Ireland: Why Must You Visit the Island of Ireland? - Ultimate Guide

Dublin Center in Ireland

Ireland is one of the top travel destinations in Europe because of its amazing sights and beautiful natural beauties. The island of Ireland consists of unique landscapes and picturesque cities. Except for Ireland’s natural sceneries, travelers can buy traditional Irish products, eat delicious Irish food and drink famous Irish beers and whiskey.

The vibrant atmosphere in the streets of Dublin, the capital of Ireland, attracts many travelers that visit the city every year. Also, the nightlife in Dublin has many surprises for them who love live music performances.

Things to See & Do in Dublin

1. Trinity College and College Green

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

What must you know before visit Τrinity College in Dublin? It is one of the most popular places that has been built in the center of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland.

Trinity College is a large site that consists of squares, gardens and parks as well popular collections of great treasures and exhibits, such as the 9th-century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells and the Books of Durrow and Armagh. There are interesting exhibitions in the Treasury and the 18th-century Long Room that house priceless artifacts and more than 200,000 historic books of Trinity College.

There are many important alumni of Trinity College university, who are also very famous around the world. Some of them are Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett. Walking in the 18th-century buildings of Trinity College you can bring yourself back to the past.

A good idea is you relax and enjoy the place sitting on the opposite side, where the old Irish Parliament building has been constructed.

2. St. Stephen’s Green Park

St. Stephen's Green Park in Dublin, Ireland

Close to the center of Dublin, there is the 2-acre St. Stephen’s Green Park, which is another great place in Dublin that you have to visit. This park is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit in Dublin.

If there is good weather, you should sit on the grass and relax or have a delicious picnic-lunch. Also, you will find an ornate fountain in St Stephen Green park. This park is a large natural playground for children and their families.

3. Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library

Dublin Castle in Ireland

Another must-see place is the Dublin Castle, which was the central administration of British rule until 1922. Walk and explore the amazing rooms of the Dublin Castle. Discover the medieval fortress, the vice-regal court and the state apartments as well as the castle museums including the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery. Nowadays, the Dublin Castle houses exhibitions and hosts music performances as well as ceremonial events.

Exploring the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery, you can see Medieval, Renaissance manuscripts, Egyptian papyrus, Buddhist paintings and many other interesting historic and art exhibits that come around the world.

4. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland

Dated back to 1789, the Kilmainham Gaol, has been connected with the notorious history of Ireland and Irish nationalism. Here, the rebel leaders of 1916, who struggled for the Irish Independence, were executed, because their act was considered a high treason.

Inside the jail you can find the exhibition that makes you understand how prisoners lived here. Into this jail important historic events took place for Irish history during 1796-1924. The Stonebreaker's Yard is sure to send shivers up the spine, as this is the spot where the leaders of the uprising met their grisly fate.

5. Kildare Street Museums and House of Parliament

House of Parliament in Dublin, Ireland

To the top of Kildare Street, you can see the Irish Parliament. The Parliament building was once known as Kildare House after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, who commissioned its construction in 1745 and set out to create a grand Georgian mansion to reflect his lofty social status. It is worth to be mentioned that the house was renamed Leinster House, when he became Duke of Leinster (1766).

On the opposite side of the house, there is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, which is famous for its archaeological exhibits including important historical exhibit collections from different historical periods, such as the Ireland's Gold period, Prehistoric Ireland period and the Viking era.

6. The National Gallery of Ireland