Dublin's artistic heritage is second to none.
Practical Info for the First Timer.
Book of Kells
Bonus! The Book of Kells is only one highlight at Trinity College Dublin. Marvel at the many exhibits in the Old Library and to wander the cobblestone paths of the campus.
Dublin Writer's Museum
Bonus! If you plan on also visiting the James Joyce Center, you can take advantage of a special combined rate to the two facilities
The Abbey Theatre
Bonus! William Butler isn’t the only Yeats in Abbey history! His brother, Jack, illustrated Synge’s books, designed sets for the Abbey, and had three of his own plays produced there, but is most distinguished as an outstanding painter. You can see his work at the National Gallery of Ireland, including The Liffey Swim, for which Yeat’s earned Ireland’s first Olympic Medalist, as painting was an exhibition event at the 1924 Paris Olympics.
Following in Famous Footsteps
I always look forward to this tour every time I’m in Dublin – it’s always fresh, entertaining, and even a wee bit educational. I'd like to say that the tour guides are fantastic but "guide" is in no way an adequate word. They're passionate, enthusiastic, and full of good cheer. They're superb actors, mimics, and singers - but they are horrible when it comes to putting on a Canadian accent! I love that the tour goes year round (as so many walking tours wimp out in winter) and they make such a strong effort to welcome each and every participant.
Even if you're not one for walking tours - or literature, for that matter - I think you'll love this tour. Every pub in Dublin has a story (in fact, they probably all have thousands of stories!) but it can be a difficult for a first time visitor to figure out where to go. It's great to have a guide and a group by your side and it's the perfect way to soak up a lot of Dublin character in a short amount of time. It gives great insight into the heart of the city and it's just awesome fun. On our last visit we were laughing with every story and had such a great time getting to know our fellow travelers. One pro tip: Unless you're a beer drinking superstar, order half pints or small drinks at each pub. The stops are short and the pubs are busy - I was never able to finish a full pint.
Bonus! Irish literature is celebrated throughout the city through public art. The statues of Joyce and Wilde are the most famous, but dedicated fans can find even more!
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