Dublin, capital city of Ireland, is known as Baile Atha Cliath or Dubh Linn in Old Gaelic.
The latter literally means ‘black pool’, and although this was once connected to the fact that Viking ships used the area to moor at, perhaps today it is more likely to represent to famous Guinness that is produced there.
There is more to Dublin than Guinness though (although that is arguably the city’s most famous export), and our pick of the top five attractions to visit should keep you occupied on a visit to this beautiful place.
The Irish Whiskey Museum
So Dublin isn’t all about the black stuff – there’s whiskey too! The Irish Whiskey Museum (the first in the world) charts the history of this much loved spirit, and by the end you will leave utterly educated about this tipple.
Learn the difference between whiskey, scotch, and bourbon and how each one is made, and enjoy a tasting session once you have taken in all the information you can. Pay a little extra to become a VIP and you can even take a glass home with you!
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is where the history of Ireland is laid out for all to see. Take the tour and find out about how Ireland became the country it is today, and discover which famous personalities are buried in the cemetery.
The tour guides are full in fascinating information, and all have a passion for the history of Ireland, which comes across to each and every visitor. But as well as the fabulous tour, there are interactive displays to enjoy, and the grounds to stroll around before you go home.
Find out more about the history of Ireland, and especially the Easter Rising of 1916, during an informative tour of the disused prison at Kilmainham Gaol. This is, in fact, one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, and it has seen prisoners come and go from all aspects of Ireland’s long and sometimes tragic past.
Whilst waiting for the tour you can enjoy the on-site museum, and once you are with a guide you can take part in interactive audio visual exhibits as well as ask as many questions as you need to. Be prepared to be moved by this abandoned prison and the stories it can tell.
The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland is a free-to-visit art gallery has something from every era of Ireland’s history. Discover artists you never knew, and rediscover your love for those you’ve met in the past. There are exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, and various events on during the year, so no matter what time or month you visit, there is sure to be something going on that will interest you.
Guinness Factory Tour
It’s true there is more to Dublin than Guinness, but Guinness is still an extremely important part of the landscape, so it wouldn’t be right not to mention the fantastic Guinness Factory tour that is available.
Stand at the bottom of the world’s largest (7 storeys high!) pint glass, learn how Guinness is made from start to finish, see the barrels and the machinery, and at the end enjoy a refreshing pint of the black stuff itself.