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10 Must See Attractions in Dublin

Some go to Ireland for the Guinness while others visit for the luck of the Irish or explore the beautiful countryside. But remember there are a lot of interesting and cool things to do right in Dublin! Here's a list of what you should definitely see on your next visit to this beautiful city:

 

Irish Wall of Fame


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A beautiful tribute to Ireland's musical royalty, the wall showcases pictures of popular musicians like U2 and also pays tribute to different genres of Irish music. Located in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, travellers, locals and artists alike enjoy this part of town for its unique atmosphere, vibe and nightlife.

 

River Liffey


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Every city has its signature "best walk" for both locals and tourists. If you're in Dublin, take a walk by the River Liffey for the city views and modern bridges along the water's edge. You can get a good sense of old and new Dublin with plenty of galleries, bars and restaurants to visit during the 75-mile stretch. If you're in the mood for an alternative perspective, hop on a boat cruise where the views are just as lovely!

 

The Four Courts


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The Four Courts encompasses Ireland's legal system. Since the Irish were historically nomadic, this building is significant to the establishment and settlement of the country, in a legal sense. The Four Courts currently houses the Supreme Court, Dublin Circuit Court and High Court. Designed by architects Thomas Cooley and James Gandon, the building was up and running by the end of the 18th century.

 

Viking and Medieval Dublin


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Not many visitors realize Ireland has Viking history! In the year 795, the Vikings stormed into Ireland looking for land to conquer and relocate to, leaving a trail of fascinating history behind. Later on, in the 12th century, Dublin was under English rule, which gave birth to landmarks such as Dublin Castle during the medieval ages.

 

Christ Church Cathedral


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Nearly a thousand years old, this church was originally founded as Catholic. But due to various rulers and crowns, it's now denominated as a Church of Ireland, one of the oldest in the country. Its Gothic and Romanesque architecture is very impressive, especially taking into consideration the amount of reform the building went through of the ages.

 

Trinity College


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The oldest university in Ireland was established in 1592 and is considered to be one of the oldest schools in Ireland and Britain. Trinity College was founded by Elizabeth the First, who was a pioneer of knowledge and committed to the modernization of England. The college was modelled after Oxford and Cambridge, ensuring quality education for all who attended. The Library (shown above) is the oldest in Ireland and one one the most breathtaking in the world.

 

St. Stephen's Green


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Dublin's main city park could be compared to New York's Central Park. Designed by William Sheppard, St. Stephen's Green is nearly 9 hectares. This park opened in 1880 and serves as a haven for locals and travellers looking for some downtime and a place to escape from the buzzing downtown streets.

 

Temple Bar


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Temple bar lives up to its reputation as one of the most famous and liveliest neighbourhoods of Dublin. If you're looking to dance, have a drink or listen to some live Irish music - this is the place to be. Generation Tours' free walking tour stops at one Temple Bar's pubs for a pint during the day while Backpacker Pubcrawl Dublin packs the streets at night. Temple Bar is also the centre of artistic activity in Dublin. You'll find the Irish Film Institute, Irish Photography Centre and the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, among others.

 

Dublin Castle and Dublin City Hall


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Serving as the house of the Irish government for nearly a thousand years, Dublin Castle has been the seat of all the country's historical leaders, including the current government. It's open to the public, so make sure to visit the historical site and fortress. A few feet away, you'll find Dublin's City Hall. Completed in 1779, it's one of the best examples of 18th-century architecture. Previously known as the Royal Exchange, it was the meeting point for local and European merchants and businessmen, making it a crucial economic and historical building in Dublin.

What are some of your favourite places in Dublin?

Aleksandra Koplik