Trinity College:- College Green
Trinity CollegeIreland's oldest University located on College Green. Once the sole preserve of the Protestant elite, Trinity is now occupied by students from all religions and from all over the world. Guided Tours are available daily in summertime and it's well worth a visit if only to see the infamous library.
Book of Kells:- Trinity College
Found in the Trinity College Library, this illuminated manuscript painstakingly decorated and written by the Monks around 800AD. It's one of the oldest books in the world.
Guinness Brewery:- Thomas Street
Guinness StorehouseNo visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the Guinness Brewery. The Brewery produces over 2 million pints of stout every day and you can visit the Guinness Hopstore, which includes a "How Guinness was first made" tour. Make sure to have a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which has spectacular views of Dublin City.
Christchurch:- Christchurch Place
This was once the centre of Medieval Dublin and is home to Christchurch Cathedral on Christ Church Place. The Church was restored in the 19th Century and is steeped in cultural history and architectural detail. Beside the Cathedral is Dublinia - an audio visual display around the Medieval City of Dublin with models of historical events and scenes depicting medieval life.
James Joyce Centre:- 35 North Great Georges Street
James Joyce StatueHere you will see the room where the dancing instructor Dennis Maginni, who featured in James Joyce's Ulysses once taught. The house has been beautifully restored to its original Georgian grandeur and contains lots of photos of the characters featured in his other books.
Kilmainham Gaol:- Inchicore Road
Built in 1792, the gaol was the site of the executions after the 1916 Easter Rising. A visit consists of an audio-visual introduction and then a tour around the gaol that ends in the Courtyard where the executions took place.
Dublin Writers Museum:- 18-19 Parnell Square North
Located next door to the Hugh Lane Gallery, this museum celebrates the life and works of Nobel prize winners Shaw, Yeats and Beckett and other names like Joyce, Swift and Wilde. The Museum also houses an excellent Restaurant.
Viking Splash Tour:- 64-65 Patrick Street
Viking SplashDeparting for St. Patricks Cathedral and St. Stephens Green, the Viking splash Tour is a land and water tour of Dublin's Viking medieval past. Tours cost €14.50 for adults and €7.95 for children under 16 with a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) costing €47.00. 10% discount for groups of 15 or more.
Previously a working class trading area, Smithfield has in recent years been revitalized. Containing the remnants of Dublin's old Horse & Livestock market as well as the world-renowned whiskey distilleries such as the Jameson distillery, and a host of fine traditional Dublin pubs - this area of Dublin is definitely worth a visit.