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

Howth 4

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Temple Bar 10

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Abbey Presbyterian Church

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Built on the profits of sin—well, by a generous wine merchant actually—and topped with a soaring Gothic spire, this church anchors...

Arbour Hill Cemetery

  • Cemetery

All 14 Irishmen executed by the British following the 1916 Easter Rising are buried here, including Pádraig Pearse, who led the rebellion;...

Baily Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

At the King Sitric restaurant on the East Pier, a 2½-km (1½-mile) cliff walk begins, leading to the white Baily Lighthouse, built in...

Bank of Ireland

  • Financial Institution

Across the street from the west facade of Trinity College stands one of Dublin's most striking buildings, formerly the original home...

Central Bank

  • Financial Institution

Everyone in Dublin seems to have an opinion on the Central Bank. Designed by Sam Stephenson in 1978, the controversial, ultramodern glass-and...

Chester Beatty Library

  • Library/Archive

A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered one of the overlooked treasures of Ireland. After Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968...

Christ Church Cathedral

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From its exterior, you'd never guess that the first Christianized Danish king built a wooden church at this site in 1038; because of...

City Hall

  • Government Building

Facing the Liffey from Cork Hill at the top of Parliament Street, this grand Georgian municipal building (1769–79), once the Royal...

Custom House

  • Government Building

Seen at its best when reflected in the waters of the Liffey during the short interval when the high tide is on the turn, the Custom House...

Dublin Castle

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As seat and symbol of the British rule of Ireland for more than seven centuries, Dublin Castle figured largely in Ireland's turbulent...