Tourist Attractions EastAugust 13, 2019
The east of the country is packed with some amazing tourist attractions, from ancient monuments steeped in history to newly built attractions that the whole family can enjoy.
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College in Dublin was founded in 1592 as the “mother” of a new university, modelled after the universities of Oxford and of Cambridge, but, unlike these, only one college was ever established; as such, the designations “Trinity College” and “University of Dublin” are usually synonymous for practical purposes. It is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland as well as Ireland’s oldest university. Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved Augustinian Priory of All Hallows, Trinity College was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history. Although Catholics had been permitted to enter as early as 1793, certain restrictions on their membership of the college remained until 1873 (professorships, fellowships and scholarships were reserved for Protestants), and the Catholic Church in Ireland forbade its adherents, without permission from their bishop, from attending until 1970. Women were first admitted to the college as full members in 1904.
The Guinness Store House
The Guinness Storehouse, is a Guinness themed tourist attraction at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse has welcomed over 4 million visitors since opening in November 2000. The Storehouse tour is built up over seven floors shaped around a glass atrium in the form of a Pint of Guinness. The ground floor documents the history of Guinnesses four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast and the brewery’s founder, Arthur Guinness. The gallery tour features the history of Guinness advertising which includes an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. In 2006 – a new wing opened in the brewery incorporating a live installation of the present day brewing process. The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar where visitors are treated to a pint of Guinness while enjoying panoramic views of Dublin included in the price of admission.
Tayto Theme Park
Tayto Theme Park in Ashbourne Co.Meath is one of the largest Theme Parks in the country with an excellent range of activities for kids and families. It is an unforgettable day out. Tayto have turned 55 acres of Meath farmland into a fun filled park, which is the the first of its kind in Ireland, with over 100 attractions. The full visitor experience takes approximately 4 hours from start to finish. Tayto Theme Park welcomes visitors to have an enjoyable time at their facilities with fun for all the family.
Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin. It is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. Dublin Zoo opened in 1831 and practices a culture of conversation, study and education. Its mission statement is committed to working “in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth”. Dublin Zoo is over 28 hectares or 69 acres in size sectioned in to specifically organised habitats; World of Cats, World of Primates, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, City Farm and Endangered Species.
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland has three branches in Dublin and one location in Co. Mayo. The National Museum has a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture and natural history. The collections that are held in the museum span Irish history, from prehistoric times to the present day with details about the country’s heritage, culture and traditions. There are several displays from other ancient cultures of the world, which gives a unique insight into how these people lived and died.
Newgrange is a Stone Age monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath and is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Newgrange is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside. The mound is ringed by 97 large kerbstones, some of which are engraved with symbols called megalithic art.