For over 700 years Dublin Castle was the symbol of Anglo-Norman, English and then British rule in Ireland. It was the official residence of the Lord Lieutenant or Viceroy. The southeast Record Tower is the last intact medieval tower, not only of Dublin Castle but also of Dublin itself. It functioned as a high-security prison and held native Irish hostages and priests in Tudor times. Some other vestiges of the original 13th-century castle and moat can be viewed in the undercroft during the tour.
Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian priory which was suppressed by her father, King Henry VIII in 1536. It is the oldest and most prestigious university in Ireland. The campus is arranged around a series of traditional quadrangles providing a haven of peace and quiet amidst the bustle of the city centre. Alumni include Jonathon Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.
Arthur Guinness acquired the brewery at St. James’s Gate in 1759 and from that time commenced brewing of the famous “black stuff”, a stout with a distinctive creamy-white head. The World of Guinness Exhibition is housed in a converted 19th-century warehouse building. There is an audio-visual presentation on how the stout is made, an overview of Guinness advertising over the decades and finally a chance to taste the product in the breathtaking, glass-enclosed Gravity Bar.
The gallery is home to over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works that make up the National collection. There is an extensive display of Irish art including works by Nathanial Hone, William Orpen, William Leech and Jack B. Yeats, brother of the poet W.B. Yeats. In addition, every major European school is represented. Pride of place is given to a series of paintings from the Beit Collection generously donated to the gallery by Lord and Lady Beit of Russborough House.
Temple Bar is situated between Dame Street and the river Liffey and stretches from the Bank of Ireland (Old Parliament) building to Christchurch Cathedral. The area was earmarked for demolition in the 1980s to make way for a central bus and rail station, but through concerted effort and protest it was saved and redeveloped as an entertainment and cultural quarter. At times victim of its own success, the 18th-century cobbled streets are home to a variety of bars, restaurants, and theatres.
Jameson Distillery Bow St. is an Irish whiskey tourist attraction located just off Smithfield Square in Dublin, Ireland. Jameson Distillery Bow St. is the original site where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971.