Dublin has an abundance of museums and historical buildings througout the City. The most visited exhibition in Dublin is the magnificent and illuminated Book of Kells, and other manuscripts at Trinity University. The National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street has an outstanding collection of Celtic and Medieval Art, while its sister Museum at Collins Barracks presents a political, social and military history of Ireland. The Dublin Civic Museum is dedicated to the chronicles of Dublin City and its people, from Viking times to the present day.
The City is landmarked by several imposing buildings including St Patrick's Cathedral and Christchurch Cathedral. City Hall, the Custom House and the Bank of Ireland on College Green are fine examples of elegant Georgian public buildings. To the north of the city is Marino Casino, one of the finest Palladian designs in Ireland. Further north again is Malahide Castle, renowned for its beautiful Botanic Gardens.
The Irish are keen on sport. Dublin is home to Croke Park, the historic venue for most final matches for Hurling and Gaelic Football in Ireland. The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Museum in Croke Park tells the history and growth of GAA at home and overseas. Landsdowne Road is home to the National Rugby team. Matches in the All-Ireland League are played in Dublin on a near weekly basis from August until May. The Football Association of Ireland share the same grounds for their season The Grand Canal in Dublin offers peaceful walks, a cycling track and boating holidays. The Waterways Visitors Centre gives the history and important role that the Canal has played for Dublin.
The main areas for shopping in Dublin are O'Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street and Temple Bar. O'Connell Street is tree lined and home to the famous Clerys; Arnotts can be found in Henry Street. Close by is the Jervis Shopping Centre with a range of boutiques and Department Stores. Chic shopping is in Grafton Street with Ireland's premier store, Brown Thomas, located here. Temple Bar is very fashionable with a mix of vintage clothes outlets, record shops and original design and interior shops. Irish Gift Shops are in most shopping areas, some of the larger and more established outlets are in Nassau Street.
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