An all-time favourite for all visitors, the beautiful buildings and grounds of Trinity College are worth a visit in their own right. The historically important and beautifully illustrated book of Kells is housed in the Trinity College Library.
The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity in 1653.
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum Of Ireland was built in the 1880s to the design of Sir Thomas Deane. The treasury houses priceless items such as the Broighter gold boat, while Ór- Ireland's Gold, an exhibition focusing on Ireland's Bronze Age gold, contains beautiful jewellery such as the Gleninsheen Gorget. Other permanent displays include Irish Silver and glassware, the Viking exhibition, the War of Independence exhibition and more.
Dublinia is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin.
The Dublinia exhibition covers the formative period of Dublin's history from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in 1170 to the closure of the monasteries in the 1540s.
There are many exhibits here which include videos, models and reconstructions. The ground floor houses a large-scale model of Dublin around 1500, a display of artifacts from Wood Quay, and reconstructions.
Standing on high ground in the oldest part of the city, this cathedral is one of Dublin's finest historic buildings.
It dates back to 1038 when Sitric, the then Danish king of Dublin, built the first wood here. In 1171 the original simple foundation was extended into a cruciform and rebuilt in stone by Strongbow, although the present structure dates mainly from 1871 to 1878 when a huge restoration was undertaken. Only the transepts, the crypt, and a few other portions date from the medieval times.
Highlights of the interior include magnificent stonework and graceful pointed arches, with delicately chiselled supporting columns. Strongbow himself is among the historic figures buried in the church, as is archbishop Browne, the first Protestant to occupy the church, during the reign of the English King Henry 8th.
Situated in the heart of Dublin's fashionable Georgian streets, this is a unique museum - a restored four-story town house that reflects the lifestyle of a Dublin middle-class family during the period 1790 to 1820.
The exhibition ranges from artefacts and works of art of the time, to carpets, curtains, floor coverings, decorations, paintwork, plasterwork, and bellpulls The nursery also includes dolls and toys of the era.
Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the city. Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country.
The grounds of the site are free to explore, as is the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.
Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased from the Apartments in the Upper Castle Yard.