Architectural highlights in Dublin

Before you visit Dublin, it is useful to have some idea of how the city works. What you absolutely should not miss and how you can look around. Using a map of the center, all architectural highlights are listed here so that you have to search less and enjoy more! When you visit Dublin, there are many reasons to keep your eyes open. In Dublin there are many buildings, parks and statues that are worth seeing.

Merrion Square

Let’s start on the south side of the River Liffey, the river that divides Dublin in two (blue on the map). The Merrion Square district is one of the highlights of Dublin architecture. There is a park with several statues of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The park is also very green because of the lots of rain. Most museums such as the Museum of Natural History are also located in this district.

St. Stephen’s Green

Next to Merrion Square is St. Stephens Green with the second park located in the center. This park is characterized by a stately arch at the entrance and many nice scents in spring and summer. In addition, statues can also be found in this park. For example, Edward Delaney’s Wolfe Tone. There is also a playground for the children. Next to the park you will find beautiful buildings such as Iveagh House where the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located and Newman House, which was the first building of the Catholic University of Ireland.

Grafton Street

If you continue towards the river, you will arrive in the Grafton Street Area, where many shops are located. This is a part where your attention will be primarily focused. In the streets attached to it, you can also find restaurants and the largest tourism office, which is located in an old church. Don’t forget to take a photo next to the Molly Malone statue.

George Street and Christchurch

Next to the Grafton Street Area you will find the George Street Area. For example, Dublin Castle is located here. You are also close to Christchurch, where, in addition to Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Patricks Cathedral is also located. Christ Church Cathedral is a Victorian cathedral and Saint Patricks Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral. Both are worth a visit. Moreover, at Christ Church Cathedral you will find an even older part of Dublin, where the Vikings had their houses. It is not a very obvious monument so don’t just walk past it because it is good to see.

Temple Bar

If you walk further north you will reach Temple Bar. In this entertainment area, old and new buildings alternate. There are many pubs here where there is always plenty of live music being played. With, of course, the Temple Bar as the highlight. This pub is very touristy, but has a lot of atmosphere plus real, authentic Irish music.

Trinity College

Next to Temple Bar is Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. An impressive sight in the center. Also on site is the Trinity College Library, proud owner of the Book of Kells. There is also a large park next to the university where cricket matches are often played. And opposite the university is the Bank of Ireland. This used to be the Irish Parliament and a special building

The Docklands

If you continue east, you will end up in the Docklands. This part of Dublin is home to the most modern architecture. Here are the theatres, the O2 amphitheater for live music and the apartments of Irish celebrities such as Collin Farrel and U2. Once you cross the bridge you will also see a memorial to the Great Famine in 1845-1850. This monument is definitely a must-see. It’s very impressive.

O’Connell Street

The OConnell Street Area is located next to the Docklands. There are many shops, cinemas and of course more pubs here. You will also find the Spire itself in the middle of OConnell Street; a very high tower that was placed there to bring contemporary allure to the street. In the middle of this street you will find the impressive General Post Office, where the Irish Republic was proclaimed during the Easter Rising. Also located in this part of the city is the Church, which is a kind of bar/club/restaurant. However, the building is an ordinary church with glass and lead windows, statues of saints, etc. Also nice to see once.
Dublin city center is very diverse, with architectural monuments and buildings representing all major historical events. Enjoy it and take a good look around you!

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