There is a lot to see in Dublin. In fact there are loads to see in Dublin, far too much to fit in one short article. However, we will attempt to guide you through some of the Irish capital’s favorite historic sites and artifacts.
The Book of Kells
Housed in Trinity College in Dublin city centre, The Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s most famous historic artifacts. The Book of Kells was completed in about 800AD. This is a beautiful gospel transcription that was painstakingly produced over a number of years. It is on display all year except for 10 days around Christmas and the New Year. Entry is €8 for an adult or €16 for a family.
If you walk out of Trinity College’s main gates and keep going straight up Dame Street you will come to Dublin Castle on your left. It is situated on a historically strategic location overlooking the River Liffey. A Gaelic ring fort and a Viking fortress are thought to have stood on this spot before the current buildings were constructed. Long the seat of British power in Ireland, it is now the venue for state functions among other things. Entry is €4.50 for adults and €2 for children.
Christ Church Cathedral
Continue further up Dame Street and you will come to Christ Church Cathedral. Distinctive because of its arch which crosses over a busy street, it is Dublin’s oldest building built around 1030 AD by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen. Entry costs €5 for adults.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Just a stone’s throw away is Dublin’s other great cathedral. St Patrick’s Cathedral has a rich history. The writer Jonathan Swift was Dean of St Patrick’s from 1713 to 1747. During this time, in 1742 to be exact, Handel’s Messiah received its first performance. Admission is €5 for adults and €12 for families.