Originally built†in wood by the Danes in 1038, the cathedral was rebuilt in stone from 1172 by Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, better known as the legendary Strongbow - the Anglo-Norman noble who invaded Ireland in 1170. There have been major restorations of the cathedral in 1358, 1562, 1829-31, 1871-8 when Henry Roe gave £230,000 (£23m today!) to save it, and from 1980-82. Collins Barracks
Collins Barracks is Ireland's newest museum of the decorative arts and of the economic, social. political and military history of the state. The site of the museum was acquired by the National Museum in 1994 and is the oldest military barracks in Europe. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. Experience the varied facilities and the unique historic layers revealed throughout the complex - from the Medieval Tower to the world treasures of the Chester Beatty Library and from the Viking Defence Bank to the splendid State Apartments. Dublin's Writers Museum
Situated on Parnell Square, in a magnificent 18th Century mansion, this collection feature the lives and works of Dublin's literary figures over the last 100 years, including Joyce, Shaw, Wilde and Yeats. Dvblinia
In the Dvblinia Centre medieval Dublin is recreated through interactive displays, life sized reconstructions and a scale model of Dublin City. Medieval artefacts excavated from nearby Wood Quay are also on display here. Kilmainham Gaol
Ireland's own Alcatraz! Kilmainham Gaol was founded in 1796 and throughout it's history it has housed many of Ireland's "infamous rebels" including the leaders of the 1916 rising. Tours are available daily and recently a music element has been added to the Jail with Opera's being staged there because of the amazing acoustics of the jail.
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly eight hundred years, and is an interesting hotchpotch of architectural styles. The Talbot family lived there from 1185 to 1973, when the last Lord Talbot died. The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings. National Gallery of Ireland
Opened in 1864 the National gallery houses a major collection of Irish paintings while also representing paintings from every major European School of paintings. While visiting the gallery you can also enjoy dinner in it's resturant. The National Museum Of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland was opened in 1890 and was the result of the merging together of several Irish Collections. The Museum contains artefacts and masterpieces dating from 2000 BC to the 20th century. St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral stands on the oldest Christian site in Dublin where, it is said, the Saint baptised converts to the Christian faith in a well beside the building. Because of this sacred association with St. Patrick, a church has stood there since 450 AD. In 1191 that old church was replaced by the present building, the largest church in Ireland. Trinity College
The oldest university in Ireland, the college has stood in the heart of the city since 1592. The campus is filled with buildings from the 17th to 20th century, cobbled squares, gardens and parks and also a small pub situated in an old 17th century pavillion. Over 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books are housed in the Long Room, the college's magnificent library as is the famous Book of Kells.