Dublin Journals

The Museums of Dublin

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An October 2001 trip to Dublin by MichaelJM

Kilmainham Gaol Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Whilst in Dublin, we spent some special time viewing some of the fine museums within the city. Here are details of the five that we visited.

Kilmainham Gaol

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Kilmainham Gaol Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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On the edge of parkland is the grim Kilmainham Gaol. It was built in 1789 and continued as a prison until the 1920s –- its story is well-told with visual displays, interesting museum artifacts, and a fairly graphic guided tour. If you’re going to Dublin, this is a must-see. We approached the prison and were immediately struck by the allegorical stone carving of serpent-like monsters writhing across the arched entrance. If that wasn’t a message about sinners being sent to Hades, I’m not sure what it was! The guided tour started in the huge, open space -- the main body of the prison. The design is classic, covered by a spiral staircase and enclosed upper galleries. It was not hard to im...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Kilmainham Gaol
Inchicore Road
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984

Guinness Storehouse

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Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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What would a visit to Dublin be without a trip round the Guinness Brewery? Being a fan of the dark liquid I was keen to see it firsthand and check out the rumour that it tastes even better in Ireland. I did, and it does! The museum is housed in a 19th-century hop store but has been impressively adapted to tell the 200-year-old story of Guinness. You’re guided through all the brewing processes, and the explanation and visual displays are really informative. These include a chronology of Arthur Guinness’s life, the canny Irishman who signed a 9,000-year-lease in 1759 to secure the rent of the St James’ Gate Brewery at £45 a year. Now that was a bargain! Guinness was based on "porter", a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

Old Jameson Distillery

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Old Jameson Distillery Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Jameson’s museum is a good place to check out the production process of the "water of life" and re-dress any prejudices that you may have about the Irish equivalent of Scottish malts (whiskey if you’re in Ireland). It’s set in the restored building that formed part of the original Jameson distillery. Indeed, there were almost two hundred years of whiskey distillation on this site, until it was closed down in 1970. This is a fully guided tour that takes you from the old cobbled courtyard, in the shadow of the mighty distillery chimney and next to an original copper still. A 10-minute audio-visual presentation shows the history of Jameson, the distillery, and the surrounding area. Then our guide ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2004

Old Jameson Distillery
Bow Street Smithfield Village
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 807 2355

Christchurch Cathedral

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Attraction | "Dublinia & Christ Church Cathedral"

Christchurch Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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This is the museum to view and understand Dublin’s history. It’s based in neo-Gothic Synod Hall that used to be the centre of the ruling body of the Church of Ireland and now houses the stimulating modern museum walking you through Dublin's medieval past. Before you enter, there’s the chance to fool around in the photo cuts-outs, and we all posed with our heads and hands through the medieval scenes. Amazing what 50-year-olds will do when they’re let out on their own! You’ll start the audio-taped tour in the basement and pass through life-size reconstructions of day-to-day medieval activities. There are strange sounds and peculiar, sometimes even unpleasant, smells. One scene has a var...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Place
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 8099

Trinity College

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Attraction | "Trinity College & The Book of Kells"

Trinity College Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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The nearest I was going to get to Irish academia was to join the hoards of visitors and tour the famous Trinity College. It’s a cracking visit, but your concentration levels will need to be finally honed before you embark on this tour. This magnificent seat of learning has existed since being founded by Elizabeth I in 1592, and an interesting, yet disturbing, fact is that Catholics were not allowed to study there (unless they converted to Protestantism) until the late 1960s. The grounds of this venerated University are impressive, and if you enter the main gates, by the statues of Edmund Burke and Oliver Goldsmith, you’ll be standing in Parliament Square with the 100-foot tall 1850s bell tower l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

Trinity College
College Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 608 1000