What was once a Viking trading settlement on the River Liffey has become the birthplace of some of the greatest storytellers in the world. Uniting historic charm and gritty urban character, Dublin has over 1000 years of ancient history to uncover alongside a long literary history begging to be explored in its art galleries, ancient libraries, medieval castles and museums. Discover the luxurious side of Dublin between tranquil green spaces, Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional pubs, live music, medieval cathedrals and elegant Gregorian architecture.
Irresistibly Irish: The best 5 star stays in Dublin
Designer shopping & Foodie paradise
Dublin is a famously compact city and best explored by foot. Merrion Square, the National Gallery and Museum and the Grafton Street shopping district are all within a stone’s throw of each other. The pedestrianized Grafton Street runs between Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green. O’Connell Street and Henry Street on the northern side of the river also boast extensive shopping opportunities. The maze of cobblestoned streets of the Temple Bar district house a treasure trove of cultural attractions and colorful buildings housing galleries, vintage shops, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. This is the cultural quarter of Dublin and its oldest district. Do not miss Cow’s Lane Designer Market which takes place every Saturday. This is also the perfect place to buy a souvenir of your stay. For antique fans, Francis Street is the place to go. Dublin’s proximity to the ocean means that you can sample some of the best seafood in the country. As if that weren’t enough, the city boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants. Whiskey fans will enjoy a tour of the former Jameson Distillery on Bow Street but those who want to see a distillery in action should head over to the Teeling Distillery that is still fully functional. No trip to the capital of Ireland would be complete without taking a peek inside the Little Museum of Dublin, which tells the remarkable story of the city with over 5000 artifacts.
Literature, art and culture & Green spaces
Francis Bacon, WB Yeats, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde – Dublin’s cultural contribution to the world is immeasurable. The Celtic Tiger has a proud literary heritage and a visit to The Long Room library at Trinity College is a great introduction to it. Home to the ancient Book of Kells, believed to have been created around the year 800, the Old Library is filled with 200,000 books in over 25 languages. The Long Hall itself is also incredibly impressive, lined with 48 marble busts of eminent writers and philosophers, and every bibliophile’s dream. The James Joyce Centre boasting memorabilia and anecdotes that offer unique insight into Ireland’s greatest novelist should be on the itinerary of all literature lovers. Art lovers will not want to miss out on Francis Bacon’s Studio at The Hugh Lane Gallery where they can catch a glimpse into his chaotic working space. Over 7,000 items from his London studio were donated to the gallery by his heir after his death. Sitting on the site of a Viking settlement, the medieval Dublin Castle was built in the early 13th century and is a great way to explore the city’s fascinating history. Throughout its lifetime, it also served as the headquarters for the British administration in Ireland. Dublin has fantastic green spaces tucked into the city centre. The Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s beautiful city parks, is a great way to escape the crowds. There is a large statue of Oscar Wilde here, and two square marble columns covered in quotes from the famous dramatist and writer. At St Stephen’s Green, you can admire Henry Moore’s tribute to WB Years. Phoenix Park is another of Ireland’s national treasures and a must see while in the capital. Home to Dublin Zoo, the 7 square kilometer expanse of walled urban park is best known for its herd of wild deer.