River Liffey, Dublin city
Zone 1 College Green is at the heart of Dublin, an architectural arena where President Clinton and Obama addressed the nation. It is home to Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells. It is the perfect place to start your Dubline Adventure.
Zone 2 The Castle is home to Dublin Castle where Queen Elizabeth II delighted diners with her cupla focail (few words) of Irish in 2011 and The Chester Beatty Library described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe. You can also enjoy the ‘The Story of the Capital’ exhibition in City Hall.
Zone 3 At the heart of the Christchurch discovery zone is The Christ Church Cathedral itself. The Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt. Just next door connected by a medieval footbridge is Dublinia, the Viking and medieval experience.
Zone 4 The Liberties will give you one of the most memorable experiences on The Dubline especially if you get to meet some of the warm hearted witty Dubliners on the streets. You’ll find stallholders hawking their wares, students cooking up future fashions in the National College of Art and Design, globally-renowned musicians playing at Vicar Street, and house party shows at the Tivoli Theatre.
Zone 5 St James’s Gate discovery zone is home to the No 1 visitor attraction in Ireland, The Guinness Storehouse. Across the river you will find the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History.
Zone 6 Kilmainham Royal Hospital is the architectural highlight of the Kilmainham discovery zone. Today the Royal Hospital is home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Nearby Irish soldiers are remembered at The National War Memorial Gardens. A visit to this zone must include a trip to Kilmainham Gaol, one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s.
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