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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Bank of Ireland

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

Dublin Discover Ireland Centre

  • Information Center

Medieval St. Andrew's Church, deconsecrated and fallen into ruin, has been resurrected as the Dublin home of Fáilte Ireland (the tourism...

George's Street Arcade

  • Market/Bazaar

This Victorian covered market fills the block between Drury Street and South Great George's Street. Two-dozen-or-so stalls sell books,...

Grafton Street

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It's no more than 200 yards long and about 20 feet wide, but Grafton Street, open only to pedestrians, can claim to be the most humming...

Huguenot Cemetery

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One of the last such burial grounds in Dublin, this cemetery was used in the late 17th century by French Protestants who had fled persecution...

Iveagh Gardens

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Dublin's best-kept secret has to be this 1865 Ninian Niven–designed "English Landscape" walled garden that shockingly few natives seem...

Little Museum of Dublin

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This clever, eclectic little museum sets out to tell the history of Dublin in the last hundred years through the objects and stories...

Neary's Pub

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The exotic, Victorian-style interiors here were once haunted by Dublin's literary set, most notably the master bar raconteur Brendan...

Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

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One of the finest 18th-century mansions in Dublin, the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre has magnificent architecture, quality shopping, and...

Royal Irish Academy

  • Library/Archive

The country's leading learned society houses important documents in its 18th-century library, including a large collection of ancient...

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