The first step in planning an unforgettable trip to Ireland is collecting a list of must-see Dublin, Ireland attractions and must-do activities. Surely you're familiar with Dublin's charms if you're planning to explore the city, but Auto Europe is here to help expand your list of must-see Dublin, Ireland attractions. Consider visiting these one-of-a-kind landmarks while touring Dublin with your Irish rental car.
Dublin's Castle, off Dame Street in Dublin, was the seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922, and currently serves as a major government complex for the Irish government. The castle was originally constructed by King John of England, the first Lord of Ireland, in the 12th century. Originally constructed as a defensive fortification, the castle later evolved into a royal residence, housing the British rulers of Ireland. Since 1938, every President of Ireland has been inaugurated at the castle, and the castle is also used for hosting official state visits, banquets, and government policy launches. Travelers visiting Dublin's Castle will no doubt marvel at the impressive architecture as well as its richly decorated interior. Every May, the castle hosts the Heineken Green Energy music festival, which attracts over 50,000 visitors.
Trinity College, formally known as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, was founded in 1592 as the oldest university and Ireland, and one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. The University was founded to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and was an important element of the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. Due to its link to Protestant domination in Irish history, the Catholic Church in Ireland forbade its adherents from attending the university until 1970. Trinity College is arguably most well known for being the home of the Book of Kells, among many other ancient manuscripts and prints. With a rental car or private chauffeur in Dublin, travelers can conveniently and affordably stop at Trinity College for a tour of its picturesque campus and its many wonderful historical objects of interest.
St. James Gate, located on James's Street, was the westernmost entrance to the city during the Middle Ages. The St. James area has been associated with brewing since the 17th century, when many breweries were founded in Dublin to compete with the flourishing London beer industry. Home to the world?s largest stout producer, Guinness, the property passed between various brewers until 1759, when a nine-thousand year lease (yes, 9,000 years) was signed by Mark Rainsford III for £45 per year. The location has been the site of the Guinness brewery ever since. The Guinness Storehouse, known as the "Home of Guinness" is by far Dublin's most popular tourist attraction as well as the tallest structure in the city, and attracts millions of visitors per year who take a comprehensive tour of the 7 floor building in the shape of a 14 million pint glass of Guinness. It is agreed upon that the best Guinness in the world can be acquired from the Gravity Bar, located on the top floor of the structure.
O'Connell Street, formerly known as Sackville Street, is located in the heart of Dublin's historic center, and forms part of an impressive thoroughfare designed in the 18th century to run through the center of the city. Situated just north of the River Liffey, O'Connell street is lined by many impressive historic buildings and is Dublin's premier commercial street. O'Connell Street has almost always been at the center stage of modern Irish history, it was here that the Dublin Lockout gatherings of 1913 took place, as well as the 1916 Easter Rising, the beginning of the Irish Civil War in 1922, and the bombing of the Nelson Pillar in 1966. Any traveler with an interest in Irish history would enjoy a waltz along O'Connell Street, stopping at conveniently located historic pubs for a pint and some traditional Irish fare.
The Glasnevin Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Ireland, with over 1.5 million burials since its opening in 1832. Located in the Glasnevin district of Dublin, the cemetery served as the first legal place of burial for Irish Catholics in Dublin. The cemetery contains many historically notable monuments and the grave's of Ireland?s most famous national leaders, including Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, among many others. Besides the monuments to Ireland's heroes, the Glasnevin Cemetery is also noteworthy because of its high walls and watch-towers, constructed to deter bodysnatchers who were notoriously active in the city in the 19th century. Due to its location on the outskirts of the historic center, a car rental in Dublin with a GPS rental would be the most convenient and affordably way to explore the cemetery and its beautiful grounds.
The National Botanical Gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society, and have grown to hold more than 20,000 living plants and millions of dried plant specimens. It is Ireland's second most visited free attraction and, although many prefer the summer as the best time to visit Dublin, the gardens are open year round for visitors. Located adjacent to the Glasnevin Cemetery, the gardens are home to several architectural impressive greenhouses, such as the Great Palm House, which accommodates tropical plants and shrubbery. Located some thirty miles south of Dublin, a rental vehicle with a GPS rental is arguably the most convenient and affordable way to explore the National Botanical Gardens of Ireland.