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Guinness Hop Store | Dublin Zoo | ZipIt Forest AdventuresKilmainham Goal | Old Jameson Distillery | Trinity College | Grafton Street  | St Stephens Green | O' Connell Street | The GPO | The Four Courts | Dublin Castle | Malahide Castle | St Patricks Cathedral | Christ Church Cathedral | Museums  | DalkeyDublin Bikes | Walk the LiffeyShopping | Going Out 


 

Guinness Hop Store


This is Ireland’s biggest tourist attraction. You can see the worlds’ largest pint glass, pull your own pint, learn how Guinness is made, and dine in the Gravity Bar. 

 



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Dublin Zoo

 

Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland's most popular attractions. It's located in the Phoenix Park which itself is well worth a visit. Among many exhibitions, there is a fantastic safari section here where animals such as ostriches, rhinos, giraffes and zebras are roaming together. 

 

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ZipIt Forest Adventures (featured)


Located in the Dublin Mountains ZipIt Forest Adventures has a wide mix of activities for people who enjoy the outdoors, including zip lines, rope bridges, tarzan swings, climbing walls and more. There are five circuits which are tailored to people of different ages and abilities. A great day out for all the family. 

 

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Kilmainham Goal


The jail has been operating as a museum since 1966, when it was opened by Eamonn de Valera, a former prisoner himself. It was thanks to the hard work of some extraordinary volunteers that the prison is still standing, never mind that it is one of the most visited museums in Ireland.  Many political and military leaders have been incarcerated here throughout the years, including the executed leaders of the 1916 rising. There is a guided tour of the prison and you can get a feel of what it was like to have been stuck here.

 

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Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street


Jameson Whisky had been distilled here for nearly 200 years between 1780 and 1971. John Jameson and son is part of a merger with John Power and Son, Bushmills Distillery and the Cork Distillery Company. There is a very interesting tour of the distillery, showing all the stages of its production.

 



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Trinity College


Trinity College, the home of the Book of Kells, is the oldest university in Ireland. It was founded by Queen Elizebeth I in 1592. In Parliament Square you will see the Campanile, a hollow tower.

 

Most people come to see the Book of Kells, a colourful manuscript containing the four gospels in Latin. It dates from the 8th century. Also housed here are the Book of Durrow and the Book of Armagh, dating from the same time. The Harp, the symbol of the Irish state is modelled on a medieval harp which rests here.

 

Across the road from the college is Parliament House which is now home to Bank of Ireland. The House of Lords chamber dating from the early 1800s remains intact and is open to the public.

 



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Grafton Street


Come see the buskers and street performers or spend some money on the exclusive clothes shops. Bewleys cafe and Molly Malone statue.

 

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St Stephens Green


A lovely park in the city centre.  There is also a large shopping centre here. Only a short walk from St. Stephen's Green are the very impressive Iveagh Gardens. Leaving the busy centre, the space here is exhilirating. Enter from Hatch Street. 

 

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O' Connell Street


O' Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare, and is the widest thoroughfare in Europe. There are many shops, pubs and restaurants lining the streets, as well as the GPO and the Spire, the world's tallest work of art. 

 

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The GPO


The General Post Office became famous when a band of revolutionaries including Patrick Pearse took it over as their headquarters in an attempt to gain independence from Britain. It was Easter Monday 1916. The revolution was ended bloody and brutal. Bullet holes can still be seen in the pillars. In the foyer stands a statue of Cu Chulainn, a legendary and mythical Irish figure and a plinth bearing the name of the seven leaders of the rising and the opening words of the proclamation of the Provisional Government.

 

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The Four Courts


Another Irish building with a bloody history. The Civil War began at the Four Courts. The anti-treaty rebels (signed in 1921) took over the building. The Irish government forces were forced into action, in effect taking the role of the British they had fought against only the year before. It was a sad day and a sad time for Ireland, neighbour against neighbour and brother against brother. The Irish army was given artillery by the British Government.

 

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Dublin Castle


The name Dublin comes from Dubh Linn, meaning “black pool”. The black pool described is a lake that used to be behind the site where the castle now stands. The Castle was the seat of British Government  in Ireland from the early 13th century, right up to 1922, when the Irish Army led by Michael Collins took over from the British Garrison. It is still used for state functions to this day and is open to the public. Make sure you check out the Dubh Linn Gardens that are located behind the castle. 

 



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Malahide Castle

 

Home to the talbot family from 1185 to 1975 when it was then sold to the Irish state. The castle sits on 250 acres of land. Audio tours are available at the castle where you will hear the many interesting stories associated with this magnificent building. On the grounds there is a unique model railway, one of the worlds' largest with a miniature model of Heuston station included as well as many others. There are some otherworldly residents still living in the castle as there are believed to be no less than five ghosts haunting the building including the white lady who is thought to leave her painting at night to wander the halls.

 



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St Patricks Cathedral


The author of Gullivers Travels Johnathon Swift is buried at the entrance to the Cathedral. He is buried close to the oldest public library in Ireland, containing 25,000 books.

 



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Christ Church Cathedral


The cathedral started as a small church in 1038 and was rebuilt on numerous occasions, most notably by Henry Roe, a Dublin distiller in the 19th century.

 

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Museums


The Natural History Museum of Ireland


This museum on Merrion Street has galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, including now extinct animals.

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Archaeology Museum


The Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street is home to over 2 million artefacts.

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Dalkey

 

Just 13km south of Dublin city centre is the small coastal village of Dalkey. Named after the island just off the coast here, Dalkey was founded as a Viking settlement. It would be quite an upmarket place to live, and is a very pretty town. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the town as well. If you're into rock climbing Dalkey Quarry is an excellent place to spend a day. Or if you just fancy a hike Dalkey Hill is perfect for this.

 

 


 

 

Dublin Bikes

 

The Dublin Bike scheme is a public bike rental scheme that allows you to travel around the city with ease. Stations are located all around the city. The first half an hour is free, a fee applies after that. A yearly subscription only costs €20. 

 

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Walk the Liffey

 

Follow the Liffey from the Phoenix Park to the Docklands to really get a feel for the city.

 

 

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Shopping

 

O’ Connell Street – Clerys department store

Grafton Street – on the south side of the river, has Brown Thomas and lots of designer boutiques

Henry Street – Arnotts department store and lots of smaller stores.

St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

 

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Going out

 

There are so many pubs and clubs to choose from. Clubs in Dublin and the rest of Ireland open from 10pm until 3am. Prices can be as high as €15 for entry and drinks can also be pricey, but that's Dublin in general. Late night pubs are becoming more popular in Dublin but there are still plenty of good nightclubs. We'll start with one of the most famous or infamous, Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street, legendary club that's busy every night of the week. Not the most classy nightclub in Dublin, but great fun. Also on Harcourt street there's the Tripod, and D Two. Lillie's Bordello is a bit more expensive and upmarket, that's on Grafton Street, and Krystle is good for more mature revellers.

 

The most famous place to drink in Dublin is the area of Temple Bar. Most locals would avoid this area however as it is very pricey and can get quite rowdy. Having said that there is certainly fun to be had here. 

 

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Sheehan's


 

 

17 Chatham Street,

Dublin 2. 

 

Sheehans is a family run pub in the centre of Dublin, just off Grafton Street. Traditional Irish food is served from 12 daily and there are traditional Irish music sessions on a Sunday night. 

 

Phone: +353 1 6771914

email: sheehansbarchathamst@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sheehansbarchathamst   

Get the LUAS to St Stephen's Green.

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Getting there

 

By Air

Dublin airport is only 10km north of the city centre. It is a major international airport serviced by airlines from all over the world, as well as the two Irish airlines, Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

 

Getting from the airport

There are special airport buses such as Aircoach which will take you to the city centre direct for €9 one way and €15 return. Dublin Bus have Airlink which is €6 one way and €10 return.

 

It would be cheaper to take the Dublin Bus local routes, but these will take longer.

 

If there is three or more of you in a group, you would be better off taking a taxi from outside the terminal. They usually cost between €20 and €30.

 

There will also be Citylink and GoBus coaches leaving regularly to Galway, Limerick and Cork. 

 

By train

 

Dublin has two main train stations, Heuston Station, which takes trains from Galway, Limerick, etc and Connolly Station, which has arrivals from Belfast, Sligo etc.

 

By Bus

 

Bus Eireann services terminate at Busaras, next to Connolly Station. Many private coaches service Dublin from towns and cities all over Ireland. Getting to Dublin from anywhere in Ireland is quite easy.

 


 

 

Getting around

 

Although Dublin is a low, sprawling city, most of the sites and attractions are in the city centre, an area of no more than a few square kilometres.

 

Driving is a bit of a nightmare in the centre with heavy traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and poor road signage meaning you are better off relying on public transport. The public transport has come a long way in Dublin. Taxis for example are plentiful, if a bit expensive.

 

Bus

Dublin Bus operates an extensive service around the city from 6:00 until 23:30. Nitelink then runs services from the city centre to the services from midnight until 04:00.

 

LUAS

The tram has two lines, the Red Line and the Green Line. The Red Line runs from Tallaght to the Point (3 Arena). The Green Line runs between St Stephen’s Green and Sandyford. The LUAS runs from 05:30 to 00:30 during the week, from 06:30 to 00:30 on Saturdays and from 07:00 to 23:30 on Sunday.

 

DART

The Dart runs from Connolly Station, Tara Street and Pearse Street to suburbs on the north and south sides of Dublin. It’s a cheap way to get out and see places like Malahide, Howth and Dalkey.

 

Leap Card

 

If you are planning on staying in Dublin or a while or using public transport frequently, it may be worth your while purchasing a Leap card, which can be used across Dublin Bus, LUAS and DART services. They can be purchased at the airport or in retail outlets around the city. They cost €10 but generally work out up to 20% cheaper than regular fares.

 

Dublin Bikes

 

The Dublin Bike scheme is a public bike rental scheme that allows you to travel around the city with ease. Stations are located all around the city. The first half an hour is free, a fee applies after that. A yearly subscription only costs €20.

 


 

 

Stay safe

 

Dublin is generally a safe city, but you should take care as you would in every large city. Dublin has a huge number of drug addicts, and many of these congregate in the city centre, especially on O’ Connell Street due to the large number of methadone clinics in that area. You will probably get harassed by beggars at some stage as well. Ignore them or be firm in saying no. If you feel bad, give money to a homeless charity such as the Simon Community. There are bad areas to be found on both sides of the river, so try to stay out of any areas that are considered high crime.

 

Pickpocketing and mugging is a problem so be wary of who is around you. Leave as much of your valuables as you can back at the hotel. Be careful when taking money out at an ATM.

 

Avoid O’ Connell Street at night if you can, as well as areas that have nightclubs and late bars at closing time as many people will spill out onto the streets and this can lead to fights and violent behaviour. Garda presence in the city centre is generally regarded to be inadequate.

 

Again the chances of being attacked or a victim of crime in Dublin are quite small, so use your common sense and you will be absolutely fine.


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