Travel is on everyone's mind; while some dream of a budget trip to Bali, others are thinking of visiting the marble caves of Chile. However, Ireland has always been a popular tourist destination ever since travel became mainstream. Ireland is not only home to the Cliffs of Moher and the vibrant city of Dublin. The Emerald Isle has expansive and lush greenery as far as the eye can see. Alongside Ireland's friendly locals, the country has a rich history, some of which can be witnessed by visiting their famous historic destinations. Specifically, the capital city of Dublin is a bustling hub for lively pubs (and delicious brews), with historical landmarks worth checking out. History buffs need to pack their bags and head to Dublin: these are the oldest places in the city that deserve a tour.
9 Trinity College Dublin
- Address: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Trinity College Dublin is not only Ireland's best university, but it's also one of the oldest! Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is one of the few ancient universities in Ireland and Britain. This ancient university is also home to the Book of Kells, the country's national cultural treasure, in the expansive college library known as the Long Room.
8 St. Patrick's Cathedral
- Address: St Patrick's Close, Dublin D08 H6X3
Built in the 12th century, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It was made to honor the country's patron saint. This beautiful cathedral is a popular tourist site and is part of Dublin's storied history while also serving as a place of worship. Tourists who head to St. Patrick's Cathedral can also view artifacts that belonged the Jonathan Swift, the author of the famed Gulliver's Travels. The cathedral was also a site of numerous baptisms throughout the centuries and is known for Ireland's oldest choir, which started in 1432!
7 Dublin Castle
- Address: Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
A former Viking settlement in the 13th century, Dublin Castle is a sight for sore eyes (and enthusiastic history buffs). Built over 800 years ago, the castle is the current home to the Irish government complex (and the former home of the British government) while serving as a conference venue, historical sight, and tourist attraction. Considered the 'nerve center of historical power in Ireland,' the exterior architecture of Dublin Castle is itself worthy of a visit!
6 St. Audoen's Church
- Address: Corn Market (near High Street), Dublin 8, D08 W99H
Step into St. Audoen's Church and briefly transport yourself into the European Medieval times. This church is the only standing medieval parish church in Dublin, built to honor Bishop Rouen and Normandy, a patron saint. History buffs may also enjoy a tour of Baron Portlester's tomb, which dates back to the 15th century.
5 The Mansion House
- Address: Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Though it may carry an unusual name, the Mansion House is one of Dublin's oldest buildings and still serves the same purpose it was initially built for! Built in the 17th century, the Mansion House is Dublin's Lord mayor's official home and is considered the oldest Mayoral residence out of all in Britain and Ireland.
4 Smock Alley Theatre
- Address: 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin, D08 PX27, Ireland
Looking to catch a show while in Dublin? Nicknamed "Dublin's Oldest Newest Theatre," The Smock Alley Theatre is a gorgeous venue on Exchange Street, originally built in 1662. Situated near the River Liffey, the theatre once hosted plays such as She Stoops to Conquer, The Recruiting Officer, and The Rivals. Today, whether it's a riveting drama play or an artistic interpretation, the Smock Alley Theatre is open to guests looking to soak in some local culture.
3 St. Michan's Church
- Address: Church St, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland
Located on Church Street, St. Michan's Church looks a little unassuming as it quietly sits within the city's landscape. However, the church is considered ancient, which was originally founded in 1095 and was rebuilt during 1685! Standing tall hundreds of years later, St. Michan's Church is famous for storing a crypt of Dublin's most influential families between the 17th and 19th centuries. Check out the adorned and embellished coffins of the Sheares brothers and take in the atmosphere, which some have described as eerily unsettling!
2 The Custom House
- Address: North Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland
The Custom House sits comfortably in Dublin's city center and is home to the Irish government's Department of Housing. The Custom House is also close to the River Liffey, Butt Bridge, and Talbot Memorial Building. Built in 1781, the building is admired for its neoclassical architecture, a design created by James Gandon.
1 Christ Church Cathedral
- Address: Christchurch Pl, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
Similar to Ireland's Blarney Stone, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the country's most popular attractions. It's also the oldest building in Dublin, which was founded in the year 1030! Today, almost 1,000 years later, Christ Church Cathedral is an ancient artifact from medieval Dublin. The cathedral is beautifully adorned with remarkable exterior architecture. Meanwhile, its interior design is gorgeous and vibrant, especially the cathedral's floor tiles!