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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. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

This library, in the grounds of the beautiful Dublin Castle, is one of our favourite places. — On the Grid

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

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty was an American of Irish heritage who made a fortune in the mining industry and collected rare manuscripts. — Frommer's

Guinness Storehouse

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

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

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

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

This 'visitor experience', housed in a six-storey listed building dating from 1904, has become the popular public face of what is undoubtedly Ireland's most recognisable brand. — Time Out

The most popular visit in town is the beer-lover's Disneyland, a multimedia bells-and-whistles homage to the country's most famous export and the city's most enduring symbol. — Lonely Planet

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

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

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

There are three branches of the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin: Decorative Arts & History in Collins Barracks, Natural History on Merrion Street (also known as the Dead Zoo), and... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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 →

'Kelly's Book', as it still gets called occasionally, is Trinity's most famous artefact, but it suffers slightly from Mona Lisa syndrome. — Time Out

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

National Gallery of Ireland

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

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

Though relatively small, the National Gallery of Ireland holds an extensive number of works by Irish artists. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

The National Gallery has one of Europe's best collections. — Michelin Guide

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

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

The buildings around the square date mainly from the mid-18th century, when the green was landscaped and became the centrepiece of Georgian Dublin. — Lonely Planet

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

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

St Stephen’s Green is one of the most beautiful parks in Dublin. Take a stroll along the pathways, lazing on the grass if it's sunny or taking cover under one of the Victorian shelters if... — Condé Nast Traveler

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 →

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

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

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. — Frommer's

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

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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 →

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

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

This is the world's first known public gallery of modern art. — Condé Nast Traveler

Also known as the Dublin City Gallery, this delightful and manageable contemporary art gallery is arguably the city’s finest art space. — Travel + Leisure

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

Kilmainham Gaol

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

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

Yes, we know that “jail” is spelled oddly in Ireland, and we know that the last thing you want to do on vacation is go to prison. But that doesn’t change the fact that Kilmainham Gaol is... — Let's Go

Leaders of many failed Irish rebellions spent their last days in this grim, forbidding structure, and it holds a special place in the myth and memory of the country. — Fodor's

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

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

Dublin Castle

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

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

Highlights include the 13th-century record tower; the state apartments, once the residence of English viceroys; and the chapel royal. — Frommer's

Like the White House, Dublin Castle is a governmental building that also doubles as a tourist attraction. — 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

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 →

Housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the Irish Museum of Modern Art concentrates on the work of contemporary Irish artists along with regular international exhibitions. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Ireland's most important collection of modern and contemporary Irish art is housed in the elegant, airy expanse of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham. — Lonely Planet

Marsh's Library

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

Though visitors tend to flock to see the Book of Kells, less make the journey down to Marsh’s Library, the atmospheric home to nearly 25,000 rare books. The library hasn’t changed in... — Condé Nast Traveler

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 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

One of the most atmospheric spots in Dublin, Marsh’s Library is a hauntingly beautiful building, which has barely changed in three centuries. Home to 25,000 books (and, apparently, the... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix Park

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

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

Phoenix Park has something for everybody. — Afar Magazine

The largest enclosed park in Europe... the Botanical Garden and Zoological Gardens are found here. — Michelin Guide

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

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

On entering the colonnaded hall and galleries, the visitor immediately notices the three skeletons of the Great Irish Deer, now extinct. — Michelin Guide

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

This unusual museum is not just a museum of science and animals, it's also a museum of museums. — Frommer's

Dublin Writers Museum

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

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

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

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

"If you would know Ireland—body and soul—you must read its poems and stories," wrote W. B. Yeats in 1891. — Fodor's

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

Christ Church Cathedral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

Macabre remains are the main attraction at this church, which was founded by the Danes in 1096 and named after one of their saints. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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