Day 2 in Ireland
A museum that has always attracted the gaze and the interest of the tourists is the National Museum of Ireland. The museum has a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history, and comprises four branches per total, three of them being in Dublin. It could take you more than one day to visit them all, that is why we advise you to explore the branch which refers to archaeology. This section has a truly impressive collection of Irish prehistory, including descriptions of the technique how gold was processed in ancient times, but also church treasures from medieval times.
As well, there are special screens that offer detailed information about certain items from Egypt, Cyprus, and Roman Empire. Special exhibitions are displayed here, too, including famous samples of early medieval Celtic metal artifacts from Ireland like the Ardagh Chalice, Tara brooch, and the Derrynaflan Hoard.
Perhaps you did not know, but Dublin is renowned for its Georgian architecture. Spend your noon at the student campus of the Trinity College – the oldest college in Ireland and one of the most prestigious in Europe educational institution, built in Georgian style. We guess it seems a little bit strange to you to visit an educational institution, but this one is definitely worth it because you can see in its campus an impressive collection of historical buildings. The best idea is to opt for a guided tour, in order to find out spicy details about the institution. One of them is, for example, that one of the heads of the Trinity College, George Salmon, opposed until he his death, in 1904, women to graduate the College. The first ladies graduated just in 1904. Nowadays, you can see Salmon’s statue on the way to the former girls’ bedroom.
Well, Ireland does not mean only beer and whiskey, it is also about incredible libraries! And one of them is part of the Trinity College – the Old Library. It is namely known for the famous “Book of Kells”, a superb sample of the Bible painted in 800, on an Irish island, being not just a work of art, but also one of the oldest books in the world. In the moment in which you enter the library, you might believe that you entered the library of Harry Potter’s magic school from Hogwarts!
A little bit further is the Grafton Street, the center of a luxurious shopping center. There is a wealth of unique and affordable shops in this area along the street. It is also densely populated with restaurants and bars catering for a broad range of tastes.