Five Historical Places To Visit In Dublin - Dublin Visitor Centre

Five Historical Places To Visit In Dublin

Take a journey through Ireland’s rich history.

As you may or may not know, Ireland’s capital has had its fair share of historical events over the course of history. In order to discover more information about Ireland’s history, it is paramount that you visit these locations.

1. Glasnevin Cemetery


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A large cemetery in Glasnevin, Dublin, it is the site of burial of many prominent Irish historical figures, such as Daniel O’Connell, Cathal Brugha and Arthur Griffith, as well as famous musicians and actors from recent Irish history such as Luke Kelly and Dermot Morgan.

It has a museum which showcases an insight into the lives of the many people buried here and also an insight into the site of the cemetery itself. Guided tours are also available. You can book your ticket by clicking here.


2. General Post Office


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The General Post Office (known more commonly as the GPO) is perhaps the most famous building in all of Ireland. It is the headquarters of An Post, the Irish Post Office, and Dublin’s principal post office. It has been functioning since 1818 and is known as one of the oldest fully functional postal headquarters in the world.

During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of the uprising’s leaders. It was from outside this building on the 24th of April 1916, that Patrick Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. As a result of fire damage caused by the rebellion, the building was destroyed. It was not rebuilt until 1929 by the Irish Free State.

Find out more about the GPO here.

3. Garden of Remembrance


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The Garden of Remembrance was erected on the semicentennial of the Easter Rising in 1966 by Eamonn de Valera to commemorate every person that died for Irish freedom.

It is dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the several Irish rebellions throughout the last few centuries, which include the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867, 1916 and the Irish War of Independence of 1919 – 21.


4. Kilmainham Gaol



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First opening its doors in 1796 and closing its doors in 1924, Kilmainham Gaol has overseen several Irish rebellions that began in 1798 and ended in 1921. The leaders of these rebellions were detained here during this time and some were executed. The jail is seen as a strong symbol of Irish nationalism for this reason.

In order to guarantee entry, advanced booking online is advised. Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only, and is managed by timed tickets.

Find out more about Kilmainham Gaol here.


5. Four Courts



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The Four Courts is Ireland’s main courts building, located on Inns Quay along the River Liffey.  It is the location of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Dublin Circuit Court.

It is also known as being the headquarters of the 1st Battalion during the Easter Rising, led by Commander Edward Daly.

So, why not come and experience the most important part of Ireland’s history at its source?

To find out more about various attractions and tours available for you in Dublin, visit our website!

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