Dublin Sights

"In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty"—so went the centuries-old ditty. Today, there are parts of the city that may not be fair or pretty, but although you may not be conscious of it while you're in the center city, Dublin does boast a beautiful setting: it loops around the edge of Dublin Bay and is on a plain at the edge of the gorgeous, green Dublin and Wicklow mountains,

which rise softly just to the south. From the glass-wall top of the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of town, the sight of the city, the bay, and the mountains will take your breath away. From the city's noted vantage points, such as the South Wall, which stretches far out into Dublin Bay, you can nearly get a full measure of the city. From north to south, Dublin stretches 16 km (10 miles); in total, it covers 28,000 acres—but Dublin's heart is far more compact than these numbers indicate. Like Paris, London, and Florence, a river runs right through it. The River Liffey divides the capital into the Northside and the Southside, as everyone calls the two principal center-city areas, and virtually all the major sights are well within less than an hour's walk of one another.

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Glasnevin 2

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Temple Bar 10

Phoenix Park and Environs 4

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St. Nicholas of Myra's Church

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A grand Neoclassical style characterizes this church, completed in 1834. The highly ornate chapel inside includes ceiling panels of the...

St. Patrick's Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's was built in honor of Ireland's...

St. Stephen's Green

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Dubliners call it simply Stephen's Green, and green it is (year-round)—a verdant, 27-acre Southside square that was used for the public...

The Ark

  • Arts/Performance Venue

A self-described cultural center for children, The Ark engages and inspires young imaginations through a variety of creative endeavors...

The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Modern Art

  • Museum/Gallery

Trinity College's starkly modern Arts and Social Sciences Building, with an entrance on Nassau Street, houses the Douglas Hyde Gallery,...

The National College of Art & Design

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The delicate welding of glass and iron onto the redbrick Victorian facade of this onetime factory makes this school worth a visit. A...

The Old Library and the Book of Kells

  • Library/Archive

Home to Ireland's largest collection of books and manuscripts, the Old Library's principal treasure is the Book of Kells , generally...

The Spire

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Christened the "Stiletto in the Ghetto" by local smart alecks, this needlelike monument is the most exciting thing to happen to Dublin's...

Trinity College Dublin

  • Educational Institution

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to "civilize" (Her Majesty's word) Dublin, Trinity is Ireland's oldest and most famous college.

Wall of Fame

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If you're strolling through Temple Bar and suddenly come upon a group of slack-jawed young people staring wide-eyed at a large wall,...

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