Looking for a unique way to experience the Irish history and culture? An Irish cruise is the perfect way to take in the many famous sites in Dublin. Step off your cruise ship to explore Ireland's capital, and see the historic Dublin Castle, enjoy a pint of Guinness, get intellectual at Trinity College, and visit St. Patrick's Cathedral — one of Ireland's most beautiful religious sites.
A major government complex situated off Dame Street, Dublin Castle stands on the former site of a Danish Viking fortress. Throughout history, the castle has served as a treasury, courts of law, and even a prison. For 700 years, it also served as the seat of English administration in Ireland.
Today, Dublin Castle represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city. A booming heritage site, the castle is not only visited by thousands of people every year, it's also the site of presidential inaugurations and state receptions. When you visit the castle on an excursion, you can explore the site and marvel at the State Apartments' gorgeous Waterford chandeliers. If you have a genuine passion for Irish history, put the Dublin Castle on your itinerary.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Built in honor of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Cathedral is fittingly the largest church in Ireland. One of the earliest Christian sites in the country, the cathedral is said to have been the place where Saint Patrick once baptized converts.
Today, the cathedral is open to all visitors. While it is a major historic and architectural site, it is primarily used as a place of worship. The small fee that cathedral visitors are charged is used to preserve this holy site, so people can visit it for years to come. Take an excursion through Dublin, and visit this grand, historic place for yourself.
When in Dublin, Ireland, a visit to the world-renowned Trinity College is a must. Trinity College was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592 to help "civilize" the city. As one of the most well-known colleges in Ireland, the university boasts such famous alumni as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Bram Stoker. During your visit, be sure to check out the Old Library, which is home to the Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated manuscript containing four Gospels written in Latin.
What would a trip to Dublin be without trying some of the good ol' black stuff that’s a staple in Irish culture? Yes, that's right: Guinness! Stop by the St. James's Gate Brewery or any pub tour and sip your way through Dublin's great history as you embark on a self-guided tour as part of your excursion. Start your tour in the atrium at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass, which rises up through the seven story building. During your tour, you'll be able to pour your own pint of Guinness to experience the flavor for yourself. Don't forget to grab souvenirs of your trip in the Guinness Store on your way out.
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