Of course, our first stop must be St. Patrick's Cathedral
, named for the patron saint of Ireland and dating to the 13th century. Inside
, you can view Handel's Messiah
manuscript and visit the grave of Jonathan Swift, Irish writer and graduate of Trinity College
. Dublin also has a second cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral
More centuries-old history can be found at Dublin Castle
, built at the site of the black pool, or "dubh linn," that gave the city its name. The gardens
behind the castle are a favorite lunchtime retreat for locals, who also enjoy St. Stephen's Green
for recreation and relaxation.
Dublin begs to be wandered and explored. The city's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street
, is lined with historic sites and is home to the Spire of Dublin
, one of the tallest sculptures in the world. Pedestrians also enjoy the Ha'Penny Bridge
, which arches over the River Liffey. Then you can take some time to dine, shop and explore Temple Bar
, Dublin's bustling cultural district that is home to a popular pub by the same name.