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48 hours in Dublin

Ireland's largest city Dublin can keep you entertained forever, from the thousands of traditional pubs to its rich history in literature. Eyewitness News has compiled a list of must-see places when travelling to the Irish capital.

GLASNEVIN CEMETERY

The Glasnevin Cemetery is an absolute must-see and a great way to learn about the big names who shaped Ireland's history. A guided tour of the cemetery itself takes around 90 minutes and requires comfortable shoes. The guides are amazing, very knowledgeable and leave you wanting more. There are a number of prominent graves and memorials, including that of politician Daniel O'Connell, known as 'The liberator'. O'Connell fought for the emancipation of Catholics and for the right for them to sit in Parliament. Some other Irish greats include politician and land-reform agitator Charles Stewart Parnell and Maud Gonne, the English-born Irish revolutionary best remembered for her troubled relationship with poet WB Yeats, to name but a few. You can also visit the museum, which is next to the church at the main entrance. The National Botanical Gardens are nearby and well worth a visit.

RIVER LIFFEY

The River Liffey divides Dublin's northern and southern suburbs and provides a great and easy opportunity to enjoy the city and experience its rich architecture and history. If you're feeling energetic and don't mind the walk, you can try and explore small areas on foot. Alternatively, you can use public transport, the hop-on-hop-off bus or take an hour-long boat ride. The most notable bridges to be on the lookout for are the O'Connell and Sean Heuston bridges. There are also a number of pedestrian-only bridges where you can cross over from side to side. You can save 10% on your boat trip by booking online.

SHOPPING ON GRAFTON STREET

Grafton Street, a pedestrian-only walkway, is home to a number of high-end shops and take-away outlets. The walkways are also filled with many street artists. Don't be surprised if you come across the odd fiddler or tin whistler and in some parts, there are full bands performing as shoppers walk by in a rush. It is well worth it to stop, have an ice-cream and take it all in. The busy shopping street leads to St Stephen's Green, a large park with waterways, which was landscaped by William Sheppard. To the other end of Grafton Street, you will land up at Temple Bar.

TEMPLE BAR

Situated in central Dublin, Temple Bar is located on the south bank of the River Liffey, and is easily identifiable by a large stretch of cobblestone roads. The area is home to many popular restaurants and nightspots, including the iconic red Temple Bar Pub and The Oliver Saint John Gogarty's. Both pubs are easily identifiable and definitely worth a visit, even though they can get very busy at night. They are other landmarks in the area. Temple Bar is also home to the Central Bank of Ireland, Ireland's stock exchange and a number of cultural institutions. Ireland's Houses of Parliament and Trinity College are within walking distance.

TRINITY COLLEGE

Founded in 1592, Trinity College is one of Dublin's oldest universities and is home to The Book of Kells. The highly decorated Gospel manuscript, which is illustrated in colour and documented in Latin, was written by monks in the ninth century and is on display in the Treasury room of the Old Library. Illustrations in The Book of Kells include the well-known mother and child page, which is the oldest surviving image of the Virgin Mary in a Western manuscript. Drawings of animals such as lions, mice and snakes carry a deeper theological significance. The university has made available a full digital version of the manuscripts. The Long Room at the school is also worth a visit and contains some 200,000 of the university's oldest books in gigantic bookcases made of oak.

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

The Guinness Storehouse recently won the 2015 World Travel Awards in the category of leading European tourist attraction. While some have described it as a bit of a tourist trap, this is a must for beer connoisseurs. The storehouse takes visitors through a visual history of the brand as well as how founder, Arthur Guinness, started it all. At the academy, guests are shown how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. You can also head straight up to the Gravity Bar, which has unprecedented panoramic views of Dublin. It is the highest bar in the city and can get very crowded, but it is well worth it. It is advisable to book in advance to get a discount and to avoid long lines.

JAMESON DISTILLERY

The Old Jameson Distillery is situated just off Smithfield Square in Dublin and is the original place where Jameson whiskey was distilled until 1971. Visitors can easily use one of the hop-on-hop-off buses to get to the distillery, which is spread out on two floors. There are a number of things you can do when you visit, including tours by amusing and knowledgeable guides who will explain all processes. The tours aren't as long as the ones at the Guinness Storehouse, which is great if you don't have a lot of time. Guests can watch a video detailing the company's over 200-year rich history and see where John Jameson started it all. After the tour, you can put theory into practice with whiskey sampling. Serious whiskey lovers can take part in the 'masterclass' where you'll 'graduate' with a certificate. There is also a gift shop where you can buy and personalise your whiskey label. Booking online is advisable, especially in peak summer months, as the tours are generally small.

All photos courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

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