Tuesday, 25 February 2014 9:28 AM
There is no doubt that Dublin is a world-class city with lots to hold the visitor's interest, but what are the truly great things to do? Read on for a selection of the must-see attractions to tick off if you are only in town for a limited amount of time. Then hire yourself a vehicle with Auto Europe to ensure you get round them all.
The Science Gallery
Many people view science as a dry subject, but this is something that this unique venue within the campus of Trinity College is trying to change. The Science Gallery acts as host to a continually changing schedule of exhibitions exploring the world around us.
The overarching themes that unite them all are fun and interactivity, meaning you will always find something worth exploring. In the first five years of its existence, the project welcomed 27 exhibitions and 1.3 million visitors – those are figures you can't argue with.
So if you are intrigued by everything from light waves to medicines and burst bubbles to the future of love, this is the place for you. Check the opening hours before visiting, as these can vary depending on the specific needs of each exhibition.
The imposing edifice of Dublin Castle off Dame Street is difficult to miss and was the seat of British rule in Ireland up until 1922. Now this historic site is used by the Irish government for its purposes and is a popular tourist attraction.
Anyone who knows anything about history and why certain locations were chosen to be fortified will immediately notice the strategic benefits of where Dublin Castle was built. It can be found at the confluence of the River Liffey and the Poddle.
Apart from when they are being used for state occasions, the apartments, undercroft and chapel are all open to the public. These interesting areas each represent a fascinating part of Dublin's history, both militarily and politically.
The first thing to note about Temple Bar is the distinction between the famous pub and the area surrounding it of the same name.
The pub is known by tourists for its food, music, Guinness and merchandise.While it is a fun place to visit, there is more to Temple Bar than just this one establishment. The area, which can be found in central Dublin to the south of the river, has narrow cobbled streets and much of the culture that Ireland is famous for. It would be a mistake to only venture to this part of town when you are ready to wet your whistle.
Among the many cultural institutions that are now situated in Temple Bar, the Irish Photography Centre, Irish Film Institute and Temple Bar Gallery and Studio stand out. Spend some time exploring these places, as well as shopping in the boutiques in the area, which comprise of both independent and vintage shops.
If you do intend to extend your visit to this part of town into the evening, be sure to park your hire car for the night, so that you can take full advantage of the Irish hospitality. Seeing them lining up Guinnesses in the Temple Bar is good, but don't restrict yourself to the one venue, as there is a wide selection of pub and nightclubs to enjoy.