Dublin is famous for its cultural heritage and charming hospitality. It lies between Howth in the north, Dalkey in the south and the River Liffey spits the city in two.
Why not start with a stroll along the Liffey seeing the beautiful bridges that can take us from northside to southside and then make use of our convenient public transport network to take you to your next adventure.
1. Trinity College and College Green
What better way to start your Dublin tour off than in the heart of the capital where Trinity College is based. It is only a 15-minute walk from the school here in Lad Lane. The oldest university in Ireland is packed full of incredible history for you to explore.
Trinity is on a 40-acre site and still retains some of its ancient cobbled squares, gardens, parks and collection of great treasures. One of these treasures is the 9th century manuscript, the Book of Kells and an ancient Irish harp. Both priceless artifacts are displayed in the amazing 18th century long room, which is home to more than 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books.
2. Grafton Street
A short walk from Trinity College will take you down Dublin’s premier shopping location, Grafton Street.
You will be kept entertained as the street is a magnet for buskers and performers. On occasion a famous band/singer will put on an impromptu show, so keep an eye out.
You will also find a broad range of shops to keep you busy.
3. Stephens Green
An easy stroll to the top of Grafton Street will leave you at Fusilier’s Arch, which is the main entrance to St. Stephen’s Green. Locally this park is known as “the Green” and it still has some of the Georgian buildings surrounding it.
This 22-acre park is an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre. It is the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day!
Incidentally, the park was the scene of bitter combat during the 1916 Uprising, however it was agreed by both sides that hostilities should cease while the park-keeper fed the ducks.
4. The Little Museum of Dublin
This museum is a hidden gem tucked in a charming space amongst some of the city’s historical sights. It is located just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Fusilier’s arch.
It is a great placed to go if you are interested in how Dublin and it’s people lived their lives and evolved over the past century.
5. Kildare Street Museums and Houses of Parliament
A short walk from the Little Museum of Dublin will take you to the top of Kildare Street where the famous Shelbourne Hotel is found. This street is also home to the Irish Parliament (Dáil Eirenn).
Across from the Dáil is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology), with amazing permanent exhibitions items from the Viking Collection.
If it is literature, you are interested in then visit the National Library which is close by.
There is something for everyone in Dublin and you are bound to have a great time whilst learning some new and fascinating things.