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The Book of Kells at Trinity College

The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book that is considered one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, housed in the library of Trinity College. The Book of Kells is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of medieval art in existence, and its beautiful illustrations continue to inspire artists and scholars around the world.

The Guinness Storehouse

Since 1759, the home of Guinness has been right here at St James’ Gate. And with a 9,000-year lease, it won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

During a visit to the Storehouse, you’ll find out how Guinness is made and discover the story of how it came to be one of the world’s most successful brands. You’ll finish off by tasting a pint of the black stuff while enjoying a 360-degree view of the city.

The Jeanie Johnston

Climb aboard The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship and experience a remarkable voyage of despair, hope, endurance and triumph against all odds.

You’ll hear the tales of Irish emigrants who embarked on the treacherous journey across the Atlantic in the hopes of starting a new life. During the Great Famine, roughly 1.5 million Irish people left for North America. But at least 100,000 of them died during their voyage. However, the beautiful Jeanie Johnston tall ship is unique because she never lost a single passenger or crew member.

Dublin Castle

Built on the site of an old Viking settlement back in the 13th century, Dublin Castle was once the seat of British rule in Ireland. Today it’s where Ireland’s presidents are inaugurated.

Its sprawling buildings have seen centuries of victories and defeats, but it remains a stalwart feature upon the changing face of Dublin. The castle sits right in the heart of the city, but you could easily miss the entrance. You’ll find it just off Dame Street – one of Dublin’s busiest thoroughfares.

Phoenix Park

As Europe’s largest enclosed city park, the Phoenix Park provides an escape from the hustle bustle of city life. Even though it is only a short distance from the city centre.

The park is home to a beautiful array of local flora and fauna, including a herd of fallow deer. Half of Ireland’s mammal species and 40% of its birds reside here too. Nestled within the park, you’ll also find key Dublin attractions like Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh Estate, the President’s House and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Based in Newmarket Square to the south of the city, this tour allows you to explore the sights and sounds of Teeling’s fully operational distillery. You’ll get an opportunity to taste the end product too.

Kilmainham Gaol

A tour of Kilmainham Gaol is a fascinating journey through Irish history. Located in Dublin 8, this former prison played a significant role in the country’s struggle for independence from British rule. Built in the 18th century, it housed many of Ireland’s most famous political prisoners, including leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. Today, visitors can tour the prison and learn about its storied past through interactive exhibits, films, and guided tours. The stark and somber surroundings offer a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for Irish independence. A visit to Kilmainham Gaol is a moving and educational experience that provides a window into Ireland’s turbulent past.

Old Jameson Distillery

Another historical gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, located just off Smithfield Square. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.

A tour of the old distillery will take you through the history and process of creating the refined whiskey, along with the unique opportunity to take part in a comparative whiskey-tasting experience.

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