For decades scarcely considered, the Irish capital is a city that, almost immediately, manages to conquer. Today it has deservedly been placed among the most interesting Capitals in the European scene. Not so much for the beautiful neighborhoods, monuments, and museums, of which however it is rich, but rather for its atmosphere.
Dublin is a city to live, even just for a weekend, walking along the Liffey; chatting with people; sipping a divine Guinness in one of the many pubs in the city. It also spends one Weekend Dublin, can give many emotions. Moreover, a certain James Joyce claimed that "it would be really unusual if someone coming to Dublin did not end up in a pub sooner or later"!
Did you manage to arrive in the morning? Well, in this case you will have much of the day at your disposal to start exploring the city, starting from Dublin Castle, a 13th century Norman fortress, built at the behest of King John of England.
Initially, it was a medieval structure consisting of a moat, a drawbridge and four towers. Of these, only one remained intact after the appalling fire of the 1684; there Record Tower, while what is visible today, is a set of buildings modified over the years, starting from 1700.
The interior of the structure consists of fifteen rooms, furnished in a luxurious style, including the beautiful Saint Patrick's Hall; today, it is a place of ceremonies, with its wonderful decorated ceiling. In the Throne Room (Throne Room), the ceremony of investiture of the new President of the Republic is held; always here, in case he dies before his term, his body is exposed for three consecutive days. In Throne Room there is the throne of William of Orange and a splendid chandelier in the shape of a clover; it is the symbol of the union between Ireland, England and Scotland.
Outside the Castle there is the splendid Royal Chapel, a neo-gothic building designed by architect Francis Johnston. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, it is decorated on the outside by over 100 heads carved in the limestone rock of Tullamore; they represent illustrious Irish personalities, including English sovereigns, Swift and Saint Patrick.
The Castle is open every day, from Monday to Saturday from 10: 00 to 16: 45 and Sundays and holidays from 12: 00 to 16: 45.
The cost of the ticket, for the visit of the apartments and the Royal Chapel is € 8,50 € for adults and 6,50 € for over 65 and students (they must possess a valid university card with their data); children from 7 to 12 years pay 3,00 €, while up to 6 years entry is FREE.
More info on the official website.
The Chapel's Crypt houses the Revenue Museum, or the Entrance Museum, which collects interesting food for thought on the history of the collection of Irish taxes and duties. The exhibition includes interesting and entertaining interactive games on smuggling, alcohol and counterfeit goods. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10: 00 to 16: 00 (closed on Saturday and Sunday). More information on the official website from this link.
Photo, 2008 Aligatorek
Before reaching the beautiful Cheaster Betty Library, we suggest you take a break at the splendid Dubhlinn Garden, or the gardens located right in front of the Castle. Incredible geometric precision and well-kept spaces characterize these beautiful gardens in the center; they have a circular shape with beautiful benches that surround it. Lying on one side is this authentic Dublin gem, housed in the Castle of the Clock Tower of Dublin Castle: Cheaster Betty Library.
Founded in the 1950, to host the collections of the magnate Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (hence the name), the 07 February 2000 was officially open to the public. Divided into two sections, Sacred Traditions ed Artistic Traditions, contains over 20000 manuscripts, books, miniatures, rare copies of the Bible and the Koran, as well as a precious Manichaean Gospel, written in Persian and dated III century .... an authentic paradise for bibliologists and philologists. Often, it hosts interesting temporary exhibitions. Cheaster Betty, was the first foreigner awarded the honorary citizen in Dublin!
The structure is open every day, observing the following times: Monday to Friday, from 10: 00 to 17: 00; Saturday from 11: 00 to 17: 00; Sunday from 13: 00 to 17: 00. Closed 01 January, from 24 to 26 December, public holidays, and all Mondays of November, December, January and February. Entrance is FREE.
For more info, we invite you to consult from this link, the official website.
Without delay, on foot or by bus (13 bus, 40, 123, or the Red Line Tram, stop James's), reach James Street and from there, a few hundred meters GUINNESS STOREHOUSE, or the legendary Guinness factory, one of the most visited places in all of Dublin, if not the 1 number.
It is an old factory of 1759 (year of the brewery of Arthur Guinnes), built on a land of over 25 hectares; it houses a futuristic pinned building / museum of Guinnes! Visitors will be projected in a path that develops on 7 storeys of height, around a central glass structure; on the top floor is the sensational GRAVITY BAR, local with a sensational view of the whole city. Guinness Storehouse it's really a sensational experience.
The building is open every day, from Monday to Sunday, from 09: 30 to 19: 00 with last entry to 17: 00. In July and August, the closure is postponed to 20: 00.
Being one of the most visited places, it is preferable to buy online and in complete security the entrance ticket, avoiding the line, directly from this link.
The full ticket costs 20,00 € and also includes a pint of Guinness (for minors, an alcohol-free drink). Students with a valid data card pay 16,00 € (over 18) and 13,50 € (under 18); boys between 6 and 12 years pay 6,00 €, while admission is free for children up to 6 years.
After having tasted this fantastic beer, it will surely be dinner time, and the choice seems rather obvious being in Dublin. The Temple Bar, not far from here, is one of the most popular meeting places of the city, where many young people gather. We, however, prefer to advise you on the first evening, the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in the city dating back to the seventeenth century. Here is the story of Dublin .... Excellent hospitality, excellent sandwiches and lots of beers, some of which are almost impossible to find. The Pub is located at 20 Lower Bridge St, near the river and not far from the Castle. It is open every day until late at night. More info on the official website. A nice walk along the banks of the river is what you need to get rid of the drink.
The previous night did you raise your elbow too much? Try to get a hangover quickly: the city is waiting for you! Do not get up late! The second day of your Dublin Weekend awaits you. The city has many museums and monuments that deserve a visit, but almost all close at 17: 00.
For this second day, it is a must to start with the Trinity College. To get to the historic building, we recommend reaching the opposite bank of the Liffey, to cross the legendary Ha'penny Bridge, also known as Liffey Bridge; it is the most known and photographed footbridge in Dublin, so called (Ha'penny means half a penny) because of the toll required in ancient times to cross the two banks of the river. The bridge, reserved for pedestrians, dates back to 1816, and has an arched structure.
The Irish Parliament Building you will see at College Green, was the first building in the world built specifically to host a bicameral Parliament; here, in fact, both the chambers of the parliament of the Kingdom of Ireland were located before it was united with that of Great Britain with the 1800 Union Act. Today a branch of the Bank of Ireland is housed.
So here you are, to one of the symbolic places of the whole city, the Trinity College. It is one of the most prestigious and noble universities of the world, founded in the distant 1592 of the Queen of England Elizabeth I. The whole complex covers an area of 220000 square meters, and consists of eighteenth-century buildings and Twentieth century, several courtyards and gardens, and paved squares; peace and relaxation are the prerogative of the entire campus.
To get an idea of the charm and importance of this university, just browse through the list of its most famous students: Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift !! Here, you can admire, first of all, the Campanile, a true symbol of the Campus. High 30 meters, it was erected where a monastery once stood; according to a superstition, the students who pass by while the bells ring, do not pass the exams!
The library is, however, the real flagship and pride of the entire University, with its almost 5 million books !! Many are real rarity, among which the Book of Kells; it's about the treasure of all of Dublin. A wonderful illuminated manuscript, dating back to 800 DC, which contains precious miniatures with episodes taken from the four Gospels. The Book of Kells, enchants with the preciousness of its colors and geometric patterns, plants and animals, while all around, an exhibition path illustrates the secrets of this ancient technique. Keep in mind that it is allowed to enter a limited number of people, which is why, often the line is quite long.
Open every day, from Monday to Saturday from 09: 30 to 17: 00, and Sunday from 12: 30 to 16: 30. In the summer the closure is always at 18: 00.
The ticket costs 10,00 € if purchased on the spot, mind, only online there is a ticket at the cost of 13,00 € which allows you to avoid the queue with priority access. More information on the official website from this link.
Not far from here, do not miss theExamination Hall, a beautiful Palladian style hall, and the Long Room, in Old Library. Besides 200000 precious books are kept in this room long 64 meters, with two very long rows of oak bookcases; here, you can admire the oldest Irish harp, called Brian Boru, which became one of the national symbols and the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland, read by Pàdraig Pearse during the 1916 Easter uprising.
Before leaving the College, you can walk in the College Garden, maybe attending some rugby or cricket training, mixing with university students. Science Gallery, housed in this structure, is an interesting exhibition space dedicated to science in which it is possible to interact with the exhibits, stimulating curiosity and creativity. The latter, like the adjacent Zoological Museum, it is recommended only if you have more time available: as it is a weekend it is impossible to see everything.
From the south-west side, continuing on Suffolk Streetnear the beautiful Saint Andrew Church, do not miss the statue of Molly Malone. The Irish heroine, is super photographed and is one of the most represented subjects on postcard of the city. The most famous fishmonger in the city, sculpted with its generous décolleté, complete with a cart and a shell of molluscs, is certainly noteworthy. Legendary character, to whom even the hymn of the Dubliners is dedicated (In the beautiful city of Dublin / where the girls are so cute / I saw for the first time the sweet Molly Malone / who carried his cart / for narrow and wide streets / shouting "clams and live mussels!" ...), and whose ghost is wandering the way of the city; in the day fishmonger and at night prostitute: touch the thriving breasts, it is said to bring good luck!
St. Patrick Cathedral, is a charming and evocative gothic style cathedral, not far from Christ Church. It is considered the national cathedral of Protestant Ireland, built in one of the most ancient Christian sites of the whole city, where it seems that St. Patrick baptized the pagans in a well in 450 dc Beautiful exterior with a beautiful and peaceful garden and, from do not lose the interior; above all, the splendid inlaid choir and its nave that, with the 100 meters of extension, is the longest in all of Ireland. Here he was buried Jonathan Swift, author of "I Viaggi di Gulliver", whose tomb is kept together with that of his beloved Esther. The only drawback, the many souvenirs sold inside. The Cathedral, as mentioned, is located in the center, reachable by many buses (27, 49, 54A, 56A, 77A, 77X, 150, 151, stop St. Patrick's Close), and is open every day, observing the following times:
summer, from Monday to Friday from 09: 00 to 18: 00; Saturday, from 09: 00 to 18: 00; Sunday, 09: 00-10: 30, 12: 30-14: 30 and 16: 30-18: 30.
Winter, from Monday to Friday from 09: 00 to 17: 00; Saturday, from 09: 00 to 17: 00; Sunday, 09: 00-10: 30, 12: 30-14: 30.
Unfortunately, admission is not free: 6,00 € for adults and 5,00 € for students!
For all info we recommend to consult the official website from this link, from which, moreover, it is possible to have a visual 360 degree of the whole complex interior.
Christ Church it is the splendid Cathedral that rises inside the primitive medieval walls of the city. From the shores of the Liffey, you will have a spectacular view of the whole building. It was the Viking king Sitric Silkenbeard, in 1073, who laid the first stone after converting to Christianity, raising what would have been the oldest cathedral in the city.
The first structure was made of wood, but over the years from the 1173 to the 1240 the Anglo-Normans, rebuilt the church in stone; today, of this structure, the 70 meters of length and the 24,70 of height under the vault jump to the eye. Dublin is a city around which many legends revolve, and even this Church is not exempt; it is said, in fact, that in the Middle Ages a soldier while attending a solemn funeral went into the gallery, where he was closed by the sacristan, unaware that he was there. Many months later, his body was completely nibbled, with the sword in his hand, around which lay the carcasses of over two hundred rats that the soldier had killed!
The church observes the following times:
from April to September, from Monday to Friday, from 09: 00 to 19: 00, Sunday 12: 30-14: 30 and 16: 30-19: 00;
from November to February, from Monday to Saturday from 09: 00 to 17: 00, Sunday 12: 30-14: 30;
March and October, from Monday to Saturday from 09: 00 to 18: 00, Sunday 12: 30-14: 30 and 16: 30-18: 00.
The adult ticket costs 6,00 €, while students with valid ID and over 65 pay the reduced rate of 4,50 €. On the official website, http://christchurchcathedral.ie, Also available in Italian, you can get more information.
For whiskey lovers, theOld Jameson Distillery, it's a real treat. It is the imposing museum dedicated to the production of the homonymous alcoholic beverage. It is located inside the old distillery, dating back to the distant 1780; here you can appreciate, in particular, the grain warehouses and then the "Malt house" where the barley was dried in closed ovens.
At the end of the tour, we arrive at the Jameson Bar for a tasting glass. It is also possible to take part in real tasting tours; Jameson Taste Experience is recommended by us, allowing you to try 4 large whiskey reserves (cost 22,50 € per person). THE'Old James Distillery is located in Bow Street, near the tram stop Smithfield Luas.
It is open every day, from Monday to Saturday from 09: 00 to 18: 00 and Sunday starting from 10: 00. Before the 12: 15 no alcohol is served. The ticket, including a guided tour of the approximate duration of 50 ', costs 16,00 € for adults (14,40 € if purchased online on the official website), and 13,00 € for students with valid card and over 65.For more info, consult the official website from this link.
Temple Baron the banks of the Liffey is a must for the nightlife in the capital, as well as a meeting place for many young people. However commercial it may be, Temple Bar represents a very successful attempt to redevelop an entire district, following a principle of architectural, social and cultural balance; no phenomenon of fierce commercial massification.
Today, the whole area, is a collection of alleys, cafes, bars, theaters and many pubs, including the namesake and super-photographed Temple Baror the well-known brand Hard Rock Cafe. You will find many street artists, trendy galleries, particular restaurants, musicians; here, you can breathe art and culture everywhere, thanks also to the presence of exhibition spaces and cultural centers, such as the Gallery of Photography, National Photography Archive or l 'Irish Film Institute; here, you will find crowds everywhere! This is supposed to be your last night, and, even if it was not ... eat, drink and have fun because you are in the heart of Dublin nightlife.
The Dublin Weekend draws to a close. For the last day, take it a bit 'convenient: make a hearty breakfast and take the bus down at the bus stop IFSC Custom House Quays (arrive here, numerous lines) to admire the Famine Memorial, beautiful sculptures along the banks of the Liffey, which represent human beings worn and dehydrated due to famine. The work was commissioned by Norma Smurfit, a famous Irish philanthropist, and presented to the city in the 1997. The sculpture is a commemorative work dedicated to the Irish people forced to emigrate during the nineteenth century just following the Great Famine, a wound still open and hard to digest.
Not far from here, crossing the river, and after a few minutes you can reach the National Gallery of Ireland, a splendid city museum located at Merrion Square. It is one of the leading European galleries founded in 1854 and housed in a beautiful nineteenth-century building. The gallery is the result of numerous donations made over the centuries, containing the largest collection of Irish art in the world; here, moreover, about 15000 are housed among paintings, sculptures, prints, watercolors, drawings and objects of art that go from the XIII century. until the middle of the twentieth century arranged in four large wings of the structure. The masterpiece of the museum is undoubtedly the dramatic "Capture of Christ" by Caravaggio, a work owned by the Dublin Jesuits, and currently lent to the Gallery indefinitely.
The Museum is open every day, from Monday to Saturday, including holidays, from 09: 30 to 17: 30 and Sunday from 11: 00 to 17: 30. Every Tuesday, always closed at 20: 30. We report that the entrance to the structure is located in Clare Street. Entrance is FREE. For more info and updates you can consult the official website from this link.
Merrion Square, is the marvelous square that overlooks the gallery, a real green lung, surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings, where Daniel O'Donnel lived, WB Yeats, George AE Russel; it was a favorite of Oscar Wilde, here celebrated by the presence of a statue and two marble columns.
Photo, 2008 William Murphy
Not far from here, St. Stephens Green is a wonderful public park in the city center, a small corner of greenery very popular with residents who, generally, like to spend time here for lunch.
the place is now a point of reference for all couples and students; It is a clean, well-kept park with shady avenues, the music pavilion, the green lawns, the flower beds, many lakes and lots of fauna: you find ducks, gulls, squirrels and several birds. It is ideal for a breath of fresh air and a bit of healthy relaxation in the city. The tranquility and peace that can be felt here, contrasts with the history of the park; just think that this, once, was the space of the municipality that housed public flogging, stakes and hangings!
The park, today, has a rectangular shape and is surrounded by 4 streets that once formed the main arteries of the city center; St Stephen's Green North, St Stephen's Green South, St Stephen's Green East e St Stephen's Green Wes. Inside, among other things, near the entrance from Leeson Street, to see a beautiful sculpture depicting three women as emblem of Fate.
On the northwest side, Fusiliers arch, or the Arch of the Riflemen, is a memorial to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Boer war who fought at the end of the 800; from here you access the renowned Grafton Street, rather famous commercial street of the Capital, to which we have dedicated a separate article that you can read here.
Here we are at the end of our Dublin Weekend. Imagine that you have at least encouraged to do, at least, a trip to the beautiful city of Ireland. So what are you waiting for to pack your bags and leave? Have a good trip and a good Dublin Weekend