Dublin lies on the eastern coast of Ireland on the shores of Dublin Bay. The River Liffey bisects the city with many of the most popular tourist spots in Dublin located south of the river. The city is a centre for art and literature and is home to the world famous Guinness Brewery.
Dublin Castle features original Norman buildings dating back to the early 13th century. The Record Tower is the largest of these structures built under the rule of King John. Visitors are welcome to take a 45-minute guided tour of the castle. A bistro and patisserie are located in the Castle Vaults for guests who want to grab a bite to eat before or after the tour. Access to the castle is available through the Cork Hill Gate located west of City Hall.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Dublin and is included on many historic tours. Literature enthusiasts can visit Jonathan Swift’s tomb. Swift wrote the novel Gulliver’s Travels and was the cathedral’s dean at one time. A park north of the cathedral features a series of statues honoring famous writers of Irish descent.
Trinity College is a favorite destination for students of literature. The Book of Kells display is a popular attraction for college visitors. The manuscript is among the oldest books on Earth and dates back to around 800 AD.
For many travelers, a visit to the Guinness Brewery on St James Street is mandatory. The brewery has been in operation since 1759 and has a lease on approximately 60 acres of property that lasts 9,000 years. The property does not offer tours of the working brewery but guests are free to explore the Storehouse, a museum housed in a six-story building built around a huge atrium shaped like a beer glass. The museum contains antique equipment and an exhibition highlighting the manufacturing process of their products and the history of the brewery and its founders. Do yourself a favor and hire a car at Dublin Airport. Its a convenient and cheap way to see all the sights.
The city of Dublin offers comfortable hotels with easy access to shopping, dining and a vibrant nightlife. Streets lined with specialty food shops, boutiques and art galleries offer the ideal place to window shop. Visitors will find the Irish pubs every bit as lively and welcoming as they would expect them to be. With so much to offer, it is easy to see why Dublin is such a popular vacation destination for visitors to the Emerald Isle.