“When I die Dublin will be written in my heart” - James Joyce
Museums, national parks, lakes, street art, there’s so much to see and do in a city like Dublin.
According to the Central Statistics Office, the number of trips to Ireland went up by 7.8% during the first 7 months of 2018 compared to 2017.
Dublin is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland. Between tranquillity and dynamism, partying and relaxing, you have to visit Dublin. Dublin and its streets are waiting for you to explore them.
However, you must know what you should be exploring, though. Don’t panic, though! Here are the best places in the city to visit.
If there’s one thing you see in Dublin, it’s Trinity College. Founded in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth I, it’s the oldest university in the country.
Based on Oxford and Cambridge, this place is a place of study but is also an important architectural and cultural site. This is why you have to visit it and its wonderful library.
The library is home to the Book of Kells, a religious manuscript created around the year 800CE. This place is also the largest library in Ireland. However, you can’t take photos.
A visit to Trinity College costs €10 and can be booked online.
What’s better than visiting a castle?
Dublin castle is like something out of a fairytale and was built in 1204 on the site of a Viking fort.
It played a pivotal role in the country’s history and covers over 4.5 hectares. Two gardens, two museums, the Octagonal Tower, the Bermingham Tower, the Record Tower, and the Throne Room are just a few reasons you may want to visit this with a guide, which will cost you €4.50.
This famous park is a great way to take a break during a day of visiting Dublin’s other attractions. Phoenix Park is one of Europe’s largest urban parks. It’s twice the size of Central Park, which is saying something.
It’s incredibly peaceful and a great place to get away from it all in the centre of the city. It’s also home to a zoo which costs €16.50 to visit. A second reason to go to the park.
Whether you’re having a picnic, sitting on the grass, looking at the lake, or all three, there are plenty of things you can do whilst in the park.
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The Guinness Storehouse
After a short walk in Phoenix Park, you might fancy a drink. And by drink, we mean drink for grown-ups. The Guinness Storehouse is one of Dublin’s most famous attractions and where you can taste the famous stout.
Ireland’s most famous beer is brewed here and there’s also a museum you can visit. There are two types of visit:
- A 3-hour comprehensive visit for €95.
- A visit that doesn’t include the brewery for €25.
You can learn about the passion for Guinness, its place in history, and how the beer is made. At the end of the tour, you get to enjoy a beer on the roof terrace overlooking all of Dublin!
How about visiting a prison?
Kilmainham Gaol is one of Dublin’s unmissable sights. This prison “welcomed” famous prisoners, separatists, and even children between 1796 and 1924.
Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. An hour-long visit is €8 for adults and €4 for children between the ages of 12 and 17. Children under 12 are free.
Kilmainham Gaol is a strange but fascinating piece of Dublin’s history.
Why not walk around one of Dublin’s most famous neighbourhoods?
Temple Bar is where you can really drink it all in because that’s where you can find some of Dublin’s most famous Irish pubs.
Almost every tour of Dublin will bring you to Temple Bar but you can always go there on your own, too. If you’re there on a Saturday, don’t miss the market. You can find it at Meeting House Square.
Temple Bar is also where you can find Dubliners partying; the perfect place to share a Guinness or two.
What better way to experience the liveliness of the city?
The National Gallery of Ireland
Are you familiar with Caravaggio, Titian, Goya, David, or Rembrandt?
You’ll love the National Gallery of Ireland, then! This unmissable attraction is not only free but home to works from some of the world’s most famous artists.
Need we say more?
Opened in 1854, this national gallery is a mix of local artists and international artists. If you’re interested in art, this is the place to go.
St. Stephen’s Green
Much like Phoenix Park, St. Stephen’s Green is one of Dublin’s famous parks. Opened in 1880, this is a great place for a walk but also somewhere you can do a bit of shopping with the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
You can spend an awful lot of time at St. Stephen’s Green. Of all the attractions and monuments in Dublin, this is one where you can really get back to nature.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is another of Dublin’s unmissable tourist attractions. Built between 1220 and 1260, this is Ireland’s largest cathedral and a rare remnant of Dublin’s Medieval city. It was built on a pagan site dating back to the 5th century.
It takes around half an hour to visit and will cost you €5. Tourism and religion in the same place.
Enjoy your visit!
An unmissable bridge. Dublin is full of places like this. Ha’Penny Bridge gets its name from its story. This iron bridge was built in 1816 and cost half a penny to cross. Ha’penny was another term for a halfpenny.
This is one of the most famous bridges over the Liffey River.
The best thing about it?
It joins up two of the most important parts of the city.
This list is by no means everything you can do in Dublin, just a few of the places worth visiting if you go. While we mentioned the Guinness Storehouse, you might prefer to visit a whiskey distillery instead and there are a fair few of them in Dublin and across Ireland.
So are you ready to visit Dublin?
The city is waiting for you. Whether you’re going for a long weekend or travelling around Ireland, enjoy your stay!
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There are three types of private tutorials available and the one that's right for you really depends on your level in English and your goals.
Face-to-face private tutorials are great for learning languages as it's just you and your tutor and you'll have plenty of opportunities to use the language you're learning, which is arguably the best way to get better at it. Additionally, the lessons will be tailored to you and what you want to learn. You can brush up on vocabulary unique to Dublin and Ireland before your trip or focus on the type of language that's useful for tourists.
If you can't find any private tutors with English skills in your area, you can always look for online private tutors. Since they can teach you from anywhere in the world, this means you can get native English speakers in English-speaking countries. This is really good if you want to learn Irish English from a genuine Dubliner. These types of tutorials are usually cheaper, too, as the tutor doesn't have to travel to their students and can schedule more lessons per week.
Finally, there are group tutorials. These are also a good option for learning foreign languages as it allows students to practise the language with their peers rather than with just the tutor, which can be quite daunting as they're obviously already very good at speaking the language. These are a good option for students on a budget as they work out cheaper per student per hour.
Don't forget that most tutors offer the first hour of tutoring for free so use these sessions to try a few different tutors out and see who's right for you. As you'll be talking to them a lot, it's important that you really get along with them and enjoy their teaching style. This is also the best time to ask any questions you may have about them and their experience.