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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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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The Francis Bacon studio, reconstructed here exactly as the artist left it on his death (including his diary, books, walls, floors, ceiling...

Dublin Writers Museum

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If you would know Ireland—body and soul—you must read its poems and stories," wrote W. B. Yeats in 1891. Further investigation into...

Dublinia

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Ever wanted a chance to put your head in the stocks? Dublin's Medieval Trust has set up an entertaining and informative reconstruction...

GAA Museum

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The Irish are sports crazy and reserve their fiercest pride for their native games. In the bowels of Croke Park, the main stadium and...

Gallery of Photography

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Dublin's premier photography gallery has a permanent collection of early-20th-century Irish photography and also puts on monthly exhibitions...

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...

Irish Jewish Museum

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Roughly 5,000 European Jews fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe arrived in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today...

Irish Museum of Modern Art

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Housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art concentrates on the work of contemporary Irish artists along...

Kilmainham Gaol

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Leaders of many failed Irish rebellions spent their last days in this grim, forbidding structure, and it holds a special place in the...

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...

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