10 Most Unique Dublin attractions
Unique Dublin attractions are all those attractions, that are special in one or the other way. Something unique, that aren’t found in any another country. We advise to discover Dublin by visiting unique attractions.
Walking along the streets of Dublin will give you a glimpse of its storied past. The imprints of Vikings and Georgians can be found in the city’s DNA. It hosts some of the world’s finest cultural treasures, giving visitors a chance to take part in its rich cultural heritage. There are plenty of choices for visitors seeking for interesting and unique things to do and see in Dublin.
Around 800 AD, the monks living in the Scottish island of Iona created what would be the star of Dublin’s Old Library, The Book of Kells. It is a manuscript of the four Gospels of the new testament, illuminated and preserved. Other significant displays include the Harp of Brian Boru, the Irish hero who caused the defeat of the Danes in the 1014 Battle of Clontarf, and the rare copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. The Old Library also has a splendid Long Room, used as its main chamber, measuring 65 meters and holding around 200,000 volumes of materials.
2. Dublin Castle
The Dublin Castle has stood the test of time since the days of Ireland’s first Lord, King John. It used to be the seat of the United Kingdom government stationed in Ireland until 1922. It is also the former host of the British government until the Ireland Lordship,and later, of the Ireland Kingdom.
The provisional government acquired the keys to the complex through the Anglo Irish Treaty in December of 1921.
Now, the castle welcomes tourists, State and foreign dignitaries for dinners and conferences, the most significant being the dinner held for Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. It is also the site of the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.
The castle today is a major tourist attraction and conferencing destination. The building is also used for State dinners (the most recent being for Queen Elizabeth II in 2011) and most significantly, the inauguration of the presidents of Ireland.
What used to be a prison facility used for public hangings executions in 1796 is now a museum run by the government’s Office of Public Works. Kilmainham Gaol, with the official name “County of Dublin Gaol” and a nickname “New Gaol” stands a few meters away from the original noisome dungeon.
It was the First earl of Ireland, James Caufield, who commissioned the Scottish architect William Chambers to design the “little house” or “casino” in the gardens of the Marino House, hence the name. Construction of the house commenced in the late 1750s and lasted until 1775
The house is Neo-Classical in structure and gives the illusion of being diminutive in size. From the outside, one might be tricked in believing that it is a single-roomed building with a large panel door, or as seen from other elevations, a single large window. The house actually holds 16 rooms across its three floors. It is unique in the kinds of techniques used to make it seemingly simple while holding the secret of structural artistry inside.
Beneath the grounds of the Glasnevin Cemetery rests a number of prominent men and women in Ireland like Eamon de Valera, Frank Duff and Christy Brown, to name a few. The memorial and graves of these famous personalities warrants a visit from tourists when in Dublin. The Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum offers tours for researchers and educational groups. It is frequented by genealogists and visitors curious about their family history.
The Treasury at the National Archeology Museum on Kildare Street is worth a visit as it holds fort to commendable examples of the Celtic and the Medieval art such as the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch. Medieval documents and prehistoric gold artifacts from Europe are also housed in this museum. There is a depiction of prehistoric Ireland and the age of Vikings.
7. National Decorative Arts and History Museum
The site of the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History used to hold the Collins Barracks. It showcases artifacts like ceramic and glassware pieces, furniture, folk costume and weaponry. The contemporary galleries chart the economic and military progress of Ireland through the ages.
8. The National Library
All of the brilliant minds in Ireland are immortalized in the records and documents kept and collected in the National Library of Ireland. Visitors are encouraged to delve into its collections and take advantage of its genealogy service. The National Library keeps in its possession some award-winning exhibitions, including “Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats”, one of the most significant internationally stages exhibitions.
Cafe Joly in The National Library serves local artisan produce, from Irish cheese to homemade soup and baked scones and tarts.
9. Marsh Library
The eponymous library holds important collections from the Renaissance and early Enlightenment eras, with over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts. It was the first library in Ireland to be opened to the public and was built on the orders of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh. The Act of the Irish Parliament in 1707 formally established the Library.
Visitors may browse from among its many documents in various subjects such as science, travel, mathematics, music, literature and theology. The most noteworthy among the collection are books dating back to before 1501.
The National Museum allows visitors to take a peek into the Victorian times. It was opened by Dr. David Livingstone in 1857 and has not undergone any major change since then.
The museum is known for its extensive taxidermy collection including mammals, birds and sea creature. The recently added Discovery Zone permits visitors to experience explorations by handling taxidermy specimens.