Dublin Journals

Some Dublin Highlights

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An April 2008 trip to Dublin by LenR

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland More Photos
Quote: Dublin has attractions that appeal to all visitors. This journal describes four of them and discusses how best to see them.

Some Dublin Highlights

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Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin is caught between an old generally conservative order and a forward-looking young generation made up of locals, people from rural Ireland and others from all over Europe. While this creates some local problems it has appeal to visitors looking for a dynamic city experience.Dubliners are generally proud of their city and they are happy to give directions and offer other advice on where to go and what to do. The city has a range of attractions and most are within easy reach of each other.Dublin is divided into north and south with the River Liffey acting as a physical and sometimes social dividing line. Traditionally, the southside has been regarded as the wealthier end of tow...Read More

St Stephen's Green

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Attraction | "St. Stephen’s Green"

St Stephen's Green Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Even though Dublin is not one of those ‘over the top’ frantic cities, it is always nice to get away for awhile from the noise, traffic and haste of a downtown area. St Stephen’s Green fulfills this role perfectly. The Green is an inner-city public park within the city centre, adjoining the Grafton Street shopping area.The park is quite large, rectangular in shape, and surrounded by streets that once formed major traffic arteries through Dublin city centre, although traffic management changes implemented a few years ago have greatly reduced the volume of traffic.While the central park of St. Stephen's Green is one of three ancient commons in the city, its current layout owes much to...Read More

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St Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 605 7700

Dublin Castle

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Attraction

Dublin Castle Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin Castle should be on every visitors list when in Dublin. It has centuries of history, is home to the much-praised Chester Beatty Library, and is the venue for a fascinating tour through the old palace and down into the original Viking city of 1000 years ago.Dublin Castle off Dame Street, is now a major Irish governmental complex, but it was formerly the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Most of the complex dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of ...Read More

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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 677 7129

Christchurch Cathedral

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Attraction | "Christ Church Cathedral"

Christchurch Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Christ Church Cathedral is the elder of the city's two mediaeval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. In practice it has been the cathedral of the Archbishop of Dublin, since the creation of the Church of Ireland at the Reformation. Though nominally claimed as his cathedral, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin uses St Mary’s in Malborough Street, as his pro-cathedral.Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of mediaeval Dublin, next to Wood Quay, at the end of Dame Street. However, little evidence of that remains. The cathedral was begun in 1038 ...Read More

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

Important Buildings

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Attraction

Bank of Ireland Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin has many impressive buildings from past centuries and collectively and individually these have considerable visitor appeal. Many come from the period when Dublin was thriving under British rule and some are truly impressive.Trinity College is Dublin’s most famous university. It was founded in 1592 and played a major role in the development of the Anglo-Irish tradition. While the relatively modest portico on College Green is interesting it is the harmoniously arranged eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings arranged around cobbled courtyards that make it so grand. The highlight here, of course, is the famous Old Library which contains a collection of priceless Irish manus...Read More

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Dublin Bus city tour Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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Guidebooks and other information sources keep saying that Dublin is a small city so it is easy to navigate on foot. To some extent this is correct but also bear in mind that Dublin can be very cold and wet and getting around under these circumstances is not pleasant if you are walking. As well as that there are several attractions that are much further from town than is comfortable to walk. These include the Guinness Storehouse, Collins Barracks (part of the National Museum), the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Gaol and Phoenix Park.If you want to get a quick feel for the city’s landmarks, I suggest you invest in a Dublin Bus City Tour ticket. These are 15 Euros for an adult and 13 Eu...Read More