Top 10 Visitor Attractions: Dublin

Here are the top 10 visitor attractions in Dublin, Ireland. Click on the name of the attraction for more information!

Top 10 Visitor Attractions Dublin, Ireland

1. Guinness Storehouse

Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759, this massive seven-storey building, a former Guinness® fermentation plant, has been remodeled into the shape of a giant pint of Guinness®. A visit will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about this world famous beer. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar® where you receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.

2. Dublin Zoo

See many rare and exotic animals living and roaming in a wide variety of natural habitats. Wander through the African Savanna and gaze at the giraffes, zebras, scimitar oryx and ostrich, then head to the Kaziranga Forest to see the magnificent herd of Asian elephants that call this beautiful place home. Dublin Zoo, located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, allows you to discover amazing animals to including tigers, hippos, bats, rare monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, red pandas and reptiles to name but a few!

3. National Aquatic Centre

AquaZone, at the National Aquatic Centre, is one of the most innovative water parks in Europe. A whole host of exciting features ensures that there is lots of family fun, thrills – and something for everyone. If you crave extreme thrills, raging water adventures, flying through the air, or just an enjoyable day with your family, AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre has Europe’s biggest and best water rides and attractions waiting for you!

4. The National Gallery of Ireland 

Today the collection includes over 2,500 paintings and some 10,000 other works in different media including watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. Every major European School of painting is extensively represented. It also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings. The gallery’s highlights include works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
5. Book of Kells

The Book of Kells was written around the year 800 AD and is one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. Its 680 pages of vellum contain the Latin texts of the Four Gospels. It was written around 800AD by Irish monks and later buried in the ground for fear of the Vikings and after being eventually rediscovered it was deposited for safe keeping in Trinity in 1653.

6. National Botanic Gardens 

The Gardens, 19.5 hectares on the south bank of the Tolka contain many attractive features including an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.

7. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

Walk into the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street and be magically transported back in time. Take time at The Treasury and see examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or – Ireland’s Gold. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland.

8. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Built between 1220 and 1260 the Cathedral is one of the few buildings left from the medieval city of Dublin. Today St Patricks is the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland and is still the largest cathedral in Ireland. Visitors can learn about the buildings fascinating history including its most famous Dean (head) Jonathan Swift who is one of around 700 burials on site.

9. Farmleigh House
Built in the late 18th century, Farmleigh was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness, a great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, in 1873.  The house ontains many beautiful features including the Main House, which is a fine example of Georgian-Victorian architecture, the Sunken Garden, the Walled Garden, the famous Clock Tower and the Lake and The Benjamin Iveagh Library. The library holds some of the finest examples of Irish bookbinding from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection was donated to Marsh’s Library by the Guinness family.

10. Kilmainham Gaol (Jail)

This historic site gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what it was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.

Destination: Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and and the most populous city. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning “black pool.” Dublin is situated in the province of Leinster near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River  Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region.


4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dublin…

1. Cultural Diversity 

The streets exhibit an eclectic mix of Irish, English, Polish, Nigerian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and many other ethnicities. This amazing mixture of such a wide variety of various cultures has not changed the allure of Dublin, but has enhanced it.

2. Food & Dining 

Visitors want to partake in both a traditional Irish breakfast, as well as hearty traditional Irish food for dinner. You’ll find traditional Irish pubs aplenty amongst the streets of Dublin.

3. Shopping 

The residents of Dublin tend to appear quite fashionable, and with good reason. A seemingly endless corridor of clothing stores, unique shops and large department stores are waiting for you on fave shopping locales Grafton Street and Henry Street, enticing Dublin residents and tourists alike. The prices in many of these stores are much more reasonable than you might think.

4. Historic Sites 

Dublin is full of rich history and amazing stories, and one of the many tour buses circulating throughout the city is a great way to see many of them. You can enjoy a pint of Guinness atop the Guinness brewery overlooking the city, after first touring the facility and seeing how Dublin’s famous brew is made. Or you can explore the stunning Christ Church Cathedral, a centuries-old Viking Church.

Basic Tourist French Phrases

Traveling to a foreign country can be stressful in itself without even thinking about learning a new language. However, by making an effort to learn a few travel-oriented phrases before your trip, you’ll be able to communicate well enough to discover all that the city has to offer!

Here is a downloadable/printable page of basic tourist french phrases to help make communicating in the city of light much easier! (french.lovetoknow.com)

With helpful phrases for getting around, dining out, daily activities, and making hotel accommodations, you’ll be sure to make the most of your time abroad!

The Best Croissants in Paris

A croissant is a buttery flaky viennoiserie pastry named for its well known crescent shape. Croissants and other viennoiserie are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough.

When I think of Paris I think of finding the perfect croissant and I know that many people are on the hunt to find it too. Look no further, here is a list of where to find the best croissants in Paris!

1) 134 RdT, 134 Rue de Turenne, 75003

2) Le Grenier à Pain des Abbessess, 38 Rue des Abbesses, 75018

3) Boulangerie L’Essentiel Mouffetard, 2 Rue Mouffetard, 75005

4) Boulangerie des Belles Feuilles, 22 Rue des Belles Feuilles, 75016

5) Boulangerie Pichard, 88 Rue Cambronne, 75015

Five “5 Star” Paris Hotels

1) Hotel Ritz Paris:

Hotel Ritz Paris

Hotel Ritz Paris

“A little house upon which I am proud to put my name”, such is the way César Ritz described his hotel on the day of the inauguration. Today, the Ritz retains the atmosphere of a private home, bringing together French “art de vivre”, alongside British comfort and cosiness. Coincidentally, only five years after the opening of the Ritz Paris, the term “palace” entered into the French language, evoking both the unique charm and the prestigious service of the now iconic hotel.

Situated on the outer rim of Paris, and only 5 minutes from Olympia, the Hotel Ritz Paris offers a convenient shuttle service. Guests can enjoy a swimming pool and a jacuzzi at this 19th-century hotel.
With its on-site restaurant serving French dishes, the Hotel Ritz Paris provides guests with everything they require for an enjoyable evening within the hotel. There is also a tranquil bar on site, offering a premium drinks menu.

The Ritz Paris has become an iconic venue, synonymous of excellence and elegance. An international reference in the luxury hotel business, the Ritz is a privileged venue for great of this world. Praised by the most prestigious travel magazines, its exceptional range of services has also been awarded accolades such as ” best hotel in the world”and “hotel of the century”. The most demanding of guests are sure to be delighted by the Ritz Paris, and will be seduced by top of the range catering, meticulous service, and refined decoration.

For the first time since it was founded, The Ritz Paris has closed its doors for an unprecedented restoration. It will re-open in the Summer of 2014.

2) Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris:

4 Seasons George V

Four Seasons George V

Located just steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all of Paris, lovingly restored 18th-century tapestries, and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris redefines luxury in the City of Light.

With a relaxed setting, the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris’s on-site bar offers a choice of premium beverages. A wide selection of dining options can also be found in close proximity to the property.

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is a perfect base while in Paris, the hotel is within a 20-minute walk of Arc De Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Musee Du Quai Branly, and within a 10-minute drive you can find Musee du Louvre.

3) Mandarin Oriental:

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

In the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Mandarin Oriental, Paris welcomes you with style, luxury and warmth.

Situated on rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Paris lies in the heart of this wonderful city. Surrounded by haute couture and only steps from the Louvre, our hotel exudes a timeless elegance with beautiful interiors, dining by Thierry Marx, a serene spa and legendary service.

Spacious guestrooms face the courtyard and camellia garden, Paris rooftops, rue Saint-Honoré, or famous landmarks. All feature luxury linens, Bang & Olufsen LCD TVs, and Nespresso coffeemakers.

4) Plaza Athenee Paris:

Plaza Athenee Paris

Plaza Athenee Paris

This truly Parisian luxury property filled with elegance and charm, is ideally located between the Avenue des Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, at the crossroads of fashion, entertainment and business.

With fine décor “à la parisienne”, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée features 191 guest rooms including 45 suites, offering views to the chic avenue Montaigne, the Westside of the Eiffel Tower or the charming courtyard.

5) Le Meurice:

Le Meurice Paris, France

Le Meurice

The legendary Le Meurice is a luxury hotel in the heart of Paris with a prestigious location between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre on the fashionable rue de Rivoli. Following centuries in which Le Meurice has played host to international royalty, fashion designers and countless public figures, this five-star Paris hotel is a place where history and the latest fashionable trends meet.

Recently, the hotel came to a new embellishment phase of the living areas by Philippe Starck. Combining exceptional decoration, style and quality with contemporary chic, he added a modern twist whilst preserving the special atmosphere of luxury that is the very soul of this establishment.

The 3 Michelin starred restaurant le Meurice offers menus both audacious and unpretentious, elevating the Parisian gastronomy to the rank of art, and Le Dali with its new culinary concept, where past and present meet with humour and glamour.

Destination: PARIS

Paris, FranceParis is the Capital of France. It is situated on the River Seine, in the north of the country. Paris is most famous for it’s shopping and food scene, and also for it’s art scene.

Paris is multifaceted and there are numerous ways of discovering it. Here are my suggestions:

1) The Lourve Museum: “the former residence of the kings of France, has for two centuries been one of the biggest museums in the world. Its collections are spread over 8 departments : Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, and Prints and Drawings dating from the Middle Ages to 1848.”  (ParisInfo.com)

The Lourve Museum

The Lourve Museum

Must See Works of Art:

“Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1506). “The most famous painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (aka La Gioconda or La Joconde) with her mysterious smile and cutting-edge illusionism for the early 1500s. This masterpiece has been on display at the Louvre since 1797. Millions make the pilgrimage to Paris to see the real thing each year.” (Business Insider)

"Mona Lisa"

“Mona Lisa”

“Venus de Milo” (c. 130-100 BC). “This Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess of love was discovered on the island of Milo (or Milos). The exquisite Classical workmanship of this period set the standard for Western art as well as its endless obsession with the body. Nowhere is the beauty of the female form more evident than in this incredible masterpiece.” (Business Insider)

"Venus de Milo"

“Venus de Milo”

“Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804” by Jacques-Louis David (1806-1807). “The renowned French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David captures all the grandeur of the Napoleonic reign. Packed with celebrities, including Pope Pius VII and the painter himself, this monumental work is 10 meters wide by 6 meters tall—a magnificent record of French history.” (Business Insider)

"Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804"

“Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on 2 December 1804”

“Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault (1818-1819). “Based on a true tabloid-like tragedy of shipwreck and cannibalism, Théodore Géricault painted this icon of French Romanticism at the age of 27. The blood and gore depicted here was based on Géricault’s tireless study in morgues. Of course, everyone then (and now) had to see the painting in the flesh.” (Business Insider)

"Raft of the Medusa"

“Raft of the Medusa”

2) The Eiffel Tower: “An unmissable monument and symbol of the capital, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 m tall, weighing a total of 10,100 tons. Created in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, it was erected for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2009.
You can ascend the Eiffel Tower by stairs or lifts. On the 1st floor you will find shops; on the 2nd you will be tempted by the delicious meals on offer at the famous Jules Verne restaurant, 125 m above ground, and finally on the 3rd floor you can stand alongside the clouds and take advantage of an exceptional 360° view!
There is also a viewpoint indicator on the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower.” (ParisInfo.com)
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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

3) Notre-Dame Cathedral: “The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built in the Middle Ages, at the far end of the Île de la Cité. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century. Badly damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral was restored in the 19th century by the architect, Viollet-le-Duc. Its many visitors come to admire its stained glass and rose windows, the towers, the steeple and the gargoyles. They can also discover the Notre-Dame treasury and try and climb the towers to enjoy a panoramic view of Paris. In 2013, Notre-Dame is celebrating its 850th anniversary. For this occasion, many events have been organized and the cathedral will renew its heritage of campanology with the arrival of eight new bells as well as a new great bell. On the cathedral’s parvis, a bronze star inscribed ‘zero kilometre’ indicates the centre of the country in terms of road distances.” (ParisInfo.com)

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame Cathedral

4) The Arc de Triomphe: “Situated at the Place de l’Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is the biggest arch in the world. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to celebrate his victory at Austerlitz. The architects Chalgrin, Joust and Blouet all worked on the monument. The sculptures were designed by Cortot, Rude, Etex, Pradier and Lemaire. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and each evening at 6.30pm its flame is rekindled. From the top of the monument, visitors benefit from a panoramic view of Paris, during the day and at night, and two viewpoint indicators. A museum retracing the history of the Arc de Triomphe, situated within the structure, completes the visit.” (ParisInfo.com)

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

Five “5 Star” London Restaurants

Hakkasan- Mayfair

Hakkasan- Mayfair

1. Hakkasan– Modern Cantonese Cuisine located in Mayfair, London.

Signature Dish- The Duck Salad and Dim Sum Platter

Scott's

Scott’s

2. Scott’s– Seafood Cuisine, located in Mayfair, London.

Signature Dish Oysters, Sea Bass

La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison

3. La Petite Maison– French Mediterranean Cuisine. Located in Marylebone London.

Signature Dish- “Poulet au foie gras” (Whole Roast Black Leg Chicken with Foie Gras)

The Ledbury

The Ledbury

4.  The Ledbury- Modern European Cuisine, located in Notting Hill, London.

Signature Dish Flame-grilled mackerel with smoked eel

Zucca

Zucca

5. Zucca- Modern Italian Cuisine, located in Bourough, London.

Signature Dish Veal Chops