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Old City Walk (Self Guided), Dublin

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.
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Guide Name: Old City Walk
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 21
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Trinity College
  • Bank of Ireland - Former Parliament House
  • Molly Malone Statue
  • O'Neill's
  • Temple Bar
  • Grattan Bridge
  • Dublin Castle
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Irish Celtic Craft Shop
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Dublinia (Synod Hall)
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • St. Stephen's Green
  • The Little Museum of Dublin
  • National Museum of Ireland - Natural History
  • Merrion Square Park
  • The National Gallery of Ireland
  • Leinster House
  • National Library of Ireland
  • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
  • Grafton Street
Trinity College

1) Trinity College (must see)

Trinity College, Dublin, formally known as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth was founded in 1592 by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I as the "mother of a university", and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin. It is Ireland's oldest university. Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved Augustinian monastery of All Hallows, Trinity was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history; although Roman Catholics and Dissenters had been permitted to enter as early as 1793, certain restrictions on their membership of the college remained until 1873, and the Catholic Church in Ireland forbade its adherents, without permission from their bishop, from attending until 1970. Women were first admitted to the college as full members in 1904.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to go to in a sunny afternoon, with numerous places to sit and relax like the cricket pitch or the steps of the Pavilion Bar.
You can see an exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, attend lectures, performances, or buy a book at the shop.
You can also buy tickets to view the Book of Kells (admission) as well as the spectacular Long Room library.
The spacious college campus is beautiful to walk around and take in as well.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bank of Ireland - Former Parliament House

2) Bank of Ireland - Former Parliament House

Even if you don’t need to cash a cheque or send a money-order, don’t miss a trip to the Bank of Ireland – former Parliament House on College Green.

This amazing building was designed by Edward Lovett Pearce in 1739 and is the first construction in Europe to be built especially to house a parliament. At first it was an impressive two-roomed building with a long portico entrance based on the Roman temple at Palestrina. The main octagonal room was for the House of Commons with the rectangular room for the House of Lords shunted off of the east side of the building.

In 1785 the east side was extended and a large portico was added and in 1787 the west side was extended and a smaller portico was built. This gave the building a rather haphazard look, so curved curtain walls were put up joining the extensions to the original building and giving it an elegant appearance. On the roof above the main entrance are statues of Hibernia (Ireland’s Latin name), Fidelity and Commerce.

In 1801 when the Irish Parliament was abolished when the Acts of Union came into force and the building was converted into the Bank of Ireland. The Bank had its own militia and you can see their cannons on either side of the main entrance.

The House of Commons, which had been damaged by fire was pulled down and made into the main banking area, but you can visit the ancient House of Lords, which is now the boardroom. Here you will see the original arched, coffered ceiling, oak panels and large tapestries depicting the Battle of the Boyne and the Siege of Dublin. There is also a magnificent 1235-piece crystal chandelier.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Molly Malone Statue

3) Molly Malone Statue

You will find the Molly Malone Statue by Jean Rynhart on Grafton Street. This rather controversial statue was set up here during the 1988 Dublin Millennium festivities.

The controversy arose after the unveiling of the statue: Jean Rynhart presented Molly as a young woman with large breasts all but falling out of her low-cut dress. According to the famous song, “sweet Molly Malone” was a fishmonger, but stories add that she was also a part-time prostitute.

Other stories relate that she was one of the few chaste street sellers of the 17th century. For those who believe in the “chaste” story, the statue is an affront to women; to others the statue has been dubbed “The Tart with the Cart” or “The Dish with the Fish”.

No matter, as Molly Malone the fishmonger probably never existed anyway. The song which first appeared in the 19th century is a mystery too. It has none of the airs of a traditional Irish street ballad and some say its origins are Scottish, while others say it is a Victorian music hall ballad. It is a song associated with Dublin because of the first line “In Dublin’s fair city” and has practically become a second national anthem. Since 1988 the 13th June has been officially labelled Molly Malone Day.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) O'Neill's

This public establishment was open on the 2 Suffolk Street three hundred years ago. O'Neill family has it since 1927. They start to play Irish traditional music a few decades ago and O'Neill's is famous for its live performances of Irish singers and dancers. There is also an original beer garden, a smoking area and late bar for those who want to have more fun at weekends. For great food, drink, wonderful traditional Irish Music, O'Neill's pub is the place to be.
Temple Bar

5) Temple Bar (must see)

Temple Bar isn’t a bar or a pub; it is the cultural corner and liveliest area in Dublin – a great place to spend the day or evening.

The Temple Bar district is on the south bank of the River Liffey and it is a delight of medieval cobble-stoned streets, full of pubs, clubs restaurants and cafes. There are also souvenir shops, tattoo parlors, second-hand shops and the Reptile Haven, a pet shop with a difference where you will find almost any type of lizard or snake that you can think of.

The area is also the home of the Irish Photography Centre, the Ark Children’s Cultural Centre and the Irish Film Institute. There is plenty of street entertainment with singers, magicians and clowns, and on weekends there are three great markets: the Temple Bar Food Market every Saturday is full of locally grown fruit and vegetables and delicious pastries and cakes; the Temple Bar Book Market on Saturday and Sunday sells second-hand and new books, CDs and old records; in the Designer Market at Cow’s Lane you can buy locally made arts and crafts.

The district is the center of Dublin’s night-life with nightclubs and pubs including Bob’s Backstage Bar where you can listen to country music, the Ha’penny Bridge Inn with a folk-song programme, and Oliver St John Gogarty Pub and Restaurant which has live groups singing traditional Irish songs.

Why You Should Visit:
Packed but a really quaint, lively place – you're left in no doubt you are in Ireland!
Live music all day long, many great spots to snap a photo, loads of eateries, and the bartenders pour a perfect pint every time.

This is Dublin's tourist hotspot so expect to pay tourist prices!
The less busy / more affordable (but still enjoyable) pubs are just a bit farther afield, and many of them too.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 10:30am-2am; Thu-Sat: 10:30am-2:30am; Sun: 12pm-1am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grattan Bridge

6) Grattan Bridge

To get from Parliament Street to Capel Street on the south bank of the River Liffey, you will cross the Grattan Bridge.

The first bridge to be built spanning the river here was called the Essex Bridge, named after the 1st Lord of Essex, Arthur Capell, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1672 and 1677. This bridge was designed by Sir Humphrey Jervis with seven piers of arched stone taken from the ruins of the nearby St Mary’s Abbey. In 1722 an equestrian statue of King George 1st was erected on the north bank in front of the bridge.

The bridge hadn’t been very well built and not high enough over the river to avoid flooding. This and increasing human, horse and cattle traffic over the bridge caused it to start crumbling in places.

It was deemed unsafe and in 1757 when the Wide Streets Commission was established by Parliament, the bridge was rebuilt by George Semple. When the reconstruction was finished the statue of King George was removed and place in the gardens of Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

In 1872 the bridge was remodeled after Westminster Bridge in London and wrought-iron lamp standards, decorated with pairs of sea-horses were installed to light the bridge. In 1874 the Bridge was renamed after the Member of Parliament, Henry Grattan.

In 2003 the Dublin City Council reconstructed the bridge deck, adding granite footpaths with the idea of setting up a book market in the middle of the bridge, but so many other street-vendors applied for permission to set up kiosks that the idea was abandoned.
Dublin Castle

7) Dublin Castle (must see)

A visit to Dublin Castle, just off Dame Street, should be on everyone’s “must see” list. It is used for state functions, including the inauguration of the Irish President. It also houses the Revenue Commissioners, offices of the Public Works and certain sections of the Garda Siochana.

The castle was first built in 1204, 35 years after the Norman invasion of Ireland. King John of England ordered its construction as a defense measure for the population and also to protect the King’s Treasury. A typical Norman construction, it consisted of a central courtyard, surrounded by high walls with four towers at each corner.

The River Poddle formed a natural defense on two sides of the castle, which was part of the outer perimeter of the city, facing the south-east side of Norman Dublin. The water was diverted into the city by archways at the points where the city walls joined the castle. Today the only remains above ground are the Record Tower and one of the arches.

Inside, the castle courtyard contained several wooden buildings, until the Great Hall was added in the Middle Ages. The hall was built of stone and wood and was used for banquets, a courtroom and sometimes as the Parliament house. It was demolished in 1673 after suffering extensive fire damage.

The castle was rebuilt and extended between the 17th and 20th centuries and today the main complex comprises the State Apartments, made up of St Patrick’s Hall, the State Dining Room, the State Drawing Room, the State Corridor and the Throne Room, which was once the Battleaxe Hall. These rooms along with the Undercroft, the Heritage Centre, the Chapel Royal, the Craft Shop and the castle restaurant are open daily to visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
Spacious and beautiful and the huge courtyard allows for breathtaking panoramic photographs.
Great history to read up on, large rooms and chandeliers, good little tea shop which sells cakes, pastries etc. with doors to the ground which are nicely kept and good to walk around.

Definitely go for the guided tour! If you just see the castle grounds from the outside (free) you will miss the real thing. Note, however, that they limit the numbers on the tours so it would be worth booking to guarantee getting a slot at the time you want.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:45am-5:15pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chester Beatty Library

8) Chester Beatty Library (must see)

The Chester Beatty Library is housed in the 18th-century clock tower on the grounds of Dublin Castle and is a wonderful museum to visit.

The library opened in 1950 and holds the vast and varied collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a mining millionaire and collector of Oriental books and artifacts. The museum has two sections: “Artistic Traditions” and “Sacred Traditions”.

You will find a magnificent collection of manuscripts and papyruses covering over 4000 years of religious culture. There are, of course, Christian Bibles, copies of the Koran, Chinese jade books and Japanese woodblock prints. Also on display are the priceless “Life of the Prophet” and “The Gospel of Mani”, which is possibly the last remaining Manichaeism artifact.

You can also admire Turkish and Persian miniature paintings, Chinese Dragon robes, Buddhist paintings and European medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, prints, drawings, a collection of rare books, as well as Islamic, East Asian and Western decorative art and a wonderful display of East Asian carved snuff boxes.

It isn’t unusual to find students in the museum, as it is one of the most important sources for religious studies. As well as the permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions of Islamic law texts, photos of China and its people over the decades, and Japanese art.

Why You Should Visit:
There are lots of great book & antique art collections in the world but the preservation techniques used by the Chester Beatty is amazing.
Has been described as one of the best museums in the world, let alone Ireland.

Free one-hour tours are available on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Don't miss the classy Silk Road café is full of yummy Middle Eastern cuisine.
And, as an extra, there are a rooftop "meditation" garden as well as the gardens out the front with great views to the Castle.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm; Saturday: 11am – 5pm; Sunday: 1 - 5pm.
Closed 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Irish Celtic Craft Shop

9) Irish Celtic Craft Shop

The Irish Celtic Craftshop is a family run enterprise, in operation since 1992. Ideally sited near Christchurch Cathedral in the oldest part of Dublin, this store is a real treasure trove of gifts, and a definite must-visit for any souvenir seeking tourist. On offer are Celtic products such as jewellery (silver/gold/costume with designs of Claddagh, Shamrock or Harp), books and wall hangings. There are also traditional Celtic-themed souvenirs like brass ware, thimbles, scarves, t-shirts and t-towels, as well as Bodhrans (Irish drums), Tins whistles, Irish sweaters, glassware and posters. The presented variety is fit to satisfy any budget. The shop also offers goods of renowned brands such as Wild Goose, Waltons, Celtic T, Royal Tara, Guinness, Clara and Island Turf.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 21:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 6 pm.
Christ Church Cathedral

10) Christ Church Cathedral (must see)

While you are in Dublin you really should visit the Christ Church Cathedral which is the oldest medieval church in the city.

In the early 11th century the Norse-Gael King, Sitric Silkenbeard, went on a pilgrimage to Rome and on his return he founded the cathedral overlooking the Viking settlement in Wood Quay. The first building was wooden and was rebuilt in stone in 1180. An extra nave and the Chapel of Saint Laurence O’Toole where added in the 13th century.

The church is somewhat unique in the fact that it is the seat of both the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ireland and the Anglican Church of Ireland. While the cathedral remains in the church, the Archbishop uses St Mary’s Church and the cathedral is managed by the dean and chapter.

The crypt dates back to 1172 and is the largest in Ireland. It is also the earliest surviving structure in Dublin. It houses the oldest secular carvings and carved statues in the country. There is a 17th-century tabernacle and candelabras and you can see 17th-century stocks that were once set up beside the church doors to publicly punish offenders. An unusual display in the crypt is the mummified remains of a cat and a rat found trapped behind the organ.

In the crypt, you can watch a short video on the history of the cathedral and visit the cathedral shop where you will find souvenirs and documents about the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The cathedral cafe is also to be found in the crypt; it serves sandwiches, a variety of cakes and scones and cream, as well as tea and coffee.

At the west end of the building, an ancient stone bridge leads to the former synod hall, which today is home to the Dublinia Exhibition of Medieval Dublin. The cathedral has 19 ringing bells; bell ringing is carried out by the Master of the Tower and the Ringing Master.

Why You Should Visit:
The crypt is outstanding and incredible, the belfry offers amazing views, the stories by the guides are excellent, and the architecture of the building is an art in itself!

They have lovely lunchtime and evening concerts here if you're lucky enough to catch one.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 12:30-2:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dublinia (Synod Hall)

11) Dublinia (Synod Hall)

Whether you are a student or a family visiting Dublin, a great place to have great fun while learning about the city’s past is Dublinia – the former Synod Hall of Christ Church Cathedral.

This marvelous interactive museum which opened in 1993 is full of workshops, activities, live-sized figures and a room with artifacts taken from archaeological digs around Wood Quay. You can walk through medieval Dublin or rub shoulders with Vikings to your heart’s content. There really is something for everyone here!

In the Viking World you will follow their history from the first Viking raids, through their settling in Ireland to their defeat. You’ll learn about their trade and how they lived – you’ll visit a typical Viking home, but you’ll find that the loo is occupied by a Viking with a very uncomfortable expression on his face – something he ate, no doubt! You can squash together onto a Viking war boat and find out about conditions on board and perhaps understand why they were so keen to land! You can even “sell” your kids (or your parents) to slave traders and see them in slave chains!

The History of Dublin takes over from the defeat of the Vikings and continues to the dissolution of the Catholic churches, monasteries and abbeys by Henry VIII between 1534 and 1539. In this part of the reconstruction of Dublin in the Middle Ages, you can visit a rich merchant’s house, take part in fun fair games and even throw softballs (representing rotten fruit) at the poor chap in the stocks. To see how the nobles waged war, you can try on a suit of armor, which will leave you wondering how medieval knights even got on their horses carrying all that weight.

The Dublinia experience is great fun and it brings history to life with its stories told around the camp fire, its sounds and smells recreated through speakers and ventilation shafts (don’t worry, it’s mostly wood-smoke and roasting meat) and its attention to details that are based on real historic facts.

Opening hours: March to September: Monday to Sunday: 10.00am - 6.30pm .

October to February: Monday to Sunday: 10.00am to 5.30pm
St. Patrick's Cathedral

12) St. Patrick's Cathedral (must see)

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and one of the oldest. According to legend, the first church was built in the 5th century on the site where Saint Patrick used the water from a well to baptize the people converted to Christianity. The well became known as the Holy Well and the wooden church was built beside it.

In 1192 it was elevated to the status of cathedral, which was unusual as the growing city already had one – Christ Church. The present church was built between 1199 and 1270 and has a 43 meter-high spire.

Between 1783 and 1871 the cathedral was used as a chapel by the Knights of Saint Patrick, a part of the Order of Saint Patrick, and you can see their heraldic banners hanging above the choir stalls. The church is filled with busts, monuments and memorial plaques.

One curiosity is the “Door of Reconciliation”. The story about the door is based more on legend than fact; in 1492 Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Osmond and Gerald Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of Kildare waged war on each other. The Earl of Ormond hid in the cathedral’s Chapter House and the Earl of Kildare had his men cut a hole in the door, through which he put his hand in a gesture of peace.

In the cathedral shop, you can buy CDs recorded by the choir and the organists, books, traditional Irish souvenirs and very pretty silver jewelry.

Why You Should Visit:
A sight to behold; more of a historical place and not so much a 'worshiping' cathedral.
Tours are run by volunteers, run for about 45 minutes to an hour and carry no extra cost.
There is also a very pretty park (church grounds) next door, that is open to the public.

Make sure you check online for any scheduled events before you visit.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Stephen's Green

13) St. Stephen's Green (must see)

If you don’t want to wait your turn in one of the busy restaurants in the shopping center, the best thing to do is to pick up a sandwich and a drink and take it to Saint Stephen’s Green Park on the south end of Grafton Street.

This 27-acre park is the biggest of Dublin’s Georgian square parks. It was laid out in 1880 by Sir A. Guinness and is a delightful area to have your lunch, with its flower beds, shady walks, fountains and benches round a large ornamental lake where you can feed the ducks. In the summer open-air concerts are held here.

The rectangular park is surrounded by stately Georgian houses and is noted for its many statues and memorials. You will see a statue honoring Sir A. Guinness; a bronze statue of Theobald Wolfe Tone surrounded by monoliths (the locals call this “Tonehenge”); a fountain statue of the Three Fates, donated by German refugees after the Second World War; a statue of Robert Emmet and busts of James Joyce and Constance Markievcz.

Among the memorials are the Yeats Memorial Garden with its statue by Henry Moore; the Fusiliers Arch, a memorial to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who died in the Second Boer War; a monument to Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, the Fenian leader and member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and a memorial of the Great Famine that caused so much death and misery in Ireland between 1845 and 1850.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful, cosy and tranquil park. There are lovely little ponds with swans and ducks and plenty of places to sit.
Many cafes nearby, just down the road, where you can pop in for cake and coffee/tea before or after your walk.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Little Museum of Dublin

14) The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin is a people's museum of Dublin, situated at 15 St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland. As a civic museum for the city of Dublin, the Little Museum chronicles the history of the city in the 20th century. It provides visitors with an intimate and informative glimpse into life in Dublin during that time period. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 artifacts that have been donated or loaned directly from the people of Dublin.

In May 2013, the Irish Times described the Little Museum as “the best museum experience in Dublin”. In 2014, TripAdvisor awarded the Little Museum with a Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. They rank the Little Museum as the #10 attraction to see in Dublin, making it the second most popular museum in Dublin.

Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun: 9.30-17.00;
Thu: 9.30-20.00
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

15) National Museum of Ireland - Natural History (must see)

The National Museum of Ireland – Natural History is one of the three branches of the National Museum in Dublin and you will find it in Merrion Square.

This branch of the museum was built in 1856 to house some of the collection from the Royal Dublin Society. The museum has over 2 million specimens spread out in several galleries. On the ground floor, you will see Irish animals – stuffed mammals including badgers, foxes and hares. Fish and birds are also represented and there is a collection of dried insects.

On the 1st floor in the Lower Gallery, there are animals from all round the world, including some extinct species such as the quagga (a sort of zebra) and a skeleton of a Dodo, as well as endangered species like the pygmy hippopotamus. In the other galleries, you can admire birds, fish, reptiles, invertebrates and microbes. There is a rather fine display of butterflies from tropical countries and Europe. The skeleton of a Humpback whale is suspended from the ceiling.

Why You Should Visit:
This place is full of taxidermy pretty much, and it's very interesting to see the extensive variety.
Particularly suitable for kids – seeing the animals up close is a feast for their eyes.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun, Mon: 1-5pm; Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
Merrion Square Park

16) Merrion Square Park

One of the best places to relax is Merrion Square Park in the center of Merrion Square, the most distinguished of the remaining Georgian squares in Dublin.

The park is a railed off garden, once for the exclusive use of the Square’s residents, but now open to the public. On Sundays in the summer the railings are festooned with paintings executed by local artists and it’s possible to pick up a wonderful landscape or portrait by an up and coming artist, at a reasonable price. Open-air concerts are also held in the park in the summer.

The gardens were laid out between 1762 and 1764 and since they have been opened to the public a children’s playground has been added. There is also a lovely floral garden and a heather garden. The park is full of statues and busts; the most notable is the “Jester’s Chair” which is a memorial to Dermot Morgan.

You can see a superb statue of Oscar Wilde relaxing on a quartz rock. It was sculpted by Danny Osborne in 1997 and shows the great man, dressed in his favorite green smoking jacket with red collar and cuffs, his expression enigmatic. The details of this statue are truly remarkable and you would almost expect him to get up and stroll off through the park, perhaps to the house on the square where he grew up.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The National Gallery of Ireland

17) The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland stands on Merrion Square West and really is a must for all art lovers.

The gallery houses over 15000 objets d’art, paintings and sculptures from the 13th to the 20th century, classified in several sections according to the country of origin. It is a wonderful collection, thoughtfully displayed in an interesting manner so that you can enjoy one painting without being distracted by the one next to it.

In the British and American Paintings gallery the works cover the British period from Tudor times to the Modern, with a slight emphasis on the 18th century. Illustrious names include Reynolds, Lawrence and Turner and Sargent. The Dutch Paintings gallery centers on 17th century painters such as Van Ruisdael and Pieter Lastman.

The Netherlands and Flemish Paintings gallery offers superb panel paintings by Gerard David and canvases by Peter Paul Rubens and Van Dyck. In the French Paintings gallery you will admire works from the 17th to 19th century such as four religious and mythological paintings by Poussin and fine examples of works by Lorrain and Vouet.

The German Paintings gallery houses 16th century panel paintings, portraits by Wolf Huber and religious canvases by Lucas Cranach and the 20th century Impressionist, Emil Nolde. The Irish Paintings gallery holds the most widespread collection of Irish art in the world.

The Italian Paintings gallery focuses on the Early Renaissance, the Baroque and the Neo-classical periods with magnificent works by Titian, Tintoretto and Caravaggio. In the Spanish Paintings gallery you will find panel paintings by Nicolas Francés, tableaux by El Greco, Murillo, Zuberan and de Ribera. The Modern European Paintings gallery includes works by Bonnard, Van Dongen and Picasso.

Another section of the gallery houses the collection of fine sculptures, with marble statues by Piamontini, Cavaceppi and Canova. There is also a great collection of bronze statues, mostly of Hercules in various postures. The last gallery displays prints, topographical drawings, streets-capes, sketches and watercolors.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9.15am - 5.30pm;
Thursday: 9.15am - 8.30pm;
Sunday: 11am - 5.30pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leinster House

18) Leinster House

Leinster House (Irish: Teach Laighean) is the seat of the Oireachtas, the national parliament of Ireland. Leinster House was the former ducal residence in Dublin of the Duke of Leinster, and since 1922 served as the parliament building of the Irish Free State, predecessor of the modern Irish state, before which it functioned as the headquarters of the Royal Dublin Society. The society's famous Dublin Spring Show and Dublin Horse Show were held on its Leinster Lawn, facing Merrion Square. The building is the meeting place of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, the two houses of the Oireachtas, and as such the term 'Leinster House' has become a metonym for Irish political activities.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Library of Ireland

19) National Library of Ireland (must see)

The National Library of Ireland is Ireland's national library located in Dublin, in a building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is the member of the Government of Ireland responsible for the library.

The mission of the National Library of Ireland is 'To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge'. The library is a reference library and, as such, does not lend. It has a large quantity of Irish and Irish-related material which can be consulted without charge; this includes books, maps, manuscripts, music, newspapers, periodicals and photographs. Included in their collections is material issued by private as well as government publishers.

The Chief Herald of Ireland and National Photographic Archive are attached to the library. The library holds exhibitions and holds an archive of Irish newspapers. It is also the ISSN National Centre for Ireland. The library also provides a number of other services including genealogy.

Why You Should Visit:
Students of literature should be very impressed by the substantial multimedia exhibition on W. B. Yeats, those with a research agenda should find their needs met quite readily by the attentive staff, & those interested in just seeing an impressive example of architecture should also be quite satisfied.

You can't bring drinks in but there is a coffee shop in the building and large pristine old-fashioned bathrooms on the lower ground floor.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 9:30am-7:45pm; Thu-Fri: 9:30am-4:45pm; Sat: 9:30am-12:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

20) National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology (must see)

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is to be found on Kildare Street in a lovely building modeled after the Roman Pantheon, which is as interesting as the exhibitions it houses. The museum opened in 1890.

This is truly a wonderful museum, filled with treasures that date back to 7000BC. Although the main exhibits deal with Ireland, there is a permanent exhibition of ancient Egyptian objects, Cyprian ceramics and glassware and Roman relics.

The Treasury Room houses Hiberno-Saxon metalwork including the beautiful 8th century Ardagh Chalice, which forms a part of the Ardagh Hoard discovered in the 19th century. You can also admire the 5 liturgical vessels from the 8th century Derrynaflan Hoard. There is an extensive collection of Pre-historic golden objects including the Broighter Hoard which dates back to the 1st century BC and the Mooghaun Hoard which is dated at 800BC.

Another section of the museum displays artifacts from settlements in Pre-historic Ireland to the end of the Viking age. These exhibits include tools, weapons, coins and cooking utensils. Medieval Ireland deals with life in the country from the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century to the Reformation. This section is divided into three galleries named “Power”, “Prayer” and “Work”.

The latest permanent exhibition is called Kingship and Sacrifice. It displays several Iron Age “bog bodies” and other bog objects. It is believed that “kings” would make human sacrifices and but the bodies into the bogs that limited their “kingdom”, as a sort of boundary claim. The bog objects include horse trappings, ritual tools, utensils and weapons.

The museum has a very good cafe, a gift shop where you can buy books, souvenirs, postcards and gift items. There is an audio-visual presentation that explains the purpose of the museum and about how and where the fine exhibits on display were found.

Why You Should Visit:
Here you can get a real sense of what makes Ireland different from other Celtic nations and of its special place in history.

Whether you are an adult or a child, you will get good preparation for visiting this museum by touring the Dublinia exhibition first. Geared a bit towards kids, Dublinia is actually a worthwhile introduction that will help you better understand what is in the National Museum of Archaeology.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun, Mon: 1-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grafton Street

21) Grafton Street

Give yourself a break from visiting Dublin’s museums, theatres and galleries and spoil yourself with an afternoon’s shopping in Grafton Street, the biggest shopping street in the city.

Grafton Street runs from College Green in the north to St Stephen’s Green and shopping centre in the south. The nice thing about this street – apart from the wonderful shops – is that it’s mostly a pedestrian precinct, so you only have to dodge other shoppers and not heavy traffic.

It is named after the 1st Duke of Grafton, Henry Grafton, King Charles II’s illegitimate son and until the O’Connell Bridge was built, it was a residential area. The section between Nassau Street and College Green is open to vehicles and you can see Trinity College Provost’s House and the statue of Molly Malone here.

You will find the best and most exclusive of all Dublin’s shops, but there are also more modest ones where you will find souvenirs, clothes and accessories more reasonably priced. There are also a number of pubs and restaurants that serve a wide range of food: French, Italian and traditional American burgers – that are the envy of McDonalds!

The street is always busy and full of buskers, street musicians, clowns, mime artists, poets and magicians. It’s a great place to pick up some bargains to take home.

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Dubliners and the Irish in general are known for their passion for whiskey and beer. The Irish and the Scots are constantly at odds as to who makes the better whiskey and who could imagine St. Patrick's day without some famous Irish green beer ? Check out this amazing tour, that will guide you trough an area packed with pubs, and find out first hand what an Irish pub crawl means.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Places of Worship Tour

Places of Worship Tour

This tour will give you a glimpse of Dublin's religious life. There are many churches located in the old town of Dublin, a place unaffected by the city’s radical modernization of the 1960s. They are the guardians of Dublin’s spiritual side as well as architectural history. Take this tour to familiarize yourself with some of the city’s most holy places.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Hidden Places Walking Tour

Hidden Places Walking Tour

You don't always find everything that's worth-while on a map, smaller and less famed sights are often omitted on tourist maps and brochures. However a trip off the beaten track can sometimes be the most rewarding. Take this tour and find some of Dublin's secret places, some of which even the locals aren't always aware of.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
A Walk along Liffey River

A Walk along Liffey River

Take a walk among the places where Irish history was made and is kept alive for the generations to come. This part of town is a place where the past meets the present and the future is defined. There is no better place in Ireland for a tourist to learn more about Irish culture and its rich, colorful history. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours exploring the banks of Liffey River in the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

16 Distinctively Irish Things to Buy in Dublin

16 Distinctively Irish Things to Buy in Dublin

The birthplace of many artistic talents, such as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, Dublin is the show-window of Ireland, a small country renowned for its rich cultural scene encompassing music, writing, poetry, dance, craftsmanship and more. The food & drink scene of Dublin (much as the whole of...