Five of the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Dublin

Strolling the streets of Dublin is already a remarkable experience. Numerous monuments and landmarks that are hundreds of years old are located all over the city. It really is like a walk in the city’s or, even the, country’s history. It need not be said that there are so many sights to see within the city proper. Now, for those that wish to make the most of their stay in Dublin, here are five of the most popular tourist attractions that should not be missed.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle Historically significant for its roles throughout history, Dublin Castle is definitely one of those tourist attractions that tourists should not miss in the capital city of Ireland. This used to be the seat of the first Lord of Ireland which was eventually handed over to Michael Collins in 1921. This castle has been around since the 13th century. It was designed to be heavily fortified against attacks to protect the King’s treasure. Ditches were built around the castle and the castle itself was designed to have strong walls that can withstand attacks. The Heineken Green Energy festival is an annual event that started in 1996 which is held at Dublin Castle. This takes place during the May bank holiday weekend. This Irish music festival gets around 50,000 participants each year. Those that are planning to visit the Emerald Isle in May should not miss it.

St. Stephen’s Green

St. Stephen’s Green St. Stephen’s Green is a park that was officially opened to the public in 1880. Most of this park’s area is a large lake that is fed by an artificial waterfall making this park the home to a lot of ducks and other water fowl. Throughout the park, there are notable statues and memorials dedicated to prominent Irish people like Lord Ardilaun, Yeats, James Joyce, and more. With gazebos and gardens, this park will be a beautiful break from the busy streets of the city.

Guinness Brewery

Guinness Brewery Dublin is the home of that black stuff called Guinness. Though distributed in so many countries all over the world, without a doubt, Dublin is still the best place to get an authentic pint of Guinness. Visiting this brewery is a must for anyone that loves drinking beer. The company may have other breweries in other locations, as to be expected of one of the most successful beers in the world. Even so, the brewery at St. James’ Gate continues to brew this dry stout as it has been doing so since 1759. The Guinness Storehouse showcases 250 years of Guinness’ brewing history. Expect to see a lot of interactive exhibition areas to show how Guinness is made and distributed. Entrance tickets cost €13.50 per adult.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Conveniently located at the city center, visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral should be part of any tourist’s itinerary. This church was founded in the 12th century and it is the largest church in Ireland. Those who grew up reading Gulliver’s Travels should know that its author, Jonathan Swift, is buried in this cathedral. What’s more, those that can appreciate choral concerts should check their events schedule as this cathedral regularly hosts such concerts.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol Dublin as is can be described as a center for history and any history buff will definitely have a great time exploring the city. For those history buffs, Kilmainham Gaol is one of those places that should not be missed. Built in 1796, this former prison is now a museum. The 15-minute bus ride from the city center will definitely be worth it. Those who are fascinated with paranormal activities should also make it a point to visit this popular haunt. These are just five of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. Before leaving for that trip, make sure to add these places to the itinerary for a memorable trip to the capital city of Ireland. About the author: Dean Gammell is an entrepreneur, author, and recognised authority on party planning. Dean works as the Event Coordinator for Stagit and Henit and has been organizing stag and hen parties since 2009. Connect with him through Google+. [smartads]

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