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Dublin has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, influential writers and playwrights Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is arguably most famous, however, as the location of the greatest works of James Joyce.

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» Aviva Stadium

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Dublin residents are passionate about sport, and the Aviva stadium is the pulsing epicenter of Rugby Union and football (soccer). This 51,700-person stadium holds Ireland's largest sporting events and concerts, and tours are available on days that don't have a concert or large-scale event. Aside from being a popular venue, Aviva Stadium also holds a bit of Dublin history, as back in 1873, this was the site of one of the world's first international sporting contests. Rugby matches were held on the grounds between regional teams in Ireland …

» Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle, Dublin

Visitors to Blarney Castle most often are actually vistors to the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. As its name implies, the legend states that if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People come year after year to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. Leaders and entertainers from all over the world have journeyed here to partake in this ritual and capture the power of the stone …

» Castletown House

Castletown House, Dublin, Dublin

In 1775, the Dutch author Richard Twiss remarked that Castletown House 'is the only house in Ireland to which the term palace can be applied.' Though not to detract from the country's other standouts, it's indeed true that the Castletown House is a piece of architectural wonder. Situated in County Kildare about 30 minutes west of Dublin, this palatial, Palladian-style mansion was constructed during the 1720s for William Connolly - who, in addition to being the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons …

» Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Dublin

The only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year,' Dublin's Chester Beatty Library holds a huge and diverse arts collection featuring ancient Egyptian manuscripts and Old Masters paintings, carved Chinese snuff bottles and miniature paintings, one of the world's largest collections of papyri, rare and ancient copies of the Qu'ran and the Bible, among other rare artefacts. Works are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions." …

» Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher, Dublin

The Irish landscape, normally so gentle and well-behaved, reaches for a dramatic flourish as it meets the Atlantic coast. The seaboard offers no greater sight than County Clare's mighty Cliffs of Moher, which tower above the raging ocean below along a 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch. The viewing platform on top of crenellated O'Brien's Tower provides the best vistas, stretching west to the Aran Islands and north to Galway Bay. To find out more about the natural and historical significance of the cliffs …

» Connemara

Connemara , Dublin

One may not truly understand the awesome power of Mother Nature's beauty until you have visited Connemara. With a countryside that will knock your socks off with the sheer beauty of the peninsula, a plethora of gorgeous flora, and remarkable landscape and coastal view, Connemara is a hiker's dream. Immerse yourself in the land by taking up on of the area's offered activities, including kayaking, gorge walking or even rock climbing. Getting outdoors is the perfect way to explore this paradise …

» Custom House

Custom House, Dublin, Dublin

Built in the 18th century on the north bank of the River Liffey, Custom House is one of the grandest neoclassical buildings in Dublin. Designed as part of a city-wide plan to enhance the streets and public buildings of the Irish capital, it took over a decade to build: all the city's masons got roped in, and altogether Custom House cost £200,000 to construct; a princely sum for the time. Originally the headquarters of the Commissioners of Custom and Excise; by the beginning of the 20th century …

» Dalkey Castle

Dalkey Castle, Dublin, Dublin

Just outside of Dublin, Dalkey Castle entertains and informs with live actors from the Deilg Inis Theatre Company who reenact typical scenes from what life was like in Ireland in the 1500s. You might see an archer shooting a longbow, a barber offering haircuts, or a cook making traditional meals of the day. There is also an interactive time line in the Heritage Center that begins from the early Christian era and works its way through the Viking period, Medieval times, the Victorian era, and finally modern times in Dalkey …

» Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle , Dublin

Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. At that time, the castle was meant to act as a defense center against the current invaders, the Normans, and serve as the seat of the English government. Since then, Dublin Castle has also been the site of the royal mint, the police headquarters and the residence of various British leaders. Today, the castle grounds are used for some governmental purposes but are mostly only used for ceremonial purposes, such as the Irish President's inauguration …

» Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Dublin

At this laidback, small-scale gallery in Dublin's happening city center, visitors can browse over 2,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art. 'The Hugh Lane,' as locals call it, holds the work of well-known artistic greats such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Manet, and also hosts a revolving array of temporary exhibits. Perhaps most fascinating is the studio of Francis Bacon - an Irish born painter who won international acclaim for his emotional and moving pieces. Historians have lauded the Hugh Lane Gallery for the impeccable attention to detail …

» Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall  , Dublin

Built in the late 18th century, Dublin City Hall is a classic Georgian building that was designed by renowned architect Thomas Cooley. Originally intended as the Royal Exchange for prosperous Dublin's large merchant population, inside it's all fluted columns and grand pillars, and as you enter you'll notice the beautiful rotunda. Then head to the vaults to visit the "Dublin City Hall, The Story of the Capital," exhibition. Through multimedia displays you'll get to trace the story of Dublin from Viking times …

» Dublin Cruise Port

Dublin Cruise Port, Dublin

Ireland's most popular cruise destination, Dublin sees nearly two million cruise and ferry passengers come through its port each year. A UNESCO City of Literature since 2010, it is also a very green city, boasting more green space per square kilometer than any other European capital. With a thousand years of history behind it, Dublin truly has something to offer everyone, from historic churches and theatrers to trendy boutiques and lively pubs …

» Dublinia

Dublinia, Dublin

Medieval Dublin was a disease-riddled era of slavery, Vikings, and torture, where Bubonic Plague and bloody warfare were parts of everyday life. Though Dublin isn't often equated with Vikings, the conquering seafarers played an important role in Dublin's Medieval past, and at the popular Dublinia heritage center, this grisly period is on entertaining display with their interactive exhibits. Take a walk down a street from the days of Medieval Dublin, smelling the aromas of streetside merchants …

» Dublin Writers Museum

Dublin Writers Museum , Dublin

The Dublin Writers Museum features unique works and memorabilia from famous writers heralding from this city. Letters and personal items from such icons as Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett allow visitors to connect with their favorite Irish authors on a more personal level while also admiring their works, which are also on display. Over 300 years of historical memorabilia and literature are displayed in this charming Georgian house-turned-museum, complete with a library, gallery and lecture rooms …

» Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo, Dublin

Opened in 1831, Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, and it sees over a million visitors a year. On a visit to the 70-acre park you'll see over 400 animals split into various sections. Visit the African Savanna to check out the giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Check out the Gorilla Rainforest, and the herd of Asian elephants along the Kaziranga Forest Trail. To see Sumatran tigers and macaques, check out the Asian Forests, and also keep a lookout for hippos, orangutans, chimps and red pandas …

» Famine Sculpture

Famine Sculpture, Dublin, Dublin

At Custom House Quay in the Dublin Docklands, the Famine Sculpture was commissioned by the City of Dublin in 1997 as a way of remembering the victims of the Irish Famine of 1845 to 1849, when over a million Irish men, women, and children died as a result of the problems exacerbated by the potato blight. The bronze sculptures were designed by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie. Portraying a group of starving figures trying to reach Dublin port and a chance of escape to the New World …

» GAA Museum

GAA Museum, Dublin, Dublin

The Gaelic Games are integral to Irish culture, and at Dublin's Croke Park stadium, a visit to the popular GAA Museum will lead you through the history of the games right through to the present day. The museum focuses on the Gaelic Athletic Association's most popular sports - hurling and football - and you'll also find sections dedicated to camogie (female hurling), handball, and the Tailteann Games among others. Attracting over a million visitors a year, exhibits and audiovisual displays provide the opportunity to learn about the Games …

» General Post Office (GPO)

General Post Office (GPO) Dublin, Dublin

The name might not sound inspiring, but one glimpse of the General Post Office's (GPO) imposing facade is sure to capture your attention with its ornate stone-carved portico and iconic statues punctuating the skyline. The monumental building was constructed on O'Connell Street between 1815 and 1818 as the headquarters of the Irish postal service. Designed by Francis Johnston, the building's architectural prowess features a Greek-revival theme, with 55-foot high Greco-Roman pillars …

» Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway, Dublin

Giant's Causeway is a cluster of approximately 40,000 basalt columns rising out of the sea on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland. These rock formations get their name from an old legend stating that Irish warrior Finn McCool built the path across the sea to face his Scottish rival, Benandonner. On his way back to Scotland, Benandonner tears up the path behind him, leaving just what exists today on the Northern Irish coast and the Scottish island of Staffa, which has similar rock formations …

» Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum , Dublin

Packed with Celtic crosses and one gigantic round tower, Dublin's Glasnevin Cemetery was founded in 1832 as a resting place for people of all faiths - remarkable at a time when Catholics were banned from burial in Protestant graveyards. Over 1.5 million people have been buried here, including Daniel O'Connell, the political leader who founded the cemetery, and Michael Collins - an Irish revolutionary who still gets flowers on his grave nearly 100 years after his death …

» Glendalough Monastic Settlement

Glendalough Monastic Settlement , Dublin

Home to one of the country's most popular historic sites, a 6th-century monastic complex, Glendalough, or 'the valley of the lakes', is set in an idyllic location between two lakes. An hour south of Dublin, Glendalough makes a popular day trip, as well as a common stop-off for hikers attempting the famous Wicklow Way, which runs through the valley. The monastery was founded by the hermit monk St Kevin around 618AD and by the 9th century was among the leading monastic cities of Ireland …

» Grafton Street

Grafton Street Dublin , Dublin

The pedestrian-friendly Grafton Street stems off of the western end of Trinity College and runs down to the main entrance of St. Stephen's Green. Acting as a direct link between these famous landmarks, Grafton Street is a main thoroughfare but is also a popular destination in itself. Both locals and visitors to Dublin come to Grafton Street to peek in the high-end shops and grab a bite at one of the eateries. At the end of the street, across from the entrance to the park, there's also St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre …

» Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Ireland's top attraction is the Guinness Storehouse. People from all corners of the world come to visit the birthplace of the black frothy brew and get a taste straight from the barrel. In November 2000, the Guinness Storehouse opened its doors as a multi-media visitor experience. Thousands of visitors each year enter the pint glass-shaped tower and make their way up through seven stories of interactive exhibits demonstrating the brewing process …

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