A trip to Dublin would be incomplete without learning a little about the past that shaped the wonderful vibrant city that we are today. Here are some of our favourite historic attractions to visit while you’re here:
Located just 10 minutes from DCU is one of Dublin’s most significant historical sites, a place brimming with history and some of Irelands most exciting stories. Although it may seem morbid visiting a cemetery on your holiday, their guided tours are so full of information and exciting tales of the people buried there you’ll soon become engrossed and forget where you are. You can hear the stories of the Irish Revolution and visit the graves of some of the people who took part, like the formidable Countess Markievicz. It’s not hard to see why its Dublin’s #1 tourist attraction on Trip Advisor.
Close to Glasnevin lies Ireland's National Botanic Gardens, home to over 15,000 variations of plants and specimens. The gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty in an otherwise bustling city. The gardens have been open since the 1800s, making them one of Dublin’s longest standing public attractions. They have some beautifully restored glasshouses, brilliant flower displays and a very pretty tearoom to enjoy a light lunch in.
One for the sports lovers among you next with a trip to the home of Gaelic sports in Ireland, Croke Park. The renowned stadium can hold a whopping 82,300 people on match day making it the biggest sports ground in Ireland. The stadium has been standing since 1927 and underwent a huge revamp in 2005 to modernise and update the safety features. Book a behind the stadium tour and a visit to the GAA museum to explore the history of this majestic stadium and our national sports. While you are there, experience breath-taking views of the city from the roof on the Etihad Skyline Tour.
In case you are not familiar, James Joyce is world-renowned author and poet who happened to be one of Ireland's most notorious residents. One of Joyce’s most well-known works was ‘Ulysses’ which made him one of the most important and influential authors of the 20th century. The James Joyce Centre takes you on a journey through the life and works of James Joyce, exploring his relationship with Dublin and his eventual departure from the town he loved so well.
In Dublin’s north inner city there is a small, well-preserved street which is home to one of Dublin’s most fascinating museums. 14 Henrietta Street gives a rare and unique insight into a particular house in Dublin, the diverse ways it was used over the years and what life was like in tenement homes in the days of extreme poverty in Dublin. The guided tour takes you through the hallways and up the staircases which are exactly as they were in those days and use a mixture of sound and video to really recreate the atmosphere.
If you are looking for a unique place to stay for your trip to Dublin, DCU Rooms is for you. We offer great value rates and our location is ideal for travelling both to the city and further afield.