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Dublin is the Irish Isle’s largest city, but you wouldn’t know it from the homey atmosphere. Gazing out on the cobbled streets from the warmth of a classic pub, you could be in a medieval village. Only when you venture out to the hip cafes and boutiques of Grafton Street do you start to see how cosmopolitan this capital of the Republic of Ireland has become. Enjoy both sides of this port town, hopping from the quaint Ha’penny Bridge to the monumental Dublin Castle. And see it all come together from the rooftop bar at the Guinness Storehouse, pint in hand.
St Stephen’s Green
The Guinness Storehouse
Christ Church Cathedral
Stretch your legs in the Victorian oasis of St Stephen’s Green. Located in Dublin’s city center, this 22-acre park is just a stone’s throw from Grafton Street and Trinity College. Once a private walk for the gentry of the city, St Stephen’s was reopened to the public in 1880. Head to the northwest corner to experience a garden for the blind where you can enjoy scented plants labeled in braille, it’s ok to touch
Once a Viking fortress, the Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century, though subsequent renovations have given the exterior a markedly Georgian flare. Tour the grand State Apartments, filled with significant portraits and ornate period furniture. Don’t miss the subterranean exhibit, where you can pass under a restored archway from the medieval town.
What’s a trip to Dublin without a Guinness? Don’t try to find out. The legendary stout company, brewing since 1759, welcomes you to its storehouse for the full Guinness Experience from fermentation to delivery, and yes, you’ll get to sample the goods. Make sure to visit the Gravity Bar for a panoramic view of the city.
Don’t be tricked by this building’s Victorian exterior—Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1028 and is the oldest building in Dublin. Descend into the large medieval tomb to see rare artifacts like the 14th-century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae and enjoy a cuppa’ at the church cafe.
If you crossed this bridge when it was built in 1815 you’d have paid--you guessed it--half a penny. The official name is Liffey Bridge, named for the river it passes over connecting the north and south banks. Go from Temple Bar to Bachelor’s Walk, where you’ll find plenty of cafes and shopping to punctuate your riverside stroll.
Founded in 1592, Trinity College lends a collection of monumental 18th-century buildings to Dublin’s skyline. Famous alumni include writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Indeed, this school has always been close to Ireland’s literary canon. The Trinity College Library houses the legendary Book of Kells, the ninth-century gospel manuscript. Make sure to visit the 213-foot Long Room with 200,000 of its oldest books.
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