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About Dublin

Steeped in tradition and yet utterly modern, Dublin has grown into one of Europe’s most vibrant and thriving cities.

Founded in 988, it exhibits a unique blend of architectural styles, from early Viking settlements and Norman castles to Georgian townhouses and slick, glass and steel skyscrapers. On both sides of the river Liffey, homes of literary icons like Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and Samuel Beckett stand against a backdrop of historical sites ranging from Dublin Castle to the Victorian flower beds of St Stephen’s Green Park.

A buzzing hub of metropolitan activity, Dublin is also home to no less than half of the world’s top-50 banks. Hundreds of international tech companies and innovative start-ups have operations there. For a few days, it will be where the world talks security printing.

What to see

The Book of Kells Exhibition

Ireland's greatest cultural treasure, housed in the Old Library building of Trinity College Dublin, this lavishly illustrated 1200-year-old copy of the four Gospels is the world's most famous medieval manuscript.

A must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin
The University of Dublin
College Green
Dublin 2
+353 1 896 1000

Monday-Saturday: 8:30-17:00
Sunday: 9:30-17:00

10-28 euros
Buy tickets

1.7 km from CDD
21-minute walk

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland welcomed over one million visitors in 2017.

With over 16,300 art works spanning the history of Irish and European art from around 1300 to the present day, its rich collection is one of Europe's finest.

A major survey of paintings, drawings, etchings and woodcuts by the pioneering German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde (1867-1956) will be on show during Security Printers.

Merrion Square West
& Clare Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 661 5133

Monday-Saturday: 9:15-17:30
Thursday: 9:15-20:30
Sunday: 11:00-17:30

1.5 km from CDD
19-minute walk

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

One of the National Musem of Ireland's four different sites, this is the main repository of the nation's archaeological treasures.

Its vast collections of Bronze and Iron Age gold, displayed alongside intricate Celtic Iron Age metalwork, prehistoric and Viking Ireland artefacts, and Egyptian objects, are one of Dublin's most popular attractions.

Kildare Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 677 7444

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Sunday: 14:00-17:00


1.7 km from CDD
23-minute walk

Old Jameson Distillery

A guided tour of the original distillery that John Jameson opened on Bow Street, in the heart of Dublin's Smithfield, over 200 years ago.

The perfect introduction to the art and craft of the whisky maker, including a comparative whiskey tasting, topped with a complimentary Jameson.

Bow St
Smithfield Village
Dublin 7
+353 1 807 2355

Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00-18:00
Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday: 10:00-17:30
Saturday: 10:00-18:30

20-60 euros
Book tickets

2.9 km from CDD
19-minute LUAS ride

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

From Impressionist classics bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1015) to abstract paintings by Sean Scully, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane holds a unique collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art, displayed in the finely refurbished Charlemont House.

Behind its limescale-clad facace also lie the entire contents of the studio of the Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon (1909–92), as removed from the South Kensington home where he lived in London for 31 years, meticulously catalogued and reconstructed, in all its chaos.

Charlemont House
Parnell Square North
Dublin 1
+353 1 222 5550

Tuesday-Thursday 9:45-18:00
Friday 9:45-17:00
Saturday 10:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-17:00


2.3 km from CDD
29-minute walk

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Ireland's premier venue for modern and contemporary art.

Housed in Sir William Robinson's elegant 17th-century buildings of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, IMMA is home to a collection of over 3000 art works by Irish and international artists.

Royal Hospital
Dublin 8
+353 1 612 9900

Tuesday-Friday: 11:30-17:30
Saturday: 10:00-17:30
Sunday: 12:00-17:30


4.5 km from CDD
31-minute LUAS ride

Where to eat

From restaurants to cosy cafés to gastropubs, Irish cuisine is enjoying a renaissance and Dublin is becoming one of Europe's most exciting food destinations.

Here are some of the best places to sample local produce and delicacies, all within 30 minutes of the CCD.

55 Percy Place
Dublin 4
+353 1 660 2262

1.9 km from CDD
24-minute walk

Cliff Town House
22 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
+353 1 638 3939

2.0 km from CDD
26-minute walk

Fade Street Social
Fade Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 604 0066

2.2 km from CDD
28-minute walk

Fallon & Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 472 1010

2.0 km from CDD
26-minute walk

Farrier and Draper
Powerscourt Townhouse
South William Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 677 1220

2.0 km from CDD
26-minute walk

109a Lr. Baggot Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 661 1919

1.7 km from CDD
22-minute walk

One Pico
5/6 Molesworth Plac
Dublin 2
+353 1 676 0300

1.9 km from CDD
25-minute walk

Union Café
68 Deerpark Rd
Mount Merrion
Dublin 2
+353 1 210 8122

9.0 km from CDD
26-minute taxi ride

Where to drink

A trip to Dublin would not be complete without a drink in the pub. With over 1000 of them in the capital alone, there is plenty to explore. Leave the well-trodden cobbles of Temple Bar to find the venues locals enjoy.

Here is a pick of the finest, away from the tourist drag.

Cobblestone Pub
77 North King Street
Dublin 7
+353 1 872 1799

3.3 km from CDD
40-minute walk

The Long Hall
51 South Great George's Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 475 1590

2.3 km from CDD
29-minute walk

The Stag's Head
1 Dame Court
Dublin 2
+353 1 679 3687

2.0 km from CDD
26-minute walk

John Kehoes
9 South Anne Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 677 8312

2.1 km from CDD
27-minute walk

The Dawson Lounge
25 Dawson Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 671 0311

2.1 km from CDD
27-minute walk

Hartigan's Pub
100 Lower Leeson St
Dublin 2
+353 1 676 2280

2.3 km from CDD
30-minute walk

35-37 South Great Georges Street
Dublin 2
+353 1 677 5904

2.2 km from CDD
29-minute walk

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