

Maybe check out The Brazen Head, Bridge Street, Dublin 8  - Ireland’s oldest pub – has a great evening of Irish stories told by Johnny Daly www.irishfolktours.com

 

Some of the great traditional Irish pubs in the city… 

Mc Daid’s off Grafton Street 

O’Donoghue’s, Merrion Row 

Doheny and Nesbitt’s, Baggot Street 

Mulligan’s, Poolbeg Street 

Davy Byrne’s, Duke Street 

The Palace Bar, Temple Bar 

Oliver Saint John Gogarty’s, Temple Bar.  

 

Why not enjoy Dinner & a Show at The Irish House Party, 19 Francis St, Christchurch, Dublin. The show showcases traditional Irish music and dance at its best performed by all Ireland champion musicians, dancers. www.theirishhouseparty.com 



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