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Ireland's capital has cobblestones, corner pubs and Irish cheer—but also glamorous new hotels and striking public art installations. Here's the quick and dirty:
- WHERE TO WANDER: Dublin is compact enough to explore on foot. Start your stroll at the Jameson Distillery for a taste of the Irish classic, then cross the Liffey River to Dublin Castle for a dose of Irish history. The National Gallery is a 15-minute walk to the east, St. Patrick's Cathedral a 10-minute walk west. End the afternoon on the rooftop of the Guinness Storehouse with a pint of Ireland's most famous quaff.
- WHERE TO LINGER: The Old Library at Trinity College. A resplendent, barrel-vaulted hall, it’s home to the ninth-century illuminated Book of Kells, as well as busts of famous literary figures like Edmund Burke and Jonathan Swift.
- WHERE TO EAT: Dublin has far more than corned beef and cabbage. Foodie favorite Chapter one puts a modernist twist on Ireland-sourced ingredients. Trocadero is perfect for pre-or post-theater dining, especially if you finish with the sticky date pudding. The House, in an impossibly cute seaside village just outside of downtown Dublin, balances elegance and homey comfort: Think wood-burning stove, afternoon tea and beer-battered haddock.
- WHERE TO STAY:
- The Merrion. The luxury retreat spanning four Georgian townhouses just off prestigious Merrion Square has a large collection of Irish fine art and a two-Michelin-star restaurant.
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel. All the warm Irish hospitality you can expect in a smart, contemporary setting—a combination that mirrors Dublin’s modern sensibility.