With all the things to see and do in Dublin, it’s no wonder it’s one of the fastest-growing populations of any European capital. Here, modern culture and centuries-old Irish traditions go hand in hand, making this European city unlike any other. What can you experience with your Ireland rail pass? Here is just a sampling of the countless attractions.
Visit Dublin's cathedrals
St. Patrick, a 12th century church, is the largest in the country and is the National Cathedral. Primarily a place of worship, this cathedral is also an architectural and historical gem and boasts a world-renowned choir. Nearby Christ Church Cathedral is also worth a visit
Embrace some higher learning
With buildings dating back to the 18th century, this historic campus of Trinity College is a must see. The library is impressive in itself, boasting more than a million books and countless priceless manuscripts.
Take nature indoors
As the largest enclosed city park in the world, Phoenix Park is a destination in its own right. From the grandiose homes of the Irish President and U.S. ambassador to the 15th century castle, historic statues and monuments, the architecture alone will take your breath away. Add to that the zoo, sports fields and roaming deer, and you’ve got a fun-filled day of exploring to do.
Party like there’s no tomorrow
From night clubs and restaurants, to quirky shops and bustling pubs, you’ll find it along the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, referred to as Dublin's 'bohemian quarter'. In this untamed and energetic district, you’ll encounter artists and actors, workshops and galleries, and swarms of wild partiers looking for adventure.
Go to jail (Gaol)
One of Europe’s most notorious lock-ups, Kilmainham Jail (Kilmainham Gaol) lets you experience the harsh life of a prisoner in the late 18th century. Men, women and children (up to five in a cell) all served time here, un-segregated. Aside from tours of the prison, there’s also a museum and an art gallery.
Stop off for a pint
Saving the best for last. No Ireland train travel adventure would be complete without a stop at the Guinness Storehouse. See part of the original brewery, learn about the brewing process, and best of all, enjoy a pint 'on the house', or should we say 'on the rooftop' at Gravity-Bar, which also offers amazing views of Dublin.