People who have visited Dublin know that there so much more the city has to offer than just Guinness, St. Paddy’s Day, Riverdance and the usual suspects. Dublin has a deep literary history and the birthplace of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. Here are a few recommendations an avid reader should make in this gorgeous city.
1. Book of Kells
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The Book of Kells, named after the monastery of Kells – County Meath, is located in the heart of Dublin city and a must-see for every visitor. The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th-century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. For more information visit: Trinity College Dublin
2. James Joyce Centre
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James Joyce is one of the most celebrated Irish writers. Joyce was born in Dublin in the year 1882 where he also studied modern languages. He is most famous for his novel – Ulysses. It is considered to be one of the most important pieces of modern literature. The James Joyce Centre promotes the life and the work of the wonderful artist and thinker. It also hosts walking tours, lectures, and various exhibits. For more information please visit James Joyce Centres website.
3. W.B. Yeats life in Howth
William Butler Yeats, born in the year 1865, is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. His most famous works include – The Second Coming, When You Are Old, Her Anxiety and much more. Just a 25-minute train ride from Dublin lies a small harbor town – Howth. Along Howth’s hiking trail you will come to a white house with a blue door, where W. B. Yeats lived from 1880 to 1883. The house overlooks the stunning and the mighty Irish Sea and some of his work found his inspiration right here. Don’t miss this trail! Irish Trails
4. Hodges Figgis Bookshop
Hodges Figgs is Irelands oldest bookstore, established in 1768. We guarantee that you will fall in love with this one as soon as you step in. Its display windows are decorated with local authors as well as international bestsellers. The interiors are quiet and calm with the perfect library vibes. Be sure to find that elusive book title here! Extra: the bookstore is also mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses!
5. The Winding Stairs
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The Winding Stairs Bookshop is a popular meeting place for local writers and creatives. It is one of the oldest surviving independent bookstores in Ireland. The Cafe serves old classics cooked with seasonal and local produce. It gets its name from the Yeats poem and in tribute to its winding staircase.
6. Oscar Wilde’s House
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Oscar Wildes House is located in Merrion Square, Dublin. The house is a stunning example of Georgian architecture. The Wilde family moved into the house in 1855 and lived here till 1876. Oscar Wilde a prolific writer of drama, The Importance of Being Earnest is one of his famous masterpieces and still played in many theaters. And most of us still live by his words: