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  • 1 Old Library Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    College St. IRL - Dublin

    This sober library (1712-1732) is by Thomas Burgh, chief engineer and surveyor general. The wonderful treasury includes some of the library's most important works including the extraordinary Book of Kells, and illuminated manuscript on vellum (c 800)..

  • 2 Chester Beatty Library Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Dublin Castle - accès par le château ou Ship St. IRL - Dublin

    Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) established one of the most beautiful collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art in the world. A small part of it is permanently exhibited in a building on the edge of the gardens of Dublin Castle. It includes Ar..

  • 3 Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Custom-House Quay IRL - Dublin

    A touching reminder of the days of the Great Famine, this is an exact replica of the tall ship, which was initially built in Quebec in 1847. Owned by a family of timber merchants, it transported timber across the Atlantic from Canada and brought back..

  • 4 Marsh Library Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St.-Patrick's-Close IRL - Dublin

    The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25 000 volumes here: four benefactors including the founder himself allowed works relating to the sciences and mathematics to be kept here, along with text..

  • 5 Bank of Ireland Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    College Green IRL - Dublin

    The old Irish Parliament was bought by the Bank of Ireland. The customer counters are in the old House of Commons, its ceiling decorated with lion heads; the old House of Lords has remained as Inigo Jones designed it with its beautiful coffered ceili..

  • 6 Newman House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    85-86 St.-Stephen's-Green IRL - Dublin

    The two restored 18C houses are named after Cardinal Newman, the first rector of University College, who lived here when the college was founded in 1854. The smaller house has a marble tiled floor and a Cuban mahogany staircase and the original decor..

  • 7 The Custom House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Custom-House Quay IRL - Dublin

    With its dome and its long façade, the old Custom House, built in 1791 by James Gandon, is one of Dublin's great monuments. The building was severely damaged by fire in 1921 but was subsequently restored. Behind the south portico, virtually unchanged..

  • 8 Kilmainham prison Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Inchicore Rd. IRL - Dublin

    The old Kilmainham prison is a place of remembrance symbolising English oppression and the Irish spirit of resistance. Most nationalists were imprisoned here between 1792 and 1924. Souvenirs, photographs, letters and press cuttings, exhibited in the ..

  • 9 Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parnell-Sq.-North IRL - Dublin

    The modern art museum bears the name of Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915), from whom the core of the collection came. There are major works of Irish and French painting, including impressionist canvases by Corot and Courbet, and the Francis Bacon Studio, pur..

  • 10 National Museum - Decorative Arts and History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Collins Barracks - Benburb St. IRL - Dublin

    One of the two sites of the National Museum of Ireland (the other being on Kildare Street), Collins Barracks (1700) used to house 3 000 men and 1 000 horses, and was in its time the largest barracks in the British Isles. The displays cover decorative..

  • 11 National Museum of Archaeology Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kildare St. IRL - Dublin

    Along with Collins Barracks, this forms the setting for the collections of the National Museum and focuses on archaeological and Celtic items, including the remarkable Treasury, gathering together items from the Bronze Age to the 15C: the miniature g..

  • 12 Dublin Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dame St. IRL - Dublin

    The castle was the seat of power of the British Crown for seven centuries until 1922; many prisoners languished in its dungeons and severed heads were displayed at is gates. At the urban heart of Dublin, it has evolved from an imposing fortress into ..

  • 13 St Patrick's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Patrick St. IRL - Dublin

    Not much remains of the original 12C church built close to the fountain (rediscovered in 1901) where the patron saint of Ireland is said to have baptised his first followers.Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the most famous Dean of Saint Patrick's, lies cl..

  • 14 Trinity College Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    College Green IRL - Dublin

    Trinity College, sometimes referred to by the initials TCD, was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I, and was exclusively for Anglicans until the end of the 18C. Women were admitted in 1903. Among its famous students are the writers Swift, Wilde, Stocker a..

  • 15 National Gallery of Dublin Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Merrion-Sq.-West IRL - Dublin

    The National Gallery has one of Europe's best collections displayed in a building which has been successively extended since its opening in 1864. The Irish art (17C-20C) is of course exceptional (see the room devoted to Jack Yeats, brother of the poe..

  • 16 National Museum of Archeology Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kildare St. IRL - Dublin

    Purpose-built in 1890, the museum houses the country's archaeological collections. An audiovisual presentation helps put into context the masterpieces of Irish art displayed in the Treasury, with precious objects ranging from the Bronze Age to the 15..

  • 17 St Michan's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Church St. IRL - Dublin

    The first church built on the site was probably built by the Danes. The current church dates from 1095 but was redeveloped in 1686. Note the organ (1724), on which Handel played, the Penitents' Pew where criminals publicly admitted their guilt and th..

  • 18 Grand Canal Dock Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Dublin

    A large enclosed harbour south of the Liffey, the Grand Canal Dock (1796) was for many years the largest in the world. Gradually abandoned after the arrival of the railway, it has been spectacularly rehabilitated. Overlooking the docklands, the Mille..

  • 19 Tailors' House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Back Lane IRL - Dublin

    The Tailors' Hall, built between 1703 and 1707, is used as the head office of the environmental protection organisation An Taisce. This is the only survivng guild-hall in Dublin. The elaborate entrance opens on to a small garden containing plants whi..

  • 20 Dublin City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dame St. IRL - Dublin

    This building was the Royal Exchange in the 18C until it was bought by the town council in 1851 following the economic decline caused by the Act of Union (1800). The domed rotunda in the entrance hall is decorated with frescoes (1914-1919) by James W..

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