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Chester Beatty Library

Grafton Street & Around 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bibliophiles will be enthralled by the Chester Beatty Library, home to a vast collection of manuscripts and books, as well as prints and paintings. The Islamic Collection is one of the... — Condé Nast Traveler

The world-famous library, in the grounds of Dublin Castle, houses the collection of mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968), bequeathed to the Irish State on his death. — Lonely Planet

This library, in the grounds of the beautiful Dublin Castle, is one of our favourite places. Housing the collection of mining engineer Sir Alfred Chester Beatty which includes more than... — On the Grid

A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered one of the overlooked treasures of Ireland. — Fodor's

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty established one of the most beautiful collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art... part of it is permanently exhibited on the edge of the gardens of Dublin Castle. — Michelin Guide

Guinness Storehouse

Kilmainham & the Liberties 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This temple to the city’s renowned stout—a product that’s helped sustain Ireland’s economy for centuries—is the country’s star tourist attraction. — Travel + Leisure

So you’ve been to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, you’ve been to St. Michan’s Church, you’ve been to Christ Church Cathedral, and you figure you’ve seen Dublin’s main religious structures. Not... — Let's Go

Tour the laboratory to taste and smell the raw ingredients, and learn from the professional tasters. — concierge.com

The sweet fragrance of hops will lure you into... the Guiness brewery, where a glass of the most famous creamy-headed stout in Ireland is given to visitors — Michelin Guide

Ireland's all-dominating brewery—founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759 and at one time the largest stout-producing brewery in the world—spans a 60-acre spread west of Christ Church Cathedral. — Fodor's

The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition

Grafton Street & Around 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

To the south of the square is the Old Library, built in a rather severe style by Thomas Burgh between 1712 and 1732. — Lonely Planet

A 1960's Brutalist building set amid Trinity College's brilliant historic setting creates stark architectural contrast and delightful dissonance. — Travel + Leisure

This hand-drawn manuscript of the four gospels, dating to the year 800, is one of Ireland’s national treasures. — Frommer's

The wonderful treasury includes some of the library's most important works including the extraordinary Book of Kells. — Michelin Guide

Home to Ireland's largest collection of books and manuscripts, the Old Library's principal treasure is the Book of Kells. — Fodor's

National Gallery of Ireland

Grafton Street & Around 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though relatively small, the National Gallery of Ireland holds an extensive number of works by Irish artists. In addition to numerous pieces by Jack B. Yeats, the collection includes... — Condé Nast Traveler

The Hugh Lane and the Irish Museum of Modern Art may be more hip, but the National Gallery of Ireland is still an art world heavyweight. With works by such luminaries as Velasquez,... — Let's Go

This gallery houses a small but fine collection of European works from the 14th to the 20th centuries — Time Out

One of Europe's finest smaller art museums... the collection holds more than 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works. — Fodor's

A fine seven-century-wide collection of European art and... introduction to Irish painting. — concierge.com

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the largest church in Ireland, and one of the best-loved churches in the world. — Frommer's

This, the largest church in Ireland, dates from the 13th century but was founded on a far older religious site associated with St Patrick and dating from the fifth century. — Time Out

The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's was built in honor of Ireland's patron saint. — Fodor's

It was at this cathedral, reputedly, that St Paddy himself dunked the Irish heathens into the waters of a well. — Lonely Planet

Not much remains of the original 12C church built close to the fountain (rediscovered in 1901) where the patron saint of Ireland is said to have baptised his first followers. — Michelin Guide

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St. Stephen's Green

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Flower gardens, formal lawns, a Victorian bandstand, and an ornamental lake all within the park's borders. — Fodor's

This green space... took on its present appearance when the brewer Arthur Guiness transformed it into a public garden. — Michelin Guide

A lovely spot to be one with nature in the heart of the city! — Afar Magazine

This lovely urban park is filled with public art, and there always seems to be something new and imaginative — Frommer's

Though it’s not the largest park in Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green is still a sizable piece of greenery in the heart of Dublin. Tired of walking, sightseeing, or shopping in the neighboring... — Let's Go

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

North of the Liffey 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As magnificent as any structure you'll see in Ireland. — Lonely Planet

Collins Barracks (1700) used to house 3 000 men and 1 000 horses... the displays cover decorative arts. — Michelin Guide

Housed in the breathtaking confines of the barracks... this branch of the National Museum of Ireland contains the nation's most significant collection of decorative art — Time Out

As the name of this branch of the National Museum of Ireland suggests, this museum is unusually located in a converted 18th-century army building. The collection tells the story of Irish... — Frommer's

In one gigantic treasure chest, is the full panoply of the National Museum's collection of glass, silver, furniture, and other decorative arts. — Fodor's

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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

Grafton Street & Around 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Established in 1890, this museum is a reflection of Ireland's heritage from 2000 B.C. to the present. — Frommer's

With Collins Barracks, this forms the setting for the collections of the National Museum and focuses on archaeological and Celtic items, including the remarkable Treasury — Michelin Guide

One of four branches of The National Museum of Ireland, and home to a fabled collection of Irish artifacts dating from 7000 BC to the present. — Fodor's

Established in 1877 by the Science and Art Museums Act, the National Museum is deservedly one of Dublin's most popular attractions. — Time Out

The mother of Irish museums and the country’s most important cultural institution was established in 1977 as the primary repository of the nation’s archaeological treasures. — Lonely Planet

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Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

North of the Liffey 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Francis Bacon studio... makes this already impressive gallery a must see for art lovers and fans of the renowned British artist. — Fodor's

Fine collection of French and Irish Impressionist art. — Time Out

The modern art museum bears the name of Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915), from whom the core of the collection came. — Michelin Guide

This is the world's first known public gallery of modern art. It's home to the collection of legendary contemporary-art collector Hugh Lane, and works from Renoir, Manet, and Christo are... — Condé Nast Traveler

This little gallery, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2008, has a strong collection of Impressionist works led by Degas's Sur la Plage and Manet's La Musique aux Tuileries. — Frommer's

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham & the Liberties 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its walls contain the memories of some of Ireland’s bleakest years, but, as with Glasnevin Cemetery, provide us with a greater understanding of the country’s history and battle for... — Condé Nast Traveler

If you have any desire to understand Irish history – especially the juicy bits about resistance to English rule – then a visit to this former prison is an absolute must. — Lonely Planet

This remains the best-known Irish lock-up and one of the most fascinating buildings in the country. — Time Out

The old Kilmainham prison is a place of remembrance symbolising English oppression and the Irish spirit of resistance. — Michelin Guide

A key sight for anyone interested in Ireland's struggle for independence from British rule. — Frommer's

Dublin Castle

Grafton Street & Around 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Like the White House, Dublin Castle is a governmental building that also doubles as a tourist attraction. Unlike the White House, Dublin Castle features a medieval tower that once housed... — Let's Go

Wandering the lavishly decorated rooms (which are sometimes closer to dizzyingly gaudy than merely ornate), you'll learn other golden nuggets of information — Afar Magazine

As seat and symbol of the British rule of Ireland for more than seven centuries, Dublin Castle figured largely in Ireland's turbulent history early in the 20th century. — Fodor's

More a collection of 18th-century administrative buildings, albeit very fine ones, built on a medieval plan of two courtyards. — Time Out

At the urban heart of Dublin, it has evolved from an imposing fortress into an administrative hub... and is today the symbol of the Irish State — Michelin Guide

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Kilmainham & the Liberties 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

IMMA commissions site-specific works by an international roster of contemporary artists and displays them in a vast set of buildings that were once the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. — Travel + Leisure

This museum exhibits 20C Irish and international art, as well as putting on associated live theatre and music performances. — Michelin Guide

The museum is a must for any art enthusiasts visiting Dublin! — Afar Magazine

IMMA is the best place in Ireland to experience contemporary art. Housed in the old 17th century Royal Hospital, the building is drenched in history. With beautiful sprawling grounds,... — On the Grid

One of the most important 17th-century buildings in Ireland, the Royal Hospital was designed by Sir William Robinson in 1684 to serve as a nursing home for retired soldiers. — Time Out

Phoenix Park

North of the Liffey 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Phoenix Park has something for everybody. — Afar Magazine

Europe's largest public park, which extends about 5 km (3 mi) along the Liffey's north bank, encompasses 1,752 acres holds a lot of verdant green lawns, woods, lakes, and playing fields. — Fodor's

Europe’s largest enclosed urban park—encompassing more than 1,700 acres—is set just two miles west from the city center. — Travel + Leisure

Housed in the old coach house of the former Papal Nunciature, this centre explains the history of Phoenix Park. — Time Out

The vast green expanses of Phoenix Park are Dublin's playground, and it's easy to see why. — Frommer's

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Merrion Square & Around 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The section on Ireland's prehistoric gold, including exquisitely-wrought jewellery from the bronze and iron ages, is particularly interesting. — Afar Magazine

Compared to the multimedia this and interactive that of virtually every modern museum, this is a beautifully preserved example of Victorian charm and scientific wonderment. — Lonely Planet

Housed in a graceful building that is itself a sort of exhibit... this archaeological museum explores Ireland’s ancient Celtic heritage. — Travel + Leisure

One of four branches of the National Museum of Ireland, this museum is little changed from Victorian times and remains a fascinating repository. — Fodor's

Purpose-built in 1890, the museum houses the country's archaeological collections. An audiovisual presentation helps put into context the masterpieces of Irish art displayed in the... — Michelin Guide

Marsh's Library

Grafton Street & Around 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When Ireland's first public library was founded and endowed in 1701 by Narcissus Marsh, the Archbishop of Dublin, it was made open to "All Graduates and Gentlemen." — Fodor's

The first public library in Ireland was built in 1701 by archbishop Narcissus Marsh. There are 25 000 volumes here — Michelin Guide

This caged library, founded in 1701, is the real thing. Unlike Trinity College's Long Room, which is largely for show these days, Marsh's Library is still functioning. — Frommer's

This magnificently preserved scholars' library, virtually unchanged in three centuries, is one of Dublin's most beautiful open secrets, and an absolute highlight of any visit. — Lonely Planet

This is the oldest public library in Ireland (and the only 18th-century building still used for its original purpose). — Time Out

Trinity College Dublin

Grafton Street & Around 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With its enormous library and host of distinguished alumni including Jonathan Swift (although who knows why they’re proud of that, he was a psychopath who advocated eating Irish children... — Let's Go

There's hardly a more delightful place in Dublin than the grounds of Ireland's most prestigious university, a masterpiece of architecture and landscaping beautifully preserved — Lonely Planet

The oldest university in Ireland, Trinity was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to offer an education to the children of the upper classes. — Frommer's

Founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I... among its famous students are the writers Swift, Wilde, Stocker and Beckett. — Michelin Guide

An oasis of tranquillity in the teeming center of Dublin, this campus of wide green lawns and stately 16th-century buildings is the city’s undisputed jewel. — Travel + Leisure

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Dublin Writers Museum

North of the Liffey 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Also known as “The Trinity College Alumni Museum,” the Dublin Writers Museum celebrates everyone from George Bernard Shaw to Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu. Who? Exactly. Already it’s... — Let's Go

Memorabilia aplenty and lots of literary ephemera line the walls and display cabinets of this elegant museum devoted to preserving the city’s rich literary tradition up to 1970. — Lonely Planet

The Writers' Museum is devoted to the works of Irish writers, particularly those from Dublin, who have won no fewer than 4 Nobel prizes ( Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney). — Michelin Guide

The literary heritage of Ireland is something quite remarkable, when you consider the size of the island. This small country has produced many literary legends—Oscar Wilde, James Joyce... — Condé Nast Traveler

This is an excellent little museum that represents the best of what literary galleries can be, and lovers of Irish literature will find it hard to tear themselves away. — Frommer's

Christ Church Cathedral

Kilmainham & the Liberties 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dubliners chiefly know it as a place to hear the bells ring out on New Year's Eve (it boasts 'the largest full-circle ringing peal in the world') and for the beautiful choral evensongs. — Time Out

Its hilltop location and eye-catching flying buttresses make this the most photogenic by far of Dublin's three cathedrals as well as one of the capital's most recognisable symbols. — Lonely Planet

This magnificent cathedral was designed to be seen from the river, so walk to it from the riverside in order to truly appreciate its size. — Frommer's

A popular venue to host many high profile concerts throughout the year. — Afar Magazine

The vast, sturdy crypt, with its 12th- and 13th-century vaults, is Dublin's oldest surviving structure and the building's most notable feature. — Fodor's

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Four Courts

North of the Liffey 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Set in several pretty Georgian buildings overlooking the Liffey, this friendly hostel has all the basics, and a few charming details besides. — Time Out

Home to the Irish law courts since 1796, this fine 18th-century building overlooks the north bank of the Liffey on Dublin's west side. — Frommer's

The stately Corinthian portico and the circular central hall warrant a visit to the seat of the High Court of Civil Law in Ireland. — Fodor's

The building erected in 1785 by Thomas Cooley and James Gandon housed 4 courts — Michelin Guide

James Gandon’s (1743–1823) masterpiece is a mammoth complex stretching 130m along Inns Quay, as fine an example of Georgian public architecture as there is in Dublin. — Lonely Planet

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St. Michan's Church

North of the Liffey 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded in 1095 by the Danes, the church was later rebuilt. Handel is said to have composed his famous Messiah on the organ. — Michelin Guide

Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), this 17th-century edifice has fine interior woodwork and an organ (dated 1724) on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah — Frommer's

However macabre, St. Michan's main claim to fame is down in the vaults, where the totally dry atmosphere has preserved several corpses in a remarkable state of mummification. — Fodor's

Walking into this somber, dignified Protestant church with its magnificent organ is certainly impressive—but the star attraction here is underneath your feet. — Travel + Leisure

Founded in 1095, St. Michan’s Church is an active house of worship in Dublin. — Afar Magazine

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