Visiting Ireland’s capital and most historic city? Check out these 10 famous landmarks during your trip to Dublin.
As the capital city of the Emerald Isle, Dublin has been central to the key changes and events that have reshaped and reformed Ireland across the years.
In the wake of this history, Dublin was left with a number of landmarks that recount the past, while other landmarks embody the things that make Dublin the great city that it is today.
From bars to castles, and from cathedrals to cemeteries, here are Dublin’s 10 most famous landmarks.
10. Temple Bar area – for the centre of Dublin’s nightlife
The Temple Bar area is world-renowned as the best quarter in Dublin, lined with a number of bars and restaurants and split by a series of pebblestone walkways.
Headed by its most famous bar The Temple Bar, it is on the south bank of the River Liffey and is the centre of Dublin’s famous nightlife.
Address: Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 N725, Ireland
9. St Stephen’s Green – for the city’s green space
One of Dublin’s most famous landmarks is St Stephen’s Green, a Victorian public park in Dublin City Centre that reopened to the public in 1880.
Situated at the top of Grafton Street, the park is where soldiers mainly from the Irish Citizen Army under the control of Michael Malin and Constance Markievicz were based during the Easter Rising.
Address: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
8. Guinness Storehouse – for a taste of Ireland’s most famous beer
First opening in 2000 in the heart of the St. James’ Brewery, The Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions with over 20,000 million visitors.
Address: St James’s Gate, Dublin 8, Ireland
7. Glasnevin Cemetery – where Ireland’s history rests
Since 1832, Dublin’s ancestors have been buried in Glasnevin, which is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in Dublin.
Buried among the grounds, here are some of Ireland’s most important figures, such as Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, and Michael Collins.
Address: Finglas Rd, Northside, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, D11 XA32, Ireland
6. Dublin Castle – a symbol of what once was
Built in the 13th century, Dublin Castle was first a Viking trading port, and then it acted as the seat of British royal power in Ireland.
The keys to the Castle were handed over to Irish control after the signing of the Treaty in 1922, and it is now a stunning cultural hub.
Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
5. Croke Park – the home of the GAA
Croke Park is Ireland’s biggest stadium and is the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in the country.
The GAA assumed control of ‘Croker’ in 1913 and has since undergone extensive redevelopment. It now houses 82,300 people and hosts the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals every year.
Address: Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland
4. Trinity College – Ireland’s bastion of education
Trinity College is both Ireland’s premier and oldest university, and ranks as the world’s 108th best university.
Additionally, the stunning Trinity Library contains thousands of age-old texts such as the famous Book of Kells.
Address: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
3. St Patrick’s Cathedral – for Ireland’s religious roots
One of the most famous landmarks in Dublin is St Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
The church contains over 200 religious relics and is said to be built on top of the land where St. Patrick baptised new converts to Christianity.
Address: St Patrick’s Close, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
2. Kilmainham Gaol – Ireland’s most famous jail
Kilmainham Gaol has imprisoned and executed some of the most well-known people in Irish history, such as revolutionary Robert Emmet.
It is also the place where fifteen leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed, galvanising support for the cause and changing the landscape of Irish history.
Address: Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
1. General Post Office (GPO) – headquarters of the Easter Rising
Now the headquarters of An Post, Ireland’s national Post Office, the GPO was the headquarters of the 1916 Easter Rising and the place where the Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read aloud for the first time.
Bullet holes from the Rising can still be seen in the pillars of the building, and its commanding structure still stands as Dublin’s most famous landmark.
Address: O’Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
Dublin is fast becoming a world-class, vibrant, and diverse modern city, but it wouldn’t be what it is today without any of the 10 famous landmarks in Dublin that fill the city’s streets, quarters, and public places.