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12 Things To Do & See For Your Weekend In Dublin

With very accessible and affordable flights, Dublin in Ireland has become a favourite destination for short trips and weekend breaks in Europe. From the beautiful Trinity College, where the Book of Kells can be seen, to the vibrant shops and restaurants on Grafton Street, the charm of the Irish capital can be felt at every corner. And make sure you join the friendly locals at Temple Bar for a pint of Guinness or two!

Glasnevin Cemetery  Finglas Road, Glasnevin
First established by Daniel O'Connell in 1828, Glasnevin Cemetery is one of Dublin's most sought after tourists spots. Truly spectacular and ever so pretty, Glasnevin is steeped in history, taking a guided tour round the cemetery is a must, then why not grab an Irish coffee in the cafe and visit the on site museum.

Trinity College College Green, Dublin 2
Ranked within the world's top 100 universities, Trinity College Dublin is set in the heart of the bustling city centre and is one of Ireland's oldest universities. Well known for producing some of the finest, most original minds including the writer Oscar Wilde - a renowned name known well in and around Dublin. Trinity College is also home to Book of Kells - an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin.

O’Connell St. Spire O'Connell Street, Dublin
Stood sky high in the middle of the famous O'Connell Street, the 120m spire breaks most of Dublin's skyline. The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and is alternatively titled the Monument of Light. An ideal look out if you lose your bearings around the city.

Shelbourne Hotel St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin is a famous landmark building in the city, located on the north side of St. Stephen's Green. The Shelbourne is a 5* take on the past with its Georgian townhouse exterior and elegant up to date interiors. A stay in the Shelbourne will indeed be a pricing one.

River Liffey Dublin
The River Liffey is a major waterway in Ireland, which also runs through the centre of Dublin. The river itself sits right along many of Dublin's famous landmarks, both new and old. Complimented with various bridges along the way, either side of the river and along banks are great for exploring and walking along.

Jeanie Johnston  Custom House Quay, Dublin
The original Jeanie Johnston was built in 1847 - Canada, later arriving in Ireland at the time of the famine. The Jeanie Johnston ran a successful trade bringing emigrants from Ireland to North America. Now an authentic replica of the cargo ship sits on the River Liffey itself available for public tours.

The Convention Centre Dublin Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
Located in Dublin's dockland area, The Convention Centre Dublin opened in 2010 overlooking the River Liffey and Spencer Dock. Designed by American-Irish architect Kevin Roche, the tilted tube structure at the front of the building is said to represent the perfect angle to pour the famous local Guinness brew. The Convention Centre is particularly lovely during the evening when lit up.

Mansion House Dawson St.  Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Mansion House, Dublin has long been the official residence of the Lord Mayor. Formerly the home of Joshua Dawson, after whom Dawson Street was named, the house was later sold to the Dublin Corporation in 1715 and retains its official purpose to this day.

Brookwood Restaurant Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
Rated top 10 among restaurants in Dublin via TripAdvisor, Brookwood Restaurant is a hearty steak and seafood restaurant with a to die for Sunday Roast and lovely wine selection. Its reviews are superb and service is even better, a recommend dinning spot if visiting Dublin.

Oscar Wilde Statue  Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Located in one of Dublin's five historical Georgian squares, the Oscar Wilde Sculpture, Merrion Square Park is a token of the author, playright and poet. Who was born in the city at No.1 Merrion Square in 1854 - just across the road from the park itself. The sculpture is a tourist favourite and is one of the most photograph statues in Dublin.

Leinster House  Kildare Street, Dublin
Since 1922 Leinster House, Dublin has served as a Parliament Building of the Republic of Ireland. The building and grounds itself are open to the public for dedicated periods and times, ideal for those wanting to explore Dublin's more historic houses and landmarks.

Guinness Storehouse  St. Jame's Gate, Dublin 8
Probably Dublin's most popular visitor attraction, located in the heart of St. James's Gate Brewery. Take the Guinness journey through seven floors, each filled with interactive experiences, brewing heritage and Ireland's rich history as well as the famous rooftop Gravity Bar, what better place to enjoy a pint of "the black stuff" alongside 360 views over Dublin.

Temple Bar Pub  Temple Bar, Dublin
The Temple Bar area, Dublin is one of the popular tourist locations in the city. You will find a concentration of pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants within this district and it is extremely popular with the lively tourist crowd. You will also find many high street stores, individual shops and weekend markets - an ideal place to treat yourself. The Temple Bar Pub is also located in this area, a photo hotspot!

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