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A Weekend in Dublin: Top Spots for Craic and a History Lesson

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Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is bustling with lots of “craic” (Irish word for fun) – making it a perfect place to spend a weekend.

Dublin can trace its origin back more than 1,000 years, making it a hub of Irish history. There are plenty of exciting places to explore here that’ll give you a glimpse into Ireland’s past and present.

Here are the top for a fun-filled history lesson while in Dublin:

1. Kilmainham Gaol Museum

📍Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin

One of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, the Kilmainham Gaol not only makes history, but tells a dark/inspiring tale of Ireland’s history as well.

Since 1796, Killmainham Gaol has stood through some of the most gruesome and influential periods of Ireland’s history, such as the potato famine and the Irish Civil War.

Today, friendly tour guides tell stories of the jail’s walls and the many political figures who were once housed within them.

2. Guinness Storehouse

📍St. James Gate, Dublin  

Ireland’s number one attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, combines a history lesson with plenty of craic.

The storehouse itself made history as the world’s largest pint glass – shaped like a pint with over seven floors of interactive activities, history lessons, and incredible views.

There’s plenty to enjoy here – for both stout lovers and non-drinkers alike.

3. The Old Library and Book of Kells Exhibit

📍Trinity College, College Street, Dublin

Take a stroll down Trinity College’s cobblestones to the world-famous Old Library and Book of Kells Exhibit.

After viewing the Book of Kells, a 9th century gospel manuscript, visitors are led down to the Long Room of Trinity College’s Old Library.

A true historical treasure chest, the Long Room holds many gems such as: 200,000 of the library’s oldest books, rare copies of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and a 15th century harp that was the model for the emblem of Ireland.

4. The Brazen Head

📍Lower Bridge Street, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin

Take a step back in time with an evening at The Brazen Head!

Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head dates back all the way to 1198.  It offers an authentic Irish pub experience with traditional Irish food and live “trad” music.

For a truly memorable evening, be sure to book a folklore/storytelling dinner.  Storytellers will give you a glimpse into Ireland’s past, and will even tell you the truth about a well-known Irish celebrity… the leprechaun.

Visit all four of these attractions while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland! Find out more about studying abroad with AIFS.

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