Car Rentals in Dublin
Architecturally amazing, Dublin is quickly getting a reputation as one of Europe's chicest cities, a thriving mix of old and new that's reclaiming Irish expatriates by the thousands, who return to Dublin with a world-savvy sense. Travel to Dublin from May through September and enjoy Dublin's top attractions in the clear, green summertime.
Crane St., Dublin IE; Tel. 01.408.4800
Guinness is good for you, or so devout fans of the black brew believe. For the perfect pint of Guinness (indisputably Dublin's top attraction), take a six-dollar tour of St. James Gate Guinness Brewery (circumnavigating the Guinness vats, it seems they are too tempting) and wander through the Guinness Storehouse, a Guinness Museum and the Guinness Zone, a history of Guinness advertising. After a lesson in Guinness history, enjoy a pint of the tried and true black brew poured by an expert bartender who knows how to conjure those white rings on the inside of the glass.
Book of Kells
Long Library, Trinity College Dublin, IE; Tel. 01.608.2320
Still intact after over 1000 years, the Book of Kells was written in 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illustrated manuscripts in the world. Intricate and delicate, the Books of Kells contains Latin renderings of the Four Gospels and the Long Library at Dublin's Trinity College has made a veritable shrine to one of the world's oldest written documents.
Palace St., Dublin IE; Tel. 01.677.7129
Perched atop Cork Hill (close to Temple Bar in what is now Dublin's cultural epicenter) since the 13th century, Dublin Castle has served as the seat of the Irish Monarchy and later as a stronghold for British Imperialism in Ireland. Having undergone countless sieges and fires, Dublin Castle is now a popular Dublin attraction with a Portrait Gallery, a Gothic Royal Chapel and the Chester Beatty Library.
Dublin Civic Museum
58 William Street South, Dublin
Four Courts and the Customs House
Inns Quay, Dublin IE; Tel. 01.872.5555
A stronghold of Irish law since 1796, Dublin's Four Courts overlooks the River Liffey on Dublin's West Side and is open to visitors for free when court is in session. Designed by James Gandon, the 440-foot façade of this Dublin attraction is a graceful masterpiece complete with Corinthian columns and a massive dome.
No visit to Dublin is complete without a stroll down Dublin's Grafton Street, Dublin's up market shopping area, located between Trinity College and St. Stephens Green. Grafton Street is home to Dublin's main department store, Powerscourt Center, as well as the most popular of Dublin's famous Bewley's Cafés. Just behind Dublin's Powerscourt Center is the Castlemarket, a Dublin shopping area full of clothing boutiques and fine Dublin dining.
Short for Halfpenny Bridge, this Dublin attraction was Dublin's only pedestrian bridge until 2000. On the River Liffey near O'Connell Street and Temple Bar, the bridge is near Dublin shopping in Henry Street and is a great spot for heady ale heads to get a bit of fresh air after a night of pub-crawling in Dublin's Temple Bar district.
James Joyce Cultural Centre
35 N. Great George's St., Dublin IE; Tel. 01.878.8547
Located in a gorgeous 1784 Georgian mansion, near Parnell Square and the Dublin Writer's Museum, Dublin's James Joyce Cultural Centre is an ode to all things Ulysses. From portraits of the real life Dublin personalities who inspired characters in Joyce's Ulysses to a walking tour of "Joyce Country" in northern Dublin, the James Joyce Cultural Center is one of Dublin's top literary attractions.
Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares
End of Nassau St., Dublin IE; Tel. 353.1661.2369
One of the best Dublin attractions for seeing what's left of Dublin's Georgian Heritage, the buildings surrounding Merrion Square have brick façades and wrought-iron balconies and were once home to some of Dublin's most prestigious personalities. The area is now home to upscale business offices and private art galleries, a far cry from the time when Merrion Square was used a soup kitchen for Famine refugees.
Parkgate St, Dublin IE; Tel. 353.1677.0095
One of the largest city parks in the world, Dublin's Phoenix Park is twice the size of New York's Central Park and is home to the Dublin Zoo (known for its lions and African reptiles), a castle and numerous lakes and gardens, while also housing the official residence of the Irish president. A green and greener Irish attraction, no visit to Dublin is complete without a stroll through Dublin's Phoenix Park, as well as many opportunities for running, biking, skating and the occasional deer sighting.
Dublin's Cultural Quarter, the Temple Bar, is home to Dublin artists and musicians (who lobbied in the 1980s to turn Dublin's empty warehouses into studio and retail spaces), as well as being the epicenter of Dublin's hip and funky nightlife, high-end shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Get lost amid the cobble stone streets of a Dublin's' pedestrian-friendly Temple Bar district, night or day.
Founded in 1592, the University of Dublin Trinity College has seen its share of graduating classes. This Dublin University's architecture is academically inspiring and ranges from original building to modern additions, the landscaping is a constant shade of green and this Dublin attraction has a traditional collegiate feel.
Essex Quay, Dublin IE; Tel. 01.679.6040
Families traveling to Dublin, or anyone interested in reliving Ireland's Viking history will love Dublin's interactive Viking Adventure. Built atop what was once an actual Viking settlement (many artifacts were found in the site's excavation), the Viking Adventure rebuilt the narrow-streets of the settlement and hired "Norse" guides to walk Dublin visitors through the recreation and on to a Viking feast in the Banqueting Hall.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Glendalough, County Wicklow IE; Tel. 0404.45425
Open from May to September, this natural attraction is made up of 50,000 acres of rolling woodlands north of Dublin. Hikers and campers can venture out on their own, or take a free, guided nature walk that leaves from the Glendalough Visitor Centre.
Dublin car rentals
From €55.00 a day!