Pints seem to taste better here at one of the oldest bars in Dublin, a former watering hole of writers James Joyce and Flann O’Brien. The Victorian pub has remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1823: it has the original stained-glass windows, walls lined with newspaper drawings from the 1940’s, and a mahogany bar stocked with more than 100 Irish whiskeys (including the pub’s own brand).
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A temple to the city's renowned stout-a product that has helped sustain Ireland's economy for centuries-this former brewery is one of the country's star attractions. The complex, originally built in 1904 to house fermentation tanks, now bears little resemblance to the original operation. The modern glass-and-steel main building (whose atrium is the world's largest pint glass) is filled with exhibit halls and tasting areas.
In a graceful building that is itself a sort of exhibit-with classically Victorian architecture and a rotunda based on Rome's Pantheon-this archaeological museum explores Ireland's ancient Celtic heritage. One of the highlights inside is the Ór collection: priceless prehistoric golden artifacts including torcs (twined metal rings worn as jewelry) that date back to 2200 B.C.
Even if it didn't have cobblestoned streets, a sweeping green, and 18th-century campus buildings, the 51-acre Trinity College would be worth visiting for its Old Library. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, the library has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and the 215-foot Long Room, where rows of bookcases house more than 200,000 of the country's oldest tomes.
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