History, Tours, & Architecture in Dublin
Dublin has a unique heritage with a long history of tradition and culture. Let’s start our tour around Dublin through a local’s perspective on art, architecture, and scenery.
The Tour Begins
Start in the city center to see the amazing Monument of Light at O’Connell Street, The spire of Dublin it is a large stainless steel pin-like monument and it’s a striking 120 meters high landmark in the heart of Dublin. This monument represents the past expanding through time in the future. Across from this monument is the General Post Office (GPO). Visit the GPO to learn about its symbolic importance for the Irish people. It was headquarters for the people who took part in the Easter Rising of April 1916, which led to Irish independence and the creation of a new state. Look at the walls outside where you can see bullet holes from the 1916 battle that marked Ireland’s independence.
Make your way up Westmorland Street to Trinity College continue walking towards O’Connell Bridge for a good photo op of the Liffey River. You will also see the famous memorial of Daniel O’Connell, the 19th century National Leader. As you approach the college green, you will see the Bank of Ireland, which was formerly the House of Lords. The banks visiting hours are Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm. Plan ahead and visit their website for the full schedule for special exhibits.
Across from the Bank of Ireland sits the legendary Trinity College. A must-see at Trinity College includes The Book of Kells exhibition. This famous manuscript is Ireland’s greatest treasure. The 9th-century book tells the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. The Book of Kells is hand embellished and features beautiful typographic layouts and ornaments. This exhibit only costs 11 euros or you can buy a family pass for 28 euros. Insider’s Tip: The Trinity College Library inspired the creation of the Hogwarts library in the Harry Potter films.
Visit the local Tourism Office to get a lot of information about the local Dublin tours. Close to the office on Suffolk Street is the sweet Molly Malone statue, she is a fictional fishmonger and the star of a well- known Irish song. My favorite tour is the Viking Splash tour, it is a car/boat tour around Dublin and everyone one gets a Viking hat and roars at locals. It is great fun for all ages and you get to enjoy a cruise through the Liffey River.
After your tour, visit Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street to enjoy a cup of the most delicious hot chocolate. You can create your own hot chocolate masterpiece by adding a variety of toppings. Bewley’s Café has a 175-year history with coffee and tea so if hot chocolate isn’t your thing they offer a wide variety of options.
Time to Unwind
After walking around the city take a break in St. Stephen’s Park and enjoy the scenery. There is a lake in the center of the park with ducks sailing smoothly, swans roosting, and locals gathering for fun activities. Spend time with your family while playing on the playground. Prepare food and enjoy a nice picnic while you soak up the sun.
Next, navigate to the National Concert Hall. The hall features incredible architecture and art, take a walk around to explore the displays. There is something for everyone here at the National Concert Hall and if you would like to see a show here visit their event calendar for more information.
Phoenix Park is one of the largest recreational spaces in Europe, visit their event calendar for the most up to date schedule. The Dublin Zoo is located here, I suggest renting a bike to explore the park on your way to the zoo. While you are cycling visit the Áras an Uachtaráin which has been home to all of Ireland’s Presidents. Take a break and visit the famous White Moose Cafe, known for having the best pancakes in town. This café has a fun atmosphere and a great menu with many options starting with eggs Benedict, full Irish breakfasts, and many more. My favorite dish is the pancakes Nutella Eton Mess, it’s delicious. Get to White Moose Café early, they do not take reservations and they are usually very busy, but the wait is worth it!
I hope you get the chance to experience the city of Dublin for yourself. Ireland is a proud and amazing country that celebrates the city of Dublin for its deep history, beautiful scenery, fun activities, and culture. Start planning your next experience today!