The Guinness Storehouse
It takes very long to become an icon, but the Guinness Book of World Records has done it. The "Black Stuff" is among the most visited destinations all over the world, but this slowly settling Porter beer took its first steps at St James's Gate, in the heart of ancient Dublin. In 1759, an enterprising brewer named Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on this brewery for an annual fee of £45. A couple of centuries later the Storehouse was born. Built in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture in 1904, it was originally used for fermentation. Today it is Ireland's main attraction, a shining all-inclusive multimedia exhibition, from ancient advertisements to the art of brewing, made perfect by a pint in the Gravity Bar with its 360° view. When you get there, don't forget to toast Arthur's wonderful creation!
St Patrick's Christ Church Cathedral
Ancient, exciting and fascinating, the two cathedrals in Dublin are an extraordinary couple. Built next to a well where the patron saint of Ireland baptized the converts, St Patrick's Cathedral dates back to 1220 and is full of monuments, stained glass windows from the 19th century and the beautiful Lady Chapel.
Just 10 minutes walk away, Christ Church Cathedral has been attracting pilgrims for almost 1,000 years and today one of the best places to visit in Ireland is the medieval crypt. There are many reasons to visit it, but some may be fascinated by the Chapel of St Laurence O'Toole... a heart-shaped reliquary containing the saint's embalmed heart.
The Book Of Kells And The Trinity College
With a story that includes monks, Vikings and remote Scottish islands, the Book of Kells will leave you speechless. This magnificent decorated manuscript from the early Christian era is a true masterpiece and is on display in the so-called Treasury at Trinity College. The tour of this place includes a visit to the Long Room, one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe, which houses over 200,000 of the oldest books of Trinity.
Then, stroll around the fascinating Trinity campus, dating back to 1592, which boasts an incredible list of former students including Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift. Front Square and the Bell Tower are a splendor, but the college is also home to the modern Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde Gallery, with constantly changing contemporary art exhibitions.
Located in the basement of the CHQ Building at Custom House Quay, the EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum will take you back in time and introduce you to the Irish diaspora through interesting interactive activities. This extraordinary experience retraces the tragic and heartbreaking journeys of the more than 10 million people who have left the shores of Ireland throughout history. Would you like to learn more about your Irish descent? Here you'll also find The Irish Family History Centre, where you can access important documents, talk to a genealogy expert and join the online community of people looking to learn more about their Irish roots.
If you are looking for another place full of family stories, Glasnevin Cemetery is a real archive where the records of 1.5 million burials are kept. You could even say that a visit here will allow you to learn about the birth of the nation.
Perched on the site where a Danish Viking fortress once stood in 930 AD, and with the foundation stone laid by King John of England in 1204, the historical significance of Dublin Castle is not reduced to this. Under British rule until 1921 (it was one of the main targets of the Easter Revolt of 1916), it was in its time a court, a fortress and even a place of execution, and its architecture evolved and developed with each metamorphosis.
In fact, it looks more like an incoherent campus than a castle: it doesn't have many turrets but it hosts all major state events, including presidential inaugurations. Stroll around the estate or take a guided tour of the state apartments, medieval basements and the Chapel Royal.