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 5

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Chester Beatty Library

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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...

Guinness Storehouse

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Ireland's all-dominating brewery—founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759 and at one time the largest stout-producing brewery in the world—spans...

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...

Merrion Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Created between 1762 and 1764, this tranquil square a few blocks east of St. Stephen's Green is lined on three sides by some of Dublin's...

National Gallery of Ireland

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Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ (1602), Van Gogh's Rooftops of Paris (1886), Vermeer's Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid (circa...

National Museum of Archaeology

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Just south of Leinster House is Ireland's National Museum of Archaeology, one of four branches of the National Museum of Ireland, and...

National Museum of Decorative Arts and History

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Here, in one gigantic treasure chest, is the full panoply of the National Museum's collection of glass, silver, furniture, and other...

Newbridge House and Farm

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One of the greatest stately homes of Ireland, Newbridge House, in Donabate, was built between 1740 and 1760 for Charles Cobbe, archbishop...

Phoenix Park

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Europe's largest public park, which extends about 5 km (3 miles) along the Liffey's north bank, encompasses 1,752 acres and holds a lot...

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