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5 must-sees for rugby fans in Dublin

04 February 2020 09:02

Visit Trinity College's vast library

Visit Trinity College's vast library

Coastlines, skylines and memories far from the try line await in Ireland's capital...

Phoenix Park's deer

The largest enclosed park in Europe is home to a herd of around 500 wild fallow deer. Finding the herd may prove difficult as the does and fawns tend to spend their time at the west end of the 1,730 acres, while bucks can be found at the east end. Horns may lock on the rugby field, but don't expect the same behaviour in the park until mating season in October.

The city's skyline from the Guinness Gravity Bar

Dublin's most popular attraction welcomed its 20 millionth visitor in 2019. And you can see why – the Guinness Storehouse offers a vista like no other. Many guests enjoy the views from the Gravity Bar as part of the St. James' Gate brewery tour, complete with a complimentary pint of the black stuff. Head here on a clear day for unrivalled 360-degree views of the city.

Trinity College library

The Long Room in Trinity College's Old Library wouldn't look out of place among Hogwart's winding hallways. Of course, the 18th century building predates Potter and has a magic all of it's own – bookshelves are lined with the busts of accomplished authors, philosophers and supporters of Ireland's most presitigous university. The room is also home to the 14th century Brian Boru harp, the instrument featured in the country's coat of arms and Guinness' famous logo.

The coastline from Howth Cliffs

You'll need to venture out of the city for this must-see, but views of the rugged coastline at Howth are well worth the 30 minute drive. Once you've finished taking in the picture-perfect Baily Lighthouse from the cliffs, there's always the option to take a stroll around the town of Howth. The busy fish markets in the area around the harbour sell some of Dublin's freshest seafood.

Temple Bar

Many people confuse Temple Bar with the incredibly popular pub of the same name near Ha'penny Bridge. In fact, the name refers to the cultural centre of Dublin, south of the River Liffy. Here cobbled streets are lined with pubs, bars and nightclubs, ready to welcome visitors to what Lonely Planet calls 'the friendliest city in the world'.

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