Dublin—land of enchanting castles, rolling green fields and historic pubs. This Irish capital is a top destination in Europe with lots to experience and explore. Here are the top attractions you won’t want to miss out on!
1) Dublin Castle
The Dublin Castle has served lots of different roles in its 800+ year existence—it’s been a medieval fortress, a royal court, and a seat of government. Currently, it is used for various events by the Irish government, but you can do a guided tour of the interior as well. The castle’s stately and regal architecture makes touring it a unique and exciting experience.
2) Temple Bar
The Temple Bar was established in Dublin in 1840 and it hasn’t stopped serving up cold pints and hot pub fare since. A staple for tourist of Dublin, this bar and music venue is renowned for its friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Drop by for a pint and a bite, and enjoy some of Dublin’s local live music talent.
3) Ha’penny Bridge
Ha’penny Bridge, also known as Liffey Bridge, is a quaint pedestrian bridge over the Liffey River. When the bridge was first built in 1816, everyone who crossed the bridge was charged a toll of a halfpenny. Today, there is no fee, and an average of 30,000 Dubliners cross the bridge every single day.
4) Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is a huge mall named after St. Stephen’s Green, a park not too far away. The mall has over 100 stores, both well-known Irish chains and more unique independent shops. A great rainy day activity for shopaholics, the mall also has a variety of fresh and delicious eateries.
5) National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens is located slightly outside of the city centre, but it is well worth the trip for the natural wonders you will behold. The 20-hectare gardens are a must-see, with 20,000 plants and flowers. Escape from the city for a lovely stroll through these peaceful and serene gardens—you will not regret it.
6) Trinity College
Trinity College is an internationally respected research university in central Dublin. Its historical and picturesque campus attracts many tourists every year. Founded in 1952, Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university. Much of its architecture is centuries old, but there are also many modern buildings integrated into the campus as well.
7) St. Stephen’s Green
St. Stephen’s Green is a scenic public park in the centre of the city. Bring a blanket, a picnic and a ball for a fun and inexpensive afternoon. Or sit and enjoy the peaceful sight of ducks floating on the lake. The well-manicured gardens and historical monuments make this park a serene and lovely experience amidst the bustling city life.
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