Dublin, Ireland, is a welcoming small city of half a million people. It is Ireland’s capital, English-speaking, and home to several universities, glorious park lands, countless museums, and places of cultural and historical significance. It’s particularly well-known for its literary tradition, its partying nightlife, and quaint landmarks. But above all, Dublin is a very walkable city that is light on the budget.
A City of Literature and Art
Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and was home to many of Ireland’s most famous writers and playwrights. The Dublin Writers Museum celebrates many such people, including Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett. The National Print Museum has fantastic exhibits on all things relating to printing in Dublin (and the entrance fee is very cheap!), and the National Library of Ireland is also open for tours.
The Book of Kells, a spectacular manuscript that’s over one thousand two hundred years old, and it can be seen at Trinity College. Admission to this exhibit also gives you access to the library’s breathtaking Long Room, which has hundreds of thousands of books and is lined with busts of famous literary and historical figures.
Another place that blends literature and art is the Chester Beatty Library, on the grounds of Dublin Castle. Admission is free, and you can certainly spend a good portion of your day there, exploring ancient and sacred manuscripts and texts from all over the world. You can also tour the State Apartments and Undercroft at Dublin Castle for a small admission fee, or check out its Chapel Royal for free.