Dublin is a city like no other. Located on either side of the Liffey River, Dublin is a city of history amid an economic boom. With superb Georgian architecture as a backdrop to everyday life in Dublin, visitors to Dublin will enjoy something very unique, a historic city that hosts a very modern and high-tech population. People who visit Dublin usually only visit Dublin for a weekend, so it can be difficult to decide what to see and do.
1. Georgian architecture
Dublin’s Georgian architecture dates back to the 18th century when Dublin experienced rapid population growth, which meant that the city had to develop beyond its medieval walls. Georgian architecture is so named because it was built between 1714 and 1830, during the reign of George I to George IV. Georgian architecture shares a sense of proportion and balance and a degree of grace that has been derived by applying mathematical rules and relationships to architecture.
One of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Dublin is customs, Georgian houses, the four courts and the General Post Office (GPO).
2. Trinity College
Located in the heart of Dublin city, Trinity College is a world-renowned educational institution. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, the College was intended solely for the training of Protestants in Ireland. Roman Catholics were not allowed to receive education at Trinity College until 1793.
Today, the College still retains many of its eras that have passed with its vast green spaces and paved courtyards. Combined with an educational institution, Trinity College also houses the Book of Kells, an enlightened gospel book dating from the 8th century.
3. Temple bar
Located on the south side of the Liffey, Temple Bar is a trendy area in a historic place with narrow streets still paved with stones. Today, Temple Bar is associated with parties, a Saturday market, culture, bachelor parties. Temple Bar is usually the first point of contact for younger generations visiting Dublin.
Historically, Temple Bar has been very diverse, as the area was very run down over the past century. At one point in the 1980s, the neighbourhood was almost transformed into a bus station. Unlike this development plan by order of residents and merchants, the government created a non-profit business in 1991 to protect this unique area.
4. Grafton Street
Grafton Street is Dublin’s main shopping street. The street is a pedestrian street and runs from College Green to St Stephen’s Green. Named after the Duke of Grafton who owned the land in this area, the street developed from a country lane to its present state as one of the best streets in Ireland, if not all Europe.
Ireland’s recent economic growth has treated Grafton Street well, and subsequent developments have not affected the charm of this street. Whether you plan to shop during your visit to Ireland or sample the nightlife, don’t miss Grafton Street.
5. Guinness warehouse
Presented as the meeting place of the past and the present, The Guinness Storehouse is a trendy museum that takes you to Guinness. In this fantastic exhibit, you will see, smell and enjoy more than 250 years of Guinness in this part of Dublin. The museum will take you on a historic journey into the present and, hopefully, answer all your questions about “dark things” along the way.