Seven won­ders of Dublin

There’s plenty to see and do for ev­ery­one while vis­it­ing the cap­i­tal

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1 Croke Park Wouldn’t it be great if you could find some­where to go that is uniquely Ir­ish, his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant, vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar and still sports re­lated? You can! Croke Park is the home of Gaelic games. Lo­cated on Jones’s Road on the north side of Dublin, “Cro­ker” as it is af­fec­tion­ately known, is Europe’s fourth largest sta­dium, with a ca­pac­ity of 82,300.

Steeped in his­tory, this was the site of the orig­i­nal Bloody Sun­day, when, on Novem­ber 21st, 1920, 14 peo­ple were shot dead by sol­diers, Black and Tans, mem­bers of the Royal Ir­ish Con­stab­u­lary and the Dublin Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

There are daily guided tours of the sta­dium, where you can visit the dress­ing rooms, walk pitch-side and take a seat in the VIP area. For those with a head for heights there is also an Eti­had Sky­line Croke Park Sta­dium tour, which in­cludes some spec­tac­u­lar views of the Dublin sky­line.

The tours are cur­tailed on match days, but if you are lucky enough to get a ticket to see a game of ei­ther football or hurl­ing at Croke Park, take it. (The All-Ire­land football semi­fi­nal be­tween Dublin and Mayo takes place this Sun­day.)

2 Guin­ness Store­house The Guin­ness Store­house at St James’s Gate is open 360 days a year, so there can be no ex­cuses for not learn­ing more about the dark art of mak­ing the black stuff. Dis­cover what goes into the per­fect pint be­fore col­lect­ing your free sam­ple in the re­mark­able Grav­ity Bar, which of­fers panoramic views of Dublin City. The price of en­try for adults is ¤16.50, but dis­counts are avail­able if booked in ad­vance on­line and all of the usual con­ces­sion­ary rates ap­ply.


3 Vik­ing Splash Tour. Amer­i­can Football fans will be fa­mil­iar with the Min­nesota Vik­ings, but Dublin has a more tan­gi­ble as­so­ci­a­tion with those Scan­di­na­vian war­riors and you can learn all about it on the Vik­ing Splash Tour.

Your am­phibi­ous chariot awaits to bring you around Dublin – by land and wa­ter – learn­ing about the city’s me­dieval and more re­cent his­tory as you go, all the while don­ning your faux-horned hel­met. En­ter­tain­ing, en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive.

5 Mu­se­ums Dublin’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, on Mer­rion Street, is home to more than two mil­lion sci­en­tific spec­i­mens, while the nearby Na­tional Gallery houses some 15,000 art works dat­ing from the early 13th cen­tury to the mid-20th cen­tury.

For book­worms, the Chester Beatty Li­brary in Dublin Cas­tle is named Ire­land’s best mu­seum by the Lonely Planet. Or for some­thing more con­tem­po­rary, try the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in Kil­main­ham or the Hugh Lane Gallery on Par­nell Square (next-door to the Dublin Writ­ers Mu­seum).

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6 His­tory If you want to brush up on your Ir­ish his­tory, there’s no bet­ter place to start than Glas­nevin Ceme­tery and its re­cently opened mu­seum. The well-in­formed guides im­part their huge ex­panse of knowl­edge at a very rea­son­able price.

Dublin city is steeped in his­tory, from Trin­ity Col­lege and Kil­main­ham Gaol to Dublin Cas­tle, Christ Church and the me­dieval show­case of Dublinia. For daytrips, con­sider go­ing fur­ther afield to the 5,000-year-old struc­ture that is New­grange or the site of the Bat­tle of the Boyne in Co Meath.

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7 Sci­ence Gallery If you’re more in­ter­ested in the fu­ture than the past, visit the Sci­ence Gallery on the Trin­ity Col­lege Cam­pus.


For those with a head for heights there is an Eti­had Sky­line Croke Park Sta­dium tour, with some spec­tac­u­lar views

Dis­cover what goes into the per­fect pint at the Guin­ness Store­house

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