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The area between Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral is the ancient heart of the city with the oldest buildings such as City Hall and Dublin Castle. The main museums, such as the National Museum of Ireland are located to the east, between Saint Stephen's Green and Trinity College.

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Trinity College

Anybody can stroll free of charge around the old courtyards of the university with its good Classical façades, founded in 1592. Its famous alumni include writers such as Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker - the author of Dracula, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Visitors have to pay to see Trinity's two greatest treasures - the Book of Kells and the 18th century Library. The 680-page Book of Kells is a beautifully illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels, which is thought to have been produced around 800 AD on the Scottish island of Iona, and was then brought to Kells Monastery in Co. Meath, to protect it from Viking marauders. A most attractive exhibition sheds light on various aspects of the book, from the production of the colour pigments and the calf binding, to the symbolism, and life in the monasteries. A staircase leads up to the Long Room, which contains around 200,000 books. Take a look at the very impressive wood carvings on the high bookcases, and the barrel vaulting, beneath which there are busts of Irish writers and thinkers. Ireland's oldest harp, dating back to the late Middle Ages, is also on display in the Long Room.


O'Connell Street

O'Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare. Known as 'Sackville Street' until 1924, it was renamed in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street is the most monumental of Dublin's commercial streets.
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St Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral was founded in 1191. The Church has designated it as The National Cathedral of Ireland. It is the larger of the Church's two cathedrals in the city and is the largest church in Ireland with a 43 metre (140 feet) spire. Unusually, it is not the cathedral of a bishop today, as the Archbishop of Dublin has his seat in Christ Church Cathedral.
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National Gallery

The National Gallery houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. It was founded in 1854 and opened its doors ten years later. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting.
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Trinity College Library

The Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland. As a "copyright library", it has legal deposit rights for material published in the Republic of Ireland. The library is also the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells. Two of the four volumes are on public display.
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Recommended hotels in Dublin

Harrington Hall Hotel

Surrounded by restaurants, galleries, museums and cathedrals, the luxurious Harrington Hall Hotel Dublin enjoys a prestigious city location. The green Luas line runs alongside the hotel and the famous Grafton Street is only a 5 minute walk away. This privately owned establishment was opened in the year 1998 and has since been renovated, retaining the original Georgian features that give the hotel its trademark character. Harrington Hall still offers its guest the Irish hospitality that made the hotel famous. This magnificent hotel conveniently sits in the heart of Georgian Dublin which is an exceptional location. As a guest you can wake up to a fresh cup of coffee courtesy of the in-room coffee maker or go out for breakfast. The business facilities, conference room and laundry service makes it an ideal place for any business traveler. While the childcare services, television with cable and no smoking rooms make it perfect for the family vacationers. They even offer parking services for their guests. Theaters and restaurants are available within walking distance and streets filled with shops, perfect for the dedicated shoppers, are plentiful. The single guest will surely enjoy visiting the pubs that are within walking distance of the hotel. Harrington Hall is a unique four star hotel that has a lot to offer anyone who is interested in visiting the city of Georgian Dublin.

North Star Hotel

North Star Hotel Dublin houses in a 19th century building that was once a railway station, mentioned by James Joyce in his famous masterpiece Ulysses. The hotel is great for business and leisure travelers, because it is virtually opposite the Financial Services Centre and close to many attractions the city has to offer. North Star Hotel Dublin offers serenity for the weary traveler and the hospitality is as good as it gets in the Dublin area. The concierge, Kieran, is famous for his friendliness to all visitors of the hotel. He can arrange bus tickets, tours through the country of Ireland, dinner reservations and many more services. The North Star Hotel in Dublin has a traditional Irish bar, McCoy's, and a restaurant, Bianconi, which is specialized in international dishes. The 130 rooms are decorated in a bright, contemporary style and facilitate all your needs with modern amenities. For the business traveler, Dublin Hotel North Star has conference facilities and meeting rooms available on request. Active guests can enjoy the health club for free, including a Scandinavian sauna, fitness equipment and more.

Brooks Hotel

Brooks Hotel Dublin enjoys a privileged location in the heart of the city, just a short walk from major attractions like Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral and The Chester Beatty Library. Several means of public transport are in close proximity to the hotel, providing easy access to all of Dublin. Dublin Hotel Brooks is a stylish 4-star hotel with a classic décor. The hotel boasts a calming atmosphere with all the amenities to unwind after a busy day in Dublin. Guests can watch a movie in the private cinema, work out in the fitness suite with sauna or enjoy a drink at the Jasmine Bar, one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’. The restaurant offers high-quality Irish and International meals, created with the finest ingredients. Furthermore, the hotel can accommodate meeting facilities for up to 60 people. The 98 comfortable bedrooms of Brooks Hotel Dublin are luxuriously decorated with classical furnishings. They are bright, cosy and equipped with king-size beds.

Ashling Hotel

A spacious hotel in a superb location, the Ashling Hotel Dublin provides excellent access to Dublin city centre and the rest of Ireland. Walk to the city centre and Temple Bar in just 20 minutes or board the Luas tram - it passes right by the door of the hotel, bringing you to the heart of the city in just five minutes. Renowned for its comfort and friendly welcome, the Ashling Hotel Dublin offers laundry and dry cleaning services, in addition to conference and meeting facilities, making it ideal for both business and leisure guests. Car parking and coach parking is also available. Each of the rooms in the Ashling has all the amenities you might need during your trip to Ireland. The hotel offers modern en-suite bedrooms with room service, all designed to make sure you have a very pleasant stay. The Ashling Dublin is a great choice for anyone looking to visit this great city. This four-star hotel has 225 non-smoking rooms to choose from.

Pembroke Townhouse

Proudly standing on one of the capital’s finest Georgian Streets, Pembroke Townhouse Dublin enjoys an exclusive location in a tranquil leafy area on the edge of the city centre. St Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square Park can be reached on foot via Baggot Street, whilst just beyond lie St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street and Trinity College. Local transportation from Northumberland Road also connects to the city centre and attractions such as Temple Bar and O’Connell Street are easy to reach. Townhouse Pembroke occupies three stunning Georgian houses, impeccably restored and conscientiously maintained. Staff are courteous and efficient, demonstrating exemplary Irish hospitality. The hotel offers a generous range of services catering to corporate liaisons, family holidays, or city breaks, including complimentary on-site parking, massage service and a famous home-cooked Irish breakfast. Rooms at Pembroke Townhouse Dublin are spacious, elegantly decorated and bathed in light. Privately commissioned contemporary Irish art adorns the walls, coffee and homemade cookies are provided with compliments, and Green Tea toiletries are supplied for the extra comfort of guests.

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