Dublin, Ireland’s capital is situated near the midpoint of the country’s east coast. With a population of more than 500.000 people, it’s the country’s biggest city, and its economical centre, Dublin is also home to the European headquarters of some of the world most famous technological companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Microsoft. If you’re looking for a perfect pint of GUINNESS, the best of the Irish way of life, combined with all that you can expect from a world class metropolis, Dublin is the place.
ARTS + FUN
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern ArtRoyal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic program of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Festivalhttp://www.stpatricksfestival.ie
St. Patrick is honored every year, with the biggest festival that happens in Dublin, celebrated in style, with music, street theatre, family carnivals, and up to 4000 performers joining the fun. Celebrations big and small happen all over Ireland, turning the island into one, big, awesome, party, so no matter where your St Patrick’s Day takes you you’ll be treated to a delightful dose of Irish tradition and festive spirit. All in green, of course.
GUINNESS STOREHOUSESt James’s Gate, Dublin 8
Ireland’s number one visitor attraction provides an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS brand and company. This historical building is central to Dublin’s and Ireland’s heritage, and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of GUINNESS, telling the story from its origins here at St. James’s Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world. For sure, a one of a kind experience, where you can’t miss the opportunity to certify your skills on how to craft the perfect pint of GUINESS.
Book of Kells – Trinity College LibraryTrinity College, College Street , County Dublin
The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It was written by Irish monks, probably begun at a monastery in Iona, an island off Scotland and finished at Kells, Co. Meath. It was later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity around 1653. It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. Since 1953 it has been bound in four volumes. Two volumes are on public view, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script. The volumes are changed at regular intervals.
Saint Patrick’s CathedralSaint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.
The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion) and also serves as a popular tourist attraction in Ireland.
Grafton Street is Dublin’s high street, with all the major chain stores. A/Wear, River Island, H&M, Topshop are all on or near Grafton Street. It’s a pedestrian street where you’ll find street performers nearly every day of the week. You’ll also find cute boutiques and big flower stalls in addition to the big name stores.
EAT + DRINK
Davy Byrne’s21 Duke Street, Dublin
Anybody who is familiar with Dublin pub food will be aware of Davy Byrne’s food reputation, in which seafood is the specialty. If you visit the premises at lunchtime and evening time, you will witness the huge trade which is done in fresh salmon, smoked salmon and crab dishes. There is also a full range of hot meals and salads to compliment these and, as often as not, you can enjoy a lunch or an evening meal of oysters and Guinness. Davy Byrne’s is also known as the Dublin’s famous literary pub.
Beshoff Restaurant6 Upper O’Connel Street, Dublin
Established in 1913, in this traditional fish & chips restaurant, you can find fresh fish every day, while you relax and enjoy the sight of Dublin’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street and a fantastic view of the Spire of Dublin.
Bewley’s78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Bewley’s began in 1835 when Charles Bewley landed 2000 chests of tea into Dublin, the family business expanded into coffee and finally into Coffee shops. The landmark Grafton Street cafe opened in 1927, featuring six wonderful stain glass windows, from the famous Artist Harry. Today Bewley’s Grafton Street still keeps its traditions of coffee roasting and baking along with its famous breakfast, a contemporary Mediterranean menu is also available until late evening.
Clement & PekoeSouth William Street, Dublin
In this tiny shop, their signature sleek black tins of loose-leaf teas, herbs and tisanes line the far wall. In the store, they serve tea and hand-poured single origin coffees with a selection of light pastries. Part of the new South William Quarter community, Clement & Pekoe is frequented by the local merchants and shoppers in the know.
James Fox Cigar and Whiskey Store119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Tobacconists J.J. Fox was established by London-born James John Fox in 1881. During the Second World War the firm boasted that they were the only shop in northern Europe to maintain a constant supply of Havana cigars, how they accomplished that is still a well kept secret! James Fox’s grandson, Fred, is credited with the idea of opening the world’s first duty-free shop at Shannon Airport in 1947 when he suggested to the government of the day to sell duty-free cigarettes and liquor. The James Fox store is the only cigar store in Ireland to source cigars exclusively from the Habanos official agents in Ireland and in the UK, and is the only store in Ireland to carry the Habanos certificate of authenticity.
Kevin & Howlin, Ltd.31 Nassau Street , Dublin 2
In 1936 Jim Kevin along with his partner Michael Howlin founded the Tailors and Outfitters known as, Kevin & Howlin Ltd, at 39 Nassau Street in Dublin, providing top quality clothing and tailoring while specializing in handwoven tweeds. The tweeds are Handwoven in Donegal especially for Kevin & Howlin in pure new wool and a lightweight mixture of wool/ mohair/cashmere. The tweeds are available in jackets for men & women. They can also be purchased by the meter. It’s also possible to find selection of caps and hats for men and women.
DESIGNyard48 – 49 Nassau Street, Dublin City Centre
Designyard is a leading contemporary jewellery and applied arts gallery in Dublin. The Gallery exhibits the best of contemporary Irish jewellery and work from over one hundred European jewellery artists. Alongside the jewellery you can find exhibited the best of Irish glass, ceramics, wood, bog oak, silver, bronze and textiles.
Indigo & ClothSouth William Street, Dublin City
Here you can find some of the best independent fashion in Dublin, this modern, minimalist boutique carries menswear and accessories by Our Legacy, Oliver Spencer, and S.N.S. Herning, as well as a smaller selection of womenswear. Owner Garrett Pitcher flexes his creativity on various other projects about town, collaborating on the original label design for Kilbeggan Whiskey and working with the editorial team at the Dublin fashion magazine, Thread.
The Westbury HotelGrafton Street, Dublin City
A property of the Doyle Collection, The Westbury Hotel is synonymous with luxury in Dublin City. In recent years, the hotel has been completely remodeled to offer a stylish, five star experience to its guests. It boasts an unbeatable location just off Grafton Street and halfway between historic Trinity College and St Stephen’s Green. At The Westbury, guests will find cool, contemporary design mixed with warm Irish hospitality and impeccable service. On the doorstep of The Westbury, guests will find a host of attractions. It is surrounded by popular shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as cultural and entertainment venues.
Fitzwilliam HotelSt Stephens Green, Dublin City Centre
The five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel is one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels. It boasts an ideal location in the heart of the capital city, overlooking St Stephen’s Green and adjacent to Grafton Street, the city’s finest shopping avenue. It is surrounded by a host of bars, fine dining restaurants, lively cafés, and cultural, historical and leisure attractions.
At the Fitzwilliam, visitors will find a range of guest rooms. Each is slightly different with a unique character and personality, but all share an elegant, tasteful design style.