Dublin 8, Dublin City

Dublin 8 offers visitors many interesting attractions and things to do and see.  Dublin 8 is home to Phoenix Park (353 1 677 0095), the largest urban park in Europe of 1,752 acres and contains a number of stately homes, such as the Aras an Uachtarian, the residence of the President of Ireland (353 1 677 0095), with guided tours on Saturdays.  The park is home to a large herd of fallow deer, there is a visitor’s centre and bike hire is available. 

Dublin Zoo (353 1 474 8900) is also located in Phoenix Park, where highlights include elephants, lions, tigers and sea lions.  Christ Church Cathedral (353 1 677 8099) is a very popular spot which is Dublin’s oldest building, and includes displays of manuscripts, artefacts and gold. 

Close to Christchurch Cathedral, Dublinia (353 1 679 4611) is a popular attraction which houses fascinating exhibitions revealing glimpses of Dublin’s Viking and medieval and past using reconstructions and interactive displays.  The exhibition is housed in a beautiful neo-gothic building. 

Dublin 8 also boasts one of Dublin’s most important literary and historic buildings, James Joyce House of the Dead (353 1 672 8008), where Joyce set his famous story ‘The Dead.’ 

A darker side of Dublin’s history is well preserved in the Kilmainham Gaol (353 1 453 5984), which gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to be held here. 

Marsh’s library (353 1 454 3511), offers visitors a glimpse of the oldest public library in Ireland, built in 1701.  The interior remains unchanged since it was built and is a fine example of a 17th Century scholar’s library. 

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham (353 1 612 9900) is well worth a visit, as this magnificent late 17th Century classical building includes a Great Hall, formal gardens, burial grounds and is home to the Irish museum of modern art (353 1 612 9900). 

Included in the number of historical religious buildings well worth a visit are St Patrick’s Cathedral (353 1 475 4817) founded in 1191 and St Audoen’s Church (353 1 677 0088), which is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. 

Interestingly Dublin 8 is home to the only remaining Guild Hall in Dublin, Tailors Hall, dating from 1796. 

Those interested in Dublin’s literary heritage will enjoy The Shaw Birth Place (353 1 475 0854), the birth place and historic Victorian home of George Bernard Shaw, restored to full detail. 

The Irish Jewish museum (353 1 490 1857) in Portobello is an interesting stop to make, as it located in a former synagogue, with original features and presents memorabilia relating to Irish Jewry. 

The War Memorial Gardens on South Circular Road (353 1 888 3233), provides a solemn commemoration to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War. 

Ireland's most popular tourist attractions is in Dublin 8, the Guinness Storehouse (353 1 408 4800), which is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery.  The Storehouse exhibition will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the ‘black stuff’, and then you can finish with a pint in the Gravity bar with great panoramic views over Dublin’s skyline.

Gardens

June Blakes Garden - Blessington County Wicklow Ireland
June Blakes Garden & Nursery
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
June Blake’s Garden and Nursery is a plantaholic’s dream and the fact that it is just minutes away from her brother Jimi’s garden at Hunting Brook creates a double attraction. June’s three acres of young garden, set out ar ...
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Golf

Balcarrick Golf Club - Donabate County Dublin Ireland
Balcarrick Golf Club
Donabate, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Estuary
Balcarrick Golf Club is located in Donabate, North County Dublin - just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and 12 miles from Dublin City Centre - and is an estuary style golf course, mixing the best of parkland and links golf course styles. Balca ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Avon Ri Blessington Resort
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
For centuries, the hill where Avon Rí is now located looked out over a valley created by the Liffey and King's River. Avon Rí has taken its name from the latter and now looks out of the Blessington Lakes – a reservoir created ...
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What's On

Celbridge - Village at Lyons Farmers Market - Co Kildare - Fridays
The Village at Lyons

Celbridge, Co Kildare

Friday 10am-3pm

Delicious organic meats, vegetables, dairy products and lots more
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Tourist Attractions

National Photographic Archive - Temple Bar Dublin 2 Ireland
National Photographic Archive
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The National Library's photographic collections comprise approximately 630,000 photographs, the vast majority of which are Irish. While most of the collections are historical there are some contemporary collections. Subject matter ranges from ...
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Wedding Venues

Shelbourne Hotel Dublin - Wedding Venue - The Great Room
The Shelbourne Dublin
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Irish Constitution was drafted here and the recent brief closure of this opulent 18th-century hotel overlooking St Stephen's Green (Europe's largest garden square) has served as a reminder to Dubliners that it is still central to life in the ...
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