Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, with a population of three million people and an amazing history. It’s an easy city to visit, with it’s condensed historical and tourist attractions. Here is an easy guide to navigating the sites of Dublin, from the comfort of your car. Dublin Drives will give you all the information you need to know to visit the must-see sites of Ireland’s capital city, taking you from the lively city centre to the serenity of the coastline of the south. Book a cheap Dublin Airport car rental deal today.
You can drive through the city centre, seeing the four courts, Temple Bar, the GPO on O’ Connell street and Kilmainham. Dublin’s history is represented in it’s architecture, so a quick drive through the city centre will immerse you in the culture of Ireland’s capital. If you want to get out of the car you can drive to Bray or Dun Laoghaire and have a walk along Ireland’s coastline. These “free” tours of Dublin are among the most scenic and a must see for visitors to the country.
Ireland is blessed (or cursed, depending on your viewpoint!) with lots of rain, so if you want an escape from the weather you can visit one of Dublin’s many museums. The Guinness Storehouse is an excellent museum, documenting the history of Arthur Guinness and the history of his legacy and his famous Irish stout. After this you could visit Kilmainham jail, where Irish war prisoners were imprisoned and hanged in the twentieth century. If you are interested in art you could visit the Irish Museum of Modern Art or take a walk around the National College of Art and Design. Another museum which beckons a visit is the Natural History Museum, fondly Dubbed “the dead zoo” by locals. The Chester Beatty Library and the National museum can also be drove to and are within the heart of the city.
The grounds of Trinity College, within the city centre, are home to many of Ireland’s historical artifacts such as the Book of Kells and the famous library. Since Trinity is a university it is free to visit and to explore, even during the college term, giving you a true taste of Irish life. If you are lucky enough to visit Dublin when the weather is good there is a multitude of beautiful sites to be seen. The Phoneix Park is Ireland’s biggest inner city park, inhabited by wild deer and the occasional jogger. Dublin Zoo is also located in the park, so if you drive down here you can kill two birds with one stone.
Merrion Square, Stephen’s Green and the Garden of Remembrance are other outdoor attractions which are well renowned in Dublin. If you are driving around Dublin city at night time and need a bite to eat, it would be worth your while to venture to Temple Bar, where many restaurants and bars can be found, as well as a variety of buskers to keep you entertained! Dublin is a neat, compact city, and a joy to tour by car. If you come to Ireland, make sure to drive in Dublin.