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  • 1. Abbey Presbyterian Church

    Dublin North | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 2. Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. Dublin Writers Museum

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 4. EPIC Irish Emigration Museum

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

    It's fitting that Ireland's emigration museum should be housed near the Dublin docks where so many said goodbye to their island home forever...Read More

  • 5. Famine Memorial

    Dublin North | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    These shocking but beautiful bronze sculptures by artist Rowan Gillespie portray a few wasted victims of the Great Famine stumbling desperately...Read More

  • 6. GAA Museum

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 7. Garden of Remembrance

    Dublin North | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Opened 50 years after the Easter Rising of 1916, the garden in Parnell Square commemorates those who died fighting for Ireland's freedom. At...Read More

  • 8. Gate Theatre

    Dublin North | Arts/Performance Venue

    The show begins here as soon as you walk into the auditorium, a gorgeously Georgian masterwork designed by Richard Johnston in 1784 as an assembly...Read More

  • 9. General Post Office (GPO)

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

    The GPO's fame is based on the role it played in the fateful 1916 Easter Rising. The building, with its impressive Neoclassical facade, was...Read More

  • 10. James Joyce Centre

    Dublin North | Library/Archive

    Few may have read him, but everyone in Ireland has at least heard of James Joyce (1882–1941)—especially since owning a copy of his censored...Read More

  • 11. Jeanie Johnston

    Dublin North | Museum/Gallery

    This is a remarkable replica of a 19th-century tall ship that carried poor souls caught in the potato famine to a new life in America. On board...Read More

  • 12. Mountjoy Square


    Irishman Brian Boru, who led his soldiers to victory against the Vikings in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, was said to have pitched camp before...Read More

  • 13. O'Connell Street

    Dublin North | Neighborhood/Street

    Dublin's most famous thoroughfare, which is 150 feet wide, was once known as Sackville Street, but its name was changed in 1924, two years after...Read More

  • 14. Rotunda Hospital

    Dublin North | Hospital

    Founded in 1745 as the first maternity hospital in Ireland and Britain, the Rotunda was designed on a grand scale by architect Richard Castle...Read More

  • 15. Sean O'Casey House

    Dublin North | Historic Home

    A onetime construction laborer, O'Casey became Ireland's greatest modern playwright, and this is the house where he wrote all his famous Abbey...Read More

  • 16. St. Francis Xavier Church

    Dublin North | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the city's finest churches in the classical style, the Jesuit St. Francis Xavier's was begun in 1829, the year of Catholic Emancipation...Read More

  • 17. St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral

    Dublin North | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dublin's principal Catholic cathedral (also known as St. Mary's) is a great place to hear the best Irish male voices: a Palestrina choir, in...Read More

  • 18. The Custom House

    Dublin North | 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 is...Read More

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  • 19. The Spire

    Dublin North | 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 skyline...Read More

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