We are excited to welcome you to Dublin for AEPC 2023. Here are a few suggestions for places to visit while you spend time in the Irish capital:
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
The National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s largest cathedral and one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites. The history of the cathedral dates back to 450 AD, when Saint Patrick baptised new Christians on the site. A church was formed at the location, which later had its status raised to a collegiate church in 1191 and a Cathedral in 1212. Construction of the current Cathedral began from 1220 to 1260, with further expansions and repairs made in subsequent centuries. Today, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral welcomes both worshippers and visitors as one of Ireland’s must-see sites.
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
One of the most significant artefacts from the mediaeval era (around 800 AD), the Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript in Latin featuring the four Gospels from the New Testament. As the Book of Kells was written by Celtic monks, it is one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, and is on display in the famous Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College.
Located at St. James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Storehouse is a popular destination for tourists who wish to learn more about Guinness beer and the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness, who famously leased the brewery in 1759 for an ambitious 9,000 years. At one time, St. James’s Gate Brewery was the largest brewery in Ireland as well as the world. Nowadays, the seven-storey Storehouse exhibition introduces visitors to the ingredients that go into beer, as well as detailing highlights throughout the history of Guinness via interactive displays. There’s also a bar where you can enjoy a pint or two.
Situated atop the highest point in central Dublin, the Dublin Castle is a world-renowned site whose history dates to the days of King John in the Middle Ages. Throughout its long history, the Castle has served numerous purposes as fortification, military base, royal residence and administrative seat. Today, the Castle is used for presidential inauguration ceremonies and is otherwise open to the public, featuring several museums and an arts centre as well as other facilities.
Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Irish whiskey lovers won’t want to miss this one! This historic distillery on Bow Street was established in 1780 and served as the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled for nearly 200 years, until 1971. Nowadays, the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street serves as a visitors’ centre for those who wish to learn more about how Irish whiskey is made, enjoy a guided tour and take part in tastings, too.
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