Every Dublin Escapade Is Incomplete Without Visiting These 8 Most Photographed Spots
When traveling to a different country or city for the first time, taking photos of (and with) a landmark is all it takes to complete your experience. You can’t tell everyone that you’ve been to Paris just by showing a photo in a quaint café or a cobblestoned street– you need to have at least one Eiffel Tower photo, right?
Now, let’s talk about Dublin – the capital of Ireland. When visiting Dublin Ireland for the first time, don’t forget to check out the following most photographed destinations.
1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Whether you’re there to worship or to simply admire the jaw-dropping 828-year-old architecture, St. Patrick’s Cathedral should be on top of your list. It’s dubbed as the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It’s the tallest and the largest church in Ireland, and one of the oldest too.
2. Dublin Castle
Seeing medieval castles are pretty much a normal thing in Ireland. Over 30,000 are dotted all over the Irish landscape. You can find one of the most famous one in the heart of the bustling capital: The Dublin Castle.
The castle served as the seat of the British government’s administration in Ireland until 1922. Today, it’s a significant Irish government complex, hosting the inauguration of each President of Ireland as well as various State receptions.
3. Front Square, Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest surviving university. If you’re a literary buff, you’ll be thrilled to know that prominent Irish writers, like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and John Millington Synge, had their education here.
The college’s Front Square Courtyard is a visual treat, having surrounded by grandiose 18th-century buildings, including the iconic Campanile bell tower (The Campanile of Trinity College) which has been standing since 1853.
4.The “Long Room”, Trinity College
Now that you’re in Trinity College, make your way to their Old Library, home to the 200-foot “The Long Room”. The old library, which is the largest in Ireland, houses 200,000 books on oak bookshelves. It’s also renowned for its uncanny resemblance to the library in the Harry Potter series.
The library’s prized possession isn’t the jaw-dropping architecture – it’s the Book of Kells, a manuscript created by Celtic monks way back in the dark ages.
5. The Little Museum of Dublin
Dublin is more than just loud pubs and tasty stouts. If you want to learn more about the amazing story of the Irish capital, come visit The Little Museum of Dublin, situated in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse.
The museum may be small, but it’s enough to chronicle the history of the city in the 20th century. It houses a collection of over 5,000 artifacts and a three-floor exhibition of artistic renderings and local submissions. No wonder why it’s dubbed by The Irish Times as “Dublin’s Best Museum Experience”.
6.River Liffey & Its Beautiful Bridges
River Liffey flows through the centre of Dublin, dividing the Northside from the Southside. It is spanned by numerous bridges for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. If you must walk along only one bridge, let it be the old and iconic Ha’penny Bridge, a Dublin landmark built in 1816.
You may also see the river, the beautiful city, and it’s wonderful reflection through some of the picturesque 21st-century bridges. These include the cable-stayed Samuel Beckett Bridge and James Joyce Bridge. Don’t let your comfortable hotel in Dublin stop you from exploring even at night.
7. Guinness Storehouse & Gravity Bar
Every true Irish experience comes with a pint (or two) of their Guinness, a dark Irish dry stout. Make your trip more worthwhile by visiting its home: The Guinness Storehouse. You can walk through each floor to learn what goes into making a perfect pint of that “black stuff”.
Don’t forget to check out the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor of the storehouse. It gives you a panoramic view of the beautiful city – a marvelous way to enjoy a pint of the signature Irish stout.
8.The Temple Bar
Heading to your Dublin hotel too soon? Sleep not! Your Dublin escapade won’t be complete without visiting the Temple Bar, which is marketed as Dublin’s cultural quarter and the city centre for nightlife.
The Temple Bar is a haven for the lovers of nightlife, where the best nightclubs, restaurants, and bars are clustered. You’ll be greeted by stacks of beer barrels and kegs, so you’re assured you’ve come to the right place. One of the iconic edifices in Dublin’s nightlife district is The Temple Bar Pub. With its vibrant red façade, you can’t miss this legendary Irish pub, tucked in the narrow cobblestone streets.
While it’s earned a reputation for being loud, The Temple Bar is home to several cultural institutions. That includes the Irish Photography Centre, the Irish Film Institute, and many museums, art galleries, theatres, studios, craft, and vintage shops, and multi-hued murals.
Settle for cheap hotels all you want but don’t go cheap on your travel experiences in Dublin.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the lifestyle writers forAspect Hotel Park West Dublin, a modern hotel, delivering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences for leisure and corporate travelers across Dublin. Writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle is one thing she finds enjoyable, next to petting her cat. Follow Her