Dublin is a treasure trove of historical landmarks. You just have to walk down any of our streets, from the city centre to the suburbs and you’re surrounded by a rich history with landmarks on every corner. There is so much to learn, that it’s hard to know where to start! The city centre is easily walkable, especially from conveniently central accommodation in Dublin like Ashling Hotel. Here are some of our favourite historical sites that contribute to the history and culture of Dublin.
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, a short walk from Ashling Hotel. It is now a museum run by the state and a popular place for tourists and locals to visit. For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women, and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to being involved in some of the most momentous events in Irish history. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison. A tour of the Gaol is highly recommended, and the friendly guides are happy to give you more insight into this fascinating building and its occupants.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Dublin without a visit to the home of the Black Stuff. Guinness Storehouse is a brewery experience telling the tale of Ireland’s famous beer, something we export all over the world. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounded by a glass atrium shaped like a pint of Guinness. The floors are themed, telling you the story of the production of a pint of Guinness to the advertising that makes it one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. Along the way, you can enjoy tastings, and to top it off (no pun intended) you can enjoy a pint of Guinness or a soft drink from the Gravity Bar while enjoying a birds-eye view of Dublin City and its surrounds. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a front-facing room in Ashling Hotel, you can see the iconic chimneys of Guinness Storehouse from your window.
Trinity College – Book of Kells
Trinity College roughly marks the centre of the city. It’s located between the north and south sides of the city centre between Grafton Street and the River Liffey. Trinity is Ireland’s most prestigious university, in part due to its long and distinguished history and beautiful grounds and buildings. Contained within is one of Dublin’s prized possessions, The Book Of Kells. Held in the Long Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, the manuscript contains the four Christian gospels in Latin which St Jerome completed in 384AD. It took many decades to produce and its lavish decoration and illuminated illustrations are beloved across the world. It’s a must-do for any Dublin bucket list.
Founded by John Jameson in 1780, Jameson Distillery in Bow Street, Smithfield is a former factory that now stands as a monument to Irish Whiskey. Jameson has a long personal and cultural history which they are very proud of and which you’ll learn more about on a guided tour. The distillery no longer produces Whiskeyon-site (production was moved to New Midleton Distillery in County Cork) but you can still learn about the processes involved in making and storing this delicious drink and most importantly, enjoy a tasting. Learn how to blend your own Whiskey and enjoy a cocktail at the centrepiece bar. You’ll not only learn about the history of the production of one of Ireland’s largest exports, but about the local area and some Dublin culture too.
Another Dublin landmark, a stone’s throw from Ashling Hotel, is the beautiful Dublin Castle. Forget turrets and princesses, Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. Constructed in the 13th Century, the castle was built on the site of a Viking settlement and was the headquarters of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Explore the gardens, the buildings, and the fantastic art collection both inside and outside the castle during your visit, and keep an eye out for regular events happening, especially in the summer months.
Before you plan a trip to Dublin to discover our history and culture for yourself, book the perfect Dublin accommodation. Ashling Hotel is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of all major tourist attractions and we have bars, pubs, restaurants, and cafes on our doorstep. Book our lowest available rates exclusively on our website.