Temple Bar#13 in Best Things To Do in Dublin
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Often compared to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this neighborhood is Dublin's famous party hub. During the day, this district thrives on artistic vision, featuring numerous independent galleries and performance art venues. At night, dozens of pubs open their doors to those looking to share a pint of Guinness and click their heels to spirited Irish music.
Many visitors say the district has become more of a tourist trap than an authentic representation of Dublin's pub culture, but while in Dublin it is a sight one must see. Pull up a chair, order a (overpriced) pint and enjoy the music. For help navigating the crowds, sign up for one of the best Dublin tours, many of which stop in the area.
You'll find this district on the south bank of the River Liffey, a 5-minute walk north of Dublin Castle. Keep in mind hours vary by vendor, as do prices. For more on the neighborhoods businesses and special events, visit its official website.
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#1 Trinity College and The Book of Kells
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most notable college. Among its alumni are such renowned writers as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Today, visitors from around the world come to explore the college's verdant campus and towering Gothic-style halls.
But the real reason to visit is to take a gander inside the Old Library. These hallowed halls house an amazing collection of literature. Of all the books at the Old Library, the most famous and priceless one is the "Book of Kells." This illustrated version of the gospels was created around A.D. 800 by Celtic monks. The manuscripts' pages come to life with vibrantly hued depictions of Christ and his followers, bordered by intricate Celtic knots and other designs. Whether or not you're religious, previous visitors agreed that seeing the "Book of Kells" in person is truly a sacred experience. Although some visitors complained of crowds in the library, most agreed the "Book of Kells" is a must-see. For a more in-depth visit, consider signing up for one of the best Dublin tours, which stop here.
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