Local Attractions in Dublin
Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. Although one third of the country's population lives in the Dublin area, the city retains the charm and intimacy of the small town that was the birthplace of Wilde, Yeats and Beckett. Dublin offers wonderful shopping, vibrant theatre and entertainment options and, of course, the traditional pubs that are famous the world over.
At the Pembroke Townhouse, you can enjoy a unique vantage point from where you can explore the sights, sounds and experiences on Dublin. The Pembroke Townhouse is in the ideal location to walk to the city centre and visit such attractions as Trinity College, Grafton Street and the many museums, theatres and restaurants. Conveniently located close to Lansdowne Road Aviva Stadium and the RDS for those attending a conference or trade fair or taking in the Horse Show, or near the O2 to see a concert or show.
Close to the bustle, yet an oasis of quiet for that good night’s sleep. Perfect!
We hope that some information below on some local attractions might help to plan your trip:
St. Stephen's Green:
This 22 acre park at the top of Grafton Street is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city's streets. Take time out to explore the tree lined walks, shrubbery and colourful flowerbeds around the lake and visit the statue of Oscar Wilde, just one of the park's many famous neighbours over the years. On weekends the railings of St Stephen's Green become an al fresco art gallery as local artists set up shop to display and sell their work. While lunchtime concerts are performed in the park during the summer months.
Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592. Stepping onto the cobbles of Front Square you are surrounded by striking 16th century architecture, with the imposing campanile bell tower to the front and the beautiful Trinity Chapel to your left. The Long Room library is a must visit boasting the world-famous Book of Kells (a 9th Century Latin book of gospels) along with over 200,000 priceless manuscripts and books. Famous graduates include playwrights Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde to name but a few.
Located between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green, Grafton Street is Dublin's most famous shopping street lined with landmark shops such as Brown Thomas Department Store and Weirs the Jewellers not to mention all the leading high street fashion stores. Many of the city's shopping finds and sartorial gems are to be found on the smaller tributary streets winding off Grafton Street such as Castle Market, Drury Street, Wicklow Street and the Georges Street Arcade - an indoor market well worth a visit.
Temple Bar's cobbled streets are the place to go to fill your basket with fresh fare at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Meeting House Square, catch an arty flick at the Irish Film Institute or pick up an original piece of jewellery or clothing at any one of Temple Bar's quirky shops. Those of a nocturnal nature will also enjoy the area's array of pubs, clubs and late night haunts.
The smell of fermented barley has hung over St. James' Gate since 1759 when the Guinness brewery first produced the turf dark stout. Today, the scent of barley still lies heavy in the air as you walk through the Guinness Storehouse, once a storage spot for the brew, now a high tech museum. Here interactive exhibits bring the beer's fermenting process to life and allow visitors to taste-test a fresh brew. To top it off, head up to the The Gravity Bar on the roof to pick up your free pint of the black stuff and savour the panoramic sweep of the city below.
Dublin Sight Seeing Tour:
Enjoy a fun and friendly Hop on Hop off tour on a route that will take you past Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin’s Museums. There are 25 stops in total. The ticket is valid for 24 hours and the commentary is available in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian and English.
Travel in a reconditioned 1940’s amphibious vehicle, the fun alternative city tour. Sights along the way include St Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, Viking Dublin and Government Buildings. The highlight of the tour being a “splashdown” into the River Liffey with a trip around Grand Canal Docklands.
One of Dublin’s oldest buildings has been a leading visitor attraction for over 1000 years. Inside the church discover, the medieval crypt, which extends under the entire church, an exhibition of church treasures, the tomb of Strongbow (leader of the Normans who captured Dublin in 1170).
Croke Park & GAA Museum:
The GAA is Ireland’s largest sporting and cultural organisation. Croke Park is the home of Ireland’s unique national games of hurling and Gaelic football. The museum celebrates the history and heritage of Gaelic games including the birth and development of the GAA and its unique role in the national movement and cultural revival in Ireland.
National Museum of Ireland:
Archaeology is located on Kildare Street and displays artefacts dating from 7000 BC to the 20th century. Included in the collection are the Ardagh Chalice from The Treasury and fascinating bog bodies from the Iron Age.
Natural History is located on Merrion Street, a cabinet style zoological museum with animals from all over the world, many of which are mow endangered or extinct.
The heart of historic Dublin, Dublin Castle is a breathtaking attraction that should be on any visitor's must-see list.
St Patrick's Cathedral:
St Patrick's Cathedral is traditionally the site of a holy well used by St Patrick for baptisms, and a church dating back to late 5th century.
Old Jameson Distillery:
Originally built in 1780, the Old Jameson Distillery once considered one of the largest and finest distilleries in the world has been recreated to its former glory.
The National Gallery:
The National Gallery in Merrion Square, displays a collection of more than 2000 European and Irish paintings.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art:
The Irish Museum of Modern Art at Kilmainham is Ireland's contemporary art Mecca, displaying Irish and International art in one of Ireland's finest buildings.
National Concert Hall: