While Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, the verdant country actually has lot of different personalities. Cities, in particular, are hot spots for Irish culture and celebration—and there’s really no place like Dublin to grab a pint of Guinness. Here are the top five things to do when visiting the Irish capital.
Admire St. Patrick’s Cathedral
It’s easy to get lost in the wonder of the looming ceilings and elaborate stained glass windows of Ireland’s largest church. Known as Árd Eaglais Naomh Pádraig in Gaelic, the cathedral was founded in 1191 and boasts a spire 140 feet tall. Stop by to admire the striking architecture or stay for worship.
Browse the Book of Kells
Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College was founded in 1592 and modeled after universities Oxford and Cambridge. The cobblestoned campus is home to the Old Library, which features the illuminated Book of Kells. The breathtakingly detailed and decorated manuscript was created by Celtic monks in the 9th century.
Rub Elbows with the Locals
Dublin’s Temple Bar district is touted as the city’s “cultural quarter,” and it’s cobbled streets overflow with local charm. From inns and pubs to the Irish Film Institute and the Photography Centre, there is always something exciting going on—the locals know how to have a (really) good time.
Explore Phoenix Park
Here, the word “park” is a bit of an understatement. While this green space has an abundance of the standard trees and grass, you’ll also find the Papal Cross, the skyward Wellington Monument, Magazine fort, car and motorcycle racing, the Dublin Zoo, various official residences and a herd of wild deer.
Grab Yourself a Guinness
Try to contain your excitement—the Guinness Storehouse is seven floors of pure, beer-loving bliss. Learn how to pour the perfect pint, grab a bite to eat learn about the brewery’s illustrious history. Bring you beer to the top floor to enjoy the jaw-dropping, panoramic 360-degree view of the city.
Have you ever been to Dublin? What would you add to the list?