A historic city
Cobbled alleys, viking remains, Georgian squares - Dublin’s history goes back over a thousand years. Monuments in literature and stone mark the history, writers, poets, scientists and people of Dublin. Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly bustling port. Fine museums and attractions chronicle Dublin’s long and colourful past.
For ancient treasures, visit the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street. Home to over 2 million artifacts including the priceless Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan hoard, the National Museum takes you all the way back in time to 7,000BC. Children will love the ‘Kingship & Sacrifice’ exhibition and the Iron Age bog bodies, offering an opportunity to come face to face with your ancient ancestors.
Fast forward to the Middle Ages with a visit to Dublinia & the Viking World Dublinia, an interactive exhibition tracing the history of Dublin from the capture of the city by Strongbow and his knights in 1170, up to the dramatic closure of the monasteries under Henry VIII in the sixteenth century. Visitors can find out how criminals were punished in the pillories, how heavy medieval armour really was and what happened if you had a tooth ache 700 years ago!
Visit one of Dublin’s magnificent cathedrals - Christ Church Cathedral, one of Dublin’s oldest and most recognized landmarks, founded c.1030 by Sitriuc, King of the Dublin Norsemen. The ‘Treasures of Christ Church’ collection reflects 1,000 years of history, architecture and worship in Dublin. Christ Church Cathedral holds a series of concerts, recitals and talks every year.
Delve into Dublin’s republican history with a visit to Kilmainham Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to be confined in this bastion of punishment. Between 1792 and its closure in 1924, the Gaol held famous republican Irishmen from Robert Emmet to Eamon De Valera. The guided tour of the Gaol is a truly moving experience.
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