Places of Interest

Places of Interest near Grafton Street | Things to do near Grafton Street or if you’re visiting Dublin.

Trinity College

Dublin’s Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth 1st and is located on the site of a an Augustinian monastery which eventually overcame its exclusively Protestant proclivities and is now one of Ireland’s foremost learning institutions.
Irish riters Wilde, Swift and Beckett attended Trinity college to name a few.
The grounds are very spacious and open to the public, the main focal point is the Campanile, built in 1852.

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is a world famous illustrated manuscript from the 9th century and is housed in the long Hall Library in Trinity College, Dublin, the library contains well over 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books.
Summer opening hours:
Monday to Saturday; 09:30 to 17:00 hrs | Sundays and Bank Holidays; 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Winter opening hours:
Monday to Saturday; 09:30 to 17:00 hrs |  Sundays and Bank Holidays; 12:00 to 17:00 hrs.

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral was founded in 1038 by King Sitric and was the cathedral of Norse Dublin.
It was denied recognition by the Gaelic Irish church and it’s Bishops were consecrated by Canterbury, to which they were subject for the following 124 years. After the reformation, the cathedral became a Church of Ireland establishment.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00 hrs

Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty library is situated in the heart of the city center,  it is an art Museum and Library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, rare books and prints, paintings and drawings including some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). His collections are now located in Dublin Castle. The Library was named Irish Museum of the year and was recently awarded the title of European Museum of the year, a coveted International Museum of the world.
Opening dates and hours:
October to April: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
May to September: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 hrs

The National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland aim is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest.
Entry is free of charge to all.
Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 to 21:00 hrs
Thursday / Friday 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Saturday 10.00 to 13.00 hrs

The National Museum

The National Museum houses an extensive range of Irish antiques and the greatest collection of Celtic artifacts throughout the world.
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Sunday’s 14:00 to 17:00 hrs

The National Gallery

The National Gallery contains over 13,000 paintings and drawings including many famous and impressive pieces of sculpture.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Sunday’s 14:00 to 17:00 hr

The National History Museum

The National History Museum has an extensive collection of animals from all ages, from sealife to the fossilized remains of the smallest insect, this is highly recommended and well worth a visit.
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Sunday’s 14:00 to 17:00 hrs

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was built in 1204 by King John, the castle has a bloody past in our city’s history, from the impaling of the Irish Chieftans on it’s walls to the more recent housing of the British Administration up until 1922.
Dublin Castle is often used a venue for much of the ceremonial aspects of Irish Political Life.
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays 14.00 to 17.00 hrs

Dublinia – The Dublin Medieval Exhibition

Dublinia is an exhibition of medieval Dublin. Located in the old Synod Hall beside Christchurch Cathedral, The exhibition recreates the period from 1170 to the closure of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1540.
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00 hrs

The Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is situated in the heart of Dublin and is your introduction to the world’s most famous stout.
The Guinness storehouse tour includes brewing, barrel making and displays plus audiovisual presentations, Audio sets are available to hire which explain the manufacturing process of the world famous Black Stuff, the craft of the Cooper and A tour the of the Visitor’s Bar is one which we recommend where you can sample a glass or two of our beloved drink, for which Dublin has become famous throughout the world.
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday, 09:30 to 16:00 hrs

The Old Jameson Distillery

The Old Jameson Distillery was founded in 1780 and is located in the heart of Dublin City, just one minute’s walk North of the River Liffey at the Smithfield Village.
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00 hrs

The National Botanic Gardens (Glasnevin)

The National Botanic Gardens (Glasnevin) were established in 1705 by the Royal Dublin Society.
The gardens contain a collection of over 20,000 plant species and varieties.
November to March: Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs | Sunday 11:00 to 16:30 hrs
March to November: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:30 hrs

The National Wax Museum

The National Wax Museum houses life-size figures of famous Irish characters in the world of history and politics, literature and religion, sport and entertainment, together with a narrated history of each individual character.
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:30 hrs

The Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, it boasts a wide cross-section of Irish and International art from the 20th Century.
The museum also offers an excellent bookshop and coffee shop.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Sunday’s 12:00 to 17:00 hrs

The Zoological Gardens (Dublin Zoo)

Dublin Zoo is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world which is located in The Phoenix Park, Dublin which is situated only two miles from the city center.
The Zoo is famous for it’s breeding of lions and other large cats. The gardens are surround by two natural lakes, on which one may see the pelicans and flamingoes in addition to the numerous ornamental ducks, swans and geese. The picturesque landscaping and abundance of flowering shrubs and trees also greatly enhance an already beautiful setting.
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 09:30 to 18:00 hrs
Sunday’s 12:00 to 18:00 hrs

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About Grafton Street

Grafton Street was named after Henry FitzRoy, The 1st Duke of Grafton, he was the illegitimate son of Charles II of England who owned land in the area and was developed from a country lane by the Dawson family in 1708, after whom the parallel Dawson Street is named.

Grafton Street runs from the top of St. Stephen's Green to (Trinity) College Green.

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