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Famous places in Dublin

O'Connell Street is one of the most famous places in Dublin.
O'Connell Street is one of the most famous places in Dublin.
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Dublin is the biggest city in Ireland and it is also the most well-known part of the nation. Dublin is a hotspot for tourism for its rich history and variety of things to do and see. Those who love zoos and museums will find things to do in Dublin and so will people who are interested in shopping and dining.

Dublin was originally founded as a Viking settlement and it rapidly expanded in the 17th century. In 1800, Dublin entered a bleak period of stagnation, partly because the entire country of Ireland was facing difficult times in the 19th century. In 1922, when Ireland officially gained its freedom from England, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State.

Dublin is located in the province of Leinster on the east coast of Ireland. At present it is estimated that about 525,383 people reside in Dublin and millions of tourists come to the city each year. Below is a list of five places to go in Dublin.

Croke Park
Croke Park Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Croke Park

Croak Park is a stadium in Dublin that frequently houses Gaelic Football games, soccer matches and hurling competitions. It can hold up to 82,300 people and is the third largest stadium in Europe.

Trinity College
Trinity College Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Science Gallery

Trinity College

Trinity College is a university in Dublin that was founded in 1592. It was modeled after Oxford and Cambridge. Today, the college is famous for its library that doubles as a museum that welcomes visitors. There are many famous manuscripts in the building, including the Book of Kells.

Saint Stephen’s Green
Saint Stephen’s Green ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images

Saint Stephen’s Green

Saint Stephen’s Green is a public park in Dublin. The park was landscaped and opened to the public in 1880 and it remains one of the most popular places to go in the city until this very day.

O'Connell Street
O'Connell Street Chris Jackson/Getty Images

O'Connell Street

O’Connell Street is Dublin’s main shopping area. It is named after Daniel O’Connell, an Irish hero and nationalist leader who lived in the early 19th century. O’Connell Street is famous for its busy atmosphere since it attracts a lot of tourists and street performers.

St. James Brewery
St. James Brewery Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

St. James Brewery

The St. James Brewery, also known as the Guinness Brewery, is a beer factory in Dublin. Founded in 1759, the brewery became the largest brewery in the world by 1886. Today it is no longer the biggest brewery but it remains the world’s biggest brewer of stout. Guinness beer is famous all over the world and the brewery even offers guided group tours!