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Some Don't-miss Dublin Attractions

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An April 2008 trip to Dublin by LenR

Start of the Jameson Distillery tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Dublin has many attractions which will appeal to a wide range of visitors. This journal describes five of them.

Some Don't-miss Dublin Attractions

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Start of the Jameson Distillery tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin has become a ‘cool’ city. The wealth engendered by an economic boom not experienced since Dublin’s much celebrated Georgian heyday has meant that there are restaurants, clubs, trendy shops and tourist attractions opening in abundance, making the visitor experience more exciting and varied than ever before.But no matter how much Dublin changes, the fundamentals – the Georgian elegance of Merrion Square, the Norman drama of Christ Church cathedral, the Christian history of St Patrick and the foamy pint at an atmospheric pub – are still there to gratify. It’s these things that make a visit to Dublin so special.For me, the real appeal of Dublin is the experience of meeting the l...Read More

Guinness Storehouse

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Guinness Storehouse Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Friends had told me that this was one of the top attractions in Dublin and that it was now Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction. The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and since opening in November 2000, it has attracted over 4 million visitors. I don’t fully understand why.The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness. On the ground floor the exhibit introduces you to the four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a pint of Guinness. Visitors are also introduced to the fifth and vital ingredient, Arthur Guinness himself....Read More

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

Old Jameson Distillery

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Attraction | "Jameson Distillery Tour"

Old Jameson Distillery Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. It no longer operates as a distillery but the site has now become a tourist attraction where you can eat, drink and see how whiskey is made. You complete the journey of whiskey making with a whiskey tasting in the Jameson Bar. The hour-long guided tour of this ancient distillery, gives you a good insight into the fine art of whiskey making.You re-live the story of John Jameson & Son through the history, the atmosphere and above all the taste of his special brew. You will discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients - water, barley and yeast - are transfo...Read More

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

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Attraction | "St. Patrick’s Cathedral"

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Saint Patrick on his journey through Ireland is said to have passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin.Saint Patrick's Cathedral, founded in 1191, is the larger of Dublin's two Church of Ireland cathedrals, and the largest church in Ireland. Unusually it is not today the seat of a bishop, as Dublin's Church of Ireland Archbishop has his seat in Christ Church Cathedral, with Saint Patrick's being (since 1870) the National Cathedral for the whole island.The ba...Read More

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 453-9472

Grafton Street

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Attraction | "Grafton Street."

Grafton Street Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Grafton Street, located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green is Dublin’s smart shopping area with fashionable stores such as Brown Thomas, the department store catering for many designer showcases, both foreign and local. Dublin's leading and most exclusive jewellers, Weirs, is also here, as well as the famous Bewley's Café. Other principal shopping streets in the area include Wicklow Street, Duke Street and St. Anne Street, which all run off Grafton Street and Dawson Street, Drury Street and South Great Georges Street which are nearby. The Powerscourt Town House on Clarendon Street is one of the nicer, albeit small, shopping centres in the city. Also close by is The Georges Street Arcade, a...Read More

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Grafton Street

Dublin, Ireland

Georgian Dublin

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Wonderful doorways Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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One of the things that I most enjoyed about Dublin was the Georgian planning and architecture that is obvious in several parts of the inner city. There are certainly some resemblances between the eighteenth century buildings in Dublin and in other cities in Great Britain and mainland Europe, but Dublin architecture has its own distinctive flavour and it is easy to quickly distinguish the Georgian architecture of Dublin from that of Bath or Edinburgh. In Dublin, the predominant building material is brick and the wide streets and squares combine considerable uniformity of appearance with charming contrasts in detail which give an individual touch to the buildings. The thin glazing bars and the...Read More

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